Frequently Asked Questions

  • What about the impact factor for JIS? How do I know that my paper will be accessible to other scientists?

    Journal impact factors are a function of how many times papers in a journal are cited by other authors. Obviously, it will take some time for a new journal to have enough papers such that an impact factor could be calculated. However, there are other factors involved in achieving a high impact factor. One of these is accessibility. Other authors cannot cite your paper if they are unaware of it, or cannot find it. A listing of databases, aggregators, indexies and archives that provide access to JIS papers can be found by following the Scientific Resources that Include JIS link on the left hand menu.

    Currently you or your library have to pay large sums to make sure that papers in scientific journals, published by commercial publishers, are accessible by buying subscriptions. Commercial publishers are hyperlinking their journals but this service is only available for a fee. Breaking this barrier to free access is one of the main goals of JIS.

  • How are you going to guarantee the long-term survival of papers published by this online journal? There have been many disasters in the last when large amounts of data became inaccessible because of technological changes.

    The Library is committed to maintaining and providing access to the Journal of Insect Science for the foreseeable future. The broader question of preserving digital information is a major research topic in the digital library community, with a number of efforts already underway to address the technological, economic, and intellectual property issues associated with long-term preservation.

    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) have undertaken several initiatives to explore strategies for preserving digital information. In 1999, CLIR and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) began exploring the question "what is required to ensure the persistence of an electronic journal for 100 years".

    The Commission on Preservation and Access (CPA) and the Research Libraries Group (RLG) created a task force on Archiving of Digital Information charged with investigating and recommending means to ensure "continued access indefinitely into the future of records stored in digital electronic form." Their 1996 report and recommendations led to the Arches Project, which is building the conceptual and physical infrastructures to ensure long-term availability to digital information and the means to access it.

    Cornell's Prism Project received an NSF Digital Libraries Initiative Grant in 1999 for a four-year effort to investigate and develop the policies and mechanisms needed for information integrity in digital libraries.

    NEDLIB, the Networked European Deposit Library, names the issue of long-term digital preservation as one of its main objectives. The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), a community of scientific and technical information organizations that includes national libraries, research institutes, publishers, and bibliographic database producers has sponsored a number of studies to highlight the importance of digital archiving.

    {This answer was written by Karen Williams, team leader, Digital Libraries Initiative Group, University of Arizona Libraries.}

  • How are papers for the Journal of Insect Science formatted?

    XML formatting will be done to ensure accessibility through web search engines and to make use of new developments in XML as it evolves. The two are complementary and serve distinct purposes, both of which are required for creation of a quality journal product. Because XML separates content from presentation, text can be tagged in meaningful ways so that the same file can be used for multiple purposes. Because the same document structure will be used for all papers, we will be able to do cross-document extractions for indexing and creation of new element compilations. In addition, the use of XML will allow us to automate all subsequent uses of the data, thus streamlining our production activities. Finally, because XML is a ASCII format, we are ensuring the longevity of use of the content. PDF files offer prescribed, unalterable page layout for controlled version release and for easy printing of documents.

  • Can taxonomic work be published online?

    A number of taxonomic papers have been published by JIS. The International Committee on Zoological Nomenclature requires that taxonomic papers must be stored in paper form in at least five libraries. To meet the requirements of the ICZN, paper copies of the Journal of Insect Science are deposited in the following libraries:

    • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
    • National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
    • Senckenberg Library, Frankfurt Germany
    • Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington D.C. U.S.A.
    • The Linnean Society, London, England
    • The University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A.
    • The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

  • What copyright does JIS employ?

    JIS uses the Creative Commons Attribution License for copyright
    You are free:

    • To copy, distribute, and display your paper
    • To make derivative works
    • To make commercial use of the work

    Under the following conditions:

    • You must attribute the paper to the Journal of Insect Science
    • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms
    • Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the author

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