[Mla-cds] Reviews of Journals
r-kubilius at northwestern.edu
Tue Jan 18 16:27:19 CST 2011
Sorry for the very delayed response re: "equivalent to a quality book
review of a journal". I've not seen a summary of answers.
Reviews of books are handled in the professional journals and through
Doody Core Titles (and Doody Reviews). Reviews of journals, old and new,
have been harder to find and most of us probably use other measures and
metrics: Is the title indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE or somewhere else? Who
is the publisher ( a society or commercial publisher)? Who are the
editors (sometimes we look for local institutional faculty on editorial
boards, etc.)? If it's a journal that's been around, what are the impact
factors (JCR and other)...We also look at cost, uniqueness in the field,
etc. Sometimes discussions in a library are driven by user demand
(verbally or through ILL reports)...
The word has been that a new publication currently in process, */MLA’s
Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources/* (to be published
in 2011 by MLA and Neal Schuman, ISBN: 9781555707194) will address not
only the book side (already handled by Doody's, which also originated
during MLA meeting discussions, has CDS & other librarian &
faculty/experts reviewers), but also the journal side. An annotation,
including a list of authors, can be found
Reading the website info, it appears this new MLA publication may not
serve Nalla's needs exactly in that it is a selection, but doesn't
feature a full "review". EXCERPT: "As many as twenty of the top titles
in each discipline are arranged by the G01 Biological Sciences and G02
Health Occupations tree schedules of the National Library of Medicine’s
Medical Subject Headings... Each entry contains full bibliographic
information, followed by an annotation describing the scope and coverage
of the work, any significant features, and intended audience. "
Perhaps someone on this list who is involved in this project (MLA and
Neal Schumann) can share some insights? Perhaps someone has already seen
an exam copy? (The update schedule and the online availability is not
listed.) And, perhaps, there are other alternatives to Nalla's quest.
Galter Health Sciences Library
CDS chair, 2010-2011
On 12/9/2010 4:16 PM, Lalla, Nadia wrote:
> [My apologies if this is in the archive and I just missed it because
> of braindeadness. Double apologies if I’m missing the obvious answers.]
> Fellow colleagues,
> Where do you look for reviews of new journals — or possibly older
> journals? What I’d really like is something equivalent to a quality
> book review of a journals.
> Please send your replies directly to me.
> Thank you.
> Nadia J. Lalla, M.L.I.S.
> Coordinator, Collections & Information Services
> Taubman Health Sciences Library
> The Univerity of Michigan
> email: nadiamar at umich.edu
> mla-cds mailing list
> mla-cds at colldev.mlanet.org
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