Lingua – editors and editorial board resign

All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online. As soon as January, when the departing editors’ noncompete contracts expire, they plan to start a new open-access journal to be called Glossa.    more

APS Begins Release of Public Access Papers

American Physical Society News: August 3 2015

As the clamor for open access to scientific research has intensified in recent years, a group of scientific publishers — of which APS is a member — responded in 2013 by creating the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), which connects users with publicly accessible research on publishers’ websites. Now, APS is releasing the first wave of articles, making papers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) freely available through CHORUS effective August 1, several months ahead of the department’s official October 1 start date.  more …

Detour to 1st Floor East Books During 2nd Floor East Closure

Stairwells on the East side of the Geisel library building will be closed from August 17 through approximately September 3 for recarpeting of the Geisel East Learning Commons (2nd Floor East).

To get to the 1st Floor East books (Q-Z) and bound journals, please use the elevators or stairs across from the Information Desk or the west side stairs by Special Collections and the Research Assistance Desk to get to the lower (1st) floor. Then use the Computer Lab Tunnel to head over to the East side stacks, which are open during the recarpeting. See for a map.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Library Acquires Scientific American Archive

The UC San Diego Library recently acquired the Scientific American Archive and Scientific American Supplement and Builders Edition Archive collections, so we now have the complete run of the magazine going back to 1845. You can browse the issues or search the full text. Note: if you end up with search results from all of the Nature journals, select the Scientific American link to the right of the results list to narrow.

Scientific American magazine covers

Journal Publication and Ethics: A Discussion (Aug 20)


Dr Robert D. Eagling, executive editor of several flagship journals from the Royal Society of Chemistry like Chemical Communications and Chemical Science, will be here on August 20 to talk about publication ethics. Whether you have published a number of articles or still working toward your first article, this is a great opportunity to hear an editor’s perspective, discuss some real examples, and to ask questions.

The RSC publishes journals in chemistry, engineering (including nanotechnology and materials science), environmental science, and the biological and health sciences. This talk is open to all regardless of program or major, and graduate students and postdocs are especially welcome.

Date: August 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Price Center West Ballroom
Light refreshments will be served

Please RSVP to:

Questions: please contact

Nature journals – new additions

UCSD Library has added electronic subscriptions to the following titles from Nature Publishing Group:

And UC has purchased the backfiles for the following titles perpetually back to volume 1 at the Nature site:

ASME Journals – expanded online access

UCSD now has access to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers e-journals archive. Previously, our online access to the ASME journals went back to 2000.

Expanded coverage includes: Journal of Applied Mechanics (1960-1999); Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (1977-1999); Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control (1971-1999); Journal of Heat Transfer (1960-1999); Journal of Engineering for Industry/Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (1959-1999); Journal of Solar Energy Engineering (1980-1999); Journal of Basic Engineering/Journal of Fluids Engineering/Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (1959-1999).

Downloading PDFs from HathiTrust

The HathiTrust Digital Library contains over 4.7 million titles, many of which are full text viewable and downloadable volumes. For UC-affiliated users who login, 3.6 million fully viewable books and journal volumes published pre-1923, as well as later public domain books, are available. Some volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library are only available to search, but are not available as full text or for download.

To download PDFs from HathiTrust:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Login in the upper right. Select University of California, San Diego and click Continue.
  3. Choose Active Directory, then enter your username and password. You will be redirected to HathiTrust.
  4. Search the collection, with the Full text only box checked.
  5. Select the full view link next to the item in the search results.
  6. From the record view, select Download whole book (PDF) from the left column.
    1. If you did not login earlier, you will be prompted to do so at this point.
  7. Once your PDF is built, you can download it.
    1. At this time, you can only download the entire book or journal volume, rather than a single chapter or article. However, you can use Adobe Acrobat Pro or another PDF editor to delete the pages you don’t want.

Make Your Next RSC Article Open Access (free)

This year the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is continuing their Gold for Gold program. It offers researchers at participating campuses the opportunity to make their RSC articles gold open access (Gold OA)–free of charge.

  • The article (HTML and PDF) will be available on the RSC website, free to any interested reader. No paywalls, no required affiliation with a university or company that has a subscription or license to the journal.
  • The fees that RSC normally requires to make the articles Gold OA will be waived.

The Library will receive a limited number of vouchers, which the authors will “redeem” to waive the fee. To receive a voucher:

  • At least one author must be from UCSD. Faculty, student, post-doc, etc.
  • The article must be accepted (not just submitted) or very recently published, like last 2-3 months.

Please contact Teri Vogel if you have an accepted or recently published article and want to make it Gold OA.

These were the 9 UCSD publications made Gold OA in 2013, from researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of NanoEngineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering Program, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. (titles and links below the fold)

Read more…

Access Medicine working again March 5th

Online access for UCSD has been restored by McGraw Hill to the licensed e-books and e-journals in Access Medicine. Full-text access had been blocked since Monday March 3rd. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience while this was unavailable.

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