June 29, 2011
2010 Impact Factors are Out!
The 2010 edition of Journal Citation Reports is out, with the 2010 Impact Factors for journals that are tracked by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science). From their news release:
“The 2010 release features the largest ever JCR with 10,196 journal listings in 238 disciplines of Science and Social Sciences. 2,494 publishers from 84 countries are represented, some for the first time. A total of 1,075 journals receive their first Journal Impact Factor in the latest JCR release.”
News Release: http://thomsonreuters.com/content/press_room/science/JCR-impact-factor-2010
Access the Journal Citation Reports database:
Not sure what Impact Factors are? Here’s a link to a presentation I’ve used for a Library Savvy Researcher workshop on the topic:
Note: Many open access journals are pulling quite decent impact factors. For instance:
• PLOS Biology - 12.469
• PLOS Medicine - 15.617
• PLOS Computational Biology - 5.515
• PLOS Genetics - 9.543
• PLOS Pathogens - 9.079
• PLOS One - 4.411
• Genome Biology - 6.885
• BMC Bioinformatics - 3.028
• BMC Medicine - 5.750
• BMC Biology - 5.203
• BMC Genomics - 4.206
• BMC Plant Biology - 4.085
• Breast Cancer Research - 5.785
• Molecular Neurodegeneration - 5.361
• Nucleic Acids Research - 7.836
On the other hand (top tiered, but not open access):
• Cell - 32.401
• PNAS - 9.771
• Science - 31.364
• Nature - 36.101
Posted by Katie Newman at 2:51 PM
June 15, 2011
New Open Access Journal from Nature: Scientific Reports
PRESS RELEASE FROM NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
14 June 2011
New open access title Scientific Reports launches today with the publication of its first articles. The fifteen articles published today range in scope from graphene to coral disease to viral nanoparticles. More articles will be published in the coming days, under Scientific Reports' rapid continuous publication schedule. An online-only, open access, multidisciplinary publication from Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Scientific Reports covers all areas of the biological, chemical, physical and earth sciences.
Scientific Reports is led by a team of 17 Editorial Advisory Panel members, who are supported by more than 330 Editorial Board members. A streamlined peer-review system ensures papers are rapidly and fairly peer-reviewed: the current average time from submission to first decision is under 30 days. An internal publishing team works with the board and authors to ensure manuscripts are processed for publication as quickly as possible.
With the launch of Scientific Reports, NPG adds to its growing portfolio of open access options. Scientific Reports publishes technically sound, original research papers of interest to specialists within their field.
All articles published in Scientific Reports will be open access and subject to an article-processing charge (APC). The 2011 APC is US$1,350. Authors have a choice of two non-commercial Creative Commons (CC) licenses. (Note: $1,350 represents a 20% discount on the APC for manuscripts accepted for publication before 31 December 2011. From January 2012, the APC will be US$1700.)
NPG makes an annual donation to Creative Commons, equivalent to $20 per APC paid for publication in Scientific Reports and the 19 other journals owned by NPG that offer an open access option. (Total annual donation from NPG will be up to $100,000.00)
Scientific Reports joins more than 40 titles published by NPG offering an open access option. More information, about NPG's open access activities and policies, is available from NPG's January 2011 open access position statement.
Posted by Katie Newman at 11:08 AM
June 2, 2011
The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download
As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge. This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press. The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) -- publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council -- is to disseminate the institutions' content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability.
Among the recent books that may be of interest...
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (2010)
- On Being a Scientist:A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition (2009)
- A New Biology for the 21st Century (2009)
- Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements (2006)
- Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and of Chemical Hazards, Updated Version (2011)
- Status of Pollinators in North America (2007)
- The Value of Genetic and Genomic Technologies:Workshop Summary (2010)
Posted by Katie Newman at 9:48 AM