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Dec 28 2007

China ranks second in S&T publication rates

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[BEIJING] China overtook Japan and the United Kingdom to become the world's second largest producer of scientific research papers in 2006, second only the United States.

The Institute of Science and Technology Information of China (ISTIC) released their annual science and technology (S&T) paper statistics on 15 November. Please read in article written by Jia Hepeng, SciDec.Net for further information.

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Dec 28 2007

China ranks second in S&T publication rates

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[BEIJING] China overtook Japan and the United Kingdom to become the world's second largest producer of scientific research papers in 2006, second only the United States.

The Institute of Science and Technology Information of China (ISTIC) released their annual science and technology (S&T) paper statistics on 15 November. Please read in article written by Jia Hepeng, SciDec.Net for further information.

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Dec 20 2007

New OPEN ACCESS model

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There is a new model on Open Access, particularly for particle physics. You may also like to share and/or comment on this idea in your discipline?

The debate on Open Access raves on but stays, in many quarters, just a debate. The High-Energy Physics community, which gave us the web and arXiv, is now pushing forward with an Open Access model that goes beyond the present, controversial, proposals. This new model is called the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). In the SCOAP3 model, libraries federate to explicitly cover the costs of peer-review, through a re-direction of their current subscriptions, rather than implicitly supporting peer- review via journal subscriptions, as in the present system.  Rather than selling subscriptions, journals will then charge for the peer- review service and make the electronic versions of their journals free to read. Authors are not directly charged to publish their articles Open Access. SCOAP3 will negotiate with major publishers in the field the price of their peer review services through a tendering process. Journals converted to Open Access will be decoupled from package licenses.

A report describing the SCOAP3 initiative is available at http:// www.scoap3.org/files/Scoap3WPReport.pdf and an executive summary is at http://www.scoap3.org/files/Scoap3ExecutiveSummary.pdf. Further details on the initiative are also available at http://scoap3.org.

SCOAP3 has the potential to enable medium- and long-term cost savings for research universities and laboratories. The consortium is rapidly gaining momentum: in a few months, many European countries have expressed their interest in joining and many more are expected to follow suit in the coming months, with more and more awareness rising in Asia. About a third of the required budget envelope has already been pledged. But without broad consensus and involvement from the leading US libraries and library consortia, SCOAP3 cannot happen.

[Source: promotional information from "SCOAP3 US Focal Meeting"]

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Dec 20 2007

New Open Access model in Particle Physics

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There is a new model on Open Access, particularly for particle physics. You may also like to shared this in your discipline.

The debate on Open Access raves on but stays, in many quarters, just a debate. The High-Energy Physics community, which gave us the web and arXiv, is now pushing forward with an Open Access model that goes beyond the present, controversial, proposals. This new model is called the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). In the SCOAP3 model, libraries federate to explicitly cover the costs of peer-review, through a re-direction of their current subscriptions, rather than implicitly supporting peer- review via journal subscriptions, as in the present system.  Rather than selling subscriptions, journals will then charge for the peer- review service and make the electronic versions of their journals free to read. Authors are not directly charged to publish their articles Open Access. SCOAP3 will negotiate with major publishers in the field the price of their peer review services through a tendering process. Journals converted to Open Access will be decoupled from package licenses.

A report describing the SCOAP3 initiative is available at http:// www.scoap3.org/files/Scoap3WPReport.pdf and an executive summary is at http://www.scoap3.org/files/Scoap3ExecutiveSummary.pdf. Further details on the initiative are also available at http://scoap3.org.

SCOAP3 has the potential to enable medium- and long-term cost savings for research universities and laboratories. The consortium is rapidly gaining momentum: in a few months, many European countries have expressed their interest in joining and many more are expected to follow suit in the coming months, with more and more awareness rising in Asia. About a third of the required budget envelope has already been pledged. But without broad consensus and involvement from the leading US libraries and library consortia, SCOAP3 cannot happen.

[Source: promotional information from "SCOAP3 US Focal Meeting"]

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Nov 20 2007

New hot paper in Space Science

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A highly cited article paper is identified by Thomson Scientific in Space Sciences, which is also named as the “New Hot Paper” in the field this month.

Article Title: Dynamics of dark energy
Authors: EDMUND J. COPELAND; M. SAMI; SHINJI TSUJIKAWA
Journal:
INT J MOD PHYS D
Volume: 15
Issue: 11
Page: 1753-1935
Year: NOV 2006

An interview with the author is available at http://www.esi-topics.com/fbp/2007/october07-Copeland_etal.html 

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Nov 07 2007

Scirus - direct access of the full-text at HKUL

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Scirus is a science-specific search engine on the Internet. It now indexes more than 450 million items, and growing. Items covered include journal sources, institutional repositories, pre-print servers and scientific web pages.

 

To facilitate a faster retrieval of full-text from direct access of the HKUL subscribed journals, you may configure your “Search Preferences”

a) <Enable> Library Partner Links and

b) Select the <University of Hong Kong Libraries> from the drop down menu

 

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Oct 31 2007

5 Awarded Gravity articles (open access)

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5 essays are awarded in the 2007 Essay Competition of teh Gravity Research Foundation. They are published with Open Access in General Relativity and Gravitation:



Symmetries, horizons, and black hole entropy

How black holes form in high energy collisions

Heavy ion collisions and black hole dynamics

How many black holes fit on the head of a pin?

The return of a static universe and the end of cosmology

This last essay, by Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert J. Scherrer, is also a hot topic of discussion in the international press, as demonstrated by articles in the New York Times, Der Spiegel etc. [SOURCE: from Springer Alert on Physics, Oct, 2007]

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Oct 16 2007

Fair-use confusion threatens media literacy

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In an age when digital images and recordings to supplement and enhance education are abounding, unnecessary restrictions and a lack of understanding about copyright law are comprising the goal of using such technology in the classroom, says a new report. After interviewing educators, educational media producers and media-literacy organizations, the report's researchers conclude that educators have no shared understanding of what constitutes fair-use practices, and that teachers face conflicting information about their rights, and their students' rights, to use copyrighted works.   Full Story can be access by clicking to eSchool news online. [Source: eSchool News]

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Oct 16 2007

'Fair use' confusion threatens media literacy

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In an age when digital images and recordings to supplement and enhance education are abounding, unnecessary restrictions and a lack of understanding about copyright law are comprising the goal of using such technology in the classroom, says a new report. After interviewing educators, educational media producers and media-literacy organizations, the report's researchers conclude that educators have no shared understanding of what constitutes fair-use practices, and that teachers face conflicting information about their rights, and their students' rights, to use copyrighted works.   Full Story can be access by clicking to eSchool news online. [Source: eSchool News]

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Oct 15 2007

Addiction to Sugar

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This month's Editor's Choice paper of the Faculty 1000 - Biology may help explain why many of us are so addicted to our daily 'hit' of sugar. The research of the paper entitled “Intense sweetness surpasses cocaine reward”, published by Lenoir et al. (PLoS ONE, 2007), reveals a fascinating preference in rats for saccharin-sweetened water over… intravenous cocaine! This striking result can be viewed at http://www.f1000biology.com/article/id/1089141 

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