Michael WiseBayero University
Olga V. TimokhinaRussian State Library
Las revistas bibliotecológicas en Cuba
The paper provides statistics of publication during 30 years, the period during which, and in common with experience in many other countries, there has been a contraction of public funding, and there fore of the volume of publishing. Survival has, in some cases, depended on combining existing journals in order to maintain viability, while the application of desk top publishing techniques has cont ributed to cost control. Specializations recorded in the current decade amount to about half of the total volume of publishing. After journals and journal articles on information science and general librarianship, with 47% of the total, come professional associations at 17%, user service and information service, each with 12% and terminology and new technology, each with 6%.
The Publishing of Library and Information Science Journals in Brazil
Four main library and information science journals of the country began almost simultaneously in 1972 and 1973. They came into being as a result of the favorable political and economic factors of the late 1960s, but the reversal of these favorable influences in the 1980s brought about closures of two, and continuing production problems. A factor in survival has been the amount of institutional s upport these journals have received. This has also brought about a higher degree of professionalism in their editing. Authors with higher degrees, and therefore obviously with considerable experience in research, writing up and presentation of data, form the majority of writers of published articles. Brazilian authors form the overwhelming majority. In facing the future, success must depend upon serious professionalism, application of new technologies for both graphics and dissemination, and aggressive marketing, both within the country and abroad.
Developing the Book Review Section in Library and Information Studies Journals: Some Observations Drawn from Personal Experiences
The paper is written from the author's experience as a reviews editor of an international journal, The International Journal of Information and Library Research. Experience indicates that the modest total of serious reviews achieved in this London-based journal (eight substantial reviews of some 800 words in each issue over two years) would be unlikely elsewhere. Advice for reviews editor s includes: attempt to match title to an appropriate reviewer; do not give in to non-response from potential reviewers and write too many yourself; do try to get reviews written by people in other co untries; give reviewers a serious deadline and follow up closer to that time; get your journal onto publishers' lists, and in return make certain that reviews of their books do appear, so as to retai n their good will.
Focus on International and Comparative Librarianship
Based on his experience of transferring the editorial address from the UK to Nigeria for periods of several years, the author notes several problems: poor communications in all forms posing problems in maintaining contact with contributors; getting copy to the established printer in the UK, and keeping to deadlines for production and distribution. Earlier deadlines and longer production periods for each issue have helped to overcome communication setbacks, although personal stress has increased. The personal contact with all the problems of journal production that are normal in most of Afri ca has brought about a greater understanding of the tenacity and endurance needed by most library science journal authors, editors and publishers in developing countries.