A new open access journal in the earth and environmental sciences, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, was recently announced and will begin accepting submissions in April 2013. The journal will publish research on "the Earth's physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change." It will be organized into six knowledge domains:
Fees charged to UCB faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students for publishing in this open access journal may be eligible for reimbursement through the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII).
PeerJ, a rapid, peer-reviewed Open Access biological, medical and health sciences journal, has published its first 30 articles. Co-founded by Peter Binfield (formerly of PLoS) and Jason Hoyt (formerly of Mendeley), PeerJ employs a three-tiered lifetime membership model which grants authors one, two, or unlimited publications with PeerJ per year at no additional charge. Membership also requires at least one comment on an article or preprint, or a pre-publication review of a submission to PeerJ, every year.
PeerJ PrePrints, a preprint archive which allows paid members to make preprints public or private, is scheduled to debut in March.
Additional information about PeerJ:
This 4-volume set serves as a comprehensive reference on the theory and methodology of sampling in all physical phases and the theory of sample preparation for all major extraction techniques.
Relevant to researchers of analytical chemistry, medicine, environmental science, biochemistry, pharmacology, geology, and food science.
New Berkeley members of the National Academy of Engineering:
David A. Dornfeld, Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. For contributions to sustainability in advanced manufacturing, sensors, and precision material processing.
Ashok J. Gadgil, Director and Senior Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation, University of California, Berkeley. For engineering solutions to the problems of potable water and energy in underdeveloped nations.