Archive for August, 2012

Solar Storms

Did ‘Solar Storms’ Cause India’s Massive Blackout?


No, we’re not wearing tinfoil hats over here at India Ink — so-called “solar storms,” or magnetic eruptions on the sun’s surface……



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Wiley salutes all the researchers in India and as a pay back to the researcher community, announces WILEY DOWNLOAD HUNGAMA Institution wide Free access to Wiley-Blackwell journals in Science & Technology for ENTIRE ONE WEEK ( 20 – 26 August, 2012 )


 FREE ACCESS to Wiley-Blackwell’s Science & Technology journals for ENTIRE ONE WEEK

Download Articles beyond your LICENSED SUBSCRIPTIONS

Deep dive into the pool of RICH SCHOLARLY CONTENT

Institution Wide Access with NO LIMIT on the users


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Kariamanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan His LIFE and WORK

by  D C V Mallik and S Chatterje, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru

University Press (India) Pvt Ltd, 2012

A fascinating biography written in excellent English with a touch of humour and mischief and a great detail of the scientific work of Dr. K S Krishnan……….


Source: Physics News, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 41-42, April 2012

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Predatory Publishing

While Open access publishing has some obvious advantages —- namely making scientific research freely available to all that seek it —– there are many other factors to be considered.

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In recent times, some of you have been contacted by publishers of Open Access Journals seeking scientific contributions to their journals. While many of these new models of Open Access journals are well established, some of them are still known to be predatory, so be cautious, when you decide to publish with these publishers. IIA library has compiled a list of Open Access Journals in Physics & Astronomy with their profile impact, for your reference and use.

 Open Access Journals in Astronomy & Physics

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A new Elsevier journal is announced: Astronomy and Computing (ASCOM). The journal will focus on the broad area between astronomy, computer science and information technology and aims to publish work in all aspects of astronomical computing. If you are interested in publishing here, please read their Guide for Authors



Alberto Accomazzi (Harvard/Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, USA)

Tamas Budavari (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Christopher Fluke (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

Norman Gray (University of Glasgow, UK)

Robert Mann (University of Edinburgh, UK)

William O’Mullane (European Space Astronomy Centre, Spain)

Andreas Wicenec (University of Western Australia, Australia)

Michael Wise (ASTRON, The Netherlands)

Scientific Advisory Board

Kirk Borne (George Mason University, USA)

Andrew Connelly (University of Washington, USA)

André Csillaghy (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern

Switzerland (FHNW) Switzerland)

Daniel Durand (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics of the National

Research Council, Canada)

Carlos Gabriel (European Space Astronomy Centre, Spain)

Robert Hanisch (Space Mission Office, USA)

Andrew Lawrence (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Masatoshi Ohishi (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)

Fabio Pasian (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste)

Arnold Rots (Harvard/Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, USA)

Peter Quinn (University of Western Australia)

Ray Plante (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

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Trial access to e-books of “Astronomy” subject collection from Cambridge University Press is activated in the main campus of IIA with immediate effect until 14th August 2012.

Library solicits the feedback from the faculty and students, for procuring these e-books on permanent access on subscription.

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