News and notes for biology, April 2018

Students often come to the library for help locating a data set (often any data set loosely related to a topic) to analyze. The new data filters on Pubmed and PubMed Central may be useful for this task: Data Filters in PMC and PubMed.

Nice idea? Casadevall A, Gow N. 2018. Using preprints for journal clubs. mBio 9:e00516-18. https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00516-18.

New open access journals:
Life Science Alliance, v.1, 2018+. Not-for-profit publishers partner to launch new research journal Life Science Alliance “EMBO Press, Rockefeller University Press and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press join forces to empower authors to publish new research more efficiently.”
Plant, People, Planet, v.1, 2018+, from Wiley. “The new journal will focus on the interface between plant science and society.”

Recently published: The second edition of Biology, an open access general textbook on OpenStax. Free ancillaries such as Full Lecture Powerpoint deck, Solutions Manuals, Supplemental Test Items, etc., will be available in summer 2018. If you are interested in exploring further you may want to browse around the 1 hour recording of a recent webinar about the new edition.

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries April 2018:

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: rlewis@wustl.edu Phone: 314-935-4819