News and notes for biology, November 2016

Journal news:

  • Nature Ecology & Evolution, v.1, 2017+ is on order. Free access is available for several articles already.
  • WU Libraries have now purchased the entire backfile access to Scientific American, 1845-present. Enjoy!
  • We have also added JSTOR Arts & Sciences X Collection. More info including a full title list [In many cases we have access to current years on a different platform.] Here are a few titles in that collection which are marked Biological Sciences or Ecology:
    Ecología Política Coverage in JSTOR: 1992- 2013
    Environmental Values Coverage in JSTOR: 1992 – 2010
    Human Biology Coverage in JSTOR: 1929 – 2012
  • WU Library has subscribed to Digizeitschriften which includes mostly backfiles of German research journals. Citations and some content were freely available without our subscription but now we have the whole research service including fulltext; additions to Digizeitschriften are ongoing.

Best Science Books lists for 2016: John Dupuis has begun to post these lists on his blog, Confessions of a Science Librarian. I find these are interesting lists for my own reading and for gifts. Enjoy!

Becker Medical Library has arranged trial access for WU to InCites, a research analytics platform produced by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). Web of Science, EndNote and Journal Citation Reports are other resources from Clarivate Analytics. InCites allows for in-depth analysis of trends and benchmarking for individuals, groups, organizations, countries, journals, and research areas. Access is available through Dec. 15. More info and how to login.

Data Management, Sharing, and Citation: Some of you may be interested in the NIH Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation. The deadline for comments is Dec. 29, 2016.

Company of Biologists now supports 2-way integration with bioRxiv. “Authors depositing a manuscript in bioRxiv can now transfer their paper directly to any of The Company of Biologists’ journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open) through a simple transfer portal – avoiding the need to re-enter information or upload files in multiple submission systems.” More info. There are more links about preprints in the scholarly communications news post for this month.

Early each calendar year, ejournal access problems sometime occur; these are often related to publisher changes or failures in renewals or invoicing. The sooner we hear about them, the sooner they can be fixed. Please report a problem with an ejournal or online resource when you run into such problems.

Expect my next update about Feb. 1, 2017; December 2016 and January 2017, will be combined.

Posts on Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries in November:

About the author

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