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Digital preservation and permanent access to scientific information

The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) and CENDI have sponsored a report, Digital Electronic Archiving: The State of the Art and Practice. The report analyses electronic preservation of science and technology content such as e-journals, technical reports, e-records, project documents and scientific data. The update of the report details the trends, issues and related activities of securing scientific content by associations like ICSTI, CENDI and others.
   
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Strategic Planning for Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly publishing that is engulfed in chaotic, complex and changing procedures can be set on track with a strategic approach. The paper stresses the importance of a strategic planning process amidst complexities. The second objective of the paper is to categorise particular publishing tools that help the staff in managing the journal and achieving strategic objectives. The factors that are crucial to organise the running of a publication are given in the paper.
   
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Publishing Open Access Journals

Public Library of Science (PLoS), one of the initiators of Open Access (OA), has published this white paper that explains the optimum means of publishing STM content. The paper describes the essential publishing processes that can eschew frills in the production process. Optional steps in the process and staff requirements that could be minimised are also dealt with in the paper. Additionally, the paper points out ways in which the publishers of OA journals can generate revenue.
   
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Choosing between formats for scholarly Web publishing

STM publishers face severe constraints when implementing Web publishing. They are forced to choose between quality and fidelity, in other words, Portable Document Format (PDF) or Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) to publish the data. The PDF format hinders the publisher from adding value, such as linking, multimedia content and content navigation, to the final output, while the HTML format may not ensure the required quality.
   
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MathML to solve problems of publishing notations

Mathematical notations form an important part of STM publishing. Over the years, various attempts have been made to develop structured formats for publishing these notations. The advent of the Internet has made the task more challenging, as publishers looked for a suitable markup language. MathML is one tool that has grabbed the attention of the users.
   
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