New Edition of ARL Internet Journal Directory Ann Okerson 18 May 1995 13:08 UTC

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Association of Research Libraries
May 18, 1995
Ann Okerson (


The Association of Research Libraries announces publication of the 5th
Edition of the hard-copy standard reference work for serials on the
Internet: the Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and
Academic Discussion Lists.

The extraordinary rate of expansion of microcomputers and linked
networks as vehicles for scholarly exchange, along with growth in the
rate of the use of the Internet, does not abate.  The number of
journals, newsletters, and serial-like academic publications continues
to increase daily and scholarly communication expands in exciting new
ways.  Many journals, newsletters, and scholarly lists may be accessed
free of charge through Internet and affiliated networks, along with
those that are increasingly available via paid online subscription.
Nonetheless, it is not always simple to find what is available.

The new edition of the Directory is a compilation of entries for nearly
2500 scholarly lists and 675 electronic journals, newsletters, and
related titles such as newsletter-digests -- an increase in size of over
40% since the 4th edition of April 1994 and 4.5 times since the 1st
edition of July 1991.  The Directory provides instructions for
electronic access to each publication.  The objective is to assist the
user in finding relevant publications and connecting to them quickly,
even if he or she is not completely versed in the full range of
user-access systems.

Diane Kovacs of the Kent State University Libraries continues to head
the KSU team of individuals who collaboratively created the 5th
edition's scholarly discussion lists and interest groups section.
Principal compiler of the journals and newsletters section is Lisabeth
A.  King, Research Assistant for the ARL Office of Scientific & Academic
Publishing, with support from Dru Mogge, Electronic Services
Coordinator.  Ann Okerson of the ARL/OSAP is overall project coordinator
for the printed directory.  The printed directory points to the widely
available Kovacs files as the free-of-charge Internet sources for the
discussion lists section.  ARL made an abridged gopher version available
in summer of 1994 and plans to create a World Wide Web directory in the
summer of 1995.

The 5th Edition is produced in 8.5 x 11 paperbound format in 770 pages.
Scholarly lists are grouped by broad subject areas, and journals and
newsletters are in alphabetical order.  A substantial index of keywords,
titles, and institutional affiliations is provided.  As in the previous
four years, frontmatter of value to electronic serial readers is
included.  Again, a scholarly article on electronic scholarly
publications leads, followed by works commissioned for the ARL book.
The article is Paul Ginsparg's (Los Alamos National Laboratories)
detailed description of the widely High Energy Physics preprints server
and the concepts behind it, revised and reprinted from a 1994 article in
Computers in Physics.  For the second year, Birdie MacLennan of the
University of Vermont has prepared a listing and assessment of sites for
electronic serials that are maintained by various organizations on the
Internet.  Charles Bailey of the University of Houston Libraries and
Editor in Chief of a notable Internet journal, The PACS Review, has
included a detailed bibliography on electronic publishing.  Included
again is Steve Outing's listing of newspapers available on the Internet,
a thriving project he began in 1994 and continues to maintain and

The Association of Research Libraries is a not-for-profit organization
representing 119 research libraries in the United States and Canada.
Its mission is to identify and influence forces affecting the future of
research libraries in the process of scholarly communication.


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