Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announced the launch Monday of bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive"), an online repository for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. Submission, storage, and access are free.
BioRxiv accepts articles in any of 23 life science subject areas, although it is not intended for medical studies or clinical trials. Authors submitting to bioRxiv will assign their article to a subject area and categorize it as New Results, Confirmatory Results, or Contradictory Results. Articles submitted to bioRxiv will not be peer-reviewed, but they will be screened for relevant content.
Preprint servers make research findings available quickly, and allow pre-publication comments to be made on article drafts. Authors can post revised versions of articles; however, once an article is posted to bioRxiv it is assigned a digital object identifier (doi), becomes citable, and so cannot be removed.
BioRxiv is modelled on and is intended to complement arXiv, the preprint server for physics, computer science, and allied disciplines, which has been in existence for more than 20 years and which now contains nearly one million preprints.
Speakers will include:
When: Monday, October 21st 5:00-6:30 pm (followed by a reception)
Where: 210 South Hall (2nd floor), UC Berkeley School of Information
"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)!
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.
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.