JSTOR Arts and Sciences Archive IX now available

Archives by Marino Gonzalez on Flickr

Archives by Marino Gonzalez on Flickr

JSTOR Arts and Sciences Archive IX is now available to access for current staff and students as well as alumni of the University of Cambridge.

The archive currently contains 268 titles, from over 25 countries, focusing on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • anthropology
  • archaeology
  • business
  • economics
  • sociology
  • population studies
  • political science

JSTORThe JISC Collections website notes that JSTOR “…in developing its Arts and Sciences collections, incorporates the regular feedback they receive from their user and library communities. In response to this feedback, their emphasis for Arts and Sciences IX was to offer a more international representation of titles in content, language, and origin of publication, across the entire collection.”

To view content from a sample of titles from the archive please click on the “Now available from…” links (the text in the journal descriptions is direct from JSTOR):

  • The American Sociologist publishes papers, comments, and other writings on topics of professional and disciplinary concern to sociologists. The contents examine intellectual, practical, and ethical issues affecting the work, careers, and perspectives of sociologists. Now available from vol 1 (1965) – vol 41 (2010) (also available from vol 47 (1987) – present via this Springer link)
  • Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes  publishes distinguished research and debates on Latin America and the Caribbean. It publishes peer-reviewed articles based on original research, in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Now available from vol 9 (1984) – vol 34 (2009).
  • Islamic Studies is an internationally peer reviewed research journal. It publishes research articles, notes, comments, review-articles and book-reviews in all disciplines of Islamic Studies. Now available from vol 1 (1962) – vol 50 (2011).
  • Israel Exploration Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published for over half a century, which serves as a major interdisciplinary scholarly forum for current archaeological, historical, philological, and geographical research about Israel and its environs. Articles span a broad chronological range, from prehistoric through historical periods. Now available from vol 1 (1950) – vol 60 (2010).
  • Review (Fernaud Braudel Center) was founded in 1976 by Immanuel Wallerstein as the official journal of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations. Review is committed to the pursuit of a perspective which recognizes the primacy of analyses of economies over long historical time and large space, the holism of the socio-historical process, and the transitory (heuristic) nature of theories. Now available from vol 1 1977) – vol 34 (2011)
  • Science & Society is the longest continuously published journal of Marxist scholarship, in any language, in the world. Now available from vol 1 (1938) – vol 72 (2008)
Neon by vistavision on Flickr

Neon by vistavision on Flickr

 

A title list for the archive can be found here (this list shows the ‘moving walls’ where our access ends. The archive does not allow access to the most recent content in most cases.).

You can access journals from the archive via a title search on the ejournals A-Z.

 

The rise and rise of SUNCAT

SUNCAT, the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK, which it is now impossible to imagine we ever lived without, had a major face-lift from EDINA last October (2013).  The new SUNCAT – which it should properly be called, is here

http://suncat.ac.uk/search

The old or “original” SUNCAT is still available from a link on the site, but it will go in a few months.

An EDINA Serials Forum was held last month and reports on the new SUNCAT, the Keepers Registry and the UK Research Reserve can be found here.

Not least useful, in SUNCAT you can now limit to particular areas, “geographic locations” and limit to particular libraries, and combine those limits as you desire.  The choice of display preferences is much wider than before, plus the linking out to tables of contents and to library details makes for a significantly more useful and easier experience searching and retrieving records.

Edinburgh Sunrise

Edinburgh Sunrise, Stew Wilson, Flickr.

Further information on EDINA’s forthcoming completion of work on the Keepers Registry – of interest to anyone concerned with long-term preservation of electronic journals – will be posted here soon.

 

 

SAGE Backfile : 1879-1998

The University Library is delighted to announce access has been purchased in perpetuity for the University of Cambridge to the prestigious journal backfiles of all titles published by SAGE. This represents a major addition to the already extensive journal backfiles available online to the University and will deepen and help facilitate research and teaching across multiple disciplines.

The SAGE backfile comprises over 460 journals, including more than 570,000 articles of historical content, covering subjects in business, humanities, social science, and science, technology and medicine.  Access runs from the first issue (back as early as 1879) up to 1998, after which year Cambridge enjoys access to the current issues of SAGE journals via the University Journals Coordination Scheme’s subscription to the SAGE Premier journal package.  70% of the journals in the SAGE backfile are ranked in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.

Access the SAGE backfile journals via the “SAGE Deep Backfile Package 2014” links in the ejournals@cambridge A-Z gateway.  For a list of the titles in the SAGE backfile see this spreadsheet SAGE Deep Backfile Package 2014 full title list.

What is the journal with the earliest content in the archive, then?  It’s the The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (later to be called Perspectives in Public Health) where in the earliest issue, of 1879, W. Ogle opined on “Nurses: How to Make Them, How to Use Them, How to Pay Them”: “As Mrs Nightingale well says, probationers must be sober, honest, truthful, trustworthy, punctual, quiet and orderly, cleanly and neat, patient, cheerful, and kindly, and to these qualifications let me add that they should be Christians with a single eye.”  Two years earlier the St John’s Ambulance Association had been formed (its bandages in a fabric design from Flickr by Jane McDevitt below), of which Ogle later discusses the classes (refusing them in Derby, where that singleness of purpose he asks for in nurses is all the more necessary “in this way you escape both Scylla and Charybdis”).

 

Nature Partner Journals

News from Nature on Open Access publishing.

Nature Partner Journals is a new series of online open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned international partners.

Each partnership in the Nature Partner Journals portfolio brings together strong editorial leadership with world-class publication systems to deliver high-quality, peer-reviewed original research to the global scientific community through open access publication.

Our new open platform has been launched on nature.com to ensure the best possible visibility and reach for open access content, enabling our partners to disseminate high impact research that advances the sciences. Currently, nature.com provides over 8 million visitors per month with access to Nature Publishing Group (NPG) publications and services. Each new journal in the Nature Partner Journals portfolio offers authors a high quality, high visibility open access option for their research, covering both applied and basic science disciplines.

Online Responsa Project interface for tablets

Celebrating the upcoming Passover holiday, The Responsa Project from the Bar Ilan University is pleased to announce the official launch of “Responsa On-The-Go!”.

“Responsa On-The-Go!” introduces a user friendly and innovative interface developed specifically for tablets and allows access to a variety of features and all existing sources on the Online Responsa Project.

Features added for the launch include the Daf Yomi; the Hebrew date; a new Save query.  On your tablet, go to responsa.co.il and you will be automatically directed to the interface.

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

The Department of Plant Sciences, the Sainsbury Laboratory and the University Library are delighted to announce an agreement to fund the University access to TAIR, the “community database for researches on Arabidopsis”, an essential source of information for the plant biology and model organism communities. The database contains genetic and genomic data for Arabidopsis thaliana, an “important reference organism for many fundamental aspects of biology as well as basic and applied plant biology research”. TAIR serves as a “central access point for Arabidopsis data, annotates gene function and expression patterns using controlled vocabulary terms, and maintains and updates the A. thaliana genome assembly and annotation.”

Scanning electron micrograph of trichome: a leaf hair of thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), an unique structure that is made of a single cell.

In August 2013 it was announced by TAIR that the U.S. National Science Foundation funding that provided it free at point of use worldwide was due to end. The consortium managing TAIR then decided to move to a subscription model, though it continues as a non-profit. Longer-term the ambition in the community is to create The Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP). The integration afforded thereby will move TAIR from one database orbited by numerous, yet disconnected, smaller databases into a “dynamic, modular, and distributed international consortium of databases with a single point of access for users”. An article in The plant cell (June 2012, 24:6, p. 2248-2256) describes this effort in detail: “It is worthwhile emphasizing that the Arabidopsis community in particular, and the plant community as a whole, needs the services currently provided by TAIR, and in the near future to be provided by the AIP because innumerable non-Arabidopsis publications reference Arabidopsis genes. In the absence of such a resource, future advances in plant biology and bioinformatics would be confounded, resulting in a substantial loss in the quality of plant science and analyses of non-plant systems that build on the findings made in Arabidopsis.”

As one of the highest users worldwide of the TAIR, Cambridge is pleased to continue to support the resource as the AIP is developed further.

TAIR can be accessed on and off campus (with Raven userid and password) via the link here or as provided on the relevant subject pages or A-Z of the eresources@cambridge website.

Margaret Thatcher in the news, now and then

A year ago today Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female Prime Minister, died.  Known as the Iron Lady for her uncompromising policies – which have become known as Thatcherism – this controversial figure had a substantial impact on British politics.

Margaret Thatcher, accompanied by her husband Denis (1915 – 2003) and children Carol and Mark

To mark this event, we have compiled some articles from our subscriptions below.   The articles provide an overview of Margaret Thatcher’s political career, covering her early political career (1959-1979) and time as Prime Minister (1979-1990); including highlights on domestic affairs, the miners’ strike, international affairs, and the fight over the Tory leadership.

Mr Heath Steps Down as Leader After 11 vote Defeat by Mrs Thatcher
Maggie, the ‘Iron Lady’
Thatcher Woos Voters With Tax Cuts
Immigrants Reach Peak of 117,000
Heath’s Amazing Poll Tax Attack on Maggie
Maggie on Track to Sell Railways
Argentina Might Well Thank Mrs Thatcher
The Battle for the Miners
EC Integration seen as enemy
Maggie’s Trek to End Apartheid
Farewell to Our Iron Lady