Literature accumulation

Paul R Earl pearl at ccr.dsi.uanl.mx
Thu Apr 11 07:25:25 EST 2002


Dear Dr,

 Please send me all available reprints. I may write a Protozool text
 in
Spanish.

 Also, I would like to index all the ciliate literature yet cannot for
lack of resources. I have a bibliog of 2590 references that is
attached..

 PubMed has furnished most of the references. The old literature is
 more
difficult since it is not available electronically. When an author is
represented by 10/12 papers, 2 simply were not found and might remain
hidden unless he notifies me. Some journals like Protist have many
references that I cannot find. The final count might be less than
7,5000 refs. However, the much more adventuresome enterprise is to
amass all protistan literature.

 I have not yet been able to incorporate refs from invaluable aids
 like:

Corliss JO. 1973. Guide to the literature on Tetrahymena: A companion
piece to Elliott's "General Bibliography". Trans Am Microsc Soc 92
(3): 468-491. Corliss JO. 1979. The Ciliated Protozoa:
Characterization, Classification, and Guide to the Literature. 2nd Ed.
Pergamon. London.

 Next is the indexing. The value of an index is indisputable even if
 low
in quality. This index will likely be extracted from the title only.
Reading the abstract for index terms, if it can be found, is both
better and costly. Some journals limit keywords to about 6, a terrible
mistake because a compound, a country, a technique like DNA sequencing
may well NOT be transmitted. Authors need to realize that if 10,000
interested people see their title, 1,000 might read the abstract and 1
the paper (you !). The published paper needs promotion, like the
journal does, especially since so many topics are competing for
attention. When the abstract is unavailable, expect people to drop
your paper. They will also drop journals they cannot access by
abstract, obviously.  Third World people previously deprived of the
literature are happy with Internet, PubMed and the GenBank

    Mexico has neither a general cytology tradition, nor a
    protozoologic
one It is nonciliate since ciliates are nonpublic health, having 2
million cases of Chagas, vivax malaria, etc.and vector control is a
big issue, especially as it includes the viruses. Much more can be
done on indexing, but for now accessing the ciliates is the target.

Services like Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts and Cambridge
Agricultural Bureau (CAB) do a most excellent job. If you know what's
wrong with Agricola, please inform them.

Your bibliographies have refs I don't have so I count on your
reprints. Also, your thoughts on the ciliate literature shall be
appreciated.

Finally, I need about $6,000 US to put the ciliate literature online
in say Dreamweaver. In any event, getting all relevant databases
together would do much.

Best, Paul

Dr PR Earl
F-16, Cd Uni
FCB/UANL
San Nicol=E1s, NL
Mexico



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