21.075 new on WWW: JEP 10.2

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 13:10:31 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 75.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 12:34:06 +0100
         From: Shana Kimball <kimballs_at_umich.edu>
         Subject: JEP Volume 10.2 now online

Filtered Wisdom

--Judith Axler Turner

Edith Wharton once said something about wisdom
needing to be filtered through personal
experience. In this issue of JEP our authors
bring personal experience to their work, sharing
their interests as well as their scholarship. It
is this personal view that makes this issue of
JEP special. It is also telling that this
collection of articles, which came to JEP one at
a time, spell out a similar theme: publishing is
inexorably moving away from its old paradigms, to
new models where electronic will soon overtake
paper. Even the last bastion--human resistance to
change--is crumbling at the edges and the center cannot long hold.

Hilary Wilder and Sharmila Pixy Ferris wrote an
article for JEP a year ago on communication. They
collaborated using a wiki, a Web space that
allows anyone to read and edit its contents. In
Using a Wiki to Write About Wikis they let JEP
readers know what it was like to write so publicly.

In Cross-Media Publishing Andreas Veglis looks at
the top 10 U.S. daily newspapers from a
Hellenistic perspective, and finds them only
moderately committed to electronic publication
compared to their European counterparts, but the ball is rolling.

Felicia A. Smith finds drama and excitement in
the journals pricing wars, and compares it to the
horror movie Jaws in J.A.W.S. As in Jaws, the
good guys finally win and the citizenry see the light.

Bhaskar Mukherjee explores the value of
open-access journals in the library and
information science field based on impact factors
and a host of other criteria in Evaluating
E-Contents Beyond the Impact Factor. His research
shows that standards are not affected by changing media.

Frank Lester's Backlinks: Alternatives to the
Citation Index for Determining Impact uses JEP
as proof that links to an article may be better
determinants of impact than citations for two
reasons: they are not bound by discipline,
and=ADbecause of the Web's dynamic nature=ADcan
include links added to an article after its original publication.

The Deep Niche by Michael Jensen suggests a new
economic model for electronic publishers, one
that could result in consistent best sellers over the life of a publication.


Another new approach comes from Charles Henry ,
who explains how Rice University Press has
re-invented itself to become the first fully
digital university press, and is on its way to new successes.


Diane Harley, Sarah Earl-Novell, Jennifer Arter,
Shannon Lawrence, and C. Judson King carefully
studied The Influence of Academic Values on
Scholarly Publication and Communication
Practices, and found that the major difference
between electronic publishing and paper
publishing was perception. The way to move
scholars to accept electronic publication is to
ensure that the publications meet the scholars' real needs, they conclude.

Maria Filippi writes about a digital library in
Italy that meets real needs and is thriving. In
Implementing a Digital Library through National
Cooperation, she explains how a library can help thwart marine pollution.


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