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Earth's Future: new AGU open access journal

A new open access journal from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Wiley, Earth's Future, has published its first batch of articles. The journal "focuses on the state of the Earth and the prediction of the planet?s future," and it is expected to "help assess the risks and opportunities associated with environmental changes and challenges." Professor Richard Norgaard from the Energy & Resources Group is a member of the Editorial Board.

Dec 09, 2013 | Categories: New Resources, Scholarly Communication | bquigley

BioRxiv preprint server launched


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Spring Harbor Laboratory announced the launch Monday of bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive"), an online repository for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.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.

More information about bioRxiv:

So You Want To Publish Open Access?

The Open Access Initiative at Berkeley is hosting a public workshop titled So You Want to Publish Open Access? for Open Access Week. Some of the questions that will be answered include:

  • How to publish Open Access?
  • How to receive funding to publish Open Access?
  • How to publish research data?
  • How will you be affected by the new UC Open Access policy?
  • How do the rights to your publications work?

Speakers will include:

  • Prof. Pamela Samuelson- Berkeley Law School and School of Information
  • Prof. Randy Schekman- HHMI Investigator, Editor-in-Chief of eLife, Dept. of Mol. and Cell Biology
  • and more!

When: Monday, October 21st 5:00-6:30 pm (followed by a reception)
Where: 210 South Hall (2nd floor), UC Berkeley School of Information

Oct 19, 2013 | Categories: News & Events, Scholarly Communication | bquigley

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

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