Open archives (the "green road") represent the most efficient way of providing full open access through authors' self-deposits. In this article, Thierry Chanier takes a short tour around the scientific publication world. According to him, though free / open access to research findings have been officially acknowledged, the traditional organisation of scholarly publication runs against the objective of allowing the entire annual set of 2.5 million papers to be freely accessed. Thierry Chanier is professor at the Université de Franche-Comté, France.
Are data and conclusions reported in peer review journals sound and trustworthy? According to Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, we can no longer assume that peer review journals are free of "junk science." Dr. Whelan is president of the American Council on Science and Health.
Publications are the means by which scientists publicise their work, and ultimately, it is by their papers that these publications are judged. A string of impressive publications can propel a young scientist to the next academic stage, whereas an insufficient publication record can derail a career. This paper by Katrina Kelner, Deputy Editor, Life Sciences, at Science magazine, is aimed at giving budding scientists a brief idea of what makes a good paper.
This article by Alma Swan discusses whether our present system of scholarly communication aids the progress of science or gets in the way. According to the article open access model of publishing offers the most promise for advancing science. Swan has more than two decades of experience in medical cell biology research and scholarly publishing. She has served on the faculty of Leicester University and on the staff of Pergamon Press/Elsevier Science, where she was senior managing editor.
Majority of scientific papers are currently available online. This article, by Dr. Lokman I. Meho, provides a historical background of citation analysis, impact factor, new citation data sources (e.g., Google Scholar, Scopus, NASA's Astrophysics Data System Abstract Service, MathSciNet, ScienceDirect, SciFinder Scholar, Scitation/SPIN, and SPIRES-HEP), as well as h-index, g-index, and a-index. According to the author, publishing a journal article is only the first step in disseminating or communicating one's work, the Web provides several methods and tools to publicise its scholarly worth. Dr. Meho is Assistant Professor at School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University.