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Media Psychology : The Scholarly Conversation

Your guide to finding and using library databases, journals, and web resources in the field of media psychology.

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Scholarly Publishing Issues

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CreateChange - The Create Change Web site, a popular resource on scholarly communication issues, has been updated to provide faculty with current information, perspectives, and tools that will enable them to play an active role in advancing scholarly information exchange in the networked environment.

Framing the Issue - from the Association of Research Libraries.
Detailed overview of the crisis in scholarly publishing and initiatives for open-access.

Issues in Scholarly Communication - from Cornell University Library.

Open Access Initiatives and Examples

SPARC – Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
"SPARC is an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations built as a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system ...[that have] reduced dissemination of scholarship and crippled libraries."

Public Library of Science
"Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource." Launched its first open access journal, PLoS Biology, in October 2003.

Budapest Open Access Initiative
" international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the Internet."

PubMed Cental
U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of life sciences journal literature.

BioMed Central
" independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research."

Directory of Open Access Journals
Searchable directory of "free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals." Currently includes 560 titles.

Source: "Scholarly Publishing Issues" McCain Library, Agnes Scott College