Archive for August, 2012

Astronomical Review

The Astronomical Review  is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which publishes papers covering recent research and discoveries in the fields of astronomy and cosmology with the objective to provide a reliable source of information to researchers and professionals using a fair and efficient publishing process.

ADS partially indexes articles published in this journal. Authors who would like to contribute to this journal are advised to deposit their paper in arXiv preprint database also.


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Library trainees

The new library trainees Ms Shwetha B Joshi, from Karnatak University, Dharwad and Mr. Saravanan S from Bharathidasan University have joined the IIA library from 13th August to undergo the integrated library trainee program for the next two years

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Mining the astronomical literature

A clever data project shows the promise of open and freely accessible academic literature.

by Alasdair Allan

There is a huge debate right now about making academic literature freely accessible and moving toward open access. But what would be possible if people stopped talking about it and just dug in and got on with it?

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Cambridge University Press has announced that it will become the new home of PASA (Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia) from January 2013. PASA publishes new and significant research in astronomy and astrophysics. PASA covers a wide range of topics within astronomy, including multi-wavelength observations, theoretical modelling, computational astronomy and visualisation. PASA also maintains its heritage of publishing results on southern hemisphere astronomy and on astronomy with Australian facilities.

An official publication of the Astronomical Society of Australia, PASA publishes research papers, review papers and special series on topical issues, making use of expert international reviewers and an experienced Editorial Board. As an online-only journal, PASA publishes article by article, ensuring rapid publication on Cambridge’s cutting-edge publishing platform, Cambridge Journals Online (journals.cambridge.org/pas). This platform includes increased usability, added functionality and many new features to enhance and optimize article discovery and usage.

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Full text of the research papers published in July 2012 can be accessed from Indian Institute of Astrophysics Repository.

 Blesson, M., Banerjee, D. P. K., Subramaniam, A., Ashok, N. M. 2012, A Study of the Role of Lyβ Fluorescence on O I Line Strengths in Be Stars, ApJ, 753, 13

Das, M., Sengupta, C., Ramya, S., Misra, K. 2012, Star formation in bulgeless late-type galaxies: clues to their evolution, MNARS, 423, 3274

Dinesh Kumar., Gangadhara, R. T. 2012, Influence of the polar cap current on pulsar polarization, ApJ, 754, 55

Muthumariappan, C., Parthasarathy, M. 2012, Two-dimensional Monte Carlo radiative transfer modelling of the disc-shaped secondary of Epsilon Aurigae, MNRAS, 423,  2075

Sowmya, K., Nagendra, K. N., Sampoorna, M. 2012, Blend lines in the polarized spectrum of the Sun, MNRAS, 423, 2949

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Browsers to books

Browsers to books

by R. Dinakaran

Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia has become a one-stop destination for many people, though there are people who doubt its authenticity as it can be edited by anyone. But any wrong information is almost immediately corrected because of its strong user-base.

One drawback about Wikipedia, however, is that it is an online-only platform. People usually bookmark Wikipedia pages, and forget to check the offline availability option. Printing of Wikipedia pages may not be the perfect solution, as the printout may be in a format not exactly convenient for reading. It may also contain all the links in the page that may be useless in print — just occupying valuable space.

This happens with all sites. Some sites offer a print option, which strips all unnecessary links, optimises space and prints exactly what you want. You can also select the text, and print using the ‘selection’ option in the printer dialogue. This could again be a cumbersome process.

Where Wikipedia scores over others is by providing the book creation option. If you like a Wikipedia article or a series of articles, you can create a book in PDF or OpenDocument format.

Once a ‘book’ is created, you can either save it in your computer or take a print-out which will look exactly like a book. You will have to first click on the ‘create a book’ link on the left. In some cases, you may have to click the print/export option before you can access the ‘create a book’ option. This will take you to a page where you will have an option to ‘create a book’

Clicking on the ‘create a book’ link will take you back to the page you were viewing. You will find a box on the top of the page with an option to ‘add this page to the book’. Once you click on the link, the page will be ‘added’ to the book. You can also use the ‘suggest pages’ option to find more pages related to the book you are creating. If you are in a category page, you will get an ‘add this category to your book’ link instead of ‘add this page to your book’. This will add all articles available in the category.

You will find links within the page that link to other pages. If you want to add the page you have the option of adding it without opening the page, thereby saving you time and effort. This is how it works: Instead of clicking the link to open the page, hovering over the link will open a ‘Add linked wiki page to your book’ pop-up. You will just have to click on the link to add the page.

Once you have added enough pages, you have to click on ‘show book’ to give the book a title, subtitle, change the order or pages or remove or add pages.

Your book is now ready. You can export it in PDF, OpenDocument, or openZIM format and download the book. You can now store it and read it any time in a friendly format – just like a book. You can even print it, and make a hard copy.

Offline reference

If you don’t have a printer, you can use the services of PediaPress.com. Established in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, PediaPress allows you to typeset and print books made out of Wikipedia pages. The prices start from $10.27, and “you get your unique book and support the Wikimedia Foundation”.

Printing out books using pages from Wikipedia could easily be the ideal solution for offline reference.

Source: The Hindu, Monday, August 6, 2012, pp. 14




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NEW – The Physics Teacher

The Physics Teacher Online

The IIA Library now provides access to The Physics Teacher. Access to this journal is available from 1963 to the present.

 From the Publisher:The Physics Teacher publishes papers on the teaching of physics, and on topics such as contemporary physics, applied physics, and the history of physics—all aimed at the introductory-level teacher.

The Physics Teacher

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