Publishers: children of the wild?

November 2, 2012

I’m reminded of a book I read once by Jeffrey Archer (I know, I know, I only read one). In it, the rags-to-riches protagonist makes a gift of an enormous sack of banknotes to the kindly, forest-dwelling peasant who took him in as an orphaned babe.  The shivering and impoverished woman weeps for joy.  And as our hero walks away, she starts building herself a hearty blaze with the generous gift.  

You see, I’ve just read Simon Lilley’s piece in the Times Higher this week, which is based on a paper he wrote for the journal, “Organization”.  The paper is called “What are we to do with feral publishers?”.  There he bemoans the eye-watering profit margins of commercial journal publishers (up to 53 per cent), the propensity of many such organisations to hole up in tax havens to make those profits go that bit further (every little helps), and what on earth academics can do about it (resign en masse from editorial boards and set up parallel titles elsewhere).

As I turned to my email, our exasperated Collection Development Manager had circulated some disturbing news. Apparently, the “not-for-profit” publisher of the journal “Science”, (the American Academy for the Advancement of Science) plans to increase our subscription fee to the title by 41%, to £6,200.

I sighed.  I pondered. And then it all clicked into place.  The publishers are feral. They should be objects of pity, not scorn. Someone just needs to tell them that there are other ways to keep warm in winter than to burn cash.


We are moving!

September 11, 2009
House on lorry reproduced under Creative Common License from
House on lorry reproduced under Creative Common License from

The Broadcast blog is on the move. After two and a half years of news and views from the Library Engineering team this will be the last post on this site. To carry on receiving the same mixture of  information and news on all topics related to engineering you will need to access the new integrated Library blog at which brings together information of interest to all three Faculties. There are a couple of ways to home in on Engineering posts  on the new blog – just click on the “Engineering” link in the Category cloud on the right hand side or use the links provided to set up an Engineering RSS feed. 

Useful new changes to the Inspec database

July 8, 2009

Inspec are very pleased to announce the addition of full scientific formula displays on the Inspec database record citations. While Inspec is not a full text database, the result of this new capability allows for these scientific formula displays to appear within abstracts and other fields on the full record displays and Result Lists.  

Also included in the database update is a simpler, more streamlined searching functionality.  Learn more about it, and the scientific formula display, on this page. Any questions or comments, please let us know!

Internet Resources Newsletter

July 7, 2009


Culled directly from the Internet Resources Newsletter, here is the latest engineering-related internet news.  As ever, do take a look at the newsletter itself which is always packed with links to both useful and intriguing sites. 

Building Sustainable Design (UBM Built Environment’s latest brand) is a new monthly magazine for building services engineers, architects, clients and all construction professionals who care about sustainable, low energy design in the built environment. is a news/articles/discussions magazine by and for in-the-trenches practitioners.

Anyone interested in RSS feeds may like to view the following:

Royal Academy of Engineering News Releases

Women and engineering – an online exhibition

June 8, 2009
Photo by Duke Yearlook,

Photo by Duke Yearlook,

We’ve come across a really interesting online exhibition put together by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Entitled ‘Women and engineering, emancipation from drudgery’ it charts the fascinating history of the struggle women encountered before gaining recognition and acceptance as engineers. The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and the Electrical Association for Women and their efforts to educate and help them are also featured.

Adding a local flavour, you’ll see by clicking on the link to ‘The Woman Engineer’, the journal of the WES, one of the first editions has a cover shot of women working in the gauge shop at Loughborough College!

Link here to the full exhibition.

Important new content added to the IEEE Xplore…

June 2, 2009

The IEEE legacy collection is part of IEEE’s plan to digitize all papers from its technology journals including key papers that chronicle the development of today’s information age. More than 250,000 historic papers have recently been added to the database. With the addition of these historic publications, dating back to 1913, you will have access to a repository of papers by visionaries in the electrical and electronics engineering professions. Notable additions to the collection include the Proceedings of the IEEE as well as the Computer Magazine, dating back to the early 1960s and 1970s respectively. The collection also includes a number of conference proceedings dating back to the 1950s.

Explore the history of Engineering at:

Web snippets

May 19, 2009



Extracted from the May edition of the Internet Resources Newsletter, just  three items to tempt you with this time. Once you’ve looked at these, do try the newsletter itself – there’s usually something for everyone!

Journal of Applied Science & Engineering Technology

The Journal of Applied Science & Engineering Technology (JASET) is an open access, peer reviewed, double blind, journal for the dissemination of applied technical scholarship.

Project Leadership: Building and Improving Teams 09

The Barbican, London, 19th May.

“Increasingly the project management community is debating the role of leadership within projects, having realised that the plethora of systems, processes, procedures and IT software created in the past couple of decades is still not guaranteeing a successful project outcome. Is project leadership the key skill that has been missing our attention?” ( ) is a search engine created specifically for the petroleum industry. It displays the most relevant and highest quality petroleum websites.