Top 10 NHBS field guides of 2016
- Wildlife of Madagascar - October 2016
Perfect for travelers and researchers visiting the island, Wildlife of Madagascar is the most comprehensive single-volume field guide to the island's fauna and flora, highlighting its unique biodiversity and illustrating a vast range of animals. This is the first to provide extensive coverage of the island's butterflies.
- Bats of Britain and Europe - January 2016
Bats of Britain and Europe is an illustrated guide to the 45 species occurring across the region. With in-depth species accounts, nearly 700 colour photographs, up-to-date taxonomic information and an introduction covering the latest research on bat evolution and echolocation.
- Field Guide to the Amphibians & Reptiles of Britain and Europe - July 2016
A major new guide, Field Guide to the Amphibians & Reptiles of Britain and Europe covers all European species, with identification notes, text covering distribution, habitat and behaviour, and an up-to-date map. Highly detailed colour illustrations depict every species and all major variations.
- The Arctic Guide: Wildlife of the Far North - August 2016
The Arctic Guide describes over 800 species from across the Arctic region, with its polar deserts, tundra, taiga, sea ice, and oceans. Features over 200 colour plates and colour distribution maps for each species, and provides alternative names in German, French, Norwegian, Russian, and Inuit dialects.
- Collins Wild Flower Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland, Second edition - June 2016
The outstanding Collins Wild Flower Guide got a full revision in 2016 making this the most up-to-date illustrated single-volume guide to the flowers of Britain and Ireland. Text describing over 1,900 wild flowers is accompanied by specially commissioned artists' illustrations, and key features are highlighted for quick reference.
- Bovids of the World: Antelopes, Gazelles, Cattle, Goats, Sheep, and Relatives - March 2016
Featuring over 1,500 photographs, over 300 colour plates, Bovids of the World describes each species in detail - including horn morphology and conservation status. The images depict the animals from various viewpoints, and there are distribution maps and advice on where to spot them.
- Phillipps' Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo and their Ecology: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan - March 2016
The beautifully illustrated Phillipps' Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo and their Ecology describes over 600 resident or reported species, and is a companion to the authors' bestselling guide to the Birds of Borneo. Includes 141 colour plates, maps, and a full ecological overview.
- Aposematic Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae) of the Andean Countries: Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Perú and Venezuela - August 2016
Aposematic Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae) of the Andean Countries features spectacular full-colour illustrations, and is a comprehensive guide to the taxonomy, identification, biology, ecology, behaviour, distribution and conservation of these fascinating species.
- Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean - March 2016
Covering over 5,000 species, Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean is the most comprehensive and up-to-date plant identification guide to the area extending from the Portuguese Algarve in the west to Italy in the east, the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and the Balearics, and North Africa from Morocco to Tunisia.
- The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals, Second edition - February 2016
Jonathan Kingdon's updated Pocket Guide to African Mammals is the essential field and safari companion. Colour plates feature Kingdon's renowned artwork. Includes more than 500 distribution maps. Information and taxonomy are updated to follow 2015's Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals.
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For example, it might distinguish whether the author drafted the copy, verified the results or curated the data for the project. A visual badge which illustrates their full contribution will be made available on the article page and on the ORCID site.
Follow this link http://www.gigasciencejournal.com/content/4/1/46 to see the "Authors' contribution" to the article.
More information at: http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/gigablog/2015/09/28/putting-credit-hands-researchers/
The STM Report, 4th ed. March 2015 provides a wealth of information and graphics on formal and informal scholarly communication; stages of the research cycle; categories, or modes of communication; roles played by journals; and the STM market.
Tips and Trends introduces and discusses new, emerging or even familiar technologies that can be used in library instruction. Learn about the many different tools and techniques that can be utilized to stimulate engagement and communication in online learning environments.
"Interactive Options in Online Learning" is freely available
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You can read the entire report by Andrew Perrin at: http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2015/10/PI_2015-10-08_Social-Networking-Usage-2005- 2015_FINAL.pdf
According to the article authors "providing a detailed classification of the types of citations that an article receives is important to establish the quality of a study and to characterize how current research builds upon prior work. The methodology that we propose also informs how to improve the citation process, for example by having scientists attach additional metadata to their citations. The approach is scalable to other fields and periods and can also be used to identify other types of citations (e.g., reuse of methods, materials, empirical tests of theory, and so on). Finally, our methods provide online repositories such as Google Scholar, PubMed, ISI Web of Science, and Scopus with a way to improve their search and ranking algorithms."
Catalini, Christian, Nicola Lacetera, and Alexander Oettl. (2015)."The incidence and role of negative citations in science." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112(45): 13823–13826.
An LCSS is available for PubChem Compound records with a GHS hazard classification (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals). If a PubChem Compound record has an LCSS, the link to view it is provided at the top of the page under the heading "Safety Summary". In addition, one can get the complete list of chemicals with an LCSS by visiting the PubChem LCSS webpage or by using the PubChem Classification Browser.
To learn more about LCSS in PubChem, please explore the following webpages:
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Primer articles describe all aspects of a condition: epidemiology; disease mechanisms; diagnosis, screening and prevention; management; and quality of life. Each Primer is accompanied by a PrimeView — an illustrated summary of the article.
Authored by an international panel of academic scientists, translational researchers and clinicians, new Primers will be published every week.
The first primers have now been published on: Huntington disease, Systemic sclerosis, Menopause, Melanoma, From mechanisms to management, and Spina bifida.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH, is leading a three-part research strategy. This includes conducting the largest oil spill health study ever, the Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY), which is intended to evaluate the health of 33,000 cleanup workers for 10 years. Secondly, NIEHS is funding more than $25 million in research by Gulf area universities on the health of local residents, including pregnant women and children, and is also starting the NIH Disaster Research Response Project.
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AMP was launched in February 2014, with projects in three disease areas:
• Alzheimer's disease
• type 2 diabetes
• autoimmune disorders of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
For each project, scientists from NIH and industry developed research plans aimed at characterizing effective molecular indicators of disease, called biomarkers, and distinguishing biological targets most likely to respond to new therapies. Read more here.
A new milestone has occurred recently with the launch of a new Alzheimer's Big Data portal -- including delivery of the first wave of data -- for use by the research community. The opening of the AMP-AD Knowledge Portal and release of the first wave of data will enable sharing and analyses of large and complex biomedical datasets. Researchers believe this approach will ramp up the development of predictive models of Alzheimer's disease and enable the selection of novel targets that drive the changes in molecular networks leading to the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease.
This guide is the product of extensive outreach to the publishing industry. It required many interviews with authors, publishers, and literary agents, ranging from a CEO of a major publishing house to contracts and rights managers of trade and academic presses, editorial assistants, novelists, and academic authors. This book is in the public domain.
(1) Cabrera, Nicole, Jordyn Ostroff, Brianna Schofield, Samuelson Law, and Public Policy Clinic. (2015) Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available. Authors Alliance
These new rules are guided by three principles: America's broadband networks must be fast, fair and open—principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million commenters who participated in the FCC's Open Internet proceeding. Simply titled "Open Internet FCC-15-24A1," the order runs 400 pages. However, the actual rules encompass only eight pages at the end of the document.
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"Interactive Scientific Publishing (ISP) has been developed by the Optical Society of America with support from the National Library of Medicine at NIH. It allows authors to electronically publish papers which are linked to the referenced 2D and 3D original image datasets. These image datasets can then be viewed and analyzed interactively by the reader. ISP provides the software for authors to assemble and link their source data to their publication. But more important is that it provides readers with image viewing and analysis tools. The goal of ISP is to improve learning and understanding of the presented information.”
Starting on that date, an IRE must assess research conducted by the institution, identify DURC as described in the Policy, and assess the benefits and risks.
If an IRE determines that NIH-funded research has DURC potential, the institution must notify the grants management official or contracting officer listed on the award within 30 days. Additionally, institutions and investigators will work with NIH to develop an appropriate risk mitigation plan to guide the conduct and communication of research determined to be DURC.
For more information on how this policy applies to grants and cooperative agreements specifically, see the November 21, 2014, Guide notice.
To assist institutions in implementing the Policy, the USG has developed "A Companion Guide to the USG Policies for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern" (Companion Guide). The Companion Guide offers tools that promote the understanding and identification of DURC, risk assessment and development of risk mitigation plans and risk management processes, the responsible communication of DURC, and training and education on the DURC issue.
Additional educational tools and resources can be found on the U.S. Government Science, Safety, and Security (S3) website: http://www.phe.gov/s3/dualuse
Training Slide Set: Training on the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern
Phase I of PubAg delivers over 40,000 full-text journal articles by USDA staff and includes nearly 450,000 citations. The Library will add about 20,000 citations each month. The initial release also previews its directions for intended functionality and will serve as the foundation for further enhancements. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL's database.
Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL's significant bibliographic records.
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The slides and notes from the 2015 SLA Leadership Summit presentations are now available at: https://www.sla.org/attend/leadership-summit-2015/presentations/
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- Straimer J, Gnädig NF, Witkowski B, Amaratunga C, Duru V, Ramadani AP, Dacheux M, Khim N, Zhang L, Lam S, Gregory PD, Urnov FD, Mercereau-Puijalon O, Benoit-Vical F, Fairhurst RM, Ménard D, Fidock DA. K13-propeller mutations confer artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum clinical isolates. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1260867External Web Site Policy (2014).
- Mok S, Ashley EA, Ferreira PE, Zhu L, Lin Z, Yeo T, Chotivanich K, Imwong M, Pukrittayakamee S, Dhorda M, Nguon C, Lim P, Amaratunga C, Suon S, Hien TT, Htut Y, Faiz MA, Onyamboko MA, Mayxay M, Newton PN, Tripura R, Woodrow CJ, Miotto O, Kwiatkowski DP, Nosten F, Day NPJ, Presier PR, White NJ, Dondorp AM, Fairhurst RM, Bozdech Z. Population transcriptomics of human malaria parasites reveals the mechanism of artemisinin resistance. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1260403External Web Site Policy (2014).
Elsevier has been chosen by the American Dental Association (ADA) to publish American its Flagship Journal: The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)
Elsevier launched an open access, peer reviewed, online-only journal: New Negatives in Plant Science that will publish hypothesis-driven, scientifically sound studies that describe unexpected, controversial, dissenting, and/or null (negative) results in basic plant sciences. The journal is specifically interested in covering areas of molecular- cellular biology, biochemistry, and –omics fields in algae and higher plants.
Future Science Group (FSG) has launched Future Science Open, the publisher's first fully open access journal. Each month, Future Science Open will publish 9no issue has been published yet) research in all areas of biotechnology and medicine, as well as topics in biological, life and physical sciences that are relevant to human health. Nature Publishing Group expands Nature family of research journals with the launch of Nature Plants, with a focus on excellence in research across the plant sciences, building upon the cross-disciplinary model established by Nature Climate Change.
SAGE launched an open access journal, Academic Pathology
Germany's Holtzbrinck, which owns Nature publisher Macmillan Science and Education, will combine the majority of its activities with BC Partners' Springer unit, which among other publishes scientific, technical and medical books and journals.”
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Atlas showcases research that can (or already has) significantly impact(ed) people's lives around the world. Articles published are selected by an external advisory board made up of representatives of some of the world's most renowned Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), including the United Nations University and Oxfam. Every month the Board selects a paper from a shortlist of suggested articles published in any of Elsevier's 1800+ journals. Once selected, the author(s) of the paper are awarded "The Atlas" and work with a team of dedicated Atlas science journalists to summarize the research into an easy-to-digest, lay-friendly story format which will be published online. Additionally, all articles featured on Atlas will include a direct link to the full research paper on ScienceDirect which will be made freely available for all.
The 2014 Top Ten Species are not ranked, and are presented in alphabetical order by scientific name:
- Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina)
- Kaweesak's Dragon Tree (Dracaena kaweesakii)
- ANDRILL Anemone (Edwardsiella andrillae)
- Skeleton Shrimp (Liropus minusculus)
- Orange Penicillium (Penicillium vanoranjei)
- Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius eximius)
- Amoeboid Protist (Spiculosiphon oceana)
- Clean Room Microbes (Tersicoccus phoenicis)
- Tinkerbell Fairyfly (Tinkerbella nana)
- Domed Land Snail (Zospeum tholussum)
Richard III has been immortalized by Shakespeare's as the most notorious villain.
King, T. E. et al. Identification of the remains of King Richard III. Nat. Commun. 5:5631 doi: 10.1038/ncomms6631 (2014).
The mitochondrial DNA sequences generated in this study have been deposited in GenBank under the accession codes KM676292 to KM676294.
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"Alisha and Paloma bring all the threads of the operation together for reporting and information collection — they know the ins and the outs of the response as a whole," said Bill Berger, the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader.
Read the rest of the blog at: http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/10/paloma-and-alisha-the-information-gurus-behind-the-u-s-ebola-response/.
- http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2014/10/17/reversal-georgia-state/ (October 17, 2014)
- http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2014/10/19/gsu-appeal-ruling-read-better- seems/#comment-161718 (October 19, 20 14)
- http://blog.lib.umn.edu/copyrightlibn/2014/10/11th-circuit-gsu-ruling.html (October 17, 2017).
Interactive platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have become important sources of public information, and are powerful tools to help scientists identify prevailing attitudes and myths and convey accurate information to the public about alcohol, tobacco, and other addictive substances. Researchers can analyze social media interactions to gain insights into patterns of use, risk factors, and behaviors associated with substance use. By providing a platform for communicating science-based, health-related messages, social media may also enhance screening, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction.
For descriptions of each winning project, go to http://projectreporter.nih.gov/ Reporter_Viewsh.cfm?sl=13E8C00F478AC1D67598B8961CAA4A01A2FFCEB861BF. For more information on CRAN, go to http://addictionresearch.nih.gov/about-us.
Richard Holmgren, of Allegheny College, and Gene Spencer, of Ursinus College, draw on the workshop discussions to summarize the key challenges and opportunities facing LITS organizations. Developments of the past decade—from the ubiquity of cell phones to the growth of virtual server infrastructure and the maturation of open-source software support models—have created new opportunities for LITS organizations to improve student outcomes, increase revenue, and manage costs. The authors discuss these opportunities and identify the core competencies that LITS organizations will need to support positive institutional change in the decade ahead.
You can download the report titled "The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know" at: http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub162.
Aristotle "devoted nearly a third of his writings—a dozen volumes, thousands of pages—to living things. There is comparative zoology in "Historia animalium,” functional anatomy in "The Parts of Animals,” a book on growth, two on animal locomotion, and two on aging and death. And then there is his greatest work of all: "The Generation of Animals” in which he described how animals develop in the egg and womb and outlined a theory of inheritance. It was the best one around until the day, 2,300 years later, when Gregor Mendel published his "Experiments on Plant Hybridization.” Aristotle underpinned his biology with a physical and chemical theory and a scientific method that lies atop metaphysical bedrock. There's a sense in which his entire philosophy was constructed in order to study living things.”
Nature Communications is now one of NPG's fastest growing titles, receiving over 1000 submissions every month. All research published by the journal represents important advances, of significance to specialists within a field, in all areas of the biological, physical, chemical and earth sciences.
A report by the Research Information Network, "Nature Communications: Citation Analysis" found that there is a significant benefit for article views and downloads, as well as a small but significant citation benefit to publishing open access in Nature Communications.
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For all application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea ONCE as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate new application due date (see NOT-OD-14-074).
Resubmissions (A1) must be submitted within 37 months of the new (A0) application (see NOT-OD-10-140).
For more details on the Resubmission Policy, visit the Resubmissions webpage.
More information about this announcement can also be found in Dr. Rockey's blog post at and FAQs.
More information can also be found in the NIH Guide Notice announcing this policy.
Find more information about this collaboration, by reading FAQs.
Amid the outcry, PLOS has since further clarified its stance, adding that the policy doesn't dictate what type of data must be published but "aims to make transparent where the data can be found, and says that it shouldn't be just on the authors' own hard drive.”
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