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Scientific American Archive

Title page of Scientific American supplement volume 7

UC campuses now have access to the Scientific American Archive as well as the Supplement issues and Builders Edition issues on the Scientific American platform. This valuable resource consists of high-quality scans of more than 133,000 articles published in Scientific American from 1845-2005. You can browse the issues, read entire issues as PDF files, and search across the full archive. As noted by the publisher, these archive collections “provide unique insight into historic breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine and architecture.”

Publishing in an RSC journal?

The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.

This program offers voucher codes that enable Berkeley researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Further details and the application form are available here.

Digital on Demand service from NTRL

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The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), a repository for technical reports from government agencies produced by the NTIS, rolled out a new Digital-on-Demand service for academic users. The new digitization service allows users to request reports that are not available in full text to be digitized and made available in the database.

The process is simple: locate a report in NTRL, click on the “Digital on Demand” link, and enter your contact information. The requested report will be digitized and made available in about a week. Questions about the service? Contact lngo[at]berkeley[dot]edu.

OskiCat downtime on April 17

OskiCat will be down about 3 hours for scheduled maintenance from 11 p.m. Friday, April 17 to approximately 1 a.m. Saturday.

Try it out: AccessEngineering

 

The UC Berkeley Library invites you to test a new resource, McGraw-Hill’s AccessEngineering, available until May 15.

Providing online access to a suite of instructional videos, ebooks, online calculators and tools, curriculum maps and study guides, AccessEngineering aims to provide fast, authoritative information to faculty, students, and professionals in the field.

We’d like to hear what you think – try it out and contact Lisa Ngo at lngo[at]berkeley.edu with your feedback.

Digital Sanborn maps access now expanded to entire country

Portion of Sanborn map of Ambler, PA 1896

The UC Berkeley community now has access to the complete collection of Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, covering the entire United States. This purchase was made possible through the increased collections funding the Library received following the Report from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library. Prior to the Spring 2015 semester, the Library only subscribed to the digital Sanborn collection covering the state of California. This new purchase guarantees perpetual access to not only Sanborns of California, but also the remaining 49 states.

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. The Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 collection from ProQuest gives the UC Berkeley community access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities.

Wiley Online Library downtime on March 21

Due to essential maintenance, the Wiley Online Library will be unavailable for up to 10 hours from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

PeerJ Open Access Expands to Feature Computer Sciences

photo of a mid-20th century computer

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]library.berkeley.edu

Originally posted on What’s New in the Library.

Science of Synthesis

For all those involved in designing organic chemistry synthetic routes, Science of Synthesis is a trusted and reliable source on the best synthetic methods available.

Check it out for authoritative full-text descriptions and experimental procedures that are immediately applicable in the lab.  The methods are selected, reviewed and continually updated by approximately 1,750 experts.

DMPTool downtime Sunday March 15

DMPTool2

The DMPTool will be unavailable on Sunday March 15, 2015 from 8:00am until 10:00am (PDT), due to system maintenance. During this time, the entire website will be unavailable, so users will not be able to log in or view the unrestricted pages of the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For questions about the DMPTool or about other data management tools and services available to UC Berkeley researchers, please see our page on Scientific Data Services or contact data-consult@lists.berkeley.edu.

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