eLIFE — a respected OA journal

eLIFE

  • http://elifesciences.org“This highly thought of open access journal promises a speed and ease of publishing unheard of in most traditional life science journals. Initial decisions on a manuscript are usually made within days. Post-review decisions are made within weeks. Most articles only go through a single round of revisions. For the reader, this means that the results you’re reading are hot off the lab bench. Best of all, unlike most scientific journals, which can cost upwards of $20 for a single article, the 842 (and counting) articles on this site are completely free. The eLIFE podcast is also available for easy download, online listening, or subscription. [CNH]
  • Source:  The Scout Report — Volume 20, Number 40 (HTML)  Univ. of Wisconsin, 10/17/2014

World Food Day

8 Great Scientific Solutions to Feeding the World

Released: 14-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT 
Source Newsroom: Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Newswise — CHICAGO—In honor of World Food Day on October 16, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is highlighting eight solutions for feeding the world from itsFutureFood 2050 website. They include articles featuring Kofi Annan, M.S. Swaminathan, Sylvia Earle and more. Feel free to re-publish or share these links as part of your World Food Day coverage.

1. Watch an interactive video infographic on food waste
2. Learn about food security in Africa 
3. Read this article on M.S. Swaminathan on sustainable agriculture
4. Listen to National Geographic Oceanographer Sylvia Earle share aquaculture solutions 
5. Learn how reinvestment in Africa creates a sustainable business model for the future 
6. Gain insights on the latest insights on meat alternatives 
7. Read an interview on creating greater abundance of crops to feed a booming population 
8. Learn about the important role of women in combating world hunger

Microbe World

URL:www.microbeworld.org
  • Lots of information over a variety of topics
    • Poor site organization—two separate navigational toolbars
    • Source: GEN “Best of the Web”, Sep 15, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 16)
    • Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
    • From American Society for Microbiology

Princeton Univ. authors get discount when publishing in BioMed Central

 BioMed Central unveils newly redesigned website02 Dec 2011

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website (www.biomedcentral.com). BioMed Central, which currently publishes over 220 open access journals, has introduced a streamlined design and new look which makes the high-traffic website much more straightforward to navigate. The redesigned site also introduces a range of new and enhanced features.

Emphasising the company’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of authors and readers, the new site includes a greatly improved ‘My BioMed Central’ section offering users convenient access to the latest research in their subject areas together with status updates on manuscripts which they are submitting or reviewing. Other features include enhanced navigation for archives, supplements and special article collections; additional RSS feeds and embedded social linking technologies; and improved subject gateways, providing a central starting point to find research on particular scientific topics.

Sister website Chemistry Central will also benefit from the new look and significantly increased functionality.

In addition to the new appearance, the site is built using modern open-source java technologies, which provide a firm foundation for the enhancements and new services still in development.”

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter