republishing scholarly articles without proper attribution hurts all of us

I recently published something in a journal put out by Emerald Publishing. According to a new paper written by a Cornell librarian, Emerald has been republishing journal articles across its periodicals without identifying the articles as having been republished. This is no good. They have published this response.

Simple keyword title searching has led the author to over 400 examples of this behavior, in 67 of the publisher’s journals taking place over a period of at least fifteen years. The publisher has claimed that it has ceased the practice of article duplication Libraries spend considerable sums of money to purchase academic journals. Skyrocketing journal inflation coupled with stagnant acquisitions budgets have resulted in massive cancellation in our libraries. The results of this research suggest that we may have collectively spent vast sums of money on duplicated materials from Emerald and didn’t know it. [lisnews]
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Reading Over the Shoulder of the Future at the Library of Congress

Interesting though ponderous essay about what we can divine from the future by observing the LoC. A postmodern look at the future of information.

“I am unsure what marks off knowledge in the digital age from an earlier, Gutenberg-era episteme. Is there a difference in how we know? Is sifting through a bunker of diverse materials heaped on a desk so terrible different than linking together multimedia resources through hypertext? How?” [thanks robert]
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