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Springer Open Access Journals Pilot

July 28th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

Are you publishing in a Springer journal? If so, you’re eligible for the Springer Open Choice Program, which exposes your scholarship to more readers.

There are no charges for UC authors to participate in the Open Choice Program. UC authors do not have to pay the usual $3,000 fee to participate. This ground-breaking agreement between Springer and the California Digital Library enables UC-authored articles accepted for publication in most of the 2000+ Springer journals to be published through Springer Open Choice, giving full and immediate access to all readers.

Any article that has at least one UC author is eligible for the program. The corresponding or submitting author simply selects the appropriate UC campus affiliation on the acceptance screen that appears as part of the normal publishing workflow for Springer journals.

All articles in the Open Choice Program are made available with full open access via the SpringerLink platform under a license compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. UC authors retain the copyright to their articles under Springer Open Choice and can use them in course packs, on course web pages, for eReserves, and for other educational purposes.

In addition, all articles published under this program will be made available through UC eScholarship.

More information on the Springer Open Choice Program is available at

If you have any comments or questions about the Springer Open Access Pilot, please use Blog Comments or contact us using the BioAg Email Reference form.

Springer Protocols Now Available Online

July 14th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The UC Davis Library now licenses online access to the Springer Protocols. Springer Protocols, the classic protocols series formerly published by Humana Press, contains over 18,000 molecular biology and biomedical peer-reviewed protocols, mostly from the Methods in Molecular Biology series. Other series included in this package are: Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods.

Springer protocols can be access at

Any comments from UC Davis faculty and students regarding this resource are welcome. Please use Blog Comments or the BioAg Email Reference form to communicate with us about Springer Protocols.

CAB eBooks Now Available

July 13th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The UC Davis Libraries now provide electronic access to the full text of CAB eBooks published from 2005 to the present. The CAB eBook collection consists of six collections (Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Human, Food and Nutrition Sciences, Plant Sciences, Leisure and Tourism, and Environmental Sciences) with over 300 titles. New books will be added to the collections as they are published.

Search the CAB eBooks Collection.

CAB eBooks are published by CABI, a not-for-profit science-based development organization that provides information and applies scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The CABI publishing group also produces the CAB Abstracts bibliographic database. Book chapters from the CAB eBooks Collection are indexed in the CAB Abstracts database.

Journal of Visualized Experiments

July 13th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The UC Davis Library has licensed the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Unlike traditional print journals, JoVE uses video technology to communicate experimental data and research results and demonstrate the details of life science research. Through the visualization of experiments and laboratory protocols JoVE facilitates the understanding and reproduction of experimental techniques.

JoVE can be accessed at

Any comments on this resource and how UC Davis faculty and students are using it for education and research would be appreciated. Use Blog Comments or the  BioAg Email Reference form to communicate with us about JoVE.