STM Inquiries, Initiatives

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Speaking of Reed Elsevier and its competitors, an inquiry is underway that will look into the pricing practices of commercial STM publishers and discuss open access publishing models. At the U.K. Parliament's Science and Technology Select Committee hearings in March, the publishers testified and key organizations (such as IFLA and The Royal Society) submitted formal statements on these issues. (See Richard Poynder's column on page 1 and watch for ongoing coverage.) Meanwhile, STM companies were busily rolling out new products and services.

Elsevier announced the first fully functioning version of Scopus, its highly anticipated, full-text linking, A&I database that was initially tested by 20 academic libraries. (For details, see the NewsBreak at http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb040315-l.shtml.) The company is now providing access to another 30 academic libraries for final testing and user trials and expects to have the commercial release available by the fourth quarter of this year.

Scopus is designed to be an all-science, comprehensive access point for libraries. It delivers coverage of 13,000 titles from more than 4,000 STM publishers and plans to cover more than 100 open access journals by the summer. …