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Learned Publishing, October 2010 Issue, now available
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- Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:19:31 EDT
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>From the Editor: Be a publishing cheat and go to jail. Issue 4, Learned Publishing now out. For all the talk around legal issues, scams, and naughty people who seem to disappear with our money, how often, in your experience, has anyone gone to prison? Well, it's happened in China. Anyone who thought they didn't take copyright seriously should read Zhigang Wang's article in the latest issue of Learned Publishing, where he describes the vicious infighting taking place there, particularly amongst Chinese aggregators and academics. Fines are common, and two perpetrators actually did get carted off. Of course lawyers are also people who disappear with our money, but totally correctly, of course. Continuing my preoccupation with the dark side of publishing, we this time have an excellent piece by a publishing lawyer on 'Plagiarism and the Law'. Despite your prejudices, he's actually an interesting chap, and if you wanted to know when plagiarism might be illegal, when it's not, read a clear explanation of its relationship to copyright, and even advice that can be very useful to publishers, check it out - and when did you last get free useful advice from a lawyer? Actually, this latest issue is a stonking (to use the technical term) one - packed with relevant, useful and even interesting articles - my thanks to ALPSP for giving me some extra pages. Want to know what to do if considering using an aggregator? We have an article giving you almost a step-by-step guide. Want to know why your journal was or was not accepted for inclusion by SCOPUS? We have an article, from the horse's mouth (i.e. Ove Kahler at Elsevier), explaining how they make their evaluation, in detail. This one is Open Access, so you don't even need a subscription - but I'd prefer it if you had one. Perhaps you're interested in e-books. Two articles for you. One summarising the recent ALPSP survey, and showing up all the different approaches, and when and how the commercial publishers differ from societies in their approach (and they often do). Another is a very timely research article trying to see, using a sample of hundreds of books, whether making them OA makes any difference to sales - I'm not going to tell you the answer, you'll have to have a look. Then for a bit more argy-bargy, we have an author's eye view based on a bit of research in a developing country, on the types of author conflict that arise over authorship itself, and ordering of named authors, and things like that - plenty of claims of victimisation, and not only from the juniors re the seniors - now would that happen in the developed systems of Europe and North America? - I think it would. We're also not short of opinionated people - John Wilbanks thinks it's about time we had a 'Web' for data, backed up by something like creative commons licences; William Park, of DeepDyve fame, gives the arguments that underpin not only his 99cents per article approach, but in general of approaching different markets differently; in a way, that's also the approach of a major established RRO. The CCC, in an article by the CEO Tracey Armstrong it makes the case for 'context-based' licensing i.e. matching the product to the market need. Then we do have a fascinating article on the development of medical journals in China - it's fascinating to me because it basically tells the story of medicine in China (and how that correlates with journal development), and the influence of the Western missionaries, as well as some more offbeat asides - e.g. I hadn't realised that one of the reasons 'western medicine' originally gained ascendancy was that it did, apparently, actually work better than the traditional forms- but then the traditional forms made a comeback. And there's a very mature and open conclusion of a sort it would have been difficult to imagine a few decades ago. The last article to mention is another practical one - about EASE guidelines for authors and translators, intended to help improve the standards of written English (I'd better read it again for these commentaries). The issue is 'topped' by an editorial (from my North American co-editor, Janet Fisher), and 'tailed' by some book reviews - including one glowing one of a rights book. These 'bookends' to the journal issue, as it were, are always Open Access. Janet tackles the topic of 'what do you know about your users' habits', and how important it is - a nice antidote to my 6-pager last time which could have been read (especially if you only read the title) as totally against knowing anything about them or what they do. At the time of writing, I have a couple of very good items for next year, but like most editors, anxious that we can retain the standard. We'll try. Alan Singleton Editor, Learned Publishing email@example.com All articles are free to all ALPSP and SSP members and to journal subscribers; in addition, editorials, reviews and letters to the Editors, as well as any articles where the author has taken up the 'ALPSP Author Choice' OA option, are now free to all. If you would like to receive an email alert or RSS feed every time a new issue goes online, all you have to do is sign up at: http://alpsp.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/alpsp/lp To obtain free access to the journal, ALPSP members should access it via the ALPSP website <http://www.alpsp.org/ngen_public/default.asp?ID=3D310> If you do not have a username and password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ***
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