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August 10, 2007

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Mark

Just as an update, I see that it was recently announced that Taylor & Francis will acquire Haworth Press. I'm hoping for some trimming of some of their niche journals, and an overall improvement in quality.

Erika

Don't forget Communications in Information Literacy--not directed solely at health sciences librarians, but Stew Brower is one of the co-founders, and a number of MLA-ers sit on the review board.

T Scott

Erika -- indeed, another good example. As Hollister notes in his editorial in the first issue: "the genesis of the journal can be traced back to 2004 and a general discontent that co-founder Stewart Brower and I felt with library literature, the publishing industry, and the process of scholarly communication."

Stew

Even a fully electronic journal such as CIL still averages just over 100 days from accepting a manuscript to full publication. We try to address these frustrations that many authors have with the time lag, but quality peer review and editing takes some time. We're working on it. :-)

BTW, Erika herself plus Jon Eldredge, Sarah McCord, and David Rothman are all on the Editorial Board, and we're bringing on more MLAers now as reviewers. If anyone reading this is interested in contributing to CIL, please contact me.

Marcus Banks

Thanks for mentioning Biomedical Digital Libraries, Scott. We've definitely published some good articles, but right now we're struggling to attract any new articles. Most of our author base cannot afford the publication fees, and BMC institutional memberships are much pricier than they once were. Some serious changes are now in the offing--not sure what yet--because otherwise BDL will cease to exist.

This should turn out to a good case study of the nuances and complications of open access...after we figure out what to do next!

Rachel

This is an interesting discussion. I do want to note that the acceptance date published in JMLA (at least currently) is the absolutely final acceptance, the acceptance that essentially says, "No more changes are needed, your paper is finalized and will be published in issue X." It is not the initial acceptance pending changes, which usually happens much, much faster, and the final date depends to some extent on how quickly suggested revisions are made.

Suze

This is great advice if you can afford to do it. But sometimes promotion and tenure timetables don't allow you the luxury of being so particular.

Dean Giustini

I might as well stick my oar in for two publications near and dear to a Canadian health librarian's heart:

1. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA/JABSC)
- our national journal is open access, moving (I hear) to peer-review and indexed in CINAHL.

2. Open Medicine - Be the first health librarian to submit an article to an important publishing initiative. I am the resident blogger at OM.

Dean Giustini
UBC Google scholar blog

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