Elsevier purchase SSRN: Social scientists face questions over whether centralised repository is in their interests. The Social Science Research Network (SSRN), an online repository for uploading preprint articles and working papers, has been recently acquired by publishing giant Elsevier.
Thomas Leeper looks at what this purchase, and for-profit academic services more generally, mean for the scholarly community. Many regular users may not be aware that SSRN has been run by a privately held corporation since its founding in 1994. Elsevier, one of the world’s largest scientific publishers, announced yesterday that they have purchased Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. Unremarkable though this may sound, Social Science Electronic Publishing was until now the owner of the Social Science Research Network, an online service hosting more than 500,000 working and conference papers contributed by over 300,000 authors from across the social sciences. SSRN’s articles are preprints, made available before publication for free to readers anywhere in the world. Two things about the deal stand out. The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) In response to a comment on Facebook, this blog looks at the subject of journal indexing and at Scopus in particular.
Why do journals get indexed? One of the most frequent questions that we are asked about the IAFOR Journal of Education is whether it is indexed with Scopus. It is: we were granted Scopus indexing mid-2019. But what does this mean? Why should journals want to be indexed? But why the hype about Scopus? Interestingly, it is rare to be asked whether the journal is indexed with anyone other than Scopus. Academic rigour One among many, Scopus is an “abstract and citation indexing database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings” owned by the Elsevier publishing firm (Elsevier, This description provides a first clue to its academic rigour: it requires peer review to be an integral component of anything indexed with it. The selection requirements can be found in full at. Indexing Tools. American Society for Indexing: Software. Please Note: If you are an author or editor needing to prepare an index to your book or other publication, you may wish to consult our Indexer Locator, which lists professional indexers, their areas of expertise, and full contact information.
Find the indexer best suited for your project. Dedicated Indexing SoftwareWeb IndexingUtilities and Add-OnsThesaurus Management Software Note: ASI does not endorse these products and makes no claims as to their effectiveness or suitability for any particular use. The software tools used to generate indexes come in many flavors and varieties. Which technique is used depends on variables such as budget, eventual re-usability of the source material, time constraints, media used to publish the material, file sizes and transferral issues, and individual preferences. Standalone or Dedicated tools, usually used for back-of-the-book indexes, allow indexers to work from page-numbered galleys.
Dedicated Indexing Software Web Indexing HTML/Prep. PDF: Reference Works About Indexing. Software for Web Indexing. Index Using Microsoft Excel. How to Create a Book Index. Index Using Word & Excel. How to Create an Index Table Like a Pro with Microsoft Word. An index gives readers a way to find important words easily in our document, but creating an index by hand is very tedious and time consuming.
Thankfully you can automatically create an index table in Word. Image by Ifijay The common approach to create an index table in Word is to manually mark each word that we wish to index, but the other alternative is to use a concordance document to automatically index our master document, which is what we will cover in today’s article. Generating the Index Let’s start by creating a two column table in our concordance file. Close the concordance file and open your master document’s reference tab to index our master document.
Click on the “AutoMark” button and choose the concordance document when Word prompts you to specify the AutoMark file. Right after you click the OK button you will see that Word creates some index entry fields in our document. We can hide these fields by clicking the “Show/Hide Paragraph” button in the home tab. Maintaining the Index. Novice Notes - Process of Indexing. Outline of this Process page: Reading and marking, organization and planning strategies, editing, spell-checking, hidden text in the index, paper books vs online books, saving to disk, editing processes, peer reviews, etc.
(Note: this is not a lesson; it is the merest of outlines). From ISO 999, "Information and Documentation--Guidelines for the Content, Organization and Presentation of Indexes": So - what is the process for achieving this? Different types of books require slightly different processes, and indexers invent their own styles and systems, but this is an overview of what you can expect. It's a sample index process (which an indexer at Aldie Oaks first described and which I revised here to illustrate my own style) so you can better imagine the steps of indexing a book. While many of these procedures below are useful in doing smaller indexes, I find them essential when dealing with bigger (more than 300-page books) indexes. ANOTHER PROCESS 1.