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Title: E-Journals - Inside and Out
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August 2008

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Lynn C. Westney

vol. 11, no. 2, August 2008
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E-Journals - Inside and Out

Lynn C. Westney


Lynn C. Westney has been an academic reference librarian since 1983. She has been an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 1992. In this column for JAHC she disseminates selective information on the contents of freely accessible (no subscription required and/or open access) e-journals, e-newsletters, e-newspapers, electronic indexes, and other e-publications. On occasion, websites that enhance and extend these e-publications are included.

The Journal of the Association for History and Computing, JAHC, has as its focus the applications of electronic technologies into the historical profession. History is, by its very nature, an interdisciplinary profession. Historians must be open and receptive to the ideas presented in all disciplines if they are to present, as accurately as possible, history from all its diverse perspectives. Thus, an additional purpose of this column is to present to the readers of JAHC the issues, controversies, and trends which are impacting interdisciplinary and international research within history, computing, and allied disciplines as evidenced within current electronic publications.

Commentary and queries should be addressed to


Entries are listed in alphabetical order by title within each section

Special Column on GIS: Geographical Information Systems

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 5, Number 10, 2008

Publishing Geospatial Data through Geospatial Web Service and XML Database System, by Pouria Amirian and Ali A. Alesheikh

A technical article that describes and discusses geospatial web services which are developed using web services technologies that can provide access interoperability among various geospatial and non-geospatial processing systems.

Applied GIS

Applied GIS publishes high-quality, graphics-intensive research articles, generally at the rate of one per month. Paper submissions are encouraged for double-blind peer refereeing from researchers in both the "applied remote sensing" and the "applied social science" sections of the GIS community. Abstracts and the full-text of articles are available in English, French and Japanese.

Volume 4, Number 2, 2008

Using Geovisualisation to Support Participatory Problem Structuring and Decision Making for an Urban Water Utility in Uganda, by Kizito, F., Ngirane-Katashaya, G. & Thunvik, R.

Volume 3, Number 11, 2007

Web-based GIS for Mapping Voting Patterns at the 2004 Australian Federal Election, by T. Shyy, R. Stimson and P. Chhetri.

Describes a web-based geographical information system (GIS) for mapping voting patterns at the 2004 Australian federal election at the polling booth level. The web-based GIS has been developed as an information dissemination and analysis tool to benchmark voting outcomes and to visualize relationships between voting patterns and demographic and socio-economic data.

Cartographic Perspectives

An international journal devoted to the study and practice of cartography in all its diversity. Although this is a subscription journal, potential users can view sample issues of Cartographic Perspectives on its home page where the complete past issues from 2004 (3 issues) are available in PDF.

Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization

Published by the University of Toronto Press, article abstracts only in English and French of all 43 volumes beginning with Volume 1, Number 1, 1964, can be viewed online. Users will need to have access to a subscription database to retrieve the full text of articles in PDF. Cartographica is included because the online abstracts provide an excellent starting point for those who are performing current and retrospective research in this area.

Volume 43, Number 2, 2008

Government, State, and Cartography: Mapping, Power, and Politics in Europe, 1650–1800, by Jeremy Black.

Mapping is linked to activities of government within Europe and in the colonies as well as to the changing nature of frontiers.

Volume 43, Number 1, 2008

Colonial Cartography of Canadian Margins: Cultural Encounters and the Idea of Métissage, by étienne Rivard.

Essential to the fur trade and to colonial expansion into Canada, métissage considerably marked Canadian history by creating new cultural spaces, Métis geographies, between Aboriginal and European societies. Rivard investigates the role of colonial maps from the French regime up to the late nineteenth century in the mental representation of these specific Métis geographies and in the development and evolution of the idea of métissage.

Volume 42, Number 4, Winter 2007

Cultural Images: Reflection of Political Power in the Maps of Chinese Administrative Gazetteers of the Song Dynasty (960–1279 CE), by Bangbo Hu.

In both Chinese studies and the history of cartography, maps in the gazetteers of the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE) have rarely been explored. Hu examines how political power is reflected in the maps in the existing Chinese administrative gazetteers of the Song dynasty.

Coordinates: Online Journal of the Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT)

Published by the American Library Association, its target audience is primarily users and curators of maps. Articles are divided into two groups. "Series A" consists of original, peer-reviewed articles. "Series B" includes essays and other shorter pieces, technical notes, previously published articles and other materials of interest to its audience. Content is available both in HTML and PDF.

Series A, Number 5, February 14, 2006

“The So-Called "Velasco Map": A Case of Forgery?” by David Y. Allen.

Examines a well-known map of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada allegedly made in or around 1610 and raises the possibility that the map may actually be a nineteenth-century forgery. The map is based primarily on information found on early seventeenth-century maps, most of which were not published in 1610. Tests on the paper, pigment and handwriting of the map need to be performed to prove conclusively whether or not it is a forgery.

Series B, Number 10, July 3, 2008

The History of Cartography in a Nutshell, by Vladimiro Valerio.

Series B, Number 9, April 16, 2008

Institutional Map and Atlas Collecting in Eighteenth-Century America, by David Bosse.

Series B, Number 8, October 16, 2007

Problems That Arise When Providing Geographic Coordinate Information for Cataloged Maps, by Jorge A. Gonzalez.

Series B, Number 5, February 14, 2006

Commentary to 'The So-Called Velasco Map: A Case of Forgery?' by Kirsten A. Seaver.

Series B, Number 1, January 31, 2005; Last revised: October 5, 2005

Editorial: Cartographic Journals—A Look Back and Prospects for the Future, by David Y. Allen.

Reviews the recent history of journal publishing in the fields of cartography, GIS, the history of cartography and related subjects. The impact of the Internet and web-based publishing on cartographic journals is discussed, with particular emphasis on the development of "open access" electronic journal publishing. The philosophy and guiding principles behind Coordinates as an online open-access journal are presented. Allen projects existing trends into the future and makes predictions for the direction of cartographic publishing in the coming decades.

Directions Magazine: The Worldwide Source for Geospatial Technology

A daily e-newsletter that functions as a selective disseminator of geospatial and technology headlines. It is a portal to data, software and articles about GIS.

An archive of these newsletters is available online from July 13, 1999 to the present.

GIS Data Deport

This commercial website provides free downloads of GIS and geospatial data.

Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography

Founded in 1935, this is the only international, interdisciplinary and scholarly journal solely devoted to the study of early maps in all their aspects. Articles have abstracts in English, French, German and Spanish and deal with the history and interpretation of maps and mapmaking in any part of the world, from earliest times to the mid-twentieth century.

Although Imago Mundi is not an open acess journal, there are some freely accessible full text articles in HTML or PDF on the Routledge/Informa website. These are:

Volume 58, Number 2, July 2006

Nikolaos Sophianos's "Totius Graeciae Descriptio": The Resources, Diffusion and Function of a Sixteenth-Century Antiquarian Map of Greece, by George Tolias.

By combining new evidence with the material accompanying the various editions of this map (geographical introductions, indexes and gazetteers), it has been possible to reconstruct the map's publishing history, to analyze its content and to investigate certain issues related to the methodology, uses and functions of early modern antiquarian cartography of Greece.

Volume 58, Number 1, January 2006

The Vinland Map, R.A. Skelton and Josef Fischer, by P.D.A. Harvey.

A review of the book, Maps, Myths, and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map, by Kirsten Seaver.

Volume 55, Number 1, 2003

Sacred Geography, Antiquarianism and Visual Erudition: Benito Arias Montano and the Maps in the Antwerp Polyglot Bible, by Zur Shalev.

The final volume of the Polyglot Bible contains a number of essays, illustrations and maps by Montano relating to questions raised by the biblical text. Montano's case encourages historians to re-examine early modern Geographia sacra in the light of the broader scholarly trends of the period. Available only in PDF.

Implementation Science

This is an open access peer-reviewed medical journal that presents research methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare. It is published by BioMed Central.

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2008

Mapping as a Knowledge Translation Tool for Ontario Early Years Centres: Views from Data Analysts and Managers, by Anita Kothari et al.

Highlights initial challenges and opportunities encountered in implementing a mapping innovation (software and managerial decision-support) as a knowledge translation strategy. Local Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs) collect timely and relevant local data, but knowledge translation is needed for the data to be useful. Maps represent an ideal tool to interpret local data. While geographic information system (GIS) technology is available, it is less clear what users require from this technology for evidence-informed program planning.

Journal of Maps

An interdisciplinary e-journal that aims to provide a forum for researchers to publish their maps. Using full peer review and a reverse publishing method (where the author pays for the review process), all published maps will be freely distributed to anyone wishing to view them. All articles published in the Journal of Maps are freely available to everyone. Registration is required.


Regional Minority Variations in the Conterminous United States, by I.Vogeler and

R. Foust.

Mapping Community Use of Fisheries Resources in the U.S. Northeast, by K. St. Martin.

2007 Special Issue: Maps in Motion

Maps and Transport: Foreword to ‘Maps in Motion,’ by R.E. Allsop.

The Geospatial Content of Public Transport Websites for 60 Localities Worldwide, by

A. Morrison.

Journal of Maps Student Edition

Beginning in 2007 the Journal of Maps Student Edition offers students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) the opportunity to publish their work at an early stage in their career. All papers submitted are reviewed by two internal referees.

Journal of Military and Strategic Studies

A publication of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, this journal is dedicated to the study of security related issues in Canada. Articles are available in PDF.

Volume 10, Number 4, Summer 2008

Predictive GIS Modeling for Minefield Delineation in Post-Conflict States, by John Adrian Wenkoff.

Outlines the current GIS-based methods for solving the landmine problem as the backdrop for a GIS-data based experiment. The experiment entails the use of cutting edge Geo-statistical interpolation techniques and produces GIS map layers that are predictive of landmine presence in Mozambique, Africa.

Additional (non-GIS) e-publications

E-Index for the History of Science

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

A searchable e-index to the science content of sixteen nineteenth-century general periodicals. The SciPer Project of the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield has published the third and final installment of Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: An Electronic Index, published by hriOnline.

The SciPer Index provides a scholarly synopsis of the material relating to science, technology, and medicine appearing in sixteen general periodicals published in Britain between 1800 and 1900. With entries describing over 14,000 articles and references to more than 6,000 individuals and 2,500 publications, it provides an invaluable research tool for those interested in the representation of science and in the interpenetration of science and literature in nineteenth-century Britain.

The new journals indexed in this final release include selected years from the Belle Assemblée (1806), Black Dwarf (1817), Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1817-18), Christian Observer (1802), Edinburgh Review (1802-03), Mirror of Literature (1822-28), Wesleyan Methodist Magazine (1822-26), and Youth's Magazine (1828-37).

This is‘...a remarkably rich (and free) resource for 19th-century historians. The SciPer Index...will change the way we understand how science was assimilated, debated and challenged in the 19th century.’

The e-index complements the three books published by the SciPer team:

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature, by Geoffrey Cantor et al., (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media, ed. by Louise Henson et al. (Ashgate, 2004).

Science Serialized: Representations of the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals, ed. by Geoffrey Cantor and Sally Shuttleworth (MIT Press, 2004).


Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

Version 72: 6/9/2008

  1. Economic Issues (Last update: 6/9/08)
  2. Electronic Books and Texts
    • 2.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 2.2 General Works (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 2.3 Library Issues (Last update: 6/9/08)
  3. Electronic Serials
    • 3.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 3.2 Critiques (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 3.4 General Works (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 3.5 Library Issues (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 3.6 Research (Last update: 6/9/08)
  4. General Works (Last update: 6/9/08)
  5. Legal Issues
    • 5.1 Intellectual Property Rights (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 5.2 License Agreements (Last update: 6/9/08)
  6. Library Issues
    • 6.1 Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 6.2 Digital Libraries (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 6.3 General Works (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 6.4 Information Integrity and Preservation (Last update: 6/9/08)
  7. New Publishing Models (Last update: 6/9/08)
  8. Publisher Issues (Last update: 6/9/08)
    • 8.1 Digital Rights Management (Last update: 6/9/08)
  9. Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI (Last update: 6/9/08)
  • Appendix A. Related Bibliographies
  • Appendix B. About the Author
  • Appendix C. SEPB Use Statistics

The XHTML version of SEPB is designed for interactive use. Each major section is a separate file. There are links to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

In addition to the bibliography, the following useful sites are provided:

  1. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog
  2. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources (directory of hundreds of related Web sites)
  3. Archive (prior versions of the bibliography)