As I've been dealing with thousands of journal websites, I took a dim view of Gold OA sites with too much going on (I call it "Bollywood Style"), most of them from India. And then, a couple of days ago, I hit two Elsevier Gold OA journal sites...
Surprise Wednesday: just backing out to go to the Wednesday hike, fellow walking waves at me, tells me "you have a flat tire." Sure enough. CSAA on its way (I've managed to avoid ever changing a tire), then off to the store where we bought the tire a year ago to get a replacement...
Came *this* close to commenting at SKitch, with Joe Esposito blathering about how much he's irked by university librarians with $50 million budgets being contemptuous of university presses. I'm guessing Joe believes there are dozens or hundreds of such university libraries. In fact, as of 2012 data, there are ten (10) in the U.S.
Academic libraryfolk: I havn't worked in a library in 3 years, and that was at a community hospital. One of the faculty I support wants to know the reputation of this journal: http://www.hoajonline.com/emergme... I'm aware that Herbert is on Beall's List...but that's not enough for me. Any info on the publisher you're aware of?
Heard a few minutes of Mr. "Six Californias" on NPR today. Maybe he should stay off the radio: It sounded like a pure example of very wealthy privileged Native California nostalgia gone wild: Back in the day when California had great education, was the best place to start a business, had no poverty and wonderful weather...
Beautiful hiking day (a little rain yesterday and LOTS of wind cleared some of the muck out of the air), and we did "Brushy Peak counterclockwise." Which in this case meant that for the Ramblers, the intermediate group, instead of a nice pleasant 4 miles with maybe 500' rise, we had *exactly* the same hike as the Scramblers: 6.35 miles...
Fun times yesterday: At 3 p.m. (+/- 5 minutes), power went out. Called PG&E; it had already been reported; estimated fix 6 p.m. Which changed to 8 p.m. Which changed to (gulp) 1 a.m. Finally restored at 11:56 p.m. Went out again after about three minutes for eight minutes. Restored (and stayed restored) at 12:07 a.m.
Thanks to a different post, I went back to the Forbes idiocy and looked at the comments. The author has apparently decided that full-time trolling on other commenters is deep wisdom. It's quite a remarkable display; makes Cato and Hoover people look dead reasonable by comparison.
After one "incompatible" Blu-ray and one damaged one, finally actually able to watch Big Miracle last night--and it's quite a good picture that seems not to have gotten much attention. Great cast, true story (three California Grey whales stranded in early ice near Barrow, during Reagan's admin.). Thoroughly enjoyable.
YOU GUYS. What was the name of the guy who would always post complaints to email lists about, uh, (afraid of summoning...) a public library in a city in Massachusetts? Something reminded me but I can't find it and now it's bothering me.
Never been a Led Zeppelin fan (nor a heavy metal fan), but listening to Pandora yesterday while indexing C&I 14.8 (the only time I use Pandora), suddenly a beautiful little totally-non-metal instrumental from LZ came up (on one of my custom channels). Remarkable. Don't remember the name of the piece, but it wasn't words.
Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) is out...which also means that "Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage" is now available at the ALA Store. This is a relief... (A short version of my blurb for that is just the first two pages of a 32-page issue.)
Sigh. Now the Beallster, in asserting Another Predatory OA Publisher, concludes that if you create an overlay journal to a repository base (in this case overlaying articles deposited in SSRN), the repository (SSRN) *is the publisher.* No point in trying to educate him; he's selectively deaf.
For some bizarre reason, I read the Wikipedia entry on RLG today (Research Libraries Group, that is). It's...sad. (It's not wrong; it's just sad.) Nothing at all on the talk page, which is never a good sign.
Probably not the first one to say this, but it seems as though somebody at Bentham Open would have realized that their favorite journal-naming convention, The Open [Noun-Phrase] Journal, results in some...unpleasant titles.
Nothing like timing: I tried to read a Tom Peters book 25 years later, and gave up...and in last week's Economist, see the Management Fad of the Hour: Zappos' idea to turn itself into a whole bunch of self-forming project teams with little or no middle management. With a Name, of course: Holacracy.
MacroWorld publishers - legit? not legit? I don't see them or their titles available in EBSCONet, in Ulrich's, or even on Beall's List. I'm going with scam, but before I tell that to the prof. who asked … any thoughts? MacroWorld - International Publisher http://www.macroworldpub.com/