Elsevier cuts off University of California’s access to its academic journals


“University officials acknowledge that the cutoff of direct access to Elsevier journals will cause some inconvenience on UC campuses. Almost any article sought by a campus researcher can be found legally through interlibrary loans, online repositories such as Google scholar or PubMed, or directly from its author.

“We know we can provide access to everything through one mechanism or another,” says Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, the university librarian. “We’ve always provided access to scholarly research for things we don’t have subscriptions to. Now we’ll be doing that for Elsevier articles.””

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Voynich MS and Taylor & Francis

Otfried Lieberknecht in Medtextl-L:

As regards the “theory” which Gerard Cheshire much to my surprise and dismay succeeded to have published by _Romance Studies_, see, for instance, Lidia Becker, _Fake news in Romance Studies (Taylor & Francis): On the “solving” of the Voynich manuscript by Gerard Cheshire’ (2019), available at https://uni-hannover.academia.edu/LidiaBecker

In her closing paragraph, she writes:

“It is not surprising that just another pseudo-scientist tried to impress the world by solving the mystery of the Voynich manuscript. But what a pity that a journal like Romance Studies and its owner, a global academic publisher Taylor & Francis, both fairly respectable until now, seem to be in a peer-free search of sensational news in order to increase the number of views and cross-references instead of pursuing scientific goals. A reason enough […] to stop publishing in this “fully refereed” tabloid […].”

Johannes Schöner and Achilles Gasser, 1545

>>Ritual Apologies for Cross-Posting<<

Dear Illustrissimi,

As our first fully-cataloged book in the University of Miami Library's Jay I. Kislak Collection, we have just finished the record for the copy of Johannes Schöner's De iudiciis nativitatum Libri Tres (Nuremberg: Johan Vom Berg and Ulrich Neuber, 1545).

You can see our local record here:

What is important about this particular copy is that it has inscribed on its title page a statement of ownership by Achilles P. Gasser, stating that it was a gift from Schöner himself 29 October 1545. It is annotated relatively heavily, and includes Gasser’s own astrological associations for a series of locations in Europe in the final pages of the volume. Gasser and Schöner, along with Georg Joachim Rheticus (former student of Schöner), formed part of the network around Copernicus, crucial in disseminating the latter’s ideas, and urging him to publish his work.

The copy will be digitized and made publicly available by the University of Miami Library Special Collections as part of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, with access provided “through 2D and 3D digitization, online exhibits, and a collaborative virtual library” (see UMiami’s catalog for the inaugural exhibition in May 2019, Open New Worlds: A Journey Through the Kislak Collection p. 40).

Here is the Austrian National Library digitized copy, though I note that they have included as part of the edition a separate broadside tipped in (after the title-page which has a poem on its verso):

All the best,
Linde M. Brocato
Lead Cataloger, Kislak Collection
University of Miami

(Exlibris-L) #buchgeschichte

How to cite an Archivalia entry

German style:

Klaus Graf: Sprichwörtliches: In Heubach fraßen die Wölfe den Schultheiß auf dem Markt. In: Archivalia vom 11. Juni 2016

Chicago style:


Graf, Klaus. Sprichwörtliches: In Heubach fraßen die Wölfe den Schultheiß auf dem Markt. Archivalia (blog). June 11, 2019. Accessed July 11, 2019. https://archivalia.hypotheses.org/100215

MLA style


Graf, Klaus. “Sprichwörtliches: In Heubach fraßen die Wölfe den Schultheiß auf dem Markt.” Web blog post. Archivalia, 11 June 2019. Web. 11 July 2013

MLA7 does not require the URL/link in a website citation but I recommend adding the URL!

The Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-19: Prelude to the Holocaust

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Tennant et al.: Ten Hot Topics around Scholarly Publishing (2019)


1. Will preprints get your research ‘scooped’?

[No.] “To the best of our knowledge, there is virtually no evidence that ‘scooping’ of research via preprints exists”

2. Do the Journal Impact Factor [JIF] and journal brand measure the quality of authors and their research?

[No.] “[T]here is little basis for connecting JIFs with any quality measure, and inappropriate association of the two will continue to have deleterious effects”.

3. Does approval by peer review prove that you can trust a research paper, its data and the reported conclusions?

[No.] “Scientists understand that peer review is a human process, with human failings, and that despite its limitations, we need it. But these subtleties are lost on the general public, who often only hear the statement that being published in a journal with peer review is the “gold standard” and can erroneously equate published research with the truth.”

4. Will the quality of the scientific literature suffer without journal-imposed peer review?

[No.] “[I]t seems that the strong coupling between journals and peer review as a requirement to protect scientific integrity seems to undermine the very foundations of scholarly inquiry”.

5. Is Open Access [OA] responsible for creating predatory publishers?

[No.] “Associating OA with predatory publishing is […] misleading”.

6. Is copyright transfer required to publish and protect authors?

[No.] “[W]e are unaware of a single reason why copyright transfer is required for publication, or indeed a single case where a publisher has exercised copyright in the best interest of the authors”.

7. Does gold Open Access have to cost a lot of money for authors, and is it synonymous with the APC business model?

[No.] “Not only is there already more than enough money ‘within the system’ to enable a full and immediate transition to OA […], but there is an enormous potential to do so in a cost-effective manner that promotes more equitable participation in publication”.

8. Are embargo periods on ‘green’ OA needed to sustain publishers?

[No.] “[T]here is little evidence or justification supporting the need for embargo periods”.

9. Are Web of Science and Scopus global platforms of knowledge?

[No.] “As a global community, we have not yet been able to develop digital infrastructures which are truly equal, comprehensive, multi-lingual and allows fair participation in knowledge creation”.

10. Do publishers add value to the scholarly communication process?

[Yes.] “[S]cholarly publishing is not a simple process, and publishers do add value to current scholarly communication”.