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New Books List

October 30th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 10/29/12 is now available.

Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Explained (PhD Comics)

October 29th, 2012 by Cory Craig

Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Explained
8.5 minute video from PhD Comics: PhD Comics: What is Open Access? (on YouTube).

Narration by Nick Shockey (SPARC) and Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis). Animation by Jorge Cham.

NEW – Open Access Fund Pilot

October 26th, 2012 by

The UC Davis Open Access Fund pilot (UCD-OAF) supports
Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students
who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access).

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable.  Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.

The California Digital Library and UC Davis University Library are providing the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing.  The University Library will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated.  The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.

additional information and application:

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

October 23rd, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for August and September, 2012
The following new titles were published in August and September.

  • The Answer Machine, by Susan E. Feldman.
    (Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services Series)
  • Capstone Design Courses, Part II: Preparing Biomedical Engineers for the Real World, by Jay R. Goldberg, Marquette University.
    (Biomedical Engineering Series)
  • Cardiac Tissue Engineering: Principles, Materials, and Applications, by Emil Ruvinov, Yulia Sapir, and Smadar Cohen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
    (Tissue Engineering Series)
  • Cyber Foraging: Bridging Mobile and Cloud Computing, by Jason Flinn, University of Michigan.
    (Mobile and Pervasive Computing Series)
  • Distributed Computing by Oblivious Mobile Robots, by Paola Flocchini (University of Ottawa), Giuseppe Prencipe (University of Pisa, Italy), and Nicola Santoro (Carleton University).
    (Distributed Computing Theory Series)
  • Energy-Efficient Scheduling under Delay Constraints for Wireless Networks, by Randall Berry (Northwestern University), Eytan Modiano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Murtaza Zafer (IBM Research).
    (Communication Networks Series)
  • Model-Driven Software Engineering in Practice, by Marco Brambilla (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Jordi Cabot (École des Mines de Nantes, France), Manuel Wimmer (Vienna University of Technology, Austria).
    (Software Engineering Series)
  • Natural Language Processing for Historical Texts, by Michael Piotrowski, Leibniz Institute of European History, Germany.
    (Human Language Technologies Series)
  • Signal Processing for Solar Array Monitoring, Fault Detection, and Optimization, by Mahesh Banavar, et al.
    (Power Electronics Series)
  • Join us for Open Access Week 2012 events

    October 8th, 2012 by

    Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity to discuss and learn about the potential benefits of open access publishing. As the UC community debates open access mandates, faces federal data sharing requirements, and along with the rest of the worldwide research and academic community debates how to work with an ever-increasing amount of scholarly information, Open Access Week is more relevant and important than ever.

    Please join the UC Davis Library in celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with three special events:

    Open data and open access:  expert panel discussion
    Four experts — MacKenzie Smith (UCD University Librarian), Jonathan Eisen (UCD Professor and PLoS Biology editor), Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons) and Carly Strasser (DataOne and California Digital Library) will debate the merits of open access and open data and discuss recent developments in scholarly publishing and sharing data. Come with your questions for what promises to be a lively, cutting-edge discussion!
    Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am-1:00p
    Nelle Branch room, 2nd floor Shields Library map

    Data Management for Researchers: Organizing, Describing, and Sharing your Data
    This workshop, presented by Carly Strasser, will introduce researchers to basic data management principles and demonstrate tools you can use to organize and share data. Not sure whether you should be publishing your data, or how to get started? Come to this workshop!
    Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
    Library Instruction Lab, 1st floor Shields Library map

    Should You Publish in Open Access Journals?
    This session will include a short introduction to OA publishing, followed by a facilitated audience discussion on the pros and cons of publishing in open access journals, led by Michael Rogawski M.D., Professor of Neurology. Bring your questions and come ready to participate!
    Monday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
    Education Building Room 1204, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento Campus map

    Questions or RSVPs? Contact Phoebe Ayers at or 530-752-9948 (main campus), or Raquel Abad at or 916-734‑3870 (Sacramento).