UK PubMed Central catching up with US version

"Research institutions to further develop the UK PubMed Central website – 18 Sep 2008

Eight leading biomedical research funding organisations, including Government bodies, Research Councils and Charities, have approved funding to further develop the UK PubMed Central website ( over the next three years. The development will be carried out by the British Library, the University of Manchester and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), in close consultation with the UK’s biomedical and health researchers.

Since being launched in January 2007, the UKPubMed Central has expanded to offer 1.3 million full-text, peer-reviewed research papers through its online digital archive. The new and improved features will include direct links to the 18 million records currently available on the US version of PubMed as part of the European Bioinformatics Institute’s CiteXplore bibliographic tool; new ways to extract biological information from research papers using text analysis and data-mining tools; an easy-to-use, intuitive interface; and access to content not included in traditional journal literature – clinical guidelines, technical reports and conference proceedings. These developments are projected to significantly enhance UK PubMed Central’s accessibility and make it a valuable first point of call for the UK’s life sciences researchers.

UK PubMed Central is part of a network of PubMed Central (PMC) International repositories. Based on PMC, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, UK PubMed Central provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications.

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From Knowledgespeak Newsletter now provides 200 million pages is a free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. In this new 5.0 version,  launched on Sept. 15th, there are 7 additional portals or databases that quadruple its content.  New content includes patents, toxicology data, e-prints from the Dept. of Energy and OSTI, and journal archives from PubMed Central, and

The search engine is improved with clustering technology, and now provides links to science news, the EurekAlert! and Wikipedia. 

" is hosted by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within DOE’s Office of Science. In addition to DOE, is supported by contributing members of the Alliance, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration."

From Tim Byrne at osti/gov




Chinese Journals: appeal for open access

" Chinese scientist appeals for funding to make Chinese journals OA – 05 Sep 2008

Zhu Zuoyan, a recently retired deputy head of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), has reportedly appealed for funding to make several Chinese journals open access (OA). To boost the country’s scientific journals, he urged to give priority to domestic science publications.

According to Zuoyan, government-funded open access journals could be a breakthrough for science publishing in China. He further stated that OA journals prioritise academic merits over commercial interests. A government-funded open access initiative would lessen or eliminate the cost of publishing, thereby allowing Chinese journals to attract more high-quality papers and improve their impact.

Zhu’s remarks come amidst criticisms that Chinese scientists are publishing more in overseas journals than domestic ones. According to a study by Wang Bingsheng, a leading physicist and editor of the journal Chinese Physics Letters, in 2006, over 80 percent of Chinese physics papers published in journals, listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), were published in international journals.

Also, it has been observed that science institutions in China often assess the outputs of their scientists using the impact factors of the journals where they publish their papers. Many international journals have higher impact factors than domestic ones.

This trend among Chinese scientists to publish more in overseas journals, some say, may endanger the existence of the 5,000 scientific journals published in China."

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

AuthorChoice — the ACS model for open access publishing

Links to the journals and description of the program:

The following editorial was promoted  yesterday on the CHMINF listserv —

by Kitty Porter, Stevenson Science & Engineering Library, Vanderbilt University

AuthorChoice: a great way to get your papers read.
LJ Marnett – Chem Res Toxicol, 2007 –
Chem Res Toxicol. 2007 Sep;20(9):1235-6. Click here to read AuthorChoice:
a great way to get your papers read. Marnett LJ. Publication
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