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Medical publications: Pharma companies are conservative on their choices

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Peer-review and Impact factor are the factors which influence the most the pharma companies for their journals selection.


McGuire, Ryan. Medical journal selection: pharma’s real estate search. PharmaPhorum, Online on 20th of February 2010.

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February 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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How many science journals?

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  • Estimation: <> 25-40,000 journals
  • 96% are published online
  • 8-10% are published under Open Access models
  • 20% of science articles are available free of charge
  • How many articles have been published ever (means since 1665)? est. 50 millions
  • Growth: 1.4 million of articles per year
  • There are 2,000 publishers but Top 3 (Elsevier, Springer, Wiley)  account for 42% of articles published
  • Elsevier itself publishes 250,000 articles a year in 2,000 journals
  • The biggest platform of ejournals, ScienceDirect, provides 240 million of downloads per year to 10 million of users
  • The cost of publishing a single online scientific journal article is estimated at $10,000
  • To purchase an article for an individual: $30-40
  • Average cost of a subscription for a library: $3,792 (average cost for a chemistry journal) up to $10,000
  • The most expensive: Biochimica & Biophysica Acta, $20,930 a year!


– Article 50 million: an estimate of the number of scholarly articles in existence. Jinha, Arif E. Learned Publishing, Volume 23, Number 3, July 2010 , pp. 258-263
– Leggott, Mark. UPEI, Web of Science and Knowledge for all. Posted on: 14th of August 2010.
 – Björk B-C, Welling P, Laakso M, Majlender P, Hedlund T, et al. (2010) Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009. PLoS ONE 5(6): e11273.
–  Fanelli D (2010) Do Pressures to Publish Increase Scientists’ Bias? An Empirical Support from US States Data. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10271.
– Ware, Mark and Mabe, Michael. The stm report : An overview of scientific and scholarly journals publishing. September 2009. Online:

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January 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

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Journal article mining and semantic search: practices and promises

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An impressive study research, sponsored by the Publishing Research Consortium: includes interviews of key-people from Pfizer, the CERN, Mendeley, the British Library, from TEMIS, Elsevier, Springer, Nature, Wiley, etc.

Journal Article Mining: a research study into Practices, Policies, Plans …..and Promises Eefke Smit and Maurits van der Graaf. PRC June 2011 153pp. This is a study commissioned by PRC which offers the first comprehensive look at what publishers and others are doing, and plan to do, in both data and text mining of the scholarly, mainly journal, literature. Lots of fascinating detail from a number of viewpoints – from 29 interviews and 190 detailed responses to a survey

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July 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm

JournalTOCS: new design

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Roddy MacLeod announces a new look and some new features for the best journals Table of contents service in the world…

JournalTOCs, the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) that contains 16,387 journals (including 2,140 Open Access journals) from 825 publishers, has been redesigned with more collaborative features…

The latest interface allows professionals to suggest a journal with a Table of Contents feed to be added to the service.
Other latest features of the new website include viewing journals by subject category and allows academics to see which journals are “subscription” (S) or “Open Access” (OA), and how many people are “following” a particular title.

Wonderful free service, with now a professional look!

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May 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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STM Social bookmarking and Journal evaluation

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To complete previous posts (see 13th and 15th of December), look at this nice presentation that Stefanie Haustein and Sabrina Reher have presented at Science and Technology Indicators Conference in Leiden last September.

They applied social bookmarking data to evaluate the usage of scientific journals.

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December 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Social networks: Researchers prefer Personal Relationships

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It is one of the main findings of this interesting study, conducted for the OCLC Research in a few prestigious american universities.

It does not appear that professional networking Websites will attain a high level of regard or participation. (….)

Technology cannot replace that human factor

Junior faculty rightly recognize the imperative to attend professional conferences as they establish themselves and develop their personal network for the remainder of their career.

Personal introductions, conversations at meeting or hearing someone present a paper were cited as key in choosing collaborators.

Researchers rely on that one-on-one opportunity to assess the other person and the degree of compatibility, something that cannot ocur when looking at Internet sources or formal publications.

Other findings:

  • Electronic journals continue to reshape the information landscape and the research process
    • all faculty mentioned the importance of online journals and how they are changing information access and retrieval
  • Researchers ignore alternative forms of dissemination
    • Despite they know global impact of open access model, authors prefer journals that have high impact rankings and the prestige of being in the top tier in a subject domain
  • Store the knowledge is an unsolved issue
    • Researchers report that they struggle unsuccessfully with storage and management of a burgeoning volume of documents
    • No one has control over no plans for managing the storage, maintenance, and retrieval of documents and data sets over time
  • The Google effect:
    • The majority of researchers interviewed for this study use online tools – and commercial services – related to their discipline rather than tools or library services provided by their university.
    • Researchers adopt information tools and services that are easy to use and that simplify their work, even when those tools and services are not optimal, comprehensive, or on the “approved” list preferred by their university

Kroll, Susan and Forsman, Rick . A slice of Research Life: information support for research in the United States. Report commissionned by OCLC Research in support of the RLG Partnership.

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July 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

ASM journals are leaders in the field of the Microbiology

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The American Society of Microbiology 11 journals continue to represent authoritative sources of published research in basic and clinical microbiology, virology, and immunology, as evidenced by these updated statistics:

* The 2007 Journal Citation Reports credits ASM journals with nearly 43% of all citations in the field of Microbiology;

* The 2007 JCR ranked 6 ASM journals in the top 20 in Microbiology by Impact Factor, including Clinical Microbiology Reviews (#1) and Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews (#3);

* The 2007 JCR also showed an overall increase of 6.4% in the number of ASM journal articles cited in 2007;

* ASM’s online journals had over 9 million unique online visitors in 2007, who downloaded more than 17 million article PDFs

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March 12, 2009 at 8:08 pm

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