On 1 December, Doris Škarić joined the Lib4RI team as a group leader for «Collection Management & Metadata». In this new team, she will bring together the acquisition and management of electronic and printed media. With Doris as the new team leader, this unification of resources will result in more efficient back office services. With a further reduction of the acquisition of printed material, there will be more capacity for improving existing and implementing new information services for the members of the four research institutes.
Starting on December 1st, Lib4RI users will have full access to the «IEEE Xplore Digital Library» again through the «IEEE/IET electronic library». Included are all IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology ) journals. Following the issues we had with IEEE in the past and the resulting reduction in our subscription to IEEE in 2015, IEEE made an offer with better conditions for 2016 that we accepted.
From October on, Lib4RI users have access to all Artech House e-books. Artech House is a small publishing house based in London and Norwood, MA that specializes in e-books. The main topics of the Artech House e-books are science and engineering, the most important sub disciplines are electronics engineering, bioengineering, technology management, power engineering, nanoscience and electromagnetics. You can find the Artech House e-book collection here.
The library Lib4RI offers its users from now on access to all nature publishing group (npg) journals and all journal volumes. Besides the nature branded journals, all nature review journals and all other journals are from now on accessible to our users. The complete list of all nature journals can be found here. They can of course also be accessed via our homepage and our linkresolver if you are coming from other sources. The journals that are new to Lib4RI’s portfolio are mainly from the subject areas medicine and life science. Journals for which the number of accessible volumes has remarkably improved are for example Nature Biotechnology and Nature Genetics.
Update - Lib4RI Training Series: Searching & Managing Scientific Information
The first sessions of our introductory course «Searching & Managing Scientific Information» are well on their way. We are pleased about the lively interest in our autumn training series, with more than 150 registrations so far, and take this opportunity to say thank you.
Poster Prize for Lib4RI at the Open Access Days 2015
The Open Access Days 2015 took place on the 7 to 8 September in Zurich. The meeting, for the first time hosted in Switzerland, was well organized by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. More than 250 participants from science, libraries and publishers discussed current developments in Open Access.
Lib4RI Training Series: Searching & Managing Scientific Information
Autumn is at our doorsteps and it is again time to announce our biannual introductory course «Searching & Managing Scientific Information» for PhD students and other affiliates of the 4 federal research institutes. The course is split into four individually bookable modules. In Oct/Nov 2015, sessions will be offered, if possible, at most major research sites.
The e-books on JSTOR come from well renowned scholarly publishers. From now on, Lib4RI users have access to about 2,700 e-books on the JSTOR platform. This number will be growing monthly as access to newly published titles will be installed automatically upon online publication. The advanced search option on the JSTOR allows for the restriction of the search to e-books.
As of today, Lib4RI’s Standards Portal is presented in a new outfit. The user interface was adapted to the latest technology and should now be reading well on multiple devices. Search algorithms have been improved and context-aids have been added. Behind green triangles associated with your search results, you can now find direct links to all available full texts, or alternatively, order documents via the «Get it at Lib4RI» link resolver and our «Document Delivery Service».
We have again updated the searchbox on our website. This time we have integrated Thomson Reuters’ InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR), which is now directly searchable via the searchbox. JCR provides journal impact factors and other journal metrics for more than 11,800 journals from the science edition (SCI) and the social science edition (SSCI). The new journal impact factors for 2014 were released last week. The newly implemented visualization in JCR shows the connectivity in journal citation networks and allows direct access to journal information.
We have currently updated the searchbox on our website by integrating a new search option: The Primo Central Index. The Primo Central Index is an index of scholarly e-resources with hundreds of millions of entries according to Ex Libris, the company offering it. The variety of document types in the Primo Central Index is rather high, ranging from peer-reviewed articles to newspaper articles and from images to research data. Besides academic and non-academic publishers, Primo Central Index also harvests resources from open-access repositories and thus promotes open access.
Phase Equilibria Diagrams Online is a new database published by The American Ceramics Society (ACerS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The database comprises all phase equilibria diagrams previously published in hard copy format in the book series of the same name.
Trial Access to Maney Publishing's Material Science & Engineering Collection
Maney Publishing is a smaller UK based academic publisher. We have arranged a yearlong test trial for the 40 journals of Maney’s Material Science & Engineering Collection. Some high quality journals are included in the package, e.g. International Material Reviews (IF: 6.55), which Maney publishes on behalf of the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) and ASM international. Access to the journal archives is included in the trial.
Lib4RI Training Series: Searching & Managing Scientific Information
It is almost spring and again time for our biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of the 4 federal research institutes. The course is split into three separate and individually bookable modules. In March 2015, sessions will be offered, if possible, at most major research sites.
New Resources 2015: Databases, Reference Works & E-books
We have significantly expanded our collection of electronic resources for 2015. Additionally, we have arranged test trials with several publishers to introduce some promising products. New on offer from 2015 on are the following products:
New Open Access vouchers available for RSC journals
As a subscribing institution to all journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the library Lib4RI has received 12 vouchers that let researchers at Eawag, Empa, WSL & PSI publish their paper in 2015 in any RSC journal as an Open Access article at no charge. There are also still some Open Access vouchers available for papers accepted in 2013 and 2014. These can be used to transform an already published Closed Access article into an Open Access article.
You can find more information about the vouchers and how you can get one on our webpage RSC’s Open Access Vouchers.