Journal of Life Sciences — open access


From their "About Us" page:        

"The Journal of Life Sciencesis a bi-monthly magazine founded in 2007. Focusing on the space ‘where science and society meet,’ the Journal offers fresh analysis and commentary about the impact of biotechnology and the other bio sciences on business, policy, and culture. The Journal’s intelligent, incisive, and skeptical editorial style helps readers keep up with the changes in the life sciences, which will soon affect nearly every aspect of modern life, from the food we eat to the way we approach diseases, clean the environment, and defend countries from terrorism.

The Journal is published by Burrill & Company and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). Burrill & Company is a life sciences merchant bank and CHI is a nonprofit public policy research organization for California’s life sciences industry."

World Wide Science database

From Knowledgespeak Newsletter, June 18th:

"US DoE expands global science gateway – 18 Jun 2008

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information has announced that international science portal has expanded its scope to include connections to databases and scientific web sites from over 44 nations. allows users to question over 200 million science and technology documents not indexed by popular search engines. The portal linked to 12 databases from 10 countries when it debuted in June 2007. The lately expanded service includes 32 national scientific databases and links to portals from 44 countries.

DOE and the British Library along with eight other participating countries first struck an agreement to establish the portal in January 2007. gives science information consumers a single entry point for searching far-reaching science portals in parallel, with only one query, saving time and effort."


IF YOU WANT A CERTAIN ARTICLE, FIRST CHECK THE PRINCETON ONLINE CATALOG FOR THE AVAILABILITY HERE.  (Then you may (1)download or print, (2) request via document delivery ,or (3)order directly on your own.)

As great as this service is, I must point out that you will be invited to purchase papers to which the Princeton University Library has already purchased subscriptions.   You will want to re -search for the full text article by article, probably most reliably via the online catalog.  (Alternatives would be the e-journals listing or the e-journal finder.)  Additionally, I must say that not all articles/papers are missed by the popular search  engines. 

Conservation Letters — new title. Free in 2008

Conservation Letters

Submit your manuscript to Conservation Letters for maximum exposure

Fast, global and policy-relevant, Conservation Letters is a new, online-only scientific journal, published on behalf of the Society for Conservation Biology. Publishing empirical and theoretical research with significant implications for the conservation of biological diversity, the journal will draw on knowledge, tools and interactions from many disciplines – geography, ecology, evolution, mathematics, economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology among them.

Three types of article are published in Conservation Letters:

  • Letters: novel findings with high relevance for practice or policy
  • Mini-Reviews: overviews of emerging subjects that merit urgent coverage or succinct syntheses of important topics that are rarely encountered in the mainstream literature
  • Policy Perspectives: brief essays for a general audience on issues related to conservation and society
  Conservation Letters

For more details — the rest of the page is linked here.

NARCIS, the Gateway to Dutch Scientific Information

DAREnet,  the Digital Academic Repositories Network, in the Netherlands, is now part of the scientific portal,  NARCIS.  "The scientific portal offers, amongst others, access to tens of thousands of academic publications in full text. Special collections in the NARCIS portfolio include Cream of Science, showcasing prominent research from the Netherlands and the collection Promise of Science, accessing doctoral e-theses from all Dutch universities."   There are also 2100 datasets.

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, June 5, 2008

These publications do seem to be picked up by Scopus (Scirus), and Google Scholar, but not Web of Science and its Web Citation Index.