British Library are offering a series of doctoral open days, a chance for new PhD students to discover the range of research materials held by the National Library. Open days are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the British Library. Booking essential.
The 5th floor of the library has reopened following major refurbishment. Intended for silent study, the 5th floor has been rebuilt and re-equipped with a mixture of traditional and contemporary furniture.
The latest release of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is now available, providing data for 2012.
JCR covers around 12,000 journals from both the sciences and social sciences. The data enables comparison and evaluation of journals. The main measure is the impact factor. This shows the frequency with which a journal’s published papers are cited up to two years after publication and provides a way to evaluate a journal’s importance compared to others in the same field. There are a range of other measures. Data is published annually for the previous year.
A new Library info tip is available that focuses on the ways Liaison Librarians and the Study Advice Team can help you with your dissertation.
Following a tendering exercise earlier this year The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) chose the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to operate the National Chemical Database Service from 2013-2017. Daresbury, the current operators, will cease to run the database after December 2012.
For more information on the change over see the Daresbury site
Read about the RSC plans for the service.
This item was posted recently on a mailing list for science and technology librarians by Adrian Smith, from the University of Leeds
“The influence of high-impact factor journals is declining, according to a study published this week (November 7) in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. The findings raise questions over the relationship between the impact-factor—the current best measure of a publication’s influence—and the number of citations subsequently received by papers published in that journal.”
“The authors suggest the decline can be attributed to how the Internet has transformed the way researchers search for and source articles. “Search engines provide access to all articles, whether or not they are published in prestigious journals,” Vincent Larivière, an information scientist at the University of Montreal and co-author of the study, said …
The Library has launched Enterprise, the new, improved Library catalogue. It will help you find relevant items within Library collections as well as in Special Collections of rare books and archives and the Museum of English Rural Life’s collections. Read more about Enterprise. Use Enterprise itself here
The 2011 data for Journal Citation Reports is now available.
The E-journals Finder is working again
As discussion about Open Access to publically funded research continues there was an interesting article in Monday’s Guardian newspaper