Nature Magazine has two new free sites to help researchers to share work and collaborate with peers:
Nature Network "is the online meeting place for you and fellow scientists to gather, talk and find out about the latest scientific news and events. Science is an international endeavor and deserves a global stage for discussion. Scientists can also benefit from interactions at the local level."
Nature Preceedings "is a place for researchers to share documents, including presentations, posters, white papers, technical papers, supplementary findings, and manuscripts. It provides a rapid way to disseminate emerging results and new theories, solicit opinions, and record the provenance of ideas. It also makes such material easy to archive, share and cite."
More valuable resources can be found in our Subject GuidesAdded 11/7/07
Searching for patents and their application status used to be difficult and not always free for the public. Here are two new free full text patent database sites to help find what you need.
Patent Lens (patentlens.net)
Search the full-text of more than 8 million patent documents from US, Europe, Australia and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), including their status and counterparts in up to 60 countries. Data is obtained weekly through WIPO, USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), EPO (European Patent Office), and IP Australia.
"U.S. Department of Energy's central collection of patent information, where research and development intersect with innovation and invention. This collection demonstrates the Department's considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to today." The site is updated regularly with news and information about significant and recent inventions.
More patent resources can be found via Internet ResourcesAdded 11/14/07
The Library of Congress Research Center Science Tracer Bullet Series are research guides that help you locate information on science and technology subjects. With brief introductions to the topics, lists of resources and strategies for finding more, they help you to stay 'on target.'". Each guide lists texts, journals, conferences, biographies, subject headings, databases, reviews, and additional sources of information.
Your Library also maintains Subject Guides based on Boulder Labs research.Added 11/20/07
Open Access, Open Source, Open Choice - all of these statements ring to a sound similar: free. In the most basic sense, scientists are helping science, researchers and academics providing their work to forward progress by removing price and permission barriers. This, in my opinion, is what drives scientists and researchers to do what they do - it's our duty to understand the laws of nature and share that knowledge. With rising publication costs and declining budgets, below are some newer resources to educate and offer options for authors (usually for a fee).
Open Access and the Progress of Science: The power to transform research communication may be at each scientist's fingertips. From American Scientist
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Open Access Resources - focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries
Open Access Bibliography - Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals
Of Special Note: Citation Statistics From More Than a Century of Physical Review - from the abstract: "We study the statistics of citations from all Physical Review journals for the 110-year period 1893 until 2003. In addition to characterizing the citation distribution and identifying publications with the highest citation impact, we investigate how citations evolve with time."Added 11/28/07