September 2014 - News Archive
OASIS: Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
OASIS provides training and resources to individuals and institutions interested in making any of their research output Open Access (OA). Resources include:
- Briefing papers explaining the basics of OA
- Quick overviews, including an outline explaining how to implement OA policies for institutional repositories
- A map tracking the worldwide development of OA
- The Open Access Tracking Project, consisting of links to articles and blogs on OA
- News about new developments in OA worldwide
OASIS partners include SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition) and Science Commons.
New Open Access (OA) Journal from OSA
Optica, the new OA journal from the Optical Society of America (OSA), focuses on original, high-impact research in optics and photonics. Features include:
- Article-at-a-time publication and monthly issues
- Both theoretical and applied aspects of optics/photonics
Visit the journal’s about page for information on article submission. Optica is available from the library’s E-journals page.
Chemical Science to go Open Access in 2015
The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that the journal Chemical Science will migrate to the Gold Open Access model at the beginning of 2015. Benefits will include:
- Free access to publicly-funded research
- Article Processing Charges (APC’s) waived for two years
- Articles archived by RCS
- Journal currently boasts 8.601 impact factor
Currently, Chemical Science articles are available via ILLiad, but once the journal becomes Open Access, it will be available via the library’s E-Journals page.
New Journal Indicators Created by CWTS
CWTS offers free journal indicators for over 20,000 scientific titles, drawing on Elsevier’s Scopus database to calculate metrics. You can use these indicators to complement Thomson Reuters’ Journal Impact Factor (JIF) to more completely gauge a publication’s impact. Indicators include:
- P: number of publications for a title in the past three years
- RIP: Raw Impact Per Publication -- number of citations given in the present year for everything published by a journal in the past three years, divided by the total number of publications by that title from the past three years
- SNIP: Source Normalized Impact Per Publication -- similar to RIP, but weighted for different research areas, since research papers in some fields generate less cited references than those in others
- % Self Cit: percentage of citations in the present year that refer to papers in the same title from the past three years
See the CWTS Indicators Methodology section for detailed explanations of how each indicator is formulated, and the Products section for other tools offered by CWTS.
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