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Digital Broadband Content: Scientific Publishing

This is a study of scientific publishing covering both scholarly and scientific research publishing. The study includes STM, humanities, social sciences and arts publishing. The forms of content described are research databases, journals, research monographs and reference books. The study is focused on the changeover from printing to digitalising, throws light on that changeover process, and acknowledges scientific publishing as the core factor in the creation and propagation of knowledge.
   
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Global Access to Indian Research: Indian STM Journals Online

The author, Lalitha Kumari, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India, emphasises that the development of a firm R&D foundation in the government and private sector in every domain of science and technology has led to a rise in research publications. But it is of great concern that these research findings, particularly those published in Indian journals, are underrepresented globally. To overcome this problem, the Internet can be used as a medium for propagating information. Further, free access can be given to users across the globe. Pointing out that STM journals are available online owing to government and private non-profit publishers, the article provides an overview of these efforts internationally while focusing specifically on Indian initiatives.
   
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Charges against science journals

It has been noted that science and medical journals in Britain are increasingly adopting techniques that get them wide coverage and circulation, thus losing focus on the issues. The journals have been charged with ignoring neutrality to support the policy of the publisher or publish attention-grabbing headlines. Investigative and whistle-blowing stories are often published without substance and credibility. The article also points out that scientists are increasingly focusing more on the effect of the study title than the results.
   
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The continued importance of XML in scholarly publishing

Storing and archiving scholarly content in XML format has various benefits. Publishers can use the content in XML format for additional revenue by providing the content in differentiated platforms. Newer versions of archiving can be adopted by publishers if the data is in XML. The author concludes that publishers must have enough capacity to hold the rights to provide the content in other formats; and posses a copy of the XML data archive at their disposal for further use.
   
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Changing cost models for scientific publishing

Scientific publishing has shifted to a new paradigm where dissemination of content is easier. The advent of the Internet has simplified the distribution of journals. The change in the model has posed a question on the link between the publishers and libraries. Different perceptions on the cost of the publication procedure and an alternative model can be gained in the article
   
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