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Publication date: 1 March 2003

Judith Wusteman

Within the library world, there is a growing interest in the use of XML in journals, not least because of its implications for e‐journal archiving. But what is actually…

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Within the library world, there is a growing interest in the use of XML in journals, not least because of its implications for e‐journal archiving. But what is actually happening in the commercial journals market? How far have XML and its related standards permeated the production of real commercial journals and how do publishers and other providers of journals see this area developing? This paper looks at the activities and future plans of a selection of publishers and aggregators in the STM journals market, although many of the comments relate to the entire journals arena.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 20 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 8 August 2008

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 April 1983

Virginia Hayden

One of the tasks of the special librarian is to facilitate current awareness: services are set up to encourage user groups to keep up‐to‐date with developments in their…

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One of the tasks of the special librarian is to facilitate current awareness: services are set up to encourage user groups to keep up‐to‐date with developments in their own and related subject areas. The librarian advocates current awareness as an essential prerequisite for members of that user group to remain effective practitioners, researchers or teachers within their subject area. The librarian encourages and advocates because unfortunately some of those practitioners, researchers and teachers are either unconvinced of the need for current awareness or haven't the time/are not interested/cannot be bothered.

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Library Management, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 17 February 2012

Mike McGrath

The purpose of this paper is to review the current LIS literature for document supply and related topics.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the current LIS literature for document supply and related topics.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on the reading of about 150 journals, reports and web sites.

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This study finds that the prices of the big deals are under greater attack than ever. Alternatives are being actively explored. A more assertive approach is being adopted to expand the role of open access. Resistance is growing, particularly in the UK, to the publishers' ability to override copyright law in their contracts with libraries.

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This is the only regular literature review that focuses on document supply.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 40 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 23 February 2010

Uwe Rosemann and Markus Brammer

This paper aims to describe the development and current situation of electronic document delivery by public libraries in Germany, taking into account the impact of the…

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This paper aims to describe the development and current situation of electronic document delivery by public libraries in Germany, taking into account the impact of the changing regulatory framework of German copyright law and the consequences of law suits against libraries and Subito.

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The paper describes the current situation. Also, the new licensing strategy of the Subito delivery service and the national licensing strategy for electronic media of German libraries and the German Research foundation come into focus

Findings

The negative development of copyright law posed a new challenge for document delivery services in Germany since the statutory licence in German copyright law no longer covers electronic document delivery provided by Subito and other library document delivery services. Licence agreements with publishers or intermediaries such as copyright clearance centres are now necessary to allow delivery of electronic documents. These negotiations have proven to be very complex and controversial, but now a complicated framework of licence agreements has been concluded and will enable German libraries to generally provide electronic documents in the future. DRM‐systems, however, still are a challenge for customers and the delivery service.

Practical implications

Demand of delivery services has decreased and may decrease even more in the long run due to availability and direct accessibility of electronic documents, together with the national licensing program in Germany.

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The paper provides a concise summary and gives an impression of the development of document delivery services of German libraries between 2003 and 2008 with special reference to the legal position and changes to German copyright law.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 38 no. 1
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ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 1 August 2000

Kate Bloor

This paper focuses on academic, scientific publishing, as a form of documentation and communication of scientific findings in the changing world of converging information…

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This paper focuses on academic, scientific publishing, as a form of documentation and communication of scientific findings in the changing world of converging information and communication technologies. It assesses the current state of technologies and forms of publishing electronically, and future trends and possibilities. This is linked to a discussion of the nature of the publishing industry, its form in relation to economic issues in demand and supply within publishing and specifically electronic publishing in this area. The paper suggests that the recent policy document from the European Commission, Strategic Developments for the European Publishing Industry towards the Year 2000 may present a number of difficulties for the scientific publishing industry. This strategy outlines a number of possibilities for increasing the extent of electronic publishing. These possibilities conflict with the particular situation of scientific publishers, which are generally small businesses with limited resources and expertise, and without the financial stability to be able to set up or initiate electronic publishing. The analysis of the policy suggests that the publishing industry and its representatives may need to work more closely with small publishers, so that the infrastructure may be developed to overcome these problems for these exciting new technologies, and methods of utilising them for electronic publishing, exchange of information and communication, to be fully utilised.

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Library Review, vol. 49 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 23 March 2010

David J. Brown

This paper aims to bring together information on whether any evidence exists of a commercial conflict between the creation of digital archives at research institutions and…

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This paper aims to bring together information on whether any evidence exists of a commercial conflict between the creation of digital archives at research institutions and by key subject centres of excellence, and the business of journal publishing.

Design/methodology/approach

Relevant publications, including articles published in refereed books and journals, as well as informal commentaries on listservs, blogs and wikis, were analysed to determine whether there is any evidence of a commercial relationship.

Findings

Most of the published comments are highly subjective and anecdotal – there is a significant emotional overtone to many of the views expressed. There is precious little hard evidence currently available to support or debunk the idea that a commercial conflict exists between repositories and journal subscriptions. The situation is made more difficult by the many technological, sociological and administrative changes that are taking place in parallel to the establishment of repositories.

Practical implications

Separating the key drivers and their impact is a major strategic challenge facing all stakeholders in the scholarly communication industry in future.

Research limitations/implications

This is an important area which requires close monitoring – the possible threat that the established journal publishing system could be eroded away by a new “free” scholarly information system needs attention. One significant study in this area is being undertaken by the PEER group, funded by the European Commission with hard evidence being collected by UCL's CIBER research group. The results from this impartial investigation will be very welcome.

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The paper shows that relationship between repositories and journal subscriptions is vague.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 62 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 21 August 2007

Mike McGrath

The purpose of this article is to provide a review of the most recent literature concerning document supply and related matters.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide a review of the most recent literature concerning document supply and related matters.

Design/methodology/approach

The article is based on the reading of over 150 journals as well as monographs, reports and websites.

Findings

That the fundamental debate on the direction of scholarly publishing continues intensely. Electronic books remain a minority market but screen readability has improved significantly. The mass digitisation of books continues apace. Open access continues to grow but with widely differing views on its impact – the publishers start to fight back.

Originality/value

The paper is a useful source of information for librarians and others interested in document supply and related matters.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 35 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 1 June 2001

David Russon

This paper reviews the development of UK copyright law since the time the British Library was established, with particular reference to the “fair dealing” and “library”…

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This paper reviews the development of UK copyright law since the time the British Library was established, with particular reference to the “fair dealing” and “library” exceptions. At times when copyright laws have been under review publishers have argued for fewer and narrower “exceptions”, librarians have sought to maintain them or even extend them. The relationship between interlending and document supply and journal subscriptions has been a key issue in the debate. Studies which have attempted to understand this relationship are reviewed, as are the developing document supply policies of the British Library. Finally, note is made of the Library’s approach to licensing electronic versions of journals and the legal deposit of non‐print publications.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 29 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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