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Dear Colleagues,

The latest issue of Current Science (Vol.108, No.9, pp.1731, 10th May.2015) contains the following article in “Living Legends in Indian Science” titled “B. V. Sreekantan: A versatile and humane scientist by P.C. Agrawal” which may be of interest to many of us.

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http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/108/09/1731.pdf

 

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New Book: Worlds Beyond Our Own

Prof. Sujan Sengupta, IIA has written a book on “Worlds Beyond Our Own” and Springer has published the book recently.
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Nature makes all articles free to view

Dear Colleagues,

All research papers from Nature will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded, the journal’s publisher Macmillan announced on 2 December.

The content-sharing policy, which also applies to 48 other journals in Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group (NPG) division, including Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine and Nature Physics, marks an attempt to let scientists freely read and share articles while preserving NPG’s primary source of income — the subscription fees libraries and individuals pay to gain access to articles.

ReadCube, a software platform similar to Apple’s iTunes, will be used to host and display read-only versions of the articles’ PDFs. If the initiative becomes popular, it may also boost the prospects of the ReadCube platform, in which Macmillan has a majority investment.

Annette Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Science and Education, says that under the policy, subscribers can share any paper they have access to through a link to a read-only version of the paper’s PDF that can be viewed through a web browser. For institutional subscribers, that means every paper dating back to the journal’s foundation in 1869, while personal subscribers get access from 1997 on.

Anyone can subsequently repost and share this link. Around 100 media outlets and blogs will also be able to share links to read-only PDFs. Although the screen-view PDF cannot be printed, it can be annotated — which the publisher says will provide a way for scientists to collaborate by sharing their comments on manuscripts. PDF articles can also be saved to a free desktop version of ReadCube, similarly to how music files can be saved in iTunes.

“We know researchers are already sharing content, often in hidden corners of the Internet or using clumsy, time-consuming practices,” said a statement by Timo Hannay, the managing director of Digital Science, a division of Macmillan that has invested in ReadCube. “At Digital Science we have the technology to provide a convenient, legitimate alternative that allows researchers to access the information they need and the wider, interested public access to scientific knowledge, from the definitive, original source,” Hannay said.

The policy comes as research funders are increasingly mandating that scientists make their papers free to read, download and reuse in various other ways. Nature and its sister journals already allow scientists to freely archive online the peer-reviewed manuscripts of their papers, but only after a delay of six months following publication. And papers published in some NPG journals — 38% of all papers NPG published this year, says Thomas — are already being made free to read immediately on publication, a ‘gold open-access’ model in which publishers charge authors or their funders, rather than subscribers, for publishing each paper.

But Thomas says that she expects that the subscription and the open-access business models would exist side by side for a long time to come. Philip Campbell, the editor-in-chief of Nature and the other Nature-branded journals, has said that Nature‘s internal costs of publishing run at £20,000–30,000 (US$31,000–47,000) per paper, an extremely high charge to load onto authors or funders rather than spread over subscribers.

Initial reactions to the policy have been mixed. Some note that it is far from allowing full open access to papers. “To me, this smacks of public relations, not open access,” says John Wilbanks, a strong advocate of open-access publishing in science and a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. “With access mandates on the march around the world, this appears to be more about getting ahead of the coming reality in scientific publishing. Now that the funders call the tune and the funders want the articles on the web at no charge, these articles are going to be open anyway,” he says.

Peter Suber, director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says that the programme is a step forward. But, he notes, if authors prefer to share links to PDFs rather than actually deposit their manuscripts in an online repository, the programme could be a step backward, because repositories host copies independently from the publisher, and those copies can be printed or saved and are generally more reusable than a screen-only file.

Thomas says that the publisher intends the policy as a pilot and will be evaluating it over the coming year. She says that she expects libraries and personal users to continue to subscribe to the journal, but also that scientists would embrace the new sharing model. Other science publishers, such as Wiley, use ReadCube to display preview versions of their papers, so it is possible that the same idea might spread to others, Thomas adds.

Nature

 

doi:10.1038/nature.2014.16460
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Librarian

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Dear Colleagues,

IOP Publishing congratulates scientists Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura on becoming the latest Nobel prize laureates for their invention of “efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.
    ” In recognition of Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura’s landmark achievements, we are making a collection of breakthrough papers connected with the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics award freely available to all. These articles published in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP), Applied Physics Express (APEX), Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Reports on Progress in Physics, and Semiconductor Science and Technology, will be free to read until the end of 2014.
    The collection of papers can be found at,
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Nobel Prize in Physics 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.

Source:       http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2014/

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Plan for open access to science research

Plan for open access to science research:  by Renuka Phadnis

 

Ever felt frustrated while reading a science research journal online, only to see the message “to continue reading, subscribe now”? That may soon change

The Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Biotechnology (DBt) under the Ministry of Science and Technology have drafted a policy that says publicly-funded scientific work published in science journals must adhere to open access (OA) norms, enabling anyone to read online content on science research for free.

 

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Hoax papers

Dear Colleagues,

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.

The following link of “Nature news” may be interest to many of us,

http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763

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