March 11, 2005

International Journal of Rotating Machinery Goes Open Access

:: George Porter forwarded this post from Peter Suber on Open Access News, which will be of interest to engineering librarians, especially mechanical:

Hindawi Publishing has announced that The International Journal of Rotating Machinery has converted to open access, effective immediately. From the announcement: 'IJRM is edited by Prof Wen-Jei Yang of the University of Michigan, USA. The journal employs an open access model based on article processing charges to be paid by the authors' institution or research grant. The journal shall have an online edition which is free with no subscription or registration barriers and a print edition which shall be priced at a level reasonable for covering the printing cost. All articles published in the journal shall be distributed under the "Creative Commons Attribution License," which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Hindawi is currently working on retro-digitizing the back volumes of the journal and will make these volumes available online in the near future.' (PS: Kudos to Hindawi for this important step.)
This is good news, but with one concern. The subscription through MetaPress goes back to v8 n1 Jan/Feb 2002, whereas Hindawi is offering it from v9 n1 Jan 2003 only. A minor quibble perhaps, but there will always be at least one researcher who needs that one volume to which access is no longer offered.

June 30, 2004

Experimental Mechanics Added to Highwire Press

Experimental Mechanics (EM), the outstanding flagship research journal of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, has just been added to the HighWire Press publishing service. Although EM is available on Ingenta , it is a very limited backfile. Backfile digitization and mounting is proceeding rapidly at HighWire and is free to all comers through mid-October.

Experimental Mechanics
Fulltext v42+ (2002+)
Fulltext v32(2)+ (June 1992+). Fulltext free through 18 October 2004
Print ISSN: 0014-4851

The announcement from HighWire indicates that additional backfile digitization is underway and will be released as it is ready. As with the Ingenta fulltext access, HighWire fulltext is included in a standard institutional subscription. - George Porter

June 25, 2004

Applied Mechanics Reviews Online Database - Buh-Bye

:: According to information sent to our library from Philip DiVietro, Director, ASME Technical Publishing, the Applied Mechanics Reviews AMR Abstracts database is to cease on July 1, 2004. We have access to it, but when I checked it just now, it wasn't working.

I am assuming until told otherwise that access to the Applied Mechanics Reviews Online will still be available; however, the online coverage is to the book reviews and review articles only, not the abstracts. The AMR Journal Article Abstracts Database is described as "a companion product of Applied Mechanics Reviews. This online database includes abstracts from more than 350 international journals in the engineering sciences and contains over 250,000 records."

I'm not sure why ASME is pulling the plug on the online version. I was never impressed with its search functionality, but other than Ei Compendex, Web of Science, and Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts from Cambridge, there isn't much out there indexing mechanical engineering. I find it odd that there is no mention of this development on the AMR web pages within the ASME site. However, as mentioned, when I try to enter the AMR Abstracts Database online, I get a "500 Internal Server Error", so perhaps ASME has already pulled the online plug, so to speak.

I hope ASME lets us know what's up. Surely they don't think their users want to return to searching monthly paper copies of AMR.

June 7, 2004

Report from SLA 1

:: I am in Nashville attending the annual SLA conference. A few items of interest:

April 20, 2004

New Products and Services

:: Wiley has released a new database called Organic Reactions:

Organic Reactions is a comprehensive database of important synthetic reactions, together with a critical discussion of the reaction and tables that organize all published examples of the topic reactions. Chapters that focus on reactions of current interest are solicited bythe board of editors from leading chemists worldwide. The publication process entails a comprehensive peer-review process, ensuring the high quality and attention to detail for which this series is noted. The database currently consists of over 75,000 reactions, and will grow to over 135,000 reactions within the next two years.

:: Elsevier Engineering Information has launched a new service called Referex Engineering:

A specialized electronic reference product, Referex Engineering draws upon hundreds of premium engineering titles to provide engineering professionals with the answers and information they require, at work and in practice.

Referex Engineering comprises three carefully crafted collections combining key sources of reference material. Content ranges from broad based engineering titles to highly specialized professional reference texts, provided an extensive and detailed base of reference material to support researchers, academics, R&D engineers, technicians and corporate engineers alike in their diverse work processes.

Each collection includes:

  • Handbooks of engineering fundamentals
  • Situational reference
  • Titles focused on technique and practice
  • How-to guides
  • Highly specialized professional information
  • Scholarly monographs
Referex Engineering is available via the industry leading Engineering Village 2 platform, making it simple to find and utilize the information you need. All Referex Engineering titles are fully searchable, enabling users to drill down into extensive reference sources in simple steps and to pinpoint the specific information required to support and progress their work. Whether fueling innovation, discovery or simply providing the information necessary to get the job done right, Referex Engineering is an essential tool for all walks of the engineering community.
The three collections available are: Chemical, Petrochemical and Process, Mechanical and Materials, and Electronics and Electrical. It includes over 300 full-text electronic reference titles in PDF format. (via: NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest.)

November 27, 2003

New Web Sites of Interest

:: New and interesting web sites, featuring descriptions from the EEVL Catalogue.

    Ethics in Computing. "Ethics in Computing is a guide to topics such as privacy, intellectual property, computer abuse, commerce, social justice and speech issues. It also covers basic ethical issues such as whistle-blowing. The site has annotated links to useful sites, which include case studies, articles and news stories, and provides a study guide and discussion questions."

    EngNet Engineering Directory. "EngNet® is a directory, search engine, and buyers guide service aimed specifically at the engineering industry enabling them to source engineering products, services, and companies. The directory can be searched and browsed by products, companies, or brandnames. A glossary of terminology, technical information and design tools are also provided."

    eFluids. "eFluids is a speciality web portal designed to serve as a one-stop web information resource for anyone working in the areas of flow engineering, fluid mechanics research, education and directly related topics. The site contains an events listing, and also a gallery of fluid flow images. In addition, an education section lists tutorials, educational tools and materials, and students competitions, as well as departments, laboratories and institutes and centres. Further sections cover publications, a buyers guide (and brief glossary), jobs, who's who, companies and vendors, research, professional societies and consultants. Links to sites of related interest are also provided."

October 21, 2003

U Alberta Mech Engineers Make Important Energy Breakthrough, More on PLoS Biology

:: University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors Dr Daniel Kwok and Dr Larry Kostiuk (additional information here), working with two graduate students, Fuzhi Lu (L) and Jun Wang (R), have discovered a new way to produce electricity, the first such discovery in 160 years.

Their research was the front page story in today's Edmonton Journal, and received coverage elsewhere on the Internet.

More information is available on the University of Alberta Express News site. The news of this discovery was also of personal interest to me, as I am the librarian responsible for mechanical engineering here at the U of Alberta.

Their research appears in the November 2003 issue of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering:

    Research published today by the Institute of Physics journal, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering reveals a new method of generating electric power by harnessing the natural electrokinetic properties of a liquid such as ordinary tap water when it is pumped through tiny microchannels. The research team from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, have created a new source of clean non-polluting electric power with a variety of possible uses, ranging from powering small electronic devices to contributing to a national power grid.

    The research was led by Professor Daniel Kwok and Professor Larry Kostiuk from the University of Alberta. Professor Kostiuk said: “This discovery has a huge number of possible applications. It’s possible that it could be a new alternative energy source to rival wind and solar power, but this would need huge bodies of water to work on a commercial scale. Hydrocarbon fuels are still the best source of energy but they’re fast running out and so new options like this one could be vital in the future”.

Reference: Yang J, Lu F, Kostiuk LW, Kwok DY J Micromech Microeng 13 (November 2003) 963-970.

:: Expanding coverage of PLoS Biology: articles have appeared in EContent and CNET