Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and Academic Discussion Lists


Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and Academic Discussion Lists

Date: Mon, 16 May 1994 19:38:25 -0400 (EDT)

From: Ann Okerson <>

Subject: Directory of E-Journals, 4th Edition


Please excuse all cross-postings. The editors


For Immediate Release: May 23, 1994

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The Association of Research Libraries announces publication of the

Fourth Edition of the hard-copy standard reference work for serials on

the Internet: the Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and

Academic Discussion Lists.

The extraordinary rate of expansion of microcomputers and linked

networks as vehicles for scholarly exchange, along with growth in the

rate of the use of the Internet, does not abate. The number of

journals, newsletters, and serial-like academic publications continues

to increase daily and scholarly communication expands in exciting new

ways. Although many journals, newsletters, and scholarly lists may be

accessed free of charge through Internet and affiliated networks, it is

not always simple to find what is available. The new edition of the

Directory is a compilation of entries for nearly 1800 scholarly lists

and some 440 electronic journals, newsletters, and related titles such

as newsletter-digests -- an increase in size of about 70% since the

third edition of April 1993 and 3.5 times since the first edition of

July 1991. The directory provides instructions for electronic access to

each publication. The objective is to assist the user in finding

relevant publications and connecting to them quickly, even if he or she

is not completely versed in the full range of user-access systems.

Diane Kovacs of the Kent State University Libraries continues to lead

the KSU team -- nine individuals who collaboratively created the fourth

edition's scholarly discussion lists and interest groups section.

Principal compiler of the journals and newsletters section is Lisabeth

A. King, Research Assistant for the ARL Office of Scientific & Academic

Publishing, with support from Dru Mogge, Electronic Services

Coordinator. Ann Okerson of the ARL/OSAP is overall project coordinator

for the printed directory.

The printed directory points to the widely available Kovacs files as the

free-of-charge Internet sources for the discussion lists section.

According to the OSAP, it is ARL's intent to make an abridged version of

the journals section available on its Internet server as well, during

summer, 1994. A diskette version will be available in June.

The Fourth Edition is produced in 8.5 x 11 paperbound format in 588

pages. Scholarly lists are grouped by broad subject areas, and journals

and newsletters are in alphabetical order. A substantial index of

keywords, titles, and institutional affiliations is provided. As in the

previous three years, frontmatter of value to electronic serial readers

is included.

A scholarly article, Geoffrey Nunberg's (Xerox PARC) "The Places of

Books in the Age of Electronic Representation," reprinted with

permission from the Univ. of California Press journal

Representations (Spring 1993) leads. It is followed by other

commissioned articles related to electronic journals. Jean-Claude

Guedon, co-editor of the electronic journal Surfaces and a specialist in

the History of Science at the University of Montreal, contributes an

essay on "categorizing" serials in a new medium. Birdie MacLennan of

the University of Vermont has prepared a listing and assessment of sites

for electronic serials that are maintained by various organizations on

the Internet. Again, David Robison of NorthWestNet offers an updated

annual bibliography of articles on electronic publishing. A new

addition is Steve Outing's early listing of newspapers available on the

Internet, a project he has begun and hopes to expand in detail.

The Association of Research Libraries is a not-for-profit organization

representing 119 research libraries in the United States and Canada.

Its mission is to identify and influence forces affecting the future of

research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. ARL

programs and services promote equitable access to, and effective use of

recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and

community service. These programs include annual statistical

publications, federal relations and information policy, and enhancing

access to scholarly information resources through telecommunications,

collection development, preservation, and bibliographic control. The

Office of Scientific and Academic Publishing works to identify and

influence the forces affecting the production, dissemination, and use of

scholarly and scientific information.


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