Regular visitors to the PhysMath Central site will have noticed that, following the pdf redesign at the start of this year, the online journal and article pages have also recently had an overhaul. See for yourself below and let us know what you think. The final stage of our redesign, the top level portal pages, will be happening later this summer.
So I’m a bit late coming to this, but this is cool nonetheless. Peter Jacobs of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the ALICE experiment at the the LHC at CERN, describes the real physics behind FlashFoward, the novel and TV series gripping nerds across the world!
We’ll be coming to the annual Biophysical Society meeting in San Francisco this weekend. Come and visit us on stand #729 to talk about the benefits of open access to biophysical research and also to grab one of our cool Rubik’s cubes. We’ll also be twittering away whilst we’re there with hashtag #BPS2010 from our new PhysMath Central twitter account, @physmathcentral
We hope to see you there!
Chris, Sally & Harpreet
An editorial in Europhysics News (http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/epn/2009704) caught my eye recently as it is one of the few dissections of impact factors I have read which applies some scientific and logical thinking to the process of awarding impact factors to journals or individuals.
The authors, Franck Laloë and Remy Mosseri, tackle some the assumptions made in the bibliometry game and come out with a few startling suggestions for how to maximize your own h-index.
Central to their point is the real purpose of references within scientific articles. They are not, they argue, some sort of prize list among all published articles in the relevant scientific domain. Rather, their real purpose is to give the reader information that is needed to understand the …
LaTeX is something of a misnomer in publishing in the 21st century. On the one hand a language to render and position text on a printed page is solving a problem which is largely solved today – but the markup of equations and mathematical symbols is rarely bettered.
Given a large corpus of existing material is already in LaTeX, then this development from Springer [disclaimer: Springer own BioMed Central and PhysMath Central] could be potentially enlightening for those whose work can be expressed in equations. A LaTeX search engine finds equations or part-equations across all of Springer’s published articles. Very useful for finding a particular approach to solving some engineering problem, say, has already been described in the mathematical …
It has been a busy time for us in the BioMed / Chemistry /PhysMath Central offices recently. There is a major redesign of the sites afoot and the first signs of things to come have just been revealed. The BioMed Central journal Genome Medicine is the first of our journals to have a facelift and be presented to the world in its new guise.
The PhysMath Central journals will follow soon, followed by the rest of the site thereafter. We hope you enjoy our new look and the new functionality which will follow.
“The NWO wants scientific and scholarly publications to be freely
accessible to everyone on the Internet. The organisation will provide
five million euros to cover the cost of this kind of publication. This
is a major policy shift for the NWO. Moreover, NWO chairman Jos Engelen
has made an urgent appeal to leading scientists and scholars not to
publish their articles in the established journals but to place them in
an Internet journal.”
Read more here: http://www.surffoundation.nl/en/actueel/Pages/NWOtoogoesforOpenAccesstopublications.aspx
"The open availability of federally funded research for broad public use in open online archives is a crucial building block in laying a strong national foundation to support accelerated discovery and innovation. It encourages broader participation in the scientific process by providing equitable access to high-quality research results to researchers at higher education institutions of all kinds – from research-intensive universities to community colleges alike. It can empower more members of the public to become engaged in citizen science efforts in areas that pique their imagination. It will equip entrepreneurs and small business owners with the very latest research developments, allowing them to more effectively compete in the development of new technologies and innovations. Open availability of this research will …