News and notes for biology, March 2018

Journals now available:
iScience, v.1, 2018+; an interdisciplinary open access journal published by Cell Press; includes basic and applied research that advances a specific field across the life, physical, and earth sciences.
Journal of Statistical Planning & Inference; we had backfile but now have v.1, 1977+
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, v.10, 1996+
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry; we had backfile but now have v.1, 1862+

Biofolk may be interested in Chapter 10: Biogeochemistry in this recently purchased reference ebook, Treatise on Geochemistry, 2nd ed.

Scholarly Publishing Round-Up March 2018, from Becker Medical Library. Includes stories about NIH & ORCID and Genetics Society of America’s pilot training program in scientific reviewing (application deadline April 14, 2018) AND MORE.

Preprint which may interest some of you: Questionable Research Practices in Ecology and Evolution, by Hannah Fraser, Timothy Parker, Shinichi Nakagawa, Ashley Barnett, Fiona Fidler , on Open Science Framework (OSF) Preprints. If that interests you, this might also want to read The Proposal to Lower P Value Thresholds to .005, by John P. A. Ioannidis, in JAMA Mar 2018 doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1536

eLife Users Can Now Register with ORCID to Annotate Scientific Content Online, includes some nice examples.

More on Dimensions, previously mentioned in January:

  • Users can now create an account
  • Dimensions now contains over 91 million publications, with continual additions regularly made
  • This recent preprint is interesting but limited to food science: Dimensions: A Competitor to Scopus and the Web of Science? “Almost all Scopus articles with DOIs were found in Dimensions (97% in 2012). Thus, the scholarly database component of Dimensions seems to be a plausible alternative to Scopus and the Web of Science for general citation analyses and for citation data in support of some types of research evaluations.”
  • Crossref as a new source of citation data: A comparison with Web of Science and Scopus, by Nees Jan van Eck, Ludo Waltman, Vincent Larivière, Cassidy Sugimoto on CWTS meaningful metrics blog; this is relevant because Crossref is a major data source for the free, publications part of the Dimensions database.

Need books? Healthy funds remain in the biology book budget so if there are books you wish we had, please send them to Ruth rlewis@wustl.edu. The deadline for fy18 orders in May 4th. Ordering new journal subscriptions is more complicated but I still need to hear if there are titles you needs so we can begin to figure out how to add them.

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries:

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