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Retracted Publications: The Hidden World of Biomedical Literature - Rosenzweig, Merle
Retracting or withdrawing a published article from the biomedical literature carries a number of implications and may occasionally create a maelstrom of confusion that has the potential to last for a very long time. The stigma of retraction can haunt the author or authors throughout a lengthy career, even if the reason for the retraction is not due to scientific misconduct—plagiarism, false clams or fake data—but is caused simply by embarrassing, unintentional errors.
Deal or No Deal? Evaluating Big Deals and Their Journals - Blecic, Deborah D.; Wiberley, Stephen E. Jr.; Fiscella, Joan B.; Bahnmaier-Blaszczak, Sara; Lowery, Rebecca
This paper presents methods to develop metrics that compare Big Deal
journal packages and the journals within those packages. Deal-level
metrics guide selection of a Big Deal for termination. Journal-level metrics
guide selection of individual subscriptions from journals previously
provided by a terminated deal. The paper argues that, while the proposed
metrics provide helpful quantitative data for comparative analysis, selection
of individual subscriptions must also involve informed judgment about
a library’s subject coverage needs and alternative sources of access. The
paper also discusses how replacing a Big Deal with a reduced number
of individual subscriptions may affect the collections budget, use of other
resources, and interlibrary loan.
Patterns of Undergraduates' Use of Scholarly Databases in a Large Research University - Mbabu, Loyd Gitari; Bertram, Albert; Varnum, Ken
Authentication data was utilized to explore undergraduate usage of subscription electronic databases. These usage patterns were linked to the information literacy curriculum of the library. The data showed that out of the 26,208 enrolled undergraduate students, 42% of them accessed a scholarly database at least once in the course of the entire semester. Despite their higher levels of learning and expected sophistication in informa- tion seeking skills, juniors and seniors used databases proportionately less than freshmen and sophomores. The University Library conducts a variety of introductory seminars that introduce freshmen to databases in the Fall semester. There was no evidence...