VerticalNews hosts 38 new science titles


"US NewsRx launches 38 new science titles 30 Jul 2008

Publisher and international news organisation NewsRx, US, has launched 38 new science titles under its VerticalNews imprint. The new science titles will provide current news, scientific research, and developments on national defense, aerospace, agriculture, chemicals and chemistry, ecology, environment, conservation, energy, engineering, food science, farming, mining and minerals, nanotechnology, physics, robotics and machine learning, verterinary science, mathematics, and global warming.

Each of these new science titles will be available in print or online at The titles offer readers both a broad overview and an insider’s knowledge, ensuring that readers stay on top of the science that is important to them. Titles include Defense & Aerospace Week; Agriculture Week; Journal of Farming; Chemical & Chemistry; Ecology, Environment & Conservation; Energy Weekly News; Journal of Engineering; Food Weekly News; Mathematics Week; Mining & Minerals; Nanotechnology Weekly; Physics Week; Robotics & Machine Learning; Veterinary Week; and The Business of Global Warming.

As part of this launch and to promote international understanding of climate-impacting issues, NewsRx is making an electronic version of its title The Business of Global Warming available at no charge for six months. The free subscription is available on the homepage.

Now with a portfolio of 194 titles, NewsRx claims to be one of the largest content companies in the world. Each month, over a million readers globally view and download NewsRx articles and publications online."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 30th.

Citation mapping tool provided in ISI’s Web of Knowledge

"US Thomson Reuters adds new features to ISI Web of Knowledge platform 29 Jul 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that new features have been added to ISI Web of Knowledge. Most notably, a citation mapping tool has been incorporated to provide researchers with a visual result to their research.

The citation mapping tool tracks an article’s cited and citing references through two generations, allowing researchers to visually discover an article’s wider relationships. The resulting ‘family tree’ of information can be utilised by the researcher to highlight the citation relationships most important to their research.

ISI Web of Knowledge is an integrated research platform that delivers access to diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. It provides users the ability to search the right content and find relevant information – whether that information is found in international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings or websites.

Click here"

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 29th.

From the ISI Thomson webpage What’s New:

Citation Mapping • Be the first to see the beta version of this powerful new Web of Science® visualization tool. Visualize citation relationships and understand the meaning of a cited reference search. Map citations by author, institution, country, subject, and more! ONLINE TUTORIAL

Scopus adds pre-print research abstracts from publishers

"Netherland Scopus adds pre-print research abstracts from publishers29 Jul 2008

Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has added ‘Articles-in-Press’ (AiP), abstracts of accepted research papers published prior to being printed, from journals produced by Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Later this year, AiPs from BioMed Central and IEEE will also be available. Scopus previously offered access to AiPs from Elsevier and Springer that included 2500 titles. This number will now rise to about 3000.

Scopus AiP abstracts are citable and precede the final published, printed version by up-to-four months, significantly accelerating the knowledge discovery process for researchers. Researchers will gain access to the full-text by linking from Scopus to the publishers’ digital library. This early access provides greater connectivity to the current state of research in a range of fields, as well as a more timely method for evaluating the output of authors and institutions.

Since AiPs are posted online either as an accepted manuscript or online publication (according to each publisher’s release policy), they may still be subject to changes and/or corrections by the author or publisher. Scopus clearly labels AiPs as such so researchers are aware that an updated abstract will be made available once the papers are in print."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 29th.

Journal of Biological Databases and Curation — coming in 2009


 "Oxford University Press announces forthcoming journal on OA databases in biology – 29 Jul 2008
Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced plans to launch a new online-only journal – The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation. Computational biologist David Landsmann will serve as the journal’s editor-in-chief.

Scheduled for launch in January 2009, the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation aims to strengthen the bridge between database developers and users. It seeks to provide a platform for ‘novel ideas in database research surrounding biological information.’ The journal will reportedly cover only open-access databases."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 29th.

Bioinformatics: A brief review of resources on the Web

Bioinformatics: A brief review of resources on the Web

Tina O’Grady has written a nice, concise article which categorizes and lists  major bioinformatics databases currently available on the web.  The categories are:  Background information, Finding sequences,  Sequence analysis, Sequence alignment, Phylogenetics, Structure prediction, Function prediction, Genome/model organism databases, and Information and tutorials.  It is published in C&RL News (College & Research Library News), v.69(7), July/August 2008, pp.404-407+ here, on the web.

Physics — new APS journal of highlights & summaries

"The American Physical Society (APS) has announced that the inaugural issue of its new journal – Physics – is now online. David Voss, formerly a senior editor of Science, serves as editor of the journal. Physics does not publish original research articles, but short pieces to highlight, explain and discuss important articles published in other APS journals.

The journal highlights exceptional papers from the Physical Review journals. To accomplish this, Physics features expert commentaries written by active researchers who are asked to explain the results to physicists in other subfields. These commissioned articles are edited for clarity and readability across fields and are accompanied by explanatory illustrations.

Each week, editors from each of the Physical Review journals choose papers that merit this treatment, aided by referee comments and internal discussion. The journal features three kinds of articles – Viewpoints, which are 1000–1500 word essays that focus on a single Physical Review paper or PRL letter and put this work into broader context; Trends, which are 3000-4000 word review articles that survey a particular area and look for interesting developments in that field; and Synopses, which are 200 word staff-written distillations of interesting and important papers each week. In addition, the journal intends to publish selected Letters to the Editor."

Source:  Knowledgespeak newsletter, July 28, 2008

Human Ontogenetics — new OA interdisciplinary journal


"human_ontogenetics is an international interdisciplinary open access journal edited under the auspices of the Society of Human Ontogenetics and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

The science of human ontogenetics deals with the development of the human individual as a biopsychosocial unit from conception until death. It aims – as critical theory, conceptual framework and research program – at a holistic comprehension of man in his structural and temporal dimensions.

human_ontogenetics is a forum for original disciplinary research, interdisciplinary studies, conceptual work and metadisciplinary syntheses focusing on the ontogeny of human beings and its evolution. The journal covers developmental and evolutionary aspects of all human sciences – the scope ranges from empirical biomedical studies to philosophical concepts. Special focus will be given to studies on the developmental origins of health and disease."

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Energy & Environmental Science — New Journal from RSC


Today the Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that its new journal,  Energy and Environmental Science is freely accessible, at least for 2008 and 2009.  They do ask each individual to register for access, however.
"A new journal linking all aspects of the chemical sciences relating to energy conversion and storage, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science."


BioData Mining — New Open Access Journal by BioMed Central

"Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new open access journal – BioData Mining. Dr Jesus Aguilar-Ruiz of the Pablo De Olavide University and Dr Jason H. Moore of the Dartmouth Medical School will serve as Editors-in-Chief of the journal. They will be supported by an expert Editorial Board.

BioData Mining publishes original articles on all aspects of data mining applied to high-dimensional biological and biomedical data, focusing on computational aspects of knowledge discovery from large-scale genetic, transcriptomic, genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data. As well as being open access, the journal also operates an open peer review process, which the editors hope will foster constructive reviews and therefore enrich the criticism.

All BioData Mining articles are archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine’s full-text repository of life science literature, and also in repositories at the University of Potsdam in Germany, at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands’ digital archive of all electronic publications. The journal is also participating in the British Library’s e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter (7/22/08)