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Open Access and pseudo-science journals

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Unfortunately, there is a negative effect of the widely success of the Open Access movement, the emergence of pseudo journals.

Jeffrey Beall maintains a list of these predatory publishers that ” exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts“…

This list is available on:

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January 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

Books publisher: a healthy business

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Despite Internet and ebooks, book sales has known ” a 42% increase in the number of books sold over the last 10 years” in UK.
Cramer, Teresa. Wanted dead or alive: books. EContent Blog, Online, the 14th of september 2011.

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September 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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Semantic search for Publisher’s platforms

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TEMIS and Semantico have announced a strategic partnership.

The powerful text mining technology developed by TEMIS automates the semantic enrichment of unstructured content, dramatically improving its findability and discoverability by search engines and end-users.

In online publications, the resulting richer metadata can be used to:

  • Help search engines return more relevant results
  • Feed search facets to enable efficient drill-down in search results
  • Recommend related or similar documents and knowledge

‘More and more publishers are seeing the benefits of semantic content enrichment to boost the value of their content and help market it in innovative ways,’ said Daniel Mayer, Product Marketing Manager, TEMIS

Press release:

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February 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Networked Content, semantics and Publishers

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According this white paper, Networked  Content is  an  emerging  set  of  technologies  and  practices  that  holds  the  potential  not  only  to  transform  the  way  content  is  managed,  distributed  and  accessed,  for  the  joint  benefit  of  Publishers  and  their  Audiences,  but  also  to  profoundly  remodel  the  Information  Industry  in  its  next  stage  of  growth.

From  the  perspective  of  Publishers,  competition  for  the  user’s  attention  has  intensified  during  the  past  10  years.    The  Internet  has  lowered  the  barriers  to  entry  and  also  made  it  easy  for  custmers  to  switch  their  allegiance.  Open  Access  initiatives  (most  notably  in  the  Scientific,  Medical  and  Legal  domains  up  to  now),  while    perhaps  not  a  direct  threat  to  subscription  revenues,  nonetheless  today  represent  a  significant  20%  of  peerreviewed  scholarly  journal  articles  in  select  fields.

These  and  other  reasons  have  motivated  Publishers  to    differentiate  and  add  value  to  their  information  products  beyond  that  offered  by  the  raw  content  itself  by  investing in    new  options  for  managing,  packaging  and  distributing  them.

Mayer, Daniel. The networked Content Manifesto. White paper, Temis, January 2011. 16 p.
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January 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Science Social Networks: the maturity?

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Looking at SAGE FaceBook and Nature Network, David Stuart believes that Social Network in Science have reached the age of maturity.

The popularity of social networking sites has seen them embraced by many organisations as they search for ways to engage with their stakeholders, including large academic publishers. (…)

Good organisations have always been looking for ways to have conversations with their usersSocial network sites allow for more informal communications, in the places and on the topics in which the user is interested. And this has not escaped the attention of academic publishers.


Unlike many other types of organisation that want to develop a social media strategy, academic publishers are already likely to have a strong web presence that interested parties will visit on a regular basis.

It is increasingly clear that social networking is reaching a level of maturity within academic publishers.

The world of both publishing and social media is constantly evolving, and publishers, like every other type of organisation, need to regularly reassess their communication channels. New technologies rarely fully replace established methods of communication… (…)

But really social media creates new opportunities, and it is up to publishers to add value …

Successful publishers of the future will be those who align their vision of social networking with that of their customers; those who ignore social networking will quickly lose ground.

Stuart, David. Networking sites help align publishers with customers; Research Information, June/July 2010.


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June 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Science Publishers and Information overload

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One of the longest post I ever tried to read!

Amongst bad and good things, the author tells how a scientist today tries to keep up with novelties.

One would think that in today’s information age, scientists can easily keep up with new discoveries. However, these discoveries are buried in 24,000 journals most of which cannot be accessed by the individual scientist, because his/her institution does not subscribe to them“.

In order to keep current, here below what he has to do:

  • Read Tables of contents of fifteen or so favorite journals
  • Go through PubMed alerts
  • Read mailing-lists digest
  • Look at some important web sites, social networks, news wires, etc.
  • Listen science podcasts
  • etc.

He estimates “that this takes about 12-14h per week just to keep on top of things“.

The rest of the post is mainly complains against STM publishers, peer-reviewed system, etc. who are partly responsible for the information overload.

Who should be in charge of how Scientists organize their workflow?

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June 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm

ROI and Reliance of STM ejournals; Librarians role

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STM publisher Springer recently commissioned a report from research firm Outsell titled “Establishing Value and ROI: Investing in STM E-Journals and E-Books. The study includes a survey of 573 end users in corporate settings and several in-depth interviews.

The survey highlights that experimented clients rely on librarians expertise. “While an internet search engine such as Google is the most popular place for users to turn to when first seeking information (79% of respondents), library subscriptions to content are a close second. This reliance underscores the valuable role of the library or information services group, as does the third-highest option of seeking the advice of colleagues or experts (including librarians) within the organization

86% of biophama and research respondents stated that they frequently relied upon STM content.

Respondents felt that the biggest impact on their jobs with regards to ejournals usage over the past year related to time savings, most (81%) because the information was easily accessible through their library or information center and more than half (59%) because they avoided duplication of research that had already been conducted“.

According respondents, the most relied upon STM publishers for ejournals are:

  • Elsevier ScienceDirect: 48% of respondents
  • Springer, 46%
  • Wiley-Blackwell, 34%
  • PubMed, 27%, Thomson 16%, etc.
Hydock, Jim, McShea, Jo and Mukta, Ohri (Outsell Corp.). Establishing value and ROI: investing in STM e-journals and e-books. White paper, Jan. 2010. 22 p. Online:

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April 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm