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Meeting changes in user requirements and expectations in STM publishing

STM publishing confronts few challenges aside from pricing policies. With improved revenue models, technology, offshore production and distinct publisher services, publications have to make efforts to satisfy the end-user, the reader. With the advent of the Web, it is the responsibility of the publisher to instantly provide the content, direct readers to archive and reduce the cost of content delivered through cross-media.
   
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Author-pays model in open access medical journal

The Journal of Experimental&Clinical Assisted Reproduction is an open access journal launched by BioMed, UK, in September 2004. Its working model involves the authors paying a fee to have their articles processed and published in the journal while maintaining the copyright. It is a win-win model, says the article, since the authors retain control over their publications, while other researchers and lay readers benefit from a truly open access system.
   
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Scientific books vanishing from reach

Sir Crispin Davis, Chief Executive of Reed Elsevier, UK, has expressed his appreciation for the growth of STM journals, with the volume published increasing 3 percent every year. He has stressed the need to alter the tax rules for digital content published, distributed and archived to support the recent trend of accessing STM journals online. University libraries that are struggling to increase their collection of scientific journals due to lack of funding must be funded proportionately from the government research fund allocation, he added.
   
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National security concerns on free access to research

The US government supports access to scientific research at no cost. But certain scientific research topics have raised security concerns among a few scholars. A study analyses the topics that might be potentially risky when misused, as well as policies that unintentionally allow such topics to be published.
   
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LOCKSS paving the way for a paperless office

Sun Microsystems, US and Stanford University are working on preserving STM journals in electronic format. A paperless office seems to be unconceivable at present. The demand for paper is steady as data on the Internet are ultimately printed to obtain a hard copy. LOCKSS has been developed to retain web data permanently and avoid paper copies.
   
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