PUB SCIENCE Jacsó
Messy overlap among DOE Databases Messy overlap among DOE databases
Design and organization problems • Scattered databases with much overlap • PubSCIENCE – only journal article records; mix of DOE-created and publisher submitted ones • Information Bridge – reports only but in full text image format (PDF) • ECD – journal article records some overlapping with publisher submitted ones, records of DOE reports haphazardly linked, patents, etc. • GrayLIT – reports including Information Bridge
The design “concept” - • Discombobulating users • Forcing users to do database hopping • Propaganda mechanism • Lies, damned lies, and PubSCI claims • “Selling” the same content multiple times • Getting extra budget for NEW product • Should be “old” and IMPROVED
- The design “concept” • Dicing, slicing, icing [on the cake] • Look how much we have done • We need more money • Big promises + untrue claims: • “significant expansion anticipated” • “more publishers” • “over 1,300 journals” • “over 2 million citations”
- The anatomy of the component databases • Content problems • Database growth or is it decline? • Composition change: DOE-created vs publisher supplied records • Drastic cost reduction by minimizing DOE A/I activities • Ricochet effect on the ES&T “mother” database • Sharp decline in quality A/I records • The fleecing of users, and paying subscribers
Content problems again • The plummeting of records with controlled descriptors • No abstracts in most publisher supplied records • Remote vs local abstracts • Idle promises of links to abstracts • The farce of links • Links: the good, the bad, the ugly and the dysfunctional and the non-existent
Partner and journal problems • Some good partners, many irrelevant • Good partners but irrelevant journals • The best energy journals are not included • The best energy journal publishers are not partners • Which are the best energy journals? • Journal Citation Reports Energy & Fuel Section (66 titles) • Which are the most widely held energy journals by libraries? • OCLC WorldCat wonderful features(see review)
Absurd journal and publisher claims Double dipping
Phantom data in the January 2001 PubSCIENCE flyer Over 1,300 searchable journals? No, citations + abstracts at best. Over two million citations? No, less than 1 million unique.
Phantom partners in the January 2001 PubSCIENCE flyer Over 40 partner publishers? Many publishers appear only on the flyer not in PubSCIENCE.
Where did you say Oxford University Press was? Not among the searchable publishers, but look Marcel Dekker is there
Who is Marcel Dekker? • Oh, just the publisher of Physics & Chemistry of Carbons, the #1 source by Impact Factor in the Energy section of the latest JCR*. Two of its other journals, In Situ, and Petroleum Science & Technology are also among the top 50 Energy journals, but not among the journals for which PubSCIENCE would get records. • * (partly due to the questionable IF-algorithm)
The moment of truth comes when the journals by publishers need to be listed Nice to have Marcel Dekker, but why these and not its energy-related serials?
How many journals?From 1000+ to 1400 as reported by OSTI people.Strange roller-coaster, and sudden surge.See rise from Oct 16-17 speech to 35 publishers and 1,250 journals. Then again, it is a drop from the 1,400 reported on August 9. , 2001
Number of journals good for PR, but you had better see the list, and whether they are indeed journals. Look at ZDNet’s offerings.
So here is the list, but records in PubSCI appear only from 2 sources, AnchorDesk, and Enterprise Computing – latter not every listed here
Maybe Marcel Dekker will impress us with a wealth of relevant articles from the 3 journals One from each Jacsó
Marcel Dekker * Why not link to the items? *
Some journals do not really fit the DOE scope of interest, no wonder that there were no records from these journals in the pre-1990 Archive section. Dumping into PubSCIENCE “whateva” they can to boost the database size