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White Paper on Electronic Journals' Usage Statistics

As more readers prefer and use electronic journals, librarians require specific data on the usage level. This helps them decide the investment levels in electronic resources. Publishers and aggregators spend to identify e-readers. However, each publisher can collect compatible levels of data only by adopting standard steps of data aggregation. This paper analyses issues relating to electronic journals users and publishers.
   
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E-publishing and Scholarly Journals

A shift from traditional publishing to electronic publishing was expected to reduce the price of scholarly journals. Contrary to that belief, the journals prices have been increasing, in turn restricting the purchasing power of the libraries. As an alternative to paid electronic content, efforts such as open access policy, institutional repositories and archiving have been developed. Electronic publishing has thus helped as well as hindered scholarly professionals in various ways.
   
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Jikzi - a new framework for security policy and trusted publishing

Jikzi, a prototype tool for secure e-publishing, is the result of three years' research. The researchers sought to find a protection system for online medical data published, particularly against errors and attacks. Jikzi investigates the security level of the data for publishers involved in the electronic business of such data. The paper describes the development of Jikzi, and also analyses various case studies related to the problems in medical publishing.
   
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Security and scientific information - a vicious cycle

The unrestricted availability of scientific information can aid researches and spread awareness of science. At the same time, such unlimited information can be exploited for unlawful reasons. To avoid this, policies are developed to restrict the spread of potentially harmful science papers. This, in turn, puts the primary objective of researches - to serve the society - under question.
   
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Scholarly journals: form and function

This paper enunciates the evolution of scholarly communication in relation to the form and function of scholarly journals and articles. Electronic scholarly communication is examined on the basis of appearance, type of content, organisation and delivery mode to decide the form of scholarly journals. 'Function' refers to the value adding capacity for these articles. Three schools of scholarly communication perspectives are explained and the transformation of scholarly communication is explained along the lines of these theories. The conclusion contemplates on the future of the journals and articles based on the three theories.
   
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