INSIGHT--a new peer reviewed electronically based publication ser ies

carabid at MPM.EDU carabid at MPM.EDU
Tue Sep 23 12:38:00 CDT 2003


If you want to find out about GIS technology (Geographical Information
Systems), discover sources for free GIS data, or find out how entomologists
are using GIS, you need to see the article at
<http://www.mpm.edu/cr/insight/Papers/Noonan GIS review.pdf>

        If you want to publish peer-reviewed short to long articles for free
or for very low-cost (even if you have many color illustrations), you want
to consider the new peer-reviewed electronic publication series INSIGHT.


The Milwaukee Public Museum now has a new peer-reviewed scholarly
publication series:
INSIGHT. A Milwaukee Public Museum series in natural history.

The new publication series started September 22, 2003 with publication of
Noonan, G. R. 2003. GIS Technology. A Powerful Tool for Entomologists.
Insight. A Milwaukee Public Museum Series in Natural History. 1: 1-98.
Available online: <http://www.mpm.edu/cr/insight/Papers/Noonan GIS
review.pdf>


INSIGHT homepage: <http://www.mpm.edu/cr/insight/insighthome.html>

Editors are: Gerald R. Noonan, Editor (handles biology articles)
Peter M. Sheehan, Coeditor (handles geology articles)
(When an editor is the author of an article, the other editor handles the
peer review process for that article.)

If you or a colleague has a scientific article that you would like to
publish in the new series, please contact the appropriate editor.

INSIGHT is a peer-reviewed, electronic publication with articles in biology
and geology. Articles are disseminated over the Internet, by CD and by DVD.
The peer review process is the same rigorous process as for printed
journals, insuring scientific excellence.

INSIGHT takes advantage of advances in electronic communications to
disseminate scientific articles free or for a very low-cost. Charges for
typesetting are avoided by having authors use conventional PC software to
format the articles. INSIGHT is available at
<http://www.mpm.edu/cr/insight/insighthome.html>. There are no charges to
authors or readers for articles published on the Internet. If authors desire
to also publish by CD or DVD, they will pay modest charges to cover
production costs for these media.

Electronic publication has significant benefits beyond low costs. Authors
can put on their Internet homepages copies of their articles or links to the
INSIGHT site. Scientific electronic publications can be found by using
standard Internet search engines (such as Yahoo, Lycos, etc.) to search for
words or combinations of words in the articles. The result is articles are
easily found and read on line or printed. Articles in INSIGHT may be as long
as necessary and may include as many color illustrations as required.

INSIGHT is part of a growing trend in which the academic community is using
modern electronics to take back control of the publication of scientific
findings. The high costs of producing printed journals have resulted in high
subscription prices. Science libraries increasingly cannot afford Journal
subscription fees that may be as high as $3000 for a single Journal
subscription. Some conventional journals require authors to pay page charge
fees for each published page. If authors want copies of their articles for
free distribution to colleagues, they typically have to purchase reprints.

Article topics for INSIGHT may be in biology or geology. Possible topic
areas include, but are not limited to, animal behavior, analyses of
geological processes, biogeography, catalogs and checklists, descriptions of
new techniques for studying organisms, ecology, reviews of books or computer
programs, studies about fossil faunas and floras, and systematic and
taxonomic studies. Papers in systematics or taxonomy face the requirement of
satisfying provisions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.
This may be done by publication on CD or DVD of the entire article or
taxonomic changes may be validated by possibly publishing the changes and a
summary of the reasons for them through the paper-based MPM Contributions in
Biology and Geology series.

The purpose of INSIGHT is to make peer-reviewed scientific information
widely available for little or no cost.




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