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Publication standards (Melissa Fayad) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 12 May 1999 15:05 UTC

Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 09:53:30 -0500
From: "Fayad, Melissa H." <FayadM@MISSOURI.EDU>
Subject: publication uniformity: wasRE: Cellular & molecular life sciences
 (Simone Jerome)

This is most assuredly a world-wide complaint.  I would like the publishing
world to agree that quarterly means 4 issues to a volume starting with 1 and
ending with 4(combined issues are not a problem with me as long as they are
so marked).  I am tired of journals that state they are quarterly(or any
other designated rate of publication) but never are.  I also received an
issue of a law journal that stated it was "issue 0" and was then followed by
"issue 1".  I shake my head and pray that someday all publishers will get
together and decide a uniform definition that THEY will follow.  I also wish
that they would publish in numerical order.  We often have to wait for
"volume n issue 4" to be published long after "volume o issue 2" was
Melissa Hassien Fayad
Serials Assistant
University of Missouri-Columbia
Law Library
224 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO  65211

Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 16:31:07 +0200
From: Simone JEROME <sjerome@ULG.AC.BE>
Subject: Re: Cellular & molecular life sciences

I agree with all of you who complaint about that (bad) habit of
publishers, curiously only commercial publishers do, to
split their materials in as much as issues as possible in a
sort of quest of the absolute issue, the one which contains nothing
and which costs a maximum, as physicists searched for the absolute
zero temperature.

My question is : why the influent American and less influent
European library associations do not work at a code of ethics
for the release of information so that libraries would know
what they are actually buying when they pay for a subscription ?

In other words, is it acceptable to bill 5 volumes a year
and 2 or 3 volumes more the year after when the librarian
may easily count that the number of pages per volume is
the same or lower ? It happens sometimes.
And what about that other old innovation of publishers to
deliver volume n, 1-4, complete in one issue ? Initially
it was to cover meetings but now it happens more and more often
and without a justification.

Librarians are consumers and consumers have rights other than
to pay.

Simone JEROME, Librarian
University of Liege
Institute of chemistry B6
4000 Sart Tilman (Liege 1)

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