Journal of Flood Risk Management — new journal

"Wiley-Blackwell launches Journal of Flood Risk Management06 May 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the Journal of Flood Risk Management. One of Europe’s leading experts in flooding and wastewater management, David Balmforth, Technical Director of MWH, will serve as Editor-in-Chief.

Published in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the journal seeks to provide an international forum for exploring the interactions between the diverse fields that comprise the management of flood risk worldwide. The first issue will publish in May 2008.

A quarterly publication, the Journal of Flood Risk Management will comprise peer-reviewed original papers, review articles, and editorials covering such areas as hydrology, coastal, storm and surge, climate change, modeling, infrastructure management, flood event management and disaster recovery, flood forecasting/warning, land use management/spatial planning, policy and legislation, uncertainty analysis and risk and health and social aspects of flooding. All articles will be free of charge for the first year of publication."

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 6, 2008

Biotechnology for Biofuels — new OA journal

BioMed Central launches new OA journal – Biotechnology for Biofuels05 May 2008

"Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new, open-access journal – Biotechnology for Biofuels. Michael Himmel, Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal, Chris Somerville, and Charles Wyman will serve as Editors-in-Chief of the journal. They will be supported by an international editorial board.

Biotechnology for Biofuels emphasises understanding and advancing the application of biotechnology and synergistic operations to improve plants and biological conversion systems for the production of fuels from lignocellulosic biomass and any related economic, environmental and policy issues. The journal features the latest cutting-edge research in the field, reviews and commentary articles from both Academia and Industry. Also, it will run a blog, dedicated to all aspects of the biofuels world.

BioMed Central will officially launch the journal at the forthcoming 30th symposium of Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, in New Orleans."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 5, 2008 

Knovel News

120 new volumes have been added to Knovel.  Here are 4 from the category of Electrical and Power and Engineering:

Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles Fuel Cells, Engines and Hydrogen - An Exergy Approach Fuel Cells, Engines and Hydrogen – An Exergy Approach
Electromagnetic Theory Electromagnetic Theory Instantaneous Power Theory and Applications to Power Conditioning Instantaneous Power Theory and Applications to Power Conditioning


Knovel Critical Tables

One of Knovel’s most popular titles, this 2nd edition of Knovel Critical Tables has been updated and enhanced with over 40 new interactive tables. A total of more than 16,000 new records have been added.

New tables have been introduced in areas including:

  • Electrical Properties
  • Thermal Expansion
  • Transport and Flow
  • Density and Compressibility
  • Vaporization and Vapor Pressure
  • Reaction, Thermodynamics and Equilibrium

To see the Spring 2008 newsletter and get tips and demos, visit:

It includes an example of a fielded search for the tensile and compressive properties of materials — of which it contains thousands.

Rockefeller University Press subscribes to Creative Commons

"Authors of papers published in Rockefeller University Press journals (The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, or The Journal of General Physiology) now retain copyright to their published work. This permits authors to reuse their own work in any way, as long as they attribute it to the original publication. Third parties may use our published materials under a Creative Commons license, six months after publication. "  (Intro to Editorial)

"Rockefeller University Press has just announced that it will follow a 
Creative Commons license for its journals.   An explanatory editorial 
by the executive editor of The Journal of Cell Biology and the 
executive director of the press is online at:  "

Ray English
Director of Libraries
Oberlin College