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The websites will be unavailable for no more than 12 hours starting at 1 PM PDT on Saturday 13th April 2013. During this time, due to the nature of the work we cannot show a maintenance note so anyone trying to access the site will get a “Site not found” or similar message.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your website users.
As of 4/3/13, 7am: Access to RSC Journals is restored.
As of 4/2/13: UC Davis is experiencing access problems with some articles in some RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) journals. RSC is currently working on the problem, we hope to have access restored soon.
Geospatial Consulting @ UC Davis is available to help the researchers of UC Davis with geospatial questions and projects. Like the services provided by the Stats Lab for addressing statistical questions, Geospatial Consulting offers campus researchers and programs a way to work with experienced geospatial analysts to complete GIS, GPS, mapping, or spatial modeling projects, small or large.
The major goals of the service include providing members of the campus community with expertise and rapid turnaround on geospatial analyses and visualizations that require special expertise but do not warrant a regular research agreement or grant, and enabling graduate students and young geospatial professionals opportunities and funding in diverse and challenging applications.
Prospective clients should visit Geospatial Consulting’s website to read about the services offered and to submit a project request form. Once a client submits a request, an analyst will consult with the client, and develop an estimate for the scope and cost of the work. After the initial consultation, costs are based on the number of hours required to complete a project plus any expenses accrued in acquiring data or printing maps.
Geospatial Consulting @ UC Davis is administered through the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, overseen by Professor James Quinn at the Information Center for the Environment, and the day-to-day activities are administered by Michele Tobias, a postdoctoral scholar. The service anticipates hiring graduate students as consultants as the number of requests for project assistance grows.
Researchers seeking help with geospatial projects should contact the service through its website: http://geospatial.ucdavis.edu/
As e-books evolve to provide essential content for use in teaching, learning, and research, the UC Libraries seek to develop the marketplace in ways that support our core values and the university’s mission. We believe it is our responsibility to help shape the scholarly publishing landscape in ways that are responsive to the needs of our primary users and that enable us to be effective stewards of our libraries’ collections funds.
The following statements of principle apply these values to the e-book marketplace and reflect our priorities. The UC Libraries are prepared to work with publishers, aggregators, and others within the academic community to develop appropriate standards and best practices that implement these principles.
Content Supporting Research and Instruction
• Simultaneous access by an unlimited number of users at a reasonable cost
• Simultaneous availability of front list titles in both print and electronic formats
• Consistency of content between print and electronic books, including supplementary materials and quality of illustrations
Fair Use & Scholarly Communication
• Licensing terms that do not limit fair use, Section 108, and first sale doctrines under US copyright law, including use of e-book content in course reserves, course management systems, and course packs.
• The right to borrow and lend e-books via interlibrary loan in a manner analogous to the loan of physical books, in addition to other fee-based methods that may be available for limited lending between institutions
• Licenses that support ad hoc scholarly sharing with colleagues beyond the confines of the institution
Positive User Experience
• The ability to discover and access e-books in a variety of ways including through library catalogs, format- and discipline-specific public portals, and other search interfaces preferred by users
• Content accessible and portable across a variety of platforms and devices, and able to evolve with the emergence of new technologies.
• The ability to print, copy, save, and annotate e-book content efficiently and easily, and to export bibliographic information to citation management software
• Ease of navigation: the ability to preview content before downloading; navigate e-book content through hyperlinked tables of contents, indexes, and footnotes; and return to content via persistent URLs.
• ADA compliance in accordance with state and federal law.
• Ability to migrate purchased and/or subscribed content between platforms, as platforms may evolve and change.
• If content purchased and/or licensed on one platform becomes available on other platforms, access to this content on all platforms will be provided at no additional charge.
• Confidentiality of user information. The UC Libraries fully endorse the California Reader Privacy Act (SB 602).
• Data to support resource management and assessment, including COUNTER-compliant usage statistics.
• Institutional branding features for proper attribution and user awareness.
• Routine notifications as content is added and changed.
Sustainable and fair business models
• Perpetual access to purchased content regardless of the life of the platform
• Archival rights retained, including the ability to archive content locally or through a third-party provider selected by the library.
• Reasonable and flexible pricing models that allow for the option to purchase discrete subject-based collections and/or individual titles, as opposed to a unitary bundle of products
• Minimal, or no, maintenance and/or access fees.
February 6, 2013 Version 1.4
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.
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 http://goo.gl/rRjNJ 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.
- 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: email@example.com
- or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access issues are being reported for Springer online content (journals, books, protocols) since they moved to a new platform on 11/26/12. Springer customer service is aware of the issues and is working on correcting them.
If you experience problems, click here to access the old SpringerLink site
Or follow these instructions to get to the old SpringerLink site:
1), click through to the online content on the new platform; the URLs for the new platform all begin with ‘link.springer.com’.
2) Click the “Access old SpringerLink” link in the gray banner on the right side of the screen. See image below.
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.