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Re: When is a Journal a Journal (Was Biomed Aggregators)

From:  Peter Graham, Rutgers University Libraries

Tony Ferguson says, i.a.,
>...broaches a useful question:  Are we in the information business or the
> journal collecting business.

It's the right question, but should be treated heuristically rather
than absolutely.  In some senses we are in both businesses.  Making
decisions about what is important in the journal is affected by what
is desired today as well as what is desired tomorrow.  Issues of
history of science, history of publishing, nature of commercialization
of research, and the like come into play as well as the immediate
needs of, say, molecular biologists or brain researchers.  --pg  

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