PeerJ Open Access Expands to Feature Computer Sciences

Announced in February 2015, PeerJ Computer Sciences is a new, cross-disciplinary, open-access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science. This new journal is an offshoot of already established, PeerJ, an open-access, peer reviewed online journal that publishes original research in the biological, medical and health sciences. Both journals maintain rigorous peer-review standards while committed to rapid review and fast publication of research results.

Under the terms of a UC Berkeley partnership with PeerJ, when a paper by a Berkeley author is accepted for publication in PeerJ or PeerJ Computer Science, the Berkeley Library will automatically pay the cost of a Basic Membership for each Berkeley author. That membership will allow authors to publish one PeerJ article every year, for life, for free.

Listed below are some of the Berkeley-authored PeerJ articles published through the UC Berkeley Library partnership.

Questions? For questions about the PeerJ partnership or any other issues related to open-access publishing, contact Scholarly Communications Officer, Margaret Phillips mphillip[at sign]

Post Contributed by Margaret Phillips, Education Librarian, Gender & Women's Studies Librarian

Mar 08, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Hapa Issues Forum Exhibit

Archival material, including colorful banners and a wall quilt, from the non-profit community group, Hapa Issues Forum, are on display at the Ethnic Studies Library. The group was founded to create a voice and safe space for people of partial Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry at UC Berkeley. After fifteen years of activity, the group disbanded in 2007. This exhibit offers a chance to learn more about Hapa Issues Forum and its impact on campus life.

Mar 05, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Digital Research Tools Directory (DiRT)

The Information Access Seminar series continues at the School of Information on March 13th with Quinn Dombrowski, the Digital Humanities Coordinator from Research IT at UC Berkeley. Dombrowski will discuss enhancements made to the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Directory, a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use including text mining and data visualization. The speaker will also discuss  project sustainability and  future directions for DiRT.

When: Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: 107 South Hall

Mar 05, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

New Science Databases

Photo by Peg Skorpinski

The Library is happy to announce the addition of a number of major databases to our digital collections. This post is the second in a series that will highlight important additions to our online resources. Below we focus on just a few of our newest collections in the sciences, and we invite you to peruse a more complete list of our newest databases as well.

Elsevier Earth and Planetary Sciences Legacy 1 Collection
This ebook collection includes a selection of traditional earth science topics like seismology, plate tectonics and mineralogy, but also gives us electronic access to a wide range of interdisciplinary titles that cover planetary atmospheres, earth surface processes, alternative energy, rock and soil mechanics, earthquake engineering, chemical engineering and resource exploration, remote sensing and GIS. See, for example, titles such as Triassic-Jurassic Rifting and Planets and their Atmospheres.

Digital Sanborn Maps
Access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Sanborn maps are historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years.

Springer Behavioral Science and Medicine eCollection Book Archives
Access over 1,400 ebooks in the behavioral sciences and 7,500 titles in medicine, all of which will be available in Oskicat.

These purchases were made possible in large part with new library funding that resulted from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library charged under EVCP George Breslauer and Chair, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Elizabeth Deakin.  For more information, read the Commission Report and Response.

Mar 04, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Adam Matthew Digital Collections

Photo by Steve McConnell / UCB

The Library recently acquired dozens of important online primary source databases in the Adam Matthew Digital Collections*. Covering a wide variety of eras, locations and events from around the world, these collections include historic posters, pamphlets, photos, diaries and much more. History Librarian Jennifer Dorner will be introducing each new collection in depth on her UCB History Collection News blog as the semester progresses, but here are a few highlights:

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business (1935-1965) provides unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era's foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognised 'father' of Motivational Research.

Empire Online brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 answers the need for clear, intelligible and informative English-language sources relating to China and the West by providing first-person written accounts, maps, paintings, manuscripts and letters. Learn about China's history during the two centuries of monumental social and political upheaval that ultimately recreated the country into a modern power.

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape offers scholars an in-depth examination of Romantic period artists, poets and writers. This database offers unique access to rare and priceless literary sources that are indispensable for scholars and students studying the Romantic period, and in particular the literary figures William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey.

The full list of newly purchased Adam Matthew Digital Collections:

* This post is the third in a series to highlight important additions to our online resources. These purchases were made possible in large part with new library funding that resulted from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library charged under EVCP George Breslauer and Chair, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Elizabeth Deakin. For more information read the Commission Report and Response.

Mar 04, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

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