In the first, the Press's Executive Editor, Mike Rossner, discusses the practice of bundling large numbers of journals by the mega scientific publishers, and the effects on university libraries. Unsurprisingly, the current economic climate is affecting not just newspapers (do you hear that Boston Globe? That...is the sound of inevitability), but will have big impacts on science publishing. And that doesn't even take into account moves towards Open Access. Check it out here.
Here's one very interesting tidbit from the editorial:
"The Rockefeller University library subscribes to bundles of online journals from several megapublishers. For one of the bundles, the top 10% of journals garner over 85% of the hits to the bundle from users at the University. Over 40% of the journals in the bundle had no hits at all from the University in 2008!"In the second editorial, from the May issue of JGP, Editor Edward Pugh takes on one of my personal hobby horses: Supplementary Data. Now in principle there's nothing wrong with Supplementary data; it's just currently there seem to be few standards about how they should be dealt with, both in review and archiving. Pugh clearly sets out at least JGP's position on them:
"Several pressures now call for a review of policy on Supplemental Material. One pressure comes from the growing use of such material by other journals as an omnibus substitute for publishing scientific material. Increasingly, methods, theory, and even primary results are offloaded to supplements. As a community, we need to question such practices, asking whether they are dictated by the goals of science or by financial expediency, and inquire as to the short- and long-term consequences of such practices for science."So go check that out too. Oh, and while you're there, check out a modest little paper by Blair, Kaczmarek and Clapham. All 14 figures of it that is!