14.0591 e-publishing: the Eclectic Journal

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Date: 01/15/01

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 591.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 07:00:46 +0000
             From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU>
             Subject: The Eclectic Journal
                               _The Eclectic Journal_
             Based upon a review of E-journals for my new Web registry, EJI(sm)
             [http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/EJI.htm ],
    I have concluded that the present-day "Electronic Journal" is evolving to
    become what I call "The Eclectic Journal".
          By the "Eclectic Journal", I mean a Web-based resource that at its core
    provides access to e-journals that offer not only the conventional content
    of a digital form of a journal  but also provides or permits interaction
    with novel and innovative _features and functionalities_  (e.g., reference
    linking, cross-publisher searching, page customization, open peer review,
    etc.) _AND_ novel and innovative _content_ (e.g., e-Books, pre-publication
    history, electronic discussions, translation services, e-prints,
    bibliographic databases, etc.)
    [SEE EJI(sm) for _several_ more types of various novel and innovative
    features, functionalities, and content  *as well as* dozens of specific
    examples overall]
         Such features, functionalities and content may be integrated  _within_
    the e-journal proper or made accessible from the main resource.
         Sites that  I would consider excellent  examples of  the "Eclectic
    Journals" are
         BMJ [British Medical Journal]  [  http://www.bmj.com/]
           This Electric Journal provides access to a bibliographic databases
    (i.e., Medline), e-prints, reader commentary, reorganized journal content
    (Collected  Resources), pre-publication history, etc.] [Free registration
    required [?]
         The Technical Library of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
    (ASAE) [  http://asae.frymulti.com/ ]
            This Eclectic Journal allows concurrent searching of the
    various ASAE publications, notably journal, conference proceedings,
    standards, technical books, and technical meetings)
           As source material for a review I am preparing on the "The Once and
    Future Journal" for a special issue of  _The Serials Librarian_
    [  http://web.mit.edu/waynej/www/e-access.htm], I am greatly interested in
    identifying Any and All  _RECENT_ literature that discusses this
    e-publishing phenomena. [I am aware of much of the major and minor works
    about the 'Electronic Journal' published within the past 50 years]
    Recently, I identified two highly-relevant articles that support my
    observations about e-journal evolution:
         1- Cox, John. 2000. "The Journal as a provider of community services,"
    __The Serials Librarian_ 38(1/2): 199-209
        2. Anderson, Kent. 2001. "The Mutant journal: how adaptations to online
    forces are forcing STM journals to mutate,"  _Learned Publishing 14(1)
    [This article offers a *very* interesting perspective on e-journal
    [Thanks Garrett Eastman from the Rowland Institute, Cambridge, MA for this
        I am also interested in learning of any _additional_ Eclectic Journal
    features, functionalities and/or content that I have _not yet_ established
    EJI(sm) [ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/EJI.htm] . I am also
    interested in other examples of Any and All novel and innovative e-journal
    features, functionalities, and content for future review and inclusion in
        As Always, Any and All contributions, comments, critiques, queries, cosmic
    insights, etc. etc. etc. are Most Welcome.
    Gerry McKiernan
    Eclectic Librarian
    Iowa State University
    Ames IA 50011
    P.S. From my perspective the ACM Digital Library [  http://www.acm.org/dl/]
    and the IEEE Explorer [ http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/lpdocs/epic03/ ] might
    also be considered Eclectic Journals as could EiVillage2  [
    http://www.ei.org/engineeringvillage2/partners.html  or Ei Engineering
    Village [ http://www.ei.org/eivillage/village.serve_page?p=1280 ]
    [What Do You Think?] 

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