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TitleScientific Information Transfer: The Editor's Role [electronic resource] : Proceedings of the First International Conference of Scientific Editors, April 24-29, 1977, Jerusalem / edited by Miriam Balaban
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1978
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Descript XXXII, 686 p. online resource


It was Faraday who in 1821 said that there are three necessary stages of useful research. The first to begin it, the second toยท end it, and the third 1 to publish it. There has since indeed been so much research and publication that we have become increasingly alarmed by the galloping proliferation of scientific information produced in relation to the user's ability to retrieve and consume it effectively, conveniently and creatively. In 1948, to deal with this concern, the Royal Society Scientific Inforยญ 1 mation Conference held in London spanned the whole realm of scientific inยญ formation. Sir Robert Robinson, President of the Royal Society, in his openยญ ing address noted that "the study of scientific information services in all its ramifications has enormous scope", and the London conference dealt with scientific publication, format, editorial policy, subject grouping, organizaยญ tion, abstracting, reviews, classification, indexing and training of inforยญ mation officers. It was about this time that information science began to develop more on the retrieval end, so it seems logical that the first editors' group founded in 1949 was ICSU AB, the International Council of Scientific Unions Abstractยญ ing Board. In 1958 the National Academy of Sciences International Conference of 2 Scientific Information in Washington limited its interests and expanded on the later phases of the life cycle of information - storage and retrieval


Editors and the Impact of New Techniques: Mechanization and Organization -- Some Aspects of Data-Recording and Microform Output for Information Distribution -- Editorial Processing Centres: A View from the United Kingdom -- Editorial Processing Centres and International Scientific Journals -- Editing a Photographically Reproduced Journal -- The Dual Journal Concept -- Innovation in the Publication of Lengthy Research Articles -- On-Line Preparation of Typescript -- Discussion -- Primary Publications and Modern Information Systems. Copyright Problems from the Viewpoint of Editors of Scientific Journals -- Discussion -- Librarians' Reactions to Non-Conventional Publishing Methods -- PANEL: Users' Reactions to New Techniques in Scientific Publishing -- Discussion -- Multiple Choice, a Publications Option for a Diverse Science -- The Journal as a Centre for International Communications: The Experience of Current Anthropology -- Discussion -- Flagging and Tagging Scientific Data -- Discussion -- Science, Society and the Editor -- Treatment of 100 Man-Related Scientific Problems: Science as an Indicator of Publications -- Information Transfer and Management in the European Community -- Discussion -- How Editors Catalyze the Publication Explosion -- Logopollution and Ways to Prevent it -- Model of the Growth of Science Illustrates Structural Problem in Scientific Publishing -- Publication-Centred Symposium: An Experiment -- Discussion -- In Defence of Standardized On-Demand Publication -- The Publication Game and the Education of Future Scholars -- Editors' Impact on Science Policies and Politics -- The Editor as Mover or Retarder of Scientific Ideas -- Discussion -- Creators and Gatekeepers โ{128}{148} Authors, Editors, Referees -- Democracy of the Intellect -- The Role of Review Journals in Scientific Publication -- Reports on Progress in Physics -- Discussion -- Refereeing and Judgment -- Editorial Judgment in Scientific Periodicals -- Improving Referee-Selection and Manuscript Evaluation -- Refereeing Reconsidered: An Examination of Unwitting Bias in Scientific Evaluation -- Discussion -- Publication, Innovation and Citation -- Sex and Money -- Discussion -- The Creative Role and Function of Editors -- Discussion -- Can Editing be Quantitated? -- Standards and Style -- A Coherent Philosophy of Titles, Abstracts and Keywords in Scientific Articles -- The CSIRO Style Manual -- Progress with Editerra Editors' Handbook -- The Fourth Edition of the CBE Style Manual -- Style Manuals and Guides for Authors and Editors: Prescriptive or Descriptive? -- On the Preparation of a Reference Manual for Authors and Typists of an International Research Centre -- Style! Why Bother? -- Discussion -- Standardization of Written Information in Science and Technology -- An Editor's View of Standards and Standardization -- Presentation of Numerical Data in the Primary Literature -- Barriers in the Flow of Numerical Data from Primary to Secondary to Tertiary Literature. A Case History -- The CODATA Biologists' Guide for Presentation of Numerical Data -- Four Kinds of Style -- Economics and Organization of Scientific Publishing -- to Morning Session -- The Organization and Economics of Publishing and the Function of the Editor -- Is a Good Editor a Good Publisher? -- Financing Scientific Society Journals in the USA -- Discussion -- The Publication of Scientific Journals in France -- Integrated Science Publishing: An Example from Australia -- Economics and Organization of Scientific Publishing: The ESRC Model Study -- Discussion -- Surviving Inflation? Some Recent Financial Problems of a Specialist Medical Journal -- Editing a Photographically Reproduced Mathematics Journal -- Page Composition Costs of Philosophy Journals: A Report on a Study -- Discussion -- International, National and Special Problems -- to Session: International, National and Regional Problems -- Experiences of the Nordic Publishing Board in Science (NOP) -- Centers for Scientific Publications -- Quantity and Quality in Israeli Science -- EDITEAST (Association of Editors in Science in Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania) and its Role in Scientific Publishing in the Region -- Science Publications in Hong Kong -- Discussion -- Social Sciences -- Functional Differentiation of Social Science Journals -- The Need for a Council of Social Science Editors -- Stability versus Change in Psychological Research. Toward Improved Standards in Psychological Journals -- Discussion -- Agricultural and Development Publications -- The Non-Conventional Literature of Tropical Agricultural Resource Assessment and Development: Its Nature, Sources, Quantity, Value and Accessibility -- A Rational System for Editing and Publishing the Literature of Tropical Agricultural Resource Assessment and Development Planning -- Scientific Editing and Publishing for the Third World: A Review from the Tropical Products Institute -- The International Development Research Centre: Its Unique Role in World Development -- Discussion -- Editor-Secondary Services Interface Developments in Secondary Information Services and Information Transfer -- Developments in Information Transfer -- Information Flow Between Primary Journals and Secondary Services: Report on a Study -- The Past and Future of the Conventional Abstracts Journal -- User Reactions to Secondary Journals -- Discussion -- On the Information Transfer from Primary to Secondary Sources and from Secondary to Primary Sources - An Editing Experiment in an Interdisciplinary Field (Automatic Image Analysis) -- How Services from the Institute for Scientific InformationR (ISIR) Aid Journal Editors and Publishers -- The Difficulties of Preparing the International Serials Catalogue. How Editors Could Help -- Discussion -- History of ASCE Indexing and Abstracting -- A Practical Seminar-Workshop Course in Scientific Writing -- Closing Session: Summary, Recommendations, Resolutions and Future -- Towards and International Federation of Scientific Editors' Associations (IFSEA) -- Closing Session -- Sequel and Preview -- Call for Proposal and Comments -- Towards IFSEA - Organizing Committee and Draft Statutes -- Ciba Foundation Workshop on the Consolidation and Adoption of a Rational System for References - Resulting Suggestions -- List of Participants -- Editors' Associations -- Style Manuals and Guides Exhibited -- Author Index

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