11.0257 electronic publishing

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 8 Sep 1997 19:03:48 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 257.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (93)
Subject: Journal of Electronic Publishing

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (167)
Subject: Scholarly Communication and Technology

[3] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (15)
Subject: what next?

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 16:14:34 -0400
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Journal of Electronic Publishing

[The following was announced in Humanist earlier, but the NINCH version
comes with additional information -- and the new issue of the Journal of
Electronic Publishing is worth a second notice, don't you think? --WM]

September 5, 1997


Under a new editor, Judith Axler Turner, the JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC
PUBLISHING has resumed publication with a new issue, focusing on how and
why some e-journals have come into being and what they offer beyond hard

The JEP is published by the University of Michigan Press, is free and
available online at <http://www.press.umich.edu/jep>.

Apart from the articles cited below in the new issue, readers will probably
also be interested in the re-print of Malcolm Getz' paper, "An Economic
Perspective on E-Publishing in Academia,"
<http://www.press.umich.edu:80/jep/03-01/getz.html>, delivered this April
at the Scholarly Communication and Technology conference, organized by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at Emory University.

David Green


Colin Day
313-764-4388; colinday@umich.edu
Judith Axler Turner
202-986-3463; judith@turner.net

NEW ISSUE OF The Journal of Electronic Publishing NOW AVAILABLE

September 1, 1997 -- You can't read it on the train, or make notes in the
margin. You can't tear out an article to put in your files. You have to buy
an expensive machine, learn a confusing interface, and master a cranky
connection even to open it up.

So why does anyone publish a scholarly peer-reviewed journal

Editors of eight electronic-only peer-reviewed scholarly journals answer
that question in the latest edition of The Journal of Electronic
Publishing, available now at <http://www.press.umich.edu/jep>. JEP is
published by the University of Michigan Press.

JEP has a new design, a new format, and a host of new articles (including
reviews JEP itself, and brave commentary by a librarian who wants to invest
in article futures and by a university-press leader who prefers paper). The
JEP reincarnation has come with the editorship of Judith Axler Turner, who
sharpened her e-publishing teeth creating the online version of The
Chronicle of Higher Education.

The September issue of this sparkling online quarterly is entitled

ELECTRONIC JOURNALS: Why? -- A look at how eight e-journals
came about, and what they offer that you can't get in print

The invited feature articles are:

ACM's Journal of Experimental Algorithmics
"Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice"
by Bernard M. E. Moret

Earth Interactions
"Transcending the Limitations of the Printed Page"
by Judy C. Holoviak
American Geophysical Union
and Keith L. Seitter
American Meteorological Association

The Electronic Journal of Cognitive and Brain Science
"Democracy Replaces Peer Review in an All-Electronic Journal"
by Zoltan Nadasdy
Rutgers University

First Monday
"Waiting for Thomas Kuhn"
by Edward J. Valauskas
Internet Mechanics

Living Reviews in Relativity
"Making an Electronic Journal Live"
by Jennifer Wheary
and Bernard Schutz
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Public-Access Computer Systems Review
"Testing the Promise"
by Pat Ensor
and Thomas C. Wilson
University of Houston Libraries

"Beyond Paper Images: Radiology on the Web"
by Laurens V. Ackerman
Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
and Alphonse Simonaitis

TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism
"A Modern Experiment in Studying the Ancients"
by James R. Adair, Jr.
Scholars Press

In addition, the issue includes invited articles by Mike Cuenca, William
Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of
Kansas; Paul M. Gherman, Vanderbilt University; Peter Grenquist, New
York University; and Thom Lieb, Towson University.

JEP is continuing its effort to find and reprint articles important to
electronic publishing that have appeared elsewhere. The September issue
includes an excerpt from conference proceedings in textual scholarship, an
article on the economics of online publishing, and an article on how
electronic publishing supports the Muslim diaspora community.

JEP welcomes submissions of original articles for peer review, and of
articles that have appeared elsewhere that are of interest to JEP's unique
audience, publishers, authors, and scholars interested in the
online-publishing environment.

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 17:30:22 -0400
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Scholarly Communication and Technology

September 5, 1997


Following my previous message concerning the Journal of Electronic
Publishing, in which Malcolm Getz' paper on "Electronic Publishing in
Academia: An Economic Perspective" could be found, I'm forwarding an
announcement of the availability of companion papers to Mr. Getz' also
delivered at the Mellon sponsored conference on Scholarly Communication and
Technology at Emory University in April.

David Green

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September 4, 1997



The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with the
Association of Research Libraries, is pleased to announce the availability
of selected papers from the conference, Scholarly Communication and
Technology. The two-day conference, organized by The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and held at Emory University in April 1997, brought together
technologists, publishers, librarians, and scholars to discuss the
changing nature of scholarly communication in the electronic environment.
The papers can be accessed via the ARL web site at:


Issues under discussion during this two-day event included, the
economics of electronic scholarly publishing, incorporating technology
into academia, the future of consortia and access versus ownership,
electronic content licensing, and updates on several electronic scholarly
initiatives, such as the Columbia University Online Books Project, Project
Muse at Johns Hopkins University, and JSTOR.

Distinguished speakers whose presentations are available
online include:

Janet Fisher,
Associate Director, Journals Publishing, The MIT Press

"Comparing Electronic Journals to Print Journals: Are
there Cost Savings?"

Malcolm Getz ,
Associate Professor of Economics, Department of
Economics and Business Administration, Vanderbilt

"Electronic Publishing in Academia: An Economic

Willis G. Regier,
Director, The Johns Hopkins University Press

"Epic: Electronic Publishing is Cheaper"

James G. Neal,
Sheridan Director, Johns Hopkins University Library

"The Use of Electronic Scholarly Journals Models of
Analysis and Data Drawn from the Project Muse Experience
at Johns Hopkins University"

Sandra Whisler,
Assistant Director, Electronic Publishing, University of
California Press

Susan F. Rosenblatt,
Deputy University Librarian, University of California at

"The Library and the University Press: Two Views of
the Costs and Problems of the Current System of
Scholarly Publishing"

Robert Shirrell,
Journals Manager, The University of Chicago Press

"Economics of Electronic Publishing: Cost Issues"

Hal Varian,
Dean, School of Information, Management and Systems,
University of California at Berkeley

"The Future of Electronic Journals"

Karen Hunter,
Senior Vice President, Elsevier Science

"The Effect of Price: Early Observations"

Andrew M. Odlyzko,
Head, Mathematics and Cryptography Research Department,
AT&T Research

"The Economics of Electronic Journals"

Thomas A. Finholt,
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Collaboratory for
Research on Electronic Work, University of Michigan

"Analysis of JSTOR: The Impact on Scholarly Practice
of Access to On-Line Journal Archives"

Richard Hamilton,
Paul Shorey Professor of Greek, Bryn Mawr College

"Patterns of Use for the Bryn Mawr Reviews"

Michael E. Lesk,
Division Manager, Computer Science Research, Bellcore

"Digital Libraries: A Unifying or Distributing Force"

Carol A. Mandel,
Deputy University Librarian, Columbia University

Mary C. Summerfield,
Coordinator, Online Books Project, Columbia University

"Online Books at Columbia: Measurement and Early
Results on Use, Satisfaction and Effect"

Peter Lyman,
University Librarian, University of California at

"Digital Documents and the Future of the Academic

Susan Hockey,
Department of English, University of Alberta

"Making Technology Work for Scholarship: Investing in
the Data"

Brother Eric Hollas, OSB,
Director, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, Saint John=D5s

"Technical Standards and Medieval Manuscripts"

Anne R. Kenney,
Associate Director, Department of Preservation, Cornell
University Library

"Digital Image Quality: From Conversion to
Presentation and Beyond"

Jane Ginsburg,
Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic
Property Law, Columbia University School of Law

"The HYPATIA Project (toward ASCAP for Academics)"

Ann S. Okerson,
Associate University Librarian, Yale University

"The Transition to Electronic Content Licensing: The
Institutional Context in 1997"

Andrew Lass,
Project Manager, Czech and Slovak Library Information
Network, Mount Holyoke College

"The Cross Currents of Technology Transfer: The Czech
and Slovak Library Information Network"

Richard W. Meyer,
Director of Libraries, Elizabeth Coates Maddux Library,
Trinity University

"Consortial Access Versus Ownership"

Raymond K. Neff,
Vice President for Information Services, Case Western
Reserve University

"A New Consortial Model for Building Digital

Scott Bennett,
University Librarian, Yale University

"Information-Based Productivity"

James J. O'Donnell,
Professor of Classical Studies and Vice Provost
(Interim), Information Systems and Computing, University
of Pennsylvania

"Cost and Value in Electronic Publishing"

Deanna B. Marcum,
President, Commission on Preservation and Access

"Summary Remarks"


For further information please contact:
Richard Ekman (re@mellon.org)
Patricia Brennan (patricia@arl.org)

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research institutions. Its mission is to shape and influence forces
affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly
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services, visit our home page at <http://arl.cni.org>.

Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 19:01:42 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: what next?

Faced with the prospect soon of talking to the seemingly ubiquitous subject,
electronic publishing, I've been wondering quite a bit recently what
questions are blowing about at the horizon of our knowledge and experience.
In the above notes on the subject I'm very pleased to see attention being
paid to the question of economics, which in the broadest sense of this word
seems a crucial one to me. It's the system-wide effects that are most
important to us in the long-term, not so much the reduction of costs, or the
hidden ones that mean total cost will not be reduced, or not by as much as
some have imagined. How will the sociology of knowledge be changed?

What, then, are the big questions we should all be paying attention to?

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