For weightier-than-normal beach reading A Question of Trust by philosopher Onora O'Neill, Baroness of Bengarve, one of this year's CrossRef Annual Meeting keynote speakers, is worth some time. Originally delivered as four talks as part of The 2002 Reith Lectures, O'Neill explores perceptions and realities of trust in public service, business, and briefly, academia. Purchase the book from Cambridge University Press.
If you prefer, listen to the original five lectures at the BBC.
In Science this week Martin Enserink writes about Thomson's Researcher ID and CrossRef's Contributor ID project in "Are You Ready to Become a Number?", including an interview with Geoff Bilder.
I'll be talking about the subject at tomorrow's Allen Press Best Practices seminar. I'll be on the panel with Philip Bourne, computational biologist and author of the recent paper "I Am Not a Scientist, I Am a Number", PLoS Comput Biol 4(12): e1000247. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000247.
Kirsty gave a nice summary of Hindawi's talk at the UKSG meeting. Where's scholarly publishing going?
The most interesting point is the possible commodization of journals in the future, where brands, both from the author and the library perspective, just go away.
Kirsty Meddings CrossRef's Product Manager wrote an insightful "Day in the life" profile for the journal Serials. Please note that access to the profile is limited to subscribers of UKSG publications.