"People are denied access to research hidden behind paywalls every day. This problem is invisible, but it slows innovation, kills curiosity and harms patients. This is an indictment of the current system. Open Access has given us the solution to this problem by allowing everyone to read and re-use research. We created the Open Access Button
to track the impact of paywalls and help you get access to the research you need. By using the button you’ll help show the impact of this problem, drive awareness of the issue, and help change the system. Furthermore, the Open Access Button has several ways of helping you get access to the research you need right now." [more inside]
posted by daisyk
on Nov 22, 2013 -
The digital library JSTOR has announced its new Register & Read program
, under which users unaffiliated with an institution can access "approximately 1,200 journals from more than 700 publishers, a subset of the content in JSTOR. This includes content from the first volume and issue published for these journals through a recent year (generally 3-5 years ago)." [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on Jan 14, 2013 -
The argument over whether photography should be considered an art form seems laughable to us today. Yet, beginning in the 1880s and lasting into the 20th century, members of amateur photographic clubs and societies the world over deemed the topic of artistic photography worthy of a decades-long shouting match. PhotoSeed
, representing an evolving online record of this early fine-art photography movement, is a rich collection of photographs
representing numerous vintage processes. From delicate platinum to exquisite hand-pulled photogravures, images produced singularly or published in portfolios and journals, as well as vintage source material, investigate the roots of the online galleries with the PhotoSeed Highlights
posted by netbros
on Oct 25, 2012 -
For more than two years, scholars and imaging scientists have been using advanced scanning techniques to recover the mostly illegible contents of an 1871 field diary kept by the British explorer David Livingstone in Africa. Low on paper and ink, the explorer had resorted to writing on newspaper sheets, with ink made from berries, and over time the original document had become almost impossible to read. Now the team has unveiled an online “multispectral critical edition” with images, transcriptions, and relevant notes, making Livingstone’s first-person account accessible again. They’ve also created a “Livingstone Spectral Images Archive” to give anyone who wants it direct access to the images, transcriptions, and metadata the project has created, no strings attached. Almost everything in both the edition and the archive comes with a Creative Commons license that allows the contents to be reused with attribution. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jun 3, 2012 -
Harvard’s annual cost for journals from these providers now approaches $3.75M. In 2010, the comparable amount accounted for more than 20% of all periodical subscription costs and just under 10% of all collection costs for everything the Library acquires. Some journals cost as much as $40,000 per year, others in the tens of thousands. Prices for online content from two providers have increased by about 145% over the past six years, which far exceeds not only the consumer price index, but also the higher education and the library price indices. These journals therefore claim an ever-increasing share of our overall collection budget. Even though scholarly output continues to grow and publishing can be expensive, profit margins of 35% and more suggest that the prices we must pay do not solely result from an increasing supply of new articles.
Harvard's Faculty Advisory Council asks Harvard's faculty to change how they publish
. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Apr 24, 2012 -
Russian Satirical Journals of 1905.
MeFi's own peacay
presents a selection of the amazing images produced after the lifting of censorship in Russia following the 1905 Revolution
: "For a few brief months the journals spoke with a great and unprecedented rage that neither arrest nor exile could silence. At first their approach was oblique, their allusions veiled, and they often fell victim to the censor’s pencil. But people had suffered censorship for too long." Much more available at Beinecke
, and Wisconsin
posted by languagehat
on Aug 6, 2010 -
"Papers that are scientifically flawed or comprise only modest technical increments often attract undue profile. At the same time publication of truly original findings may be delayed or rejected."
In an open letter
addressed to Senior Editors of peer-review journals, Professor Austin Smith
) and another 13 stem cell researchers from around the world have expressed their concerns
over the current peer review process employed by the journals publishing in the field of stem cell biology. [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch
on Feb 3, 2010 -
"An internet resource for those interested in historical and literary diaries and diarists." Information pages on over five hundred diarists are included.
posted by jayder
on Jan 12, 2008 -
Small is Beautiful - The best new journals.
(via Guardian / Observer
) selected by Stephanie Merritt
. "Published out of tiny offices or even editors' apartments, funded by grants, donations or founders' savings, distributed by direct subscription or in selected independent bookshops, paying contributors little or nothing at all, these magazines have nevertheless attracted such eminent writers as to give them an international reputation far beyond their limited circulation."
posted by adamvasco
on Dec 30, 2007 -
is a semi-annual journal from Cornell devoted to the timely study of Indonesia's culture, history, government, economy, and society. It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. (note AdBlocker strips the page banner)
There's a fee for current issues but back issues are free.
posted by Burhanistan
on Dec 13, 2006 -
The Diary of John Cam Hobhouse.
(1786-1869) was a close friend of George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
, and "Hobby-O's" diary contains a vivid account of Hobhouse's friendship and travels with Byron. As editor Peter Cochran writes: "Educated at Westminster and Trinity College Cambridge, [Hobhouse] travelled east
with Byron in 1809, was Best Man at Byron’s wedding
in 1815, travelled across Switzerland
in Byron’s company in 1816 after the separation, around Rome
with Byron in 1817, and lived with Byron in Venice
in the same year. He met Byron at Pisa
again in 1822, after Byron’s facetious poem on his imprisonment in Newgate, My Boy Hobby-O
, had almost terminated their friendship. As a member of the London Greek Committee he encouraged Byron on his last journey in 1823; and had he insisted, Byron’s memoirs would almost certainly not have been destroyed
in 1824." (Memoirs which, in hindsight, are considered a "missing masterpiece
.") Also read Hobhouse's account of Byron's funeral
posted by jayder
on Nov 1, 2006 -
At BookFactory we understand the importance of documenting your work, research and inventions. Through innovation and technology we provide the highest quality books at economical prices without requiring large runs. We specialize in making custom Laboratory Notebooks, Engineering Notebooks, Journals, and Log Books with custom page designs, company logos, book numbers, and more, for less than you pay today.
posted by ColdChef
on May 2, 2005 -
Operation Teenage Angst Fest.
Is all the war talk getting you down? Make like your younger self and wallow in some self-obsessed teen angst. You might even want to dig our your old journals and submit
. Keep in mind the cardinal rule
, though: it has to suck.
posted by maud
on Mar 29, 2003 -
In an update to this old thread
, Pamela Ribon is once again writing online. As some may know, Pamela's original site was named Squishy
(a.k.a. Pamie's Panties
), and it was part of the first generation of online journals.
posted by gd779
on Nov 26, 2002 -
When academics rebel.
A group of economists
is attempting to redraw the landscape of academic research publication by injecting new electronic
peer reviewed journals into the marketplace. Electronic publication of research certainly has its merits at times. Case in point: Because of the pressing medical importance of analyses of the recent anthrax cases, JAMA
has published the results of two studies (one of patients who survived
and one of those who did not
) online in advance of the print publication in order to inform health care professionals as soon as possible. Do situations like this argue in favor of a change in the way that research is conducted and/or reported?
posted by iceberg273
on Nov 15, 2001 -
This is amazing.
The project seems well underway already, but I searched and didn't find any link on MF. I've spent all morning picking through these designs, reading the updates and discoveries, and I totally wish I was involved. What do people think of this organic/digital media collision? And the anonymous project mythos? Has anyone seen one of the journals, or received one?
posted by legibility
on Apr 12, 2001 -