May 2013 - News Archive
Elsevier’s recent acquisition of Mendeley, a cloud-based citation manager and PDF organizer, is stirring up controversy in the research community. Of concern to registered users is the reputation Elsevier has of pursuing anti-open access initiatives, and the fact that with the purchase, Elsevier gains access to the reading habits and workflow data of Mendeley users.
For more on this topic, see the following articles:
The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Sale of Elsevier Casts Doubt on Mendeley’s Openness”
The Scholarly Kitchen, “A Matter of Perspective -- Elsevier Acquires Mendeley … or, Mendeley Sells Itself to Elsevier”
Mendeley was featured in the May 2012 Library News, and is currently linked from our Bibliographic Management Software page under Citation Management Freeware—All Users. A boycott of Elsevier was covered in the February 2012 Library News.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an organization dedicated to providing a single platform facilitating access to digital repositories and collections across the United States, from such sources as NARA, Harvard Library, the Smithsonian, Mountain West Digital Library, and the New York Public Library. DPLA links to digital objects such as photographs, manuscripts, maps, and recordings in all subjects, including over 16,000 related to science. Features include:
An interactive map of the US featuring clickable locations of participating repositories (shown left)
A “timeline” feature allowing you to browse objects by year or decade
Filter by format, institutions, and partners
A library of apps for accessing DPLA resources in new ways
Use is free, and you are invited to create a login in to save searches and share lists. DPLA also features exhibitions by its partners.
Submissions are now being accepted, on the “gold” (what IOP calls “hybrid”) Open Access model. For information on submitting articles, click here, and for information on IOP’s Open Access policy, click here.
SciTech Connect is the Department of Energy’s new database, replacing both the OSTI Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database. SciTech Connect is of interest to scientists needing resources related to energy research, production, and use in the United States, as it provides full-text access to DOE’s research output. Features include:
The transition to SciTech Connect will be complete by July 2013; however, the database is currently available via our Databases page.
Taylor & Francis’ (T&F) mobile app now provides full-text access to those journals for which the library has a subscription. All you need to do is follow these instructions from an on-site computer, and then use the passcode to pair your device with the Library’s subscription. This will allow you to access T&F content anywhere. The pairing between your device and user account is continual; however, the link between your device and the Library’s subscription must be renewed every 180 days. Taylor & Francis Mobile was originally covered in the March 2012 Library News.
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