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Scientific Journals

Improving Library Collections Through Analysis of Publishing Trends

Paul Hucal, Tony Stankus
Publication Date:
December 18, 1990
Content Details:
220 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    If you are facing a dilemma in choosing complicated and expensive science journals for your collection, help has arrived in the form of Scientific Journals. Author Tony Stankus, a highly respected expert on scientific journals, focuses on the advantages to users--and ultimately society--of access to a good assortment of science journals, providing practical information for librarians on effectively managing their resources. He explains how to understand and manage the foreign publication situation by focusing on alternatives to expensive foreign journals and looking at international publishing patterns. In the final section of this vital new book, Stankus explores how technology and competition are improving today's science journals.

    Scientific Journals encourages librarians to sharpen their strategic vision--to see the importance of science for U.S. competitiveness and the role that science journals play in this. Tactical thinking and ideas for promoting U.S. university press titles and Canadian journals instead of the most expensive European for-profit titles are also stressed. While not neglecting concerns about costs, irregular deliveries, and the complexity of check-in, this practical book identifies titles that have high quotability, attract the most U.S. papers, and have the broadest circulation base. Librarians will be pleased to find that some journals that are less costly can also be favorable to science clientele.

    Scientific Journals is essential reading for science branch library managers and science reference librarians in general and academic libraries; serials librarians at virtually all US schools of higher education, especially those with science, engineering, or medical programs; graduate students in library school who are taking courses in sci-tech medical librarianship or in technical services; head librarians and budget/acquisitions librarians at academic and research libraries; and publishers of academic and professional journals.
  • Contents

    Contents Introduction
    • Knowing Success Stories When We See Them and Realizing We Can Use Them to Our Advantage
    • High Yields on an Expensive Investment in Science Journals: Career Histories of Known Undergraduate Users Ten Years Later
    • The Scientist Is Appointed an Editor: Adjusting the Journal Collection at Stages in a Client's Career
    • The Academy Award Without Oscar: What Happens to Your Journal Use After Election to the National Academy of Sciences and Guaranteed Acceptance Into Its Proceedings (in ital)
    • What Do Shifts in World Science and World Publishing Mean for U.S. Librarians?
    • The Rise of Eurojournals: Their Success Can Be Ours
    • How Vulnerable Is the European For-Profit Sector Within U.S. Science Journal Collections? Comparing Its Staying Power With That of the American For-Profit Sector in an Incremental Cancellations Trial, With Special Attention to the Subspecialty Journals of Both Sectors
    • Is the Best Japanese Science in Western Journals?
    • Asia's Other Sci-Tech Dragons: The International Publishing Patterns of Hong Kong, The People's Republic of China, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan
    • Greater Familiarity Will Not Breed Contempt: Canadian Scientific Journals as Economically and Professionally Attractive Outlets for U.S. Researchers and the Libraries That Serve Them
    • The Producer of the Article as Its Distributor: The Competitive Status and Prospects of the University Sector of U.S. Science Journal Publishing
    • Technology and Competition Are Improving Today's Science Journal
    • Desk-Top Publishing and Camera-Ready Copy Science Journals
    • Competition as a Force in the Evolution of Science Journal Format and Publishing Schedules: A Case Study From Cell Biology
    • Index