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I went to the Society of Interventional Radiology Meeting The other week and talked to the current editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. It was interesting. They were discussing trying to move forward into a more digital realm. I did not realize the the publishers do pay the societies for the journal material.. They were interested in what I had to say, and quite surprised that I brought this topic to them as they started discussing it. They say they will stay in touch, so maybe I will get to participate in their ongoing discussion.
I have been research the issues DRM, copyright, and content in the digital age. Essentially I am writing a term paper after a 25 year hiatus. YUCK! Other than grammar, the rules we were taught for the structure and form sure make the paper seem so stiff. Thus, I opted to focus ti more as a researched blog than a true "paper". Currently I am just slopping down my thought in a somewhat organized form. I hesitate to call it a first draft, as it is a little too disorganized. Maybe an alpha, definitely not a beta yet.
I just received an email from my friend in academics that is helping me present the DRM removal proposal. He has talked to several of the higher up members at SIR. So far it has been received with positive interest. Hopefully we will present our proposal at the meeting. The feedback I have received from people about the last post has been uniformly positive; but only one comment, come on guys, fill free to comment. If we can get SIR to remove the DRM restrictions from the online version of JVIR, then perhaps it will come off another and another...
Hi, I am an Interventional Radiologist in private practice. I am frequently frustrated when trying to look up medical information online. With the advent of the internet, one would think that information would be much more readily available. I frequently find that not to be the case. When looking up information during residency, I would do a Medline search in the school’s library and the school’s license would allow access to the journals. Now, out in the real world, I am often thwarted by a journal’s pay wall, whether I arrived via Google or PubMed.