News and notes for math, March 2018

Now available: Journal of Statistical Planning & Inference; we had backfile but now have v.1, 1977+ online.

In Openness and The Two Cultures, Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director, Publishing at the American Mathematical Society, comments on the development of open access in the humanities, social science and math research, disciplines which are not richly funded.

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 math 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 March 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