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Special issue on single molecule spectroscopy


Accounts of Chemical Research has a special issue on single molecule
spectroscopy this month.  Papers include applications in
biophysics and chemistry, among others. 

Study on scientists and journal usage


A set of slides by Carol Tenopir from a presentation at an AAAS forum
documents the many ways by which scientists access information, and how
usage has grown over time.  (source: PAMNET-L)

APS announces open access journal for physics education research


The American Physical Society announced a new journal, Physical Review
Special Topics – Physics Education Research. “The journal will be
distributed without charge, and financed
by publication charges to the authors or to the authors’
institutions.”  Similar journals include the American Journal of
Physics and the Physics Teacher (both AAPT) and Physics Education

Amercian Chemical Society expands access options


The ACS announced a policy that would allow their authors to deposit
their articles in PubMed Central one year after publication.  This
would enable authors to comply with NIH’s open access policy. 
(Sources: Open Access News, the Sci Tech Library Question)

American Physical Society joins growing list of journals with RSS feeds


APS announced that feeds are available for all flavors of the Physical Review.

NIH urges researchers to disseminate research results freely w/in 12 months of publication


“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today a new
policy designed to accelerate the public’s access to published
articles resulting from NIH-funded research. The policy — the first
of its kind for NIH — calls on scientists to release to the public
manuscripts from research supported by NIH as soon as possible,
and within 12 months of final publication.” (Source: Open Access News, which see for Peter Suber’s criticism of the policy)

AIP retrospective journal digitization complete


The American Institute of Physics has put all issues of their journals
online.  Subscribers to each journal can get to the full contents
dating back to volume 1 for each journal (for example, Review of
Scientific Instruments begins with v.1, 1932).  The AIP had begun
digitizing ten-year increments several years ago but now seems to have
completed the retrospective project.  (Source: PAMNET-L)

Google’s interface to scholarly literature


Google now has a search interface for finding journal articles and
books.  Evidently they’ve indexed content from a number of
contributing publishers.  For some, only citations are available,
but Google tells how many other references have cited a particular
work.  It will increasingly expose open access publications, but
proprietary content will still be only partially accessible. (Source:
SPARC Open Access Forum)

Update: The New York Times has an article about the service. 

Update (11/19/04): ResourceShelf and Traffick.com critique Google Scholar. (Source: Library Juice)

Citation bookmark service


CiteULike is similar to del.icio.us in that it enables scientists to
bookmark and create libraries of papers that interest them. 
Additionally, you can look at other people’s citations, browse by
category and receive updates via RSS (source: nodalpoint.org)

AIP offers open access option


but at a cost of $2000 per paper.  It’s called “author
select”  and authors in journals such as Review of Scientific
Instruments, Journal of Mathematical Physics and Chaos may opt for
their papers to be “open access” by paying the fee.  This is
similar to PNAS’ policy (but quite a bit more expensive.) (Source;
SPARC Open Access Forum)

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