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Open Access Journal Publisher


By George Krikorian, Dana Medical Library

PeerJ is a new online academic journal publisher dedicated to open access and innovation. The publisher runs two publications: a journal called PeerJ, and a preprint server called “PeerJ PrePrints.” It boasts annual savings on publication, 801 world-class academic editors, and provides 100% Open Access to peer-reviewed research.

Essential Features:

  • Creative Commons license allows for quick, free distribution and use of peer-reviewed content.
  • Publication based solely on scientific validity.
  • Low publication costs due to one-time lifetime membership.
  • Rapid development of new features and improved functionality.

Head to their website to sign up or learn more!

American Speech and Hearing Association Backfiles




Dana now has perpetual access to the following journal titles published by the American Speech and Hearing Association:

  • Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools– 1980 to 2005
  • Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research– 1980 to 2005
  • American Journal of Audiology– 1991 to 2005
  • American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology– 1991 to 2005.

Online Journals Now “Journals of Record”

An editorial in a medical journal in 2000, opined it will be “increasingly difficult for any paper-only periodical to maintain a position as a journal of record. It is only a matter of time before electronic journals take over from paper journals as the official archive.”

Since that article was written, there has been a ground-swell of journal publishers announcing that the online version of the journal is, indeed, the “journal of record.”  BMJ, Genetics, Pediatrics, AJR, and Journal of Neuroscience have announced this transition.

One explanation for this change is that electronic journals offer advantages to the readers like instantaneous delivery of each issue (including internationally), RSS feeds, and space and storage savings.

But the main reason that online journals become the official record is due to the enhancements offered in the digital environment. Hypertext links, movies, sound, images, and supplementary tables or data are all now commonplace features.  Also, teaching points in the form of “key concepts” are frequently utilized and bulleted or color-enhanced for ease of use by instructors and students alike.

The popularity of mobile devices and e-readers may contribute to the growth of electronic titles being favored over print.

At present there is no comprehensive list of those journal publishers that have made the switch to online journals as the “journal of record.” The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers the following guidelines on when they officially index the online version for Medline. NLM indexers:

  • try to identify when the online version of a journal has more content than the print version.
  • search for retractions, errata, and comments in a way that can be cited.

From this determination, NLM almost always indexes from the online version. When publishers are given the option of having their journals indexed from the print or online, NLM reports that “few, if any, journals have ever opted for us to index from the print version instead of the online version of the journal.”

Jeanene Light, MLS

Problems accessing what you need? Let us know!

Sometimes publishers don’t include all the articles from the print journal in the online version, or a whole issue is missing. Maybe you know we subscribe to an electronic journal but you just can’t get into it. And sometimes whole databases experience technical difficulties.

Problems accessing content online occur much more frequently than we would like. But, fortunately, we’re here to help!

Our first priority is to get you the content you need. If you have any problems, contact the reference desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu. If it is after reference desk hours (M-F, 10-4), you can contact the circulation desk at 656-2200, who will also try to assist you. If we can’t access the content either, we will try to get it for you as quickly as possible through our Document Delivery and InterLibrary Loan departments.

The second step is to correct the problem so other people don’t have a similar experience. We always report difficulties to our technical services department who works hard to resolve the problem with the publisher or vendor.

There’s also something YOU can do: if you’re having difficulties accessing articles, electronic journals, databases, or e-books, the Libraries want to hear from you. An online form allows you to report problems directly to the e-resource troubleshooting team, who will work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Help us improve our services by reporting any and all problems you have!

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Journal Changes for 2010

Below are changes in the area of electronic resources for FY 2010.

Journal Titles going from Print Only to Print & Online

  • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
  • Journal: Physical Therapy Education

Journal Title going from Print and Online to Online Only

  • Analytical Biochemistry (Science Direct)

Journal Titles added in Online Only unless specified

  • Lymphatic Research and Biology
  • Stem Cells
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Respiratory Care (only available as a print & online package)
  • Science Translational Medicine
  • Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • Medical Teacher
  • Mary Anne Liebert (NERL package) of 66 titles

Other Electronic Resources

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