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The red color in blood and the green in leaves

"Porphyrins, phthalocyanines and their numerous analogues and derivatives are materials of tremendous importance in chemistry, materials science, physics, biology and medicine.

They are the red color in blood (heme) and the green in leaves (chlorophyll); they are also excellent ligands that can coordinate with almost every metal in the Periodic Table.

Grounded in natural systems, porphyrins are incredibly versatile and can be modified in many ways; each new modification yields derivatives demonstrated new chemistry, physics and biology, with a vast array of medicinal and technical applications."  (Source)

Learn more about porphyrins and their analogues in the Handbook of Porphyrin Science (25 volumes)!

Oct 11, 2013 | Categories: Featured Resource | jloo

Doe, Bancroft, Gardner Stacks closed 10/1

Due to the power outage on campus, Doe and Bancroft Libraries, as well as the Gardner Stacks, are currently closed. Additionally, the networks are down in the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library and in the Moffitt Library, and the power is out in Moffitt (which remains open for studying only). All other campus libraries are open as usual. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen all buildings as soon as possible.

Oct 01, 2013 | Categories: News & Events, Problems & Down Time | bquigley

UC Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy (PDF) on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty at all 10 campuses of the University of California, and as many as 40,000 publications a year.

Open Access (OA) is scholarly literature that is free, digital, and available to anyone online with no embargo period. Anyone with access to the Internet may read, download, and copy an OA article. The new UC policy follows more than 175 other universities who have adopted similar so-called "green" open access policies. Green OA allows authors to publish, as they always have, in traditional commercial or society journals and then post an author's version on eScholarship. That research then becomes widely available and discoverable via tools like Google.

In the full Academic Senate statement on the new policy, Richard A. Schneider, UCSF Professor and chair of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication at UCSF states, "The ten UC campuses generate around 2-3% of all the peer-reviewed articles published in the world every year, and this policy will make many of those articles freely available to anyone who is interested anywhere, whether they are colleagues, students, or members of the general public."

What does this mean for UC Berkeley faculty? Three campuses (UCSF, UCLA, UCI) will move forward with the policy this fall, with Berkeley joining in Fall 2014. The Library will develop supporting materials to assist Berkeley faculty.

For more information on the new policy see:

For questions, contact the Library's open access group.

Originally posted to the UC Berkeley Scholarly Communication News blog.

Sep 26, 2013 | Categories: News & Events, Scholarly Communication | bquigley

Wiley Online Library and Cochrane Library downtime on September 28

Wiley will be making upgrades to the Wiley Online Library and The Cochrane Library this Saturday, September 28, 2013, so these resources will be unavailable for approx. 4 hours between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will also be some delays to online publishing between September 25-28.

Sep 26, 2013 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

ProQuest downtime September 28

ProQuest databases will be unavailable from 7 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 while they install new enhancements.

This outage will affect a number of our databases including the following:

  • Agricola
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GeoRef
  • Historical Newspapers
  • PAIS International
  • PsycInfo
  • Sociological Abstracts
Sep 26, 2013 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

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