Open Access Journals: The Answer to High Publisher Costs? A Peer to Peer Library Dialog, 4/7/04

Peer to Peer Library Dialog
Wednesday April 7
Noon – 1pm
1916A Room – E.S. Bird Library

Join Susan Berteaux, Head of Syracuse University Science & Technology Libraries, and Betsy Elkins, Library Director at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Moon Library, for a Peer to Peer discussion entitled Open Access Journals: The Answer to High Publisher Costs?
Stop by for a discussion touching on questions such as:

  • What are the benefits and challenges in developing open access models for scholarly communication?
  • Will titles from PLoS (Public Library of Science) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) help lower subscription costs for libraries and increase access for patrons?
  • Will faculty publish in these journals?
  • What other issues surround this new landscape in scholarly communication?

Those interested in reading more about this topic are also welcome to review the following articles (all available via SUMMIT Catalog–online course reserve-“LBR 100”):
Graham, Peter S. Open Access to Scholarship–New Opportunities for the University. The Library Connection (Winter 2003-4): 1-3
Doyle, Helen J. The Public Library of Science: Open Access from the Ground Up. C&RL News, 65(3), 2004
Guterman, Lila. The Promise and Peril of Open Access. The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 30, 2004): A10-14
Reed, Christopher. Just Say No to Exploitative Publishers of Science Journals. The Chronicle of Higher Education (February 20, 2004): B16
Open Access News blog:
The “”Public Library of Science” Web Site:
SPARC Open Access Newsletter:

Hope to see you there.

Peer to Peer Library Dialog is a staff initiated program of monthly discussion about trends and current topics of interest in librarianship. Send comments or questions to Michael Pasqualoni
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Michael Pasqualoni
Reference Librarian – Political Science,
Public Administration, International Relations & Economics
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
315) 443-3715

Library Action Team Wins SU Exemplary Achievement Award

Several SUL staff members have been awarded the SU Exemplary Achievement Award for their work as members of the WebChat Action Team in implementing WebChat. These awards are given annually by the Office of Human Resources to acknowledge outstanding employee contributions to Syracuse University.

Comprised of Tasha Cooper, Tom Keays, Donna Sullivan, and Suzanne Preate, the Team was nominated for the award by their Project Manager, Elaine Coppola.

The Web Chat Action Team was formed in the summer of 2001 to fulfill the goal of extending reference service through innovative service delivery using interactive chat. The Team was asked to develop the pilot reference service and “to assess the need for, response to, and effectiveness of the service” (Web Chat Action Plan Propoasl) and to assess policies and procedures, software selection, and patron and staff responses.

The Library’s users ultimately enjoy the benefits created from the initiative and hard work of this team and other efforts to create new programs and choices for meeting information needs. It is fitting that the University recognized their achievement. Congratulations to Tasha, Donna, Tom, Suzanne, and Elaine.

Angewandte Chemie International backfiles now available

Syracuse University Library recently purchased the 1962-1997 online backfiles of Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English. Similar in scope to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie is one of the prime chemistry journals in the world, with a 2002 ISI Impact Factor of 7.671.

Published weekly, Angewandte Chemie delivers a mix of Review Articles, Highlights, and Communications. The Reviews summarize the important results of recent research on topical subjects in all branches of chemistry, point to unresolved problems, and discuss possible developments. The Highlights provide concise evaluations of current trends in chemical research. The Communications are critically selected and report on the latest research results. Angewandte Chemie also regularly publishes Nobel lectures in chemistry and related fields.

The journal and its backfiles are available through Wiley Interscience @

For further information, contact Tom Keays in the Science and Technology Library, at 443-9769 or

SUL adds Project Euclid Math and Statistics Electronic Journals

Syracuse University Library subscribes to Project Euclid, an initiative in electronic publishing by the Cornell University Library. Euclid is specifically designed to address the unique needs of low-cost independent and society journals through a collaborative partnership arrangement.

Full-text journals are available electronically through Euclid are in the areas of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. The complete list of journals maybe found at
Project Euclid is a growing collection and new titles will continue to be added to the list.

“Euclid is committed to community standards and interoperability. The project complies with the Open Archives Initiative protocol, and works with Math Reviews and Zentralblatt to facilitate interlinking between the services.

Euclid registers Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for all articles with CrossRef. All article level descriptive metadata in Euclid is open access. The long-term retention of data is a project commitment and an area of continuing research.” David Ruddy, Acting Director, Project Euclid

For questions about Project Euclid at Syracuse University please
contact Mary DeCarlo at

– Mary DeCarlo
– Math Library
– 308 Carnegie Bldg
Phone: 443-2092

Federal and New York State tax forms available on 3rd floor of E.S. Bird Library

See the display of tax forms and instruction booklets in the hallway near the elevators. If you do not see the form or instruction you need, ask at our desk. We have every form available for photocopying.
In addition, forms are available at the following web sites:
New York State

New Look for Design and Applied Arts Index

Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) is now available through a different interface — the Internet Database Service from CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts). The database can be access via the Library’s catalog and the Databases Main Menu.

DAAI is the main bibliographic source for current material and information in the areas of design and the applied arts worldwide — an indispensable resource for researchers, students, and librarians in the field, as well as for professional designers and artists.

The database also provides access to the Periodicals Directory, an international directory of design and craft journals, and to the Education Directory, an international directory of universities and colleges that offer courses in design and craft subjects.

New Databases in History, Maps & Literature

The following new databases have been added to SU Library’s collection of electronic resources and are available online.

HarpWeek : Full text access to Harper’s Weekly from 1857 to 1877, including the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. This database includes scanned images of the periodical in addition to searchable text.

Sanborn Maps : Digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities.

Bertolt Brechts Werkes : An electronic edition of Brecht’s works based on Bertolt Brecht – Ausgew hlte Werke in sechs B nden – Jubil umsausgabe um 100.

Kafkas Werke im WWW : An electronic edition of Kafka’s complete works, Franz Kafka, Kritische Ausgabe, Schriften und Tageb cher.

New JSTOR Collection

SU Library has added a new JSTOR collection to its electronic journal subscriptions. The Arts & Sciences III Collection is focused on the arts and humanities and currently contains 33 Language & Literature journals, 32 Music journals, and 7 journals in the disciplines of Art & Art History and Architecture & Architectural History. Additional titles in these fields as well as journals in cultural studies, film, folklore, performing arts, and religion will follow. The collection will be complete by the end of 2005.

A title list can be viewed at

Wilson Database Changes

Wilson Business Periodicals Index and the Index to Legal Periodicals will no longer be available to SU Library users as of Wednesday, December 17, 2003. Applied Science & Technology, Biological & Agricultural Index and Essay & General Literature Index will be unavailable on Wednesday, December 17 but will be re-instated by OCLC/FirstSearch on Thursday, December 18.

For additional information on this change, please feel free to contact Nancy Turner, Electronic Resources Librarian, at 443-2237 or

Open Access Journals Added

600 new peer-reviewed journals are now accessible through the Full Text Journal Locator. Freely available from the DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals, these journals represent a wide variety of subject areas, from information science (Journal of Digital Information) to chemistry (BMC Biochemistry) and the fine arts (Scope: an on-line journal of film studies). Journals can be located through a title or subject search from

The Directory website defines itself as a “service that provides access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system, and it will not be limited to particular languages or subject areas. The aim of the Directory is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.”