Re: Restructuring Learned Society Communications

From: Professor L.W. Hurtado <> <harnad_at_COGSCI.SOTON.AC.UK>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 15:13:56 -0400

Just a quick notice that the latest (UK) Times Higher Eductation
Supplement (Oct. 16, p. 6) mentions a new development involving
the U.S. Assoc. of Research Libraries and the UK Standing
Conference of National & University Libraries, together with the
Royal Society of Chemistry. The plan is for such learned
societies to produce & manage e-journals at a modest cost, with
the libraries signing up in advance to purchase them and make
them available. With learned societies sponsoring/publishing
them, the e-journals should more likely and more quickly be seen
as having sufficient quality & prestige to receive the submissions of
significant researchers in relevant fields.

I am "dead chuffed" (to use a UK expression), for it looks very
much like a step in the direction of the university/learned societies
coalition for e-journals that I've been urging for several years. Nice
when dreams seem to come true, even if only in stages.

Larry Hurtado
University of Edinburgh,
New College
Mound Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2LX
Phone: 0131-650-8920
Fax: 0131-650-6579
Received on Tue Aug 25 1998 - 19:17:43 BST

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