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Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

February 28th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for January, 2013

The following titles were published in January.

February New Books List

February 28th, 2013 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 02/25/13 is now available.

Altmetrics Webinar: Telling a fuller story of research impact with altmetrics and ImpactStory

February 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

A webinar presented by the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information

    Date: February 20, 2013
    Time: 8 am Pacific Time (11 am Eastern time)

In growing numbers, the workflows of scholars are moving online. As that happens, important parts of the scientific process, once hidden, are being exposed. Conversations, arguments, recommendations, reads, bookmarks–the stuff of day-to-day science–is leaving traces in places like Mendeley, Twitter, blogs, Faculty of 1000, and many others.

Mining these traces can give us faster, more diverse, and more accurate data of scholarly impact. These alternative metrics or “altmetrics” could predict later citations, reveal impacts on diverse audiences like practitioners and clinicians, uncover impacts of diverse products like datasets, blog posts, and software, and reward researchers making subtle but vital contributions that the citation record ignores.

After reviewing the growing research around altmetrics, we’ll discuss how these data sources can be of practical use for researchers and publishers today, focusing on ImpactStory, open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.

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ACS Style Guide now online

February 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

ACS Style Guide, 3rd edition

The ACS Style Guide is now available online to the University of California as part of our American Chemical Society (ACS) subscription package.

The ACS Style Guide “is an established and definitive source within and beyond the chemistry community, educating researchers on how to effectively communicate scientific information.” It includes chapters on: Ethics in Scientific Publication; Writing Style and Word Usage; Peer Review; Copyright Basics; Electronic Submission of Manuscripts; and conventions for formulas, elements, substances, and tables.

Coming soon: Complimentary personal access to the online edition will be available via the ACS ChemWorx research management platform.

ACM moves towards offering OA options

February 6th, 2013 by

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which is the preeminent computer science professional society and publisher, announced this week that they are going to begin offering alternatives for authors who want to make their ACM-accepted articles open access in the ACM Digital Library. Under the current publishing copyright agreement, authors transfer copyright and distribution rights to the ACM, but are able to post author-prepared copies of their articles to their personal websites. In future the ACM will also have two publishing agreement alternatives: a more detailed publishing agreement for those who want to retain copyright, and an author-pays open access model, where the author will pay a fee for publication and their article in the DL will be free to everyone (the fee has not yet been set).

The ACM also noted changes for SIGs who produce conference proceedings; they can now choose to make their proceedings OA around the time of the conference or for the most recent conference. Full details for all of the new choices, which are still under development by the ACM, are in an editorial in this month’s CACM.

It’s worth noting that under the current publishing agreement, in addition to posting pre-publication copies on their own websites authors also have the right to deposit pre-publication copies of their articles in an institutional repository. The UC’s eScholarship repository is available for any UC Davis authors who wish to do so.  The ACM also maintains the “Author-izer” service, which enables authors who register to acquire unique links for their papers in the DL, which authors can then use on their personal webpages to allow anyone to download the definitive DL version of the paper for free.

For help or questions regarding eScholarship, Author-izer, the ACM Digital Library, or copyright and publication, contact Phoebe Ayers, CS Librarian: