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Open access and science – not just journal articles

Open access in science can mean much more than journal articles.  Take, for example, the Ketterson lab, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington.  In the course of their over 30-year study on songbird biology the group has published over 100 articles.

Updated Oct 24, 2016 by Sciences Librarian

Scientific ideas published in 200 words or less

The new Journal of Brief Ideas is publishing scientific "articles" which are short statements of 200 words or less.  The journal was created to provide a place for brief scientific ideas to be "archived, searchable and citable".

Updated Feb 22, 2015 by Sciences Librarian

The top cited articles of all time

Ever wondered what the top 10 cited academic articles of all time look like?  How about the top 100?

A study (Van Noorden et al.) investigated this very topic using citation data provided by Thomson Reuters.  According to their analysis, the top cited paper of all time is an article on protein research written in 1951 and has been cited 305,000 times.  The second most cited article also focused on protein research and received about 200,000 citations.  To make it into the top 10 cited articles, one needs about 40,000 citations… the top 100, about 12,000.

On the other side of the spectrum, about half of all articles indexed by Thomson Reuters have been cited 1 or 0 times.

Want to increase your citation rates?  Deposit your  publications into IUPUI Scholarworks, IUPUI’s institutional repository.  Articles placed in institutional repositories are more likely to be read as well as cited.

Updated Dec 02, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

Nature Communications to become fully open access

A core multidisciplinary science journal, Nature Communications, is set to become fully open access on October 20, 2014.   Read more here.

This is just in time for Open Access Week, October 20-26!  

Updated Oct 01, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

Flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry to become Open Access

Chemical Science, a journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), will become openly accessible to all beginning January 2015.  In addition, for two years the society will waive all articles processing charges (APCs) for authors.

Read more here

Updated Aug 08, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

Research data can be reused in unexpected ways

In addition to his many famous writings, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) took careful notes about the natural world around him.  For example, on his daily walks he recorded the exact date when wildflowers of various species bloomed each spring.  Today, biologists are using his notes to investigate long-term changes in the biology of Walden Woods.  For example, in 2008 Biologists at Harvard University published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about how climate change is impacting the forest where Thoreau lived.  Last year a team of researchers from Boston University published an article in PLoS ONE  which focused on how climate change has caused record-breaking early blooming dates of spring wildflowers.

Updated Jul 11, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

Scholarly information on the open web and open access

Have you ever wondered how many scholarly documents can be located via the public web?  Two computer science researchers from the University of Pennsylvania set out to tackle this daunting task.

In a study recently published in PLOS ONE, Khasba and Giles (2014) report that “at least 114 million English-language scholarly documents” can be found via the open web and approximately 27 million (or 24%) of these items are open access.

Their study provides an analysis, by discipline, of the “percentage of publicly available scholarly documents” included in Google Scholar.  According to their research, the field of Computer Science is at the high end with approximately 50% of documents freely available via Google Scholar.  While Engineering, Materials Science, and Agricultural Science were tied at the low end with each of these fields having 12% of documents freely available from Google Scholar.

Updated Jun 05, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

New Open Access Journal by the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS), “the world’s largest scientific society” (ACS, 2014) is launching an open access journal, ACS Central Science

According to ACS this journal will be the society’s “first completely open access journal and the first highly selective, society-published, pure open access journal to cover the breadth of chemistry and its interfaces with research in the natural and physical sciences” (ACS, 2104). ACS Central Science will have no author fees and all articles will be openly available to the public. 

Read more about ACS and open access here.

American Chemical Society. (2014).  About ACS. Retrieved from

American Chemical Society. (2014).  Q&A about ACS Central Science. Retrieved from

Updated May 09, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

Brock's Birds of Indiana in IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship’s Cultural Heritage Collection

Spring is in the air in Indianapolis, a perfect time to turn our attention to the exciting changes in wildlife that this time of year brings.  And, with spring comes the annual influx of migratory birds.  Amazingly, some of these bird species return to our state from tropical wintering grounds as far away as the South American continent. 

Brock’s Birds of Indiana, part of the IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship’s Cultural Heritage Collection, contains a wealth of information of the birds that can be found in our state.  This information packed resource contains historical notes as well as population and distribution information for bird species occurring in Indiana.  One can also find details of when to expect the arrival and departure of Indiana’s migrant birds.  This is truly a treasure trove of information for nature enthusiasts, bird biologists, or anyone interested in learning more about the birds in our state.

Updated Apr 11, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

New Open Access Journals on the Horizon from Two Major Scientific Societies

A couple of interesting developments have occurred in the world of open access scientific publishing in the last few weeks.  Two major scientific societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Royal Society, have both announced plans to publish open access journals.  The AAAS plans to debut their new open access journal, Science Advances, in 2015 while the Royal Society‘s new open access journal, Royal Society Open Science, is due to begin this year.

Updated Mar 04, 2014 by Sciences Librarian