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Flow Of Scientific Progress Creates Wave Of New Journals

The world of scientific publishing never ceases to change. Each year, while some journals go out of business, new ones appear, their publishers intent on filling a void in a particular subject's literature or augmenting the existing publications in that field. In addition, journal titles may change or publications may merge to create new journals with completely different titles. In 1989, the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) added more than 100 titles to its existi

Abigail Grissom
The world of scientific publishing never ceases to change. Each year, while some journals go out of business, new ones appear, their publishers intent on filling a void in a particular subject's literature or augmenting the existing publications in that field. In addition, journal titles may change or publications may merge to create new journals with completely different titles.

In 1989, the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) added more than 100 titles to its existing Science Citation Index (SCI) coverage of 3,170 journals in the physical and life sciences and other technical areas such as air and waste management and fluid dynamics. Last year, however, two fields alone--neuroscience and pharmacy/pharmacology--contributed more than 18 percent of the new titles.

The accompanying Table 1 lists the neuroscience and pharmacy/ pharmacology titles added to SCI in 1989. Some publications, such as the Journal of Neural Transmission (General Section and Parkinson's Disease and...

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