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This week's digest contains 3 messages:
1) University of Chicago Press Joins Current Scholarship Program
2) AIP Journals Officially Launch on Scitation C3
3) Society of Architectural Historians Launches Bold Electronic
Initiative in Partnership with University of California Press and JSTOR

Message #1:

Subject: University of Chicago Press Joins Current Scholarship Program
From: Kevin Stacey <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:17:51 -0600

*With apologies for cross posting*

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2010

University of Chicago Press Joins Current Scholarship Program

The University of Chicago Press and JSTOR announced today that they will
join forces in the Current Scholarship Program. Scheduled to launch
early next year, the program will bring scholarly content from leading
not-for-profit publishers to a single integrated platform, making its
use more innovative, efficient, and affordable for faculty, students,
librarians and publishers.

The University of Chicago Press, one of the world's oldest and largest
university presses, brings 51 renowned titles to the program, including
many of the most influential publications in the world such as The
American Historical Review, The American Naturalist, the American
Journal of Sociology and the Journal of Political Economy. Both current
and back issues will be accessible on the platform.

First announced last August, the Current Scholarship Program addresses
some of the biggest challenges and inefficiencies in scholarly
communications today. For scholars and educators, the program offers an
improved online work environment that combines new content with complete
journal backfiles. For librarians, the collaboration brings leading
journals from multiple publishers together under one roof, allowing
direct licensing through JSTOR.

"While there have been great advances in ease of use and access to
scholarly content in the last decade, researchers and librarians are now
faced with a multitude of online platforms and interfaces. Navigating
among these silos of content and identifying the authoritative material
requires climbing not one, but many, learning curves. It is still not as
efficient as it should be," said Michael Spinella, JSTOR Managing
Director. "Meanwhile, scholarly publishers are challenged with managing
fast-paced changes in technology and reaching new audiences. We know we
can address some of these issues by working collaboratively and with a
shared sense of purpose."

There are now eleven publishers working together as part of the program,
and that number is rapidly increasing. With the addition of Chicago, the
current issues for at least 150 journals will be available on JSTOR by
2011. This content will be seamlessly integrated with and accessible
alongside the more than 1,100 journals with back issues on JSTOR today
as well as a growing set of primary source materials from libraries and

More than 6,000 JSTOR library participants worldwide will be able to
license the current journals, either individually or as part of current
issue collections, together with JSTOR back issue collections in a
single transaction. The journals will also continue to be preserved in
Portico, the digital preservation service that, along with JSTOR, is
part of the not-for-profit ITHAKA.

"The University of Chicago Press and JSTOR share a significant mission:
to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard", said Garrett Kiely,
Director of the University of Chicago Press. "The Current Scholarship
Program is the next step in our long-standing relationship and brings
both organizations closer to realizing our goals of improved access to
many of the world's most important publications. We at Chicago are very
excited to be a part of this and will work closely with JSTOR to
continuously improve our offerings to the world's libraries."

The relationship between JSTOR and the University of Chicago Press dates
back to 1996 when the Press became one of the first publishers to store
journal backfiles in the JSTOR digital archive.

"Years ago we worked with The University of Chicago Press to make the
nascent idea of a large-scale archive of digitized historical journals
supported by the scholarly community a reality," commented Spinella. "It
is tremendously exciting to be working together again toward a vision
that we hope will have similar impact and benefit for the academic

For more information about the Current Scholarship Program, see


Heidi McGregor
VP, Marketing & Communications

University of Chicago Press:
Kevin Stacey
Publicity Manager

Message #2:

Subject: AIP Journals Officially Launch on Scitation C3
From: "Bruce Shriver" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:07:38 -0400

[This message is cross-posted. Please pardon the duplication.]

AIP Journals Officially Launch on Scitation C3
Hosting platform delivers superior functionality to online publications

Melville, NY, March 15, 2010 - The American Institute of Physics (AIP)
announced today the migration of its 12 archival journals to its
Scitation C3 next-generation hosting platform. All Scitation
publications will migrate to the C3 platform in the coming months.
Central to the implementation is an agile development environment
utilizing a new Mark Logic content server and Polopoly web content
management system. With these systems in place, AIP has infused its
journals with an XML-enabled functionality that few other STM publishers
can match.

"This is a significant milestone for us, as it marks the culmination of
many, many months of work to re-imagine the Scitation platform from the
ground up," said Paul DeCillis, Director of Online Publishing. "We
recognize that today's researchers have less time to spend per article.
In designing the new AIP journal pages, we broke free from traditional
print-based, linear design. The new websites have significantly reduced
discovery and reading time by exposing content components in the XML."

Key to the new design is a new object browser, allowing subscribers to
view all tables and figures in an article directly from the abstract
view, where the majority of researchers begin their interaction with the
article. Other objects from within the full-article XML, such as the
article's acknowledgment section and an article outline based on the
article's section structure, surface on the page providing quick access
to the article's content.

Scitation C3 also features a new, interactive full-article HTML
rendering, including greatly improved visual presentation of inline
math. In-context links to actionable references, figures, and tables
save researchers from wasting time navigating around the document. Other
interactive features include the ability to highlight any term within an
article to produce a list of related content.

To further facilitate fast discoverability, AIP journals now allow one
to create "Smart ToCs," enabling the user to tailor the listing to
his/her interests, harvest citations, preview abstracts with a mouse
click, and hide content that isn't relevant. AIP has also added greater
utility to the search functions of its journal pages, with more options
and better controls to explore returned content with faceted results,
based on article type, topic, author, keyword, PACS, journal, and
publication year. Faceted search helps researchers find information
quickly by presenting them with a set of "filters" to refine search results.

AIP has also added greater utility to the search functions of its
journal pages, with more options and better controls to explore returned
content with faceted results based on article type, topic, author,
keyword, PACS, journal, and publication year. Faceted search helps to
refine search results and therefore find information more quickly.

AIP's Scitation publishing platform hosts 2,000,000 articles from more
than 200 scholarly publications for 28 learned society publishers, in
fields including physics, chemistry, geosciences, engineering,
acoustics, and other sciences.
Scitation's evolving, next generation platform, C3, represents today's
best-of-breed technology, with an XML foundation and flexible framework
for multi-channel distribution of content and services that enables both
publishers and end users to manipulate and deliver content as never
before and creates the tools and environment for content producers to
position themselves for future publishing opportunities.

For more information, contact:
Paul DeCillis
Director, Online Publishing
Phone: (516) 576-2665

Message #3:

Subject: Press Release: Society of Architectural Historians Launches
Bold Electronic Initiative in Partnership with University of California
Press and JSTOR
From: Rachel Lee (
Date: 3/16/2010 3:58 PM

Rebekah Darksmith
Sales & Marketing Director
University of California Press, Journals + Digital Publishing

Society of Architectural Historians Launches Bold Electronic Initiative
in Partnership with University of California Press and JSTOR

Chicago, IL – March 16, 2010
The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is proud to announce the
launch of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Online
(JSAH Online). Developed in partnership with University of California
Press and JSTOR, and using software from Atypon Systems, JSAH Online
offers access to JSAH from the first volume published in 1941 through
the present. The current issues provide leading research articles and
reviews about the built environment accompanied by extensive multimedia
content including images, videos, and GIS-driven visualizations.

JSAH Online is the first online journal devoted to the arts and
humanities that incorporates cutting-edge multimedia features and
heralds the launch of the next generation of scholarly communication.
Such features in the inaugural issue include recreated music from an
ancient Roman funeral, a zoomable image of a 37-foot-long Panorama of
Constantinople from 1559, and a 3D model of the Roman Forum and environs
overlaid on a Google Earth map.

“JSAH Online is an incredibly significant communications initiative –
not only for SAH but broadly for scholarly publishing in the arts and
humanities,” says Pauline Saliga, SAH Executive Director. “The features
and functionality in JSAH Online allow scholars and the public more
immediate and deeper understanding of leading-edge work being produced
in architectural history.”

Rebecca Simon, Associate Director, University of California Press and
Director of the Journals + Digital Publishing Division, echoes this
sentiment: "This launch realizes a bold and exciting vision for
integrating multimedia features to enhance the study and understanding
of the built environment. We are honored to partner with the Society in
this endeavor and excited about the opportunities the new digital
environment creates not only for JSAH but for other disciplines as well."

JSAH Online is the culmination of several years of collaborative work
among its partners. Funded by an initial planning grant from The Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation and followed by an additional Mellon foundation
grant, JSAH Online was conceived from the outset to take full advantage
of the latest developments in online publishing. Professor Hilary Ballon
of New York University, who conceived of and spearheaded the project as
Editor of JSAH, collaborated with scholars at SAH and computer
programmers at ARTstor, the New York-based online digital library, to
develop an initial prototype for JSAH Online. “We knew that our vision
had incredible potential for the wider scholarly community,” said
Professor Ballon. “We also knew that to fully realize that potential, we
needed to align ourselves with partners best positioned to help bring
JSAH Online into being.”

JSAH Online’s inaugural issue, which was released on March 1, 2010, was
developed by current JSAH Editor David Brownlee, Professor of the
History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Articles in the first
issue were subjected to the rigorous peer review process, and in
addition were particularly groomed to utilize the innovative multimedia
platform. “The integration of multimedia elements in these pieces
dramatically increases the depth and breadth of the communication
between authors and readers,” says Professor Brownlee. “Victor Hugo
judged that the publication revolution of the Renaissance (moveable type
printing) had annihilated the art of Gothic architecture. Happily, we
can report that the digital publication revolution of our time is
marvelously supportive of the study, appreciation, and creation of the
built environment.”

SAH selected University of California Press as its partner in publishing
JSAH in early 2009. That decision was followed quickly by announcement
of a new effort called the Current Scholarship Program, initiated by
University of California Press and JSTOR. JSAH Online is the first
journal to be launched online as part of the Current Scholarship Program.

“The Current Scholarship Program has come to life with JSAH Online,”
commented Michael Spinella, JSTOR Managing Director. “From the
beginning, we have shared a vision with University of California Press
and SAH for this effort to be a catalyst to help many publishers create
new opportunities for their authors to publish media-rich scholarly
works and for their readers to engage their arguments in novel and
compelling ways. We are on our way.”

JSAH Online will be available exclusively to SAH members during 2010.
Beginning in 2011, all JSAH content, features, and functionality will be
incorporated into a new JSTOR platform where it will be available to SAH
members as well as to non-member faculty, researchers, and students
working at subscribing institutions around the world.

For more information about JSAH Online and to view a freely available
multimedia article, see Media interested
in full site access should request access through the SAH office at Please include your name, publication name, mailing
address, telephone and email address. Your user name and password will
be emailed to you.


Society of Architectural Historians
The Society of Architectural Historians is the leading international
learned society that promotes the study, interpretation and preservation
of the built environment worldwide. With seventy years of service to the
field of architectural history and its related disciplines, the
Society’s membership of approximately 2,500 individuals includes
professors of architectural and art history, architects and other design
professionals, preservationists, museum curators, students, and others
united in their passionate interest in architectural history.
Institutional members include other learned societies, university
libraries, art and historical museums, and preservation organizations
around the world.

University of California Press
Founded in 1893, University of California Press is one of the largest
and most distinguished of American university presses, publishing books
and journals in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
The Press publishes nearly 200 new books and 40 journals each year,
representing a broad spectrum of acclaimed works from innovative first
works by young academics to in-depth articles presenting the results of
the research and creative thinking of many of the world's foremost
scholars. A major publisher of scholarly journals, the Journals +
Digital Publishing Division has extensive experience providing
traditional and digital publishing services for more than 20 client
scholarly societies and associations.

JSTOR is a preservation archive and research platform for the academic
community. Through JSTOR, faculty, researchers, and students are able to
discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted
digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals, as well as conference
proceedings, monographs, and other scholarly content. More than 6,000
libraries and cultural heritage institutions and hundreds of the world's
leading publishers of scholarly literature participate in and support
JSTOR. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping
the academic community use digital technologies to advance scholarship
and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA also includes two additional
services – Ithaka S+R and Portico.