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More Information About Trends in Scholarly Communication

Leaders of academic institutions, libraries and national associations and groups are taking visible stands on how we can collectively influence scholarly communication.

Examples include:

Atkinson, Richard C. "A New World of Scholarly Communication," Chronicle of Higher Education November 7, 2003, p. B16.

Davidson, Keay. "Bay Area leads revolt against scientific journals," San Francisco Chronicle October 27, 2003, p. A4.

Foster, Andrea L. "Scientists at U. of California at San Francisco Push for Boycott Against 6 Biology Journals," Chronicle of Higher Education October 31, 2003

Foster, Andrea L. "40 Computer Scientists Abandon a Print Journal for an Online Competitor," Chronicle of Higher Education November 2, 2001 At least half the editorial board of Machine Learning, a journal on artificial intelligence published by Kluwer Academic Publishers resigned to join Journal of Machine Learning Research, a competing journal that distributed free online.

Cornell University Library Issues in Scholarly Communication. Available: http://www.library.cornell.edu/scholarlycomm/index.html : A Web site outlining the issues

Cornell E-print Archive. Available: http://arxiv.org/ : A very active archive for pre-prints, mainly in physics. This is probably the single most successful effort to date to create a new method of exchanging high quality scholarly information.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Available: http://www.arl.org/sparc/core : An alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations built as a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system. SPARC serves as a catalyst for action, helping to create systems that expand information dissemination and use in a networked digital environment.

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Available: http://www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html : Outcome of Conference on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities 20 - 22 Oct 2003, Berlin. At a press conference in Berlin on October 22, 2003, virtually every major German scientific and scholarly institution, including the influential Max Planck Society, announced the signing of the Berlin Declaration

Open Access Now: Campaigning for Freedom of Research Information [published by BioMed Central]. "A Crisis on Campus" Available: http://www.biomedcentral.com/openaccess/archive/?page=features&issue=9 : Interview with Beverly French, Director for Shared Digital Collections at the California Digital Library.

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November 18, 2003

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