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Use this page/section to find information on various industry publications and resources. Below you will find links to free industry publications, followed by a vetted list of relevant industry resources.

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Free Industry Publications:

The Content Wrangler
A repository for information about enterprise content management (white papers, articles, book reviews, research).

D-Lib Magazine
A solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.

First Monday
A peer-moderated publication on Net culture and structure.

JEP — The Journal of Electronic Publishing
A forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users. Contributors and readers are publishers, scholars, librarians, journalists, students, technologists, attorneys, retailers, and others with an interest in the methods and means of contemporary publishing.

Other Useful Links:

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Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
The leading typology of American colleges and universities.

Chronicle of Higher Education
A primary source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

Archiving & Preservation

Controlled LOCKSS (CLOCKSS) is a joint venture between the world’s leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.

The BiblioVault: A Digital Repository for Scholarly Books
Dedicated to helping presses manage the lifecycles of their books and make these books known and available for as long as they have value.

Book Reviews

CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
Reviews significant current books and electronic media of interest to those in higher education.

New York Times Book Review Archive
Free (for reviews from the past 10 years), registration required.

New York Review of Books
A premier literary-intellectual magazine.

Copyright & Intellectual Property

Copyright Clearance Center
The world’s premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry.

Creative Commons
Offers a flexible copyright for creative work.

The US Copyright Office
The mission is to promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system.

World International Property Organization
An international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit.

Foundations & Philanthropy

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
An independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.

GuideStar: The National Database of NonProfit Organizations
Focuses on the operations and finances of nonprofit organizations and provides an interactive marketplace of information for nonprofit, organizations, donors, foundations, and businesses.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
An independent grant-making agency of the US government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Science Foundation
An independent federal agency “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…”

Open Society Institute
A private operating and grantmaking foundation that aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Makes grants in higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, conservation and the environment, and public affairs.

The Foundation Center
Mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Makes grants to address the most serious social and environmental problems facing society, where risk capital, responsibly invested, may make a difference over time.

Global Publishing Resources

Annual World Development Indicators
Worldview of people, the economy, the environment, states and markets, and global links published by The World Bank Group (www.worldbank.org).

Health Internet Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)
Provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, non-profit institutions in developing countries.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Information (INASP)
Assists transitional and developing countries to access, create and use information and knowledge. INASP partners with information and communication professionals such as librarians, ICT experts, professional associations, publishers, editors and networks.

Government Resources

Library of Congress

Provides health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

The U.S. Government’s official web portal: government at your fingertips.

U.S. Department of Education
Provides useful information about programs, policies, people, and practices that exist at the Department, the projects it funds, and elsewhere.

United States Patent and Trademark Organization
Ensures that the intellectual property system contributes to a strong global economy, encourages investment in innovation, and fosters entrepreneurial spirit.

Impact Factors

Provides data for the nearly 8,000 titles in the Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) along with about 110,000 other publications referenced by the JCR-covered serials. The Eigenfactor method uses citations in the academic literature as tallied by JCR.

Impact Factor
Impact factors are calculated each year by Thomson Scientific for those journals which it indexes, and the factors and indices are published in Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Thomson Scientific also annually calculates the immediacy index, which is the average citation number of an article in that year; the journal cited half-life, which is the median age of the articles cited in JCR; and the aggregate impact factor for a subject category

Library Organizations & Resources

Association of Research Libraries.
ARL influences the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the communities they serve.

Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR’s mission is to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good.

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is an informal, self-organized group comprising nearly 150 library consortia from around the world. The Coalition serves primarily higher education institutions by facilitating discussion among consortia on issues of common interest.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

LIBLICENSE provides information and assistance for academic and research libraries as they read and negotiate licenses with information providers for electronic information content.

The Medical Library Association is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field.

NEDLIB: Networked European Deposit Library
A collaborative project of European national libraries. It aims to construct the basic infrastructure upon which a networked European deposit library can be built.

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)
An independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication.

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center)
A nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. More than 53,548 libraries in 96 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

Open Access

BioMed Central
An independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.

A union catalogue for digital resources. Access to these digital resources is provided by “harvesting” their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).

Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research
In accordance with Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 ), the NIH voluntary Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-05-022) is now mandatory.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public resource.

PubMed Central
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an alliance of academic and research libraries and organizations working through advocacy, education, and incubation of alternatives to correct market dysfunctions in the scholarly publishing system.

Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science
The Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science outlines the commitment of not-for-profit publishers to work in partnership with scholarly communities, such as libraries.

Publishing Organizations & Associations

American Booksellers Association

American Medical Writers Association
Promotes excellence in biomedical communication and provides educational resources that support that goal.

American Society of Indexers
Promotes excellence in indexing and increase awareness of the value of well-written indexes.

Association of American Publishers
AAP, representing publishers of all sizes and types located through out the United States, is the principal trade organization of the book publishing industry.

Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers
An international trade association for not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them. It provides representation of the not-for-profit sector, collective services, and professional development activities.

Board of Editors in Life Sciences
Evaluates the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and to award credentials similar to those obtainable in other professions.

Book Industry Study Group
Sets industry standards and conducts industry research on behalf of publishers, booksellers, libraries and vendors.

Promotes the cooperative use of innovative technologies to speed and facilitate scholarly research. The specific CrossRef mission is to be the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form.

Federation of European Publishers
An independent, non commercial umbrella association of book publishers associations in the European Union.

International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers
STM participates in the development of information identification protocols and electronic copyright management systems.

International Digital Publishing Forum
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), formerly the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), is the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.

International Society for Managing and Technical Editors
An individual-based membership organization formed to promote the professionalism of Managing and Technical Editors and the value of the position.

National Association of Science Writers
Fosters the dissemination of accurate information regarding science through all media normally devoted to informing the public.

National Information Standards Organization
NISO (The National Information Standards Organization), a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information.

NFAIS (The National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services) serves groups that aggregate, organize, and facilitate access to information.

PEN American Center
The largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization.

Professional Scholarly Publishing (PSP)
A division of the American Association of Publishers, PSP represents scholarly and professional publishers. PSP sponsors educational workshops, an annual conference, and monitors federal government activities relevant to its members.

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative designed to serve librarians, publishers and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics.

IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers’ Association, provides cooperative marketing programs, education and advocacy within the publishing industry.

SIPA—Specialized Information Publishers Association
The international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of subscription newsletter publishers and specialized-information services.

Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
Advances scholarly publishing and communication and the professional development of its members through education, collaboration, and networking among individuals in this field.

Software and Information Industry Association
The principal trade association for the software and digital content industry.

The American Council of Learned Societies
A private non-profit federation of 68 national scholarly organizations dedicated to the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning.

The Association of American University Presses, Inc. (AAUP)
An organization of non-profit scholarly publishers, is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through professional development opportunities, cooperative programs, and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy and society.

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals
The Council of Editors of Learned Journals, an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, is an organization of editors of scholarly journals devoted to study in the humanistic disciplines

The Council of Science Editors
Aims to improve communication in the life sciences by educating authors, editors, and publishers; by providing means of cooperation among persons interested in publishing in the life sciences; and by promoting effective communication practices in primary and secondary publishing in any form.

Society for Technical Communication
STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication.