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Open Access journal PeerJ begins publishing


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:

Oxford Scholarship Online: Biology and Neuroscience e-books

Oxford Scholarship Online

A trial subscription to Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) Biology and OSO Neuroscience is now available. These two resources offer chapter-level access in HTML and PDF formats to approximately 270 titles in these subject areas. The titles include:

OSO Biology:

OSO Neuroscience:

Searches can be filtered by subject specialization and publication year, abstracts can be viewed at book and chapter level, and citations can be shared with social bookmarking tools or exported in EndNote, RefWorks, or Zotero/BibTex formats.

Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation

Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation: Analytical Techniques for Scientists
(2012, Elsevier)

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.

National Academy of Engineering – New Members

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.


Tsinghua Science and Technology Journal – now open access

IEEE has announced that the highly regarded Tsinghua Science and Technology (TST) journal is available as an open access title via IEEE’s Xplore Digital Library, starting today, February 1, 2013.

Full-text access includes all volumes back to Vol. 1 (1996).

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for December, 2012

Paying library fees/fines online

If you are charged a library fee or fine, you can now pay it online through My OskiCat. You can find instructions in the Library FAQ on how to pay online. You can also still pay in person at the Privileges Desk in Doe Library.

New NSF grant submission rules take effect Jan. 14

The National Science Foundation rules for grant submissions will change for any grant due on or after January 14, 2013. Among the changes:

  • Project Summary: On the NSF FastLane proposal submission site, the project summary must now be submitted in three separate text boxes, one for each of the three summary elements: overview, intellectual merit, and broader impacts. Project summaries that require special characters (as in math and physics) may be uploaded as a separate PDF document. The total length of the summary in either format is limited to 4600 characters.

  • Biosketch: In the Biographical Sketch, the Publications section has now been renamed Products. Products may include (but are not limited to) datasets, patents, software and copyrights in addition to publications.

For more information about the changes, please see:

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for November, 2012

Intersession hours and holiday closure

As part of the campus winter holiday closure, all of the UC Berkeley libraries will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Some libraries will also be closed additional days. Here are the winter closure dates and intersession hours for the science libraries:

Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2

Earth Sciences and Map Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Engineering Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2

Mathematics Statistics Library: 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Optometry and Health Sciences Library: 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Physics-Astronomy Library: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Public Health Library: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 19-Jan. 2

Please consult the Library Hours page to check the hours for all libraries.

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