Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education

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Stay on top with the latest developments in scientific and technical journal publications!
In Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education, experts in the academic community propose cost-effective alternatives to commercial publications in the face of increased journal prices and reduced budgets. This book discusses recent technological innovations that can maintain the needs of researchers who need to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology as well as scholars who must be published and peer-reviewed in order to achieve tenure and promotion. This text also examines the latest developments in information retrieval that will effectively cut time and costs for academic researchers in the library.

Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education focuses on the need for the academic community to accept new, economical methods of producing and making available publications such as peer reviews, research papers, letters, technical and experiment reports, preprints, and conference papers. This volume also emphasizes that scientists and engineers—whether graduate students or professionals—must have access to the latest relevant research in their fields and rely on libraries to provide it. Several chapters in this book examine the problem areas of information technology that will need to be fixed, such as bottlenecks to the flow of information, difficulties using information retrieval systems, and the challenges with archiving electronic journals.

Using research and case studies, this book offers strategies for obtaining benefits such as:

More efficient and inexpensive ways to access and navigate information
More cost-effective means of authentication and quality control
New initiative programs in electronic theses and dissertations to assist graduate students
Increased dissemination and access for conference papers at significantly less cost
Alternative and more effective approaches for solving underlying problems within the scholarly communication circuit of scientists
Activities for librarians to help expand utilization of digital
Technologies at the local level
Accurate and reliable retrieval of citation data from online sources

Using Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education, you can play an important role in improving the means and methods in this area of academics. This important guide will help librarians, science and engineering faculty and students, researchers, and publishers maintain funding, improve efficiency, and offer new methods for scientific studies.
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Ellis Mount
VALUABLE. . . The ideas in this book will undoubtedly be widely accepted as vital to the goal of better utilization of what is already available. The book also provides an excellent summary of the types of tools and systems still awaiting wider recognition. . . . A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH.—President, Mount Data Services; Editor, Sci-Tech Book News; Author, Mapped for Murder
Judith Siess
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. . . . Each chapter builds on the one before. The first section presents some very interesting and promising solutions to the problems of scholarly publishing. The chapter on the role of the scientific literature is especially good. The chapter on the critical issue of digital archiving is comprehensive.—Publisher/Editor, The One-Person Library newsletter
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Table of Contents


Can Peer Review Be Better Focused?
The Future of Scientific and Technical Journals
The eScholarlship Repository: A University of California Response to the Scholarly Communication Crisis
Conference Proceedings at Publishing Crossroads
Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Enhancing Scholarly Communication and the Graduate Student Experience
Chemistry Journals: Cost-Effectiveness, Seminal Titles and Exchange Rate

The Role of Scientific Literature in Electronic Scholarly Communication
Scholarly Communication in Flux: Entrenchment and Opportunity

Issues and Concerns with the Archiving of Electronic Journals
User Expectations and the Complex Reality of Online Research Efforts

Bibliometric and Bibliographic Analysis in an Era of Electronic Scholarly Communication
Citation Patterns of Advanced Undergraduate Students in Biology, 2000-2002
Reference Notes Included
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