Thursday, June 22, 2006

Check Elastic Before Jumping my 'SF short' is appearing in the 22 June issue of Nature. Funny, the envelope I received the magazine in was addressed to Dr. Neal Asher. I guess that's a precaution the editorial staff take with all their contributors. I understand this magazine is a rather prestigious place in which to have your science articles published. My bit is a snapshot into the future that finishes it off. Very nicely presented. Now, can someone tell me what 'The journal can now be accessed on some 8 million desktops worldwide through site licenses.' means? It sounds bloody good to me.


Anonymous said...

I would go with the fact that many large companys / unis / etc buy site licenses for their users, and that someone has figured out that this covers 8 million people... (A site license will just be a username / password for everyone at one site to use).

Class - 8 Million new readers!

Neal Asher said...

Ah, so the calculation is probably made by adding together the total potential readers. Well, even if it's only 10% that'll do nicely!

Anonymous said...

A conservative estimate. Universities get access to Nature (Among other Journals) and have to pay quite hefty licencing fees for the privilege. They won't tend to overestimate those figures and may have some calculation based on full-time-effective people.