News and notes for math, May 2016

MathSciNet and math literature: You may recall last month’s post MathSciNet ® now available on EBSCO. This month Ebsco sponsored an hour-long webcast Taming the Mathematical Literature with MathSciNet. The speaker was Edward Dunne, Executive Editor of the American Mathematical Society’s Mathematical Reviews; Edward Dunne blogs at Beyond Reviews: Inside MathSciNet The first 40 minutes was about the mathematical literature and changing trends including tidbits, such as, the number of items in Math Reviews doubles every 19 years (this has been consistent for 75 years) and the number of journals in math increases 3% annually (this has been consistent for 300 years). The last 20 minutes of the presentation was about searching MathSciNet on Ebscohost and differences from the AMS interface. New to me: MCQ “mathematical citation quotient” which is a sort of 5-year impact factor for math journals, available in the AMS version of Mathscinet under Journals. The archive to this webcast is available and I recommend it.

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