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Review Articles in BioMed Central Journals Now Open Access

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

BioMed Central publishes 274 open access journals in biology and medicine.

More than 60 subject-specific journals are in the BMC series

A number of the titles in BioMed Central’s portfolio are journals that transferred and converted from the subscription model to open access.

Review articles in the following journals will no longer require a subscription to read; they will be open access like the rest of the BioMed Central portfolio.

Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy

Arthritis Research & Therapy

Breast Cancer Research

Critical Care

Genome Biology

Genome Medicine

Stem Cell Research & Therapy

ILAR Journal 60th Anniversary

September 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood




..ILAR Journal
..Institute for Laboratory Animal Research
..U.S. National Academy of Sciences


Information and resources on a wide variety of topics related to laboratory animal science and welfare to scientists, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, laboratory animal veterinarians and pathologists, and regulators in the U.S. and around the world.

All back issues of the ILAR Journal can be found at the ILAR Journal homepage.

ILAR Journal 60th Anniversary Virtual Issue

The papers selected for this special e-issue come from issues of the ILAR Journal published in the last decade, and are meant to provide the reader with a taste of the depth and breadth of subjects covered by the journal.

Animal Models of Focal and Global Cerebral Ischemia<>Richard J. Traystman  44(2)

Use of the Göttingen Minipig as a Model of Diabetes, with Special Focus on Type 1 Diabetes Research<>Marianne O. Larsen and Bidda Rolin   45(3)

Stereotypies and Other Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors: Potential Impact on Validity, Reliability, and Replicability of Scientific Outcomes<>Joseph P. Garner  46(2)

Adjuvants and Antibody Production: Dispelling the Myths Associated with Freund’s Complete and Other Adjuvants<>
Harold F. Stils, Jr.  46(3)

Environmental Enrichment for Laboratory Rodents and Rabbits: Requirements of Rodents, Rabbits, and Research<>
Vera Baumans  46(2)

Animal Models of Huntington’s Disease<>Shilpa Ramaswamy, Jodi L. McBride, and Jeffrey H. Kordower  48(4)

Design and Statistical Methods in Studies Using Animal Models of Development<>Michael F. W. Festing  47(1)

Behavioral Phenotyping of Transgenic and Knockout Mice: Practical Concerns and Potential Pitfalls<>
Kathleen R. Bailey, Nathan R. Rustay, and Jacqueline N. Crawley  47(2)

Macaque Models of Human Infectious Disease<>Murray B. Gardner and Paul A. Luciw  49(2)

Noninvasive Bioluminescence Imaging in Small Animals<>Kurt R. Zinn, Tandra R. Chaudhuri, April Adams Szafran, Darrell O’Quinn, Casey Weaver, Kari Dugger, Dale Lamar, Robert A. Kesterson, Xiangdong Wang, and Stuart J. Frank  49(1)

Calorie Restriction and Aging in Nonhuman Primates<>Joseph W. Kemnitz  52(1)

Contributions of Bird Studies to Behavioral and Neurobiological Research<>Marc F. Schmidt  51(4)

JoVE – Journal of Visualized Experiments

April 22nd, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

The Library has subscribed to all the parts of JoVE, so all content is now available. The URL for JoVE is:

PeerJ – new open access journal

March 1st, 2013 by Mary Wood


.PeerJ Publishes Its First Articles
from Press Release, Feb 12th 2013

PeerJ, a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access, published its first articles 2/12/13, launched by Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley and Stanford University) and Peter Binfield (formerly at PLoS ONE)

Essential Features of PeerJ:

> Rapid, peer reviewed, ‘Open Access’ scholarly journal, using a Creative Commons license which means that all articles are entirely free to read, distribute, and reuse provided authors are properly attributed.

> Publication decisions are made only on scientific validity (not on perceived impact).

>  Uses a ‘Membership Model’ whereby authors become lifetime members, giving them the ability to freely publish their articles thereafter.

>  PeerJ has 800 Academic Editors, including 20 Advisory Board members (of which 5 are Nobel Laureates).

>  Encourages ‘open’ Peer Review (meaning that reviewers are encouraged to provide their names; authors are empowered to reproduce their peer review history alongside their published article).

>  By utilizing short, iterative development cycles, users will see the rapid development of new features and innovative functionality, dramatically improving the academic publication and reading experience.


UC Davis scientists included in inaugural issue


1 Dept of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
2 National Pet Alliance, San Jose, CA
3 Dept of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


1 Dept of Plant Pathology, University of California Davis, California
2 College of Life Sciences, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Huhhot, China
3 Rice Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Publish open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

January 25th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Publishing in an RSC journal? Maximize Readership With Gold Open Access

    The UC Davis Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.
    This program offers a limited number of voucher codes that enable UC Davis 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).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

    Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.
    Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read. Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

    You are currently affiliated with UC Davis (faculty, student, staff) and
    Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
    You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Davis Library

Get your voucher code

    After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code. It will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been verified.
    Once you have your voucher code, complete the online RSC Gold for Gold Application form to make your article open access
    Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

    Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
    Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013


    Please contact Mary Wood, Reference Librarian:
    or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian:

Submit Your Work to Open Access Journals

August 7th, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Discounts on Article Publication Charges for Open Access Journals – 2012

Open access journals are peer-reviewed journals that provide free, online access to their articles. They do not charge subscription fees to readers or libraries. Rather, they cover costs through publication fees, institutional subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships. There are thousands of open access peer-reviewed or editorial quality-controlled scholarly journals. There are also hybrid models that allow open access to some of their material and recover their costs from a mixture of author charges, institutional memberships and print subscriptions.

See the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ

Submission to an open access journal is certain to remove the financial access barriers for potential readers of your work. Although open access journals are relatively new, evidence to date suggests that publishing with them may increase the reach and impact of your work.


eScholarship publishes a number of journals that are edited by UC faculty or sponsored by UC departments, research units, or publishing programs. Learn more about using eScholarship’s publishing services for UC-affiliated journals.
UC gets discounts on some publication fees via institutional memberships or licensing agreements.  See chart

UC Reshaping Scholarly Communication


Librarianship: Two New Open Access Journals

May 18th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB)

is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.  The journal explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles related to education, outreach, collaborations, and current practices, by contributors from all areas of the globe. Articles covering both the theoretical and practical applications are welcomed. JESLIB also provides special features in each issue which include book reviews on subjects of interest to librarians supporting eScience and information on new technologies.

This project has been partially funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3508 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Our own Health Sciences Librarian Raquel Abad is Managing Editor.



seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in the journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the “common Stock of Knowledge.”

JLSC features open access, peer-reviewed research, about library-led scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital projects. Journal content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The journal is a not-for-profit endeavor, published by Pacific University Library. In support of open and equitable opportunities for authors, JLSC does not charge article submission or publication fees.  Founding board members include UC California Digital Library librarian  Lisa Schiff.

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC)

Subscriptions added for Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling

March 16th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

The library has subscribed to Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.  We have done this even though we continue to have concerns regarding AAAS’s pricing policies (see

In the near future links to these journals will be added to Harvest and to the Electronic Journals A-Z  list.  The direct URL’s are listed below.

Science Translational Medicine

from Science Translational Medicine’s mission statement:

The focus of Science Translational Medicine is original, peer-reviewed, science-based research that successfully advances clinical medicine toward the goal of improving patients’ lives. The editors and an international advisory group of scientists and clinician-scientists as well as other experts will hold Science Translational Medicine articles to the same high-quality standard that is the hallmark of the journal Science.

Examples of content in Science Translational Medicine:

  • Research and commentary on models of human disease with significant implications for disease treatment
  • Investigative studies of human biology with an emphasis on disease, including small clinical trials
  • Perspectives and Reviews on research topics that discuss the implications of the findings from a basic science and a clinical point of view
  • Survey of recent significant findings from other publications (Editor’s Choice)
  • Commentary on policy, funding, and regulatory issues
  • Special issues that feature comprehensive reviews and analyses of current topics in translational medicine

Science Signaling

from Science Signaling’s Goals and Features page:

Science Signaling is a weekly journal, publishing 51 issues a year, as well as an online resource and information management tool that enables experts and novices in cell signaling to find, organize, and utilize information relevant to processes of cellular regulation. The overarching goal of Science Signaling is to identify and develop a mix of tools and approaches (algorithms, schemas, programs, and human organizational structures) that are stable, scalable, interoperable, and cost effective for providing access to information on cell signaling. All aspects of Science Signaling are designed to facilitate the site’s main purpose, which is to maximize the efficiency with which the reader gathers, assimilates, and understands information about cell regulatory processes. We strive to increase the likelihood of the scientist making new connections between facts from discrete sources, and to support educational, collaborative, and community-building efforts. An additional goal of the site is to provide a database of cell signaling information with information supplied by scientific experts, as well as to develop the tools and organizational structures needed to undertake this project and present the results for both human readers and computer-based analysis.