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Publisher attempts to rein in radical medical journal

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): The publisher of Medical Hypotheses has proposed that the irreverent journal should be revamped as an orthodox peer-review publication. In a letter to the editor, Elsevier proposes a revised and more focused aim and scope for the journal and a peer-review process for all submitted articles. To achieve this, it suggests a review of editorial board membership and development of a wide pool of reviewers.
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Is Giving Too Much Away A Good Idea?

(publishingperspectives.com): For a long while now publishers have released sample chapters online to give readers a sense of what a book might be like. You can have them e-mailed to you, download them, or browse for them on the Web. Then there's Amazon's "Look Inside" feature and others that allow you to "browse" the flaps and opening of a book, much like you might do at a bookstore. Unfortunately, argues Kevin Smokler, it isn't working. He advocates that publishers come up with a small, format neutral sample - something akin to a music MP3 single: cheap, portable and, hopefully, catchy. What that might look like remains to be seen.
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Bigger libraries are not better if they are closed

(sunherald.com): After being closed for most of the month, a dozen libraries in four nearby counties should reopen soon. But they will be open for fewer hours because the "current financial constraints" which shut down the Pine Forest Regional Library system are far from over. And they provide a cautionary tale for libraries on the Coast. Sharman Smith, the executive director of the Mississippi Library Commission, acknowledges that less money from the state contributed to the closings.
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Library access to science and popular science journals: more bad news?

(sciblogs.co.nz): Access to some popular science journals may get worse, according to librarians. News is out that EBSCO has acquired the exclusive rights to on-line full text content distribution many popular magazines, including Science, New Scientist and Discover. Although the librarians are peering into their crystal balls, they say they've seen the results of this sort of "aggregation" before and in the past it's added to their budgets.
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US publishers seek new digital model with Apple

(thebookseller.com): Top US publishers are in 'secret' negotiations with Apple for the launch of the expected Apple Tablet/Slate/Pad later this month, with reports suggesting that they are seeking greater control over pricing and supply of digital material. Publishers Marketplace reports that Apple representatives are in New York for meetings this week with "nearly all (and most likely all) of the six largest trade publishers" though adds that those party to the discussion have cautioned that any deals may not be ready in time for the launch next Wednesday.
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