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3/28/2003 Linfield librarian to discuss future of scholarly journals

McMINNVILLE – Challenges of publishing scholarly information, including the rising cost of journals, will be the focus of a Linfield College faculty lecture, "Scholarly Communication: What's the Cost? What's the Future?" Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Carol McCulley, assistant professor and reference and distance learning librarian, will present issues in the current debate about scholarly communication and its importance to the academic community.

"There is great concern over the ability of researchers to communicate their work rapidly and widely," said McCully, who has been at Linfield since 1996. "This is especially true in the science, technology and medical fields, which rely primarily on journals, but other fields are affected as well."

According to McCulley, a huge increase in the number and cost of journal subscriptions for libraries has had serious implications for scholarly communication. From 1986 to 2000, journal prices increased 226 percent, while books went up 66 percent. The Internet offers alternatives to publishing scholarly research, but raises questions about peer review, indexing and archiving. Alternative methods for communicating research have been instituted by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Stanford's HighWire Press and others.

Copyright, the key to where and when research articles are published, has become an important issue. McCulley said authors are being asked to consider signing limited copyright agreements, which would restrict the way in which publishers use their articles and could return control of the articles to the researchers after a certain period of time.

"The future of scholarly communication will depend upon the cooperation of researchers, publishers and libraries," McCulley said.

McCulley holds a BA in biology from Elmira College, a MS in microbiology from the Medical University of South Carolina and a MLS from Emporia State University.

The lecture is part of the Linfield faculty lecture series, which offers one presentation each month by members of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.