News and notes for biology, May 2018

Interesting experiment in open access publication and trying to move science more quickly: microPublication Biology has been going for a few years. I just received their microPublicaion Biology Newsletter no. 1, May 2018, so perhaps they are working on expansion.

The WU Chemistry Library is closed until mid-July. If you need materials shelved in Chemistry, you will need to use Interlibrary Loan. More information: library.wustl.edu/chemistry-library-closed-may-10-through-mid-july/.

Inspirational? An academic disseminates scientific knowledge to the public by improving Wikipedia, by Madeline Gottlieb, a fourth year doctoral student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis.

PlumX Metrics now available in Open Scholarship: Go to any biology faculty publication and click on the PlumXMetrics box on the right. This supplies information about news, tweets, blogs, etc. In addition it links to citations to the original article via either Scopus or Crossref. I’m not sure how useful this will be but it’s sort of fun. Most online journal publishers have some of this sort of data embedded, via Altmetric or PlumX or some other supplier. Here are two articles in Open Scholarship that have interesting PlumXMetrics boxes: Haswell video, Botero article.

Announcing Full Text Search on BHL! I find that older articles and chapters are not as well indexed as more recent ones, so I expect this will be useful when seeking older information which tends to be what is available fulltext in Biodiversity Heritage Library. Although there are new materials also since they regularly add “in-copyright” materials also; for examples see 44 New In-Copyright Titles Coming to BHL!.

Dimensions integration of ORCID Authors may now connect their ORCID iD to Dimensions and import their publication metadata from Dimensions into to their ORCID record. More info

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries May 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