ReadCube Research Pass (reblog)

Reblogged from ReadCube:

In collaboration with leading publishers, ReadCube is announcing the launch of an unprecedented new initiative to facilitate access to literature relevant to COVID-19 research.  The COVID-19 Research Pass (CRP) program provides direct access to over 26 million articles and is available to anyone studying or writing about COVID-19.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, scholarly publishers were quick to open up access to COVID-19 literature to the greater research community. These initiatives have provided much needed and timely access to the latest publications specifically covering the COVID-19 virus.

The CRP program expands on these efforts to provide COVID-19 researchers with access to a broader set of content needed in the course of their research. Rather than pre-filtering access to specific articles related to COVID-19, the CRP allows researchers to access any article from participating publishers they may need while  studying COVID-19, including both open access and content behind paywalls. The ability to access related and prior work can be particularly helpful to researchers studying ways of improving therapies, clinical, and public health outcomes. For example, topics such as ventilators or respiratory syndromes often remain behind paywalls. Additionally, the program can support COVID-19 researchers who are now working remotely and require remote access to literature.

Initial participating publishers include the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Springer Nature, and Wiley. We look forward to welcoming additional publishers to the program and expanding the range of articles accessible to participants.

Key aspects of the program include:

Instant Full-Text Access. Pass holders can access free of charge any full-text article (or book chapter) required for use in the context of their COVID-19 research.

Flexibility. Users can search within the portal or install a web browser extension which will alert them whenever they come across content covered by the program.

Collaboration. Participants can generate temporary sharing URLs that provide read-only access (printing and downloading disabled) to the full text to anyone outside the CRP program. Here is a sample.  These links may be posted on social networking sites. Private collaboration groups are also accessible.

Text & Data Mining. Participants may apply for automated Text and Data Mining Access (TDM) to full-text content.

The program is available to researchers across corporate, government and academic labs, clinicians, and other health care providers, journalists, and policy-makers who are actively working on COVID-19 efforts.

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Knovel Complete Collection : access until 30th June 2020

The Knovel complete collection is available to access until 30th June 2020.

Please send you feedback about the Knovel collection via the online form.

You will need to create an account on the Knovel platform to be able to access the site.

Knovel accelerates your discovery of answers and insights from technical reference content sourced from over 140+ providers — so you can more quickly tap into must-have resources. Instead of limiting search to narrow fields of expertise, searches in Knovel scan across the widest multidisciplinary areas, with each offering drilling down across multiple sources to deliver all relevant data, including full-text content, equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs.

Knovel offers video tutorials and a Quick Start Guide to help to introduce you to the database.

Technical reference offerings

Adhesives, coatings, sealants & inks

From paint and ink formulations to corrosive resistant coatings and the fundamentals of adhesion and wettability, this offering provides practical information for chemical engineering, manufacturing and materials engineers. Of use to engineers and metallurgists involved in the manufacture of airplanes, electronics, equipment and other machinery seeking guidance on coatings, sealants and surface treatments for environmental and wear protection, to control optical effects and improve adhesion performance.

Aerospace & radar technology

Covering all aspects of aircraft, helicopter, spacecraft and ballistic system design and manufacture, as well as the design, manufacture and operation of radar, microwave and antenna arrays. Including the MMPDS (MIL-HDBK-5), multiple volumes of the Engineering Design Handbook, unique handbooks on the use of composite materials and the fundamentals of various propulsion systems. This content offering is an essential engineering tool for aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing and materials engineers.

Biochemistry, biology & biotechnology

Covers the structures, functions and interactions of cellular components (proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, etc.), the systems and mechanisms at work in biological and microbiological organisms, and the biotechnological methods and techniques developed to exploit these interactions and systems in the production of useful products and services. Of use to companies involved in the production of food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and biopolymers, as well as environmental applications such as water and wastewater treatment, soil remediation and biodiesel production.

Ceramics & ceramic engineering

Covers properties of ceramic materials and composites, manufacturing and processing methods, and their use as coatings. Of use to materials scientists as well as mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace engineers and chemical engineers involved in designing equipment requiring specific thermal, electrical and other physical properties.

Newsbank databases : available until 30th June 2020

A number of newspaper databases have been made available on the Newsbank (Readex) platform for access until 30th June 2020.

Please send your feedback about these eresources via the form.

Collections included in our access are:

Evans Digital Edition (Web)

  • Books, pamphlets, and broadsides published during the 17th and 18th centuries
  • From the bibliography by Charles Evans and Roger Bristol’s Supplement
  • Published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society

Shaw-Shoemaker Digital Edition (Web)

  • Books, pamphlets, and broadsides published during the early 19th century
  • From the bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker
  • Published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society

Rand Daily Mail, 1902-1985

Quintessential reporting on South Africa from the Boer Wars to the apartheid era

African Newspapers: The British Library Collection

More than 60 African historical newspapers from the nineteenth century

African Newspapers, 1800-1922

African Newspapers, Series II, 1835-1925

Explore African History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries

South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922

Historical Newspapers from South Asia
Explore South Asian History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Latin American Newspapers (Series I)

Latin American Newspapers (Series II)

Historical Newspapers from Latin America
Explore Latin American History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Digital Collection All Regions, 1941-1996

  • An archive of 20th Century news from around the world
  • Global views on United States foreign and domestic policy after World War II
  • Covers the Cold War, China, the Middle East, Latin America, the Soviet Union, and more

Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees, 1941-1996

Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents and books providing global insight on immigration in the mid-to-late 20th century

Pravda Archive: Global Perspectives, 1959-1996

Articles published by Pravda during the Cold War and the years immediately following, from 1959 to 1996, collected and translated into English by the CIA

Oxford Bibliographies : expanded access until 31 July 2020

The University of Cambridge has temporary expanded access to Oxford Bibliographies until 31 July 2020.

Please tell us what you think of this database using the online form.

Oxford Bibliographies is a series of authoritative research guides to the essential literature in subjects in the humanities and social sciences, written and reviewed by academic experts. Individual guides are updated regularly, with 50-75 articles added per year to each subject area.

Subject areas included are: African American Studies; African Studies; American Literature; Anthropology; Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Art History; Atlantic History; Biblical Studies; British and Irish Literature; Buddhism; Childhood Studies; Chinese Studies; Cinema and Media Studies; Classics; Communication; Criminology; Ecology; Education; Environmental Science; Evolutionary Biology; Geography; Hinduism; International Law; International Relations; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Latino Studies; Linguistics; Literary and Critical Theory; Management; Medieval Studies; Military History; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Renaissance and Reformation; Social Work; Sociology; Victorian Literature.

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New e-resource : BioCyc Database Collection

The University of Cambridge now has access to the BioCyc Database Collection, a new subscription for covid research.







BioCyc is a collection of 17043 Pathway/Genome Databases (PGDBs), plus software tools for exploring them. Key aspects of BioCyc data:

  • Quality data curated from tens of thousands of publications, including curated databases for E. coli, B. subtilis, H. sapiens, and S. cerevisiae.
  • Computationally predicted metabolic pathways and operons.
  • Data integrated from other databases including gene essentiality, regulatory networks, protein features, and GO annotations.

The BioCyc Database Collection is available to access via the E-Journals SearchiDiscover or the Databases A-Z.


MIPP International e-resources : access until 1 June 2020

The University of Cambridge has access to three resources from MIPP International until 1 June 2020:


Offers access to over 70,000 authoritative high-quality ebooks on Russian Literature and Linguistics, History, Law, Economics, Social Sciences and Culture. Also includes journals, audiobooks, reference works and digital maps.


Offers expertly selected collections devoted to the most relevant areas of modern Russian, Jewish, Eastern European and Eurasian Humanities.

Non-Fiction Library

Includes scientific and educational literature, publications on self-development and intellectual leisure (and as a bonus – one section of fiction).  Please write to to obtain the login.






Please tell us what you think of these databases using the online form.


Chinese studies e-resources : access until 30 June 2020

The University of Cambridge has access to several databases for Chinese studies until the end of June 2020.

Please tell us what you think of these databases using the online form.







Liu Chao Stone Inscription Database  汉魏六朝碑刻数据库

includes approximately 2,500 items. High-quality images of the rubbings have been added and can be viewed side by side with the text.

Jinshi Examination Database  历代进士登科数据库

includes information on over 100,000 Jinshi degree holders throughout Chinese history.

Tang Tomb Inscriptions Database  唐代墓志铭数据库

currently includes over 10,000 items from the Sui, Tang and the Five Dynasties.

San Jin Stone Carvings Database  三晋石刻大全数据库

a collection of over 17,000 stone inscriptions of Shanxi.

Song Tomb Inscriptions Database  宋代墓志铭数据库

constructed under the direction of the Song Historian Li Weiguo, this database currently includes over 6,000 items.

Chinese Classic Ancient Books Database  中华经典古籍库

database of ancient books covering Confucian classics, history, philosophy and literature, currently includes 630 titles.

Chinese Calligraphy Database  中华书法数据库

provides access to more than 30,000 pieces of calligraphy ranging from bronze and oracle bone inscriptions to modern calligraphy of the Minguo period. Readers have to sign with a user account.

Clarivate Analytics Introduce New Open Access Data in Journal Citation Reports

Clarivate Analytics Introduce New Open Access Data in Journal Citation Reports.

Clarivate Analytics have announced the addition of open access data to  Journal Citation Reports profile pages to increase transparency around open access models in scholarly publishing. The new data show each journal’s articles by access model. This provides the research community with transparent, publisher-neutral information about the relative contribution of articles published free to read and re-use under Creative Commons licenses (‘gold open access’) to a journal’s overall volume of content and citations. The new feature is in beta until the launch of the 2020 Journal Citation Reports in June (JCR data 2019).

For the approximately 5,200 hybrid journals in Journal Citation Reports, readers will now quickly and easily be able to identify:

  • the number of papers published via the traditional subscription model, and
  • those published via Creative Commons licenses

Full details of the announcement can be found at:

Please find links below to further information:

  • PPT slides of the recent Clarivate Analytics ‘What’s new in Journal Citation Reports and InCites Benchmarking & Analytics?’ webinar:


  • Open Access Data in JCR – video tutorial:

  • Open Access Data in JCR – Quick Reference Guide

SAGE Research Methods Foundations : access until 19th July 2020

The Sage Research Methods Foundations platform is available to use until 19th July 2020.

Send feedback using the online form.

SAGE Research Methods Foundations provides a concise introduction to methods and research terms for those who are new to research in general or to that particular method. While a general search can provide an overwhelming number of results, SAGE Research Methods Foundations offers a targeted list of entries to guide users through the content. The navigation menu puts the entry in context, so users can easily find more general topics related to a method or continue on to more specific sub-topics. Each entry will give users a general understanding of the topic and help them focus their search for additional content if they wish to dive deeper.

The hundreds of entries—written by a renowned international roster of methods experts—cover qualitative and quantitative methods, key research studies, and profiles of important researchers. Foundation Entries cover the history, development, and debates around the major topics in research methods, and each Foundation Entry is related to supportive entries, as well as Pioneers in each field. These biographical entries evaluate the lasting contributions of both classic figures and lesser-known researchers whose work had gone unrecognized, including female and ethnic minority scholars.

Content & Features
  • Dynamic site architecture guides users through content
  • Entries are grouped into thematic series
  • Newly commissioned content covers hundreds of methods and research concepts, including key studies and profiles of key figures in research
  • What’s Next tool guides users through a natural progression through concepts based on what they’ve already viewed
  • Content is connected to the Methods Map


Oxford Legal Research Library – International Commercial Arbitration & International Commercial Law : access both until 30th June 2020

Access to International Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Law on the Oxford Legal Research Library are available until 30th June 2020.

Please send your feedback via the online form.

International Commercial Arbitration (ICMA) is a collection of key reference works within the Oxford Legal Research Library. This is an exceptional resource for the arbitration researcher, bringing together some of the leading works in the field.

Delivering valuable content in an interlinked, searchable and easy-to-access format, the service is underpinned by key authoritative works including Redfern & Hunter, International Commercial Arbitration.

Also included are titles covering the rules and procedure of key arbitral bodies and jurisdictions, as well as key treatises looking at specific areas of international arbitration practice, with topics ranging from consent and annulment through to the calculation of damages.

International Commercial Law (ICML) is a collection of key reference works within the Oxford Legal Research Library (OLRL). This is an exceptional resource for researchers interested in the law of sale and contract, bringing together some of the leading works in the field.

Delivering valuable content in an interlinked, searchable and easy-to-access format, the service contains key authoritative works which combine to provide an unrivalled resource in international commercial law. The launch collection includes key analysis and opinion on the law of sale and contract, carriage of goods, and payment for and administration of the sale of goods. The titles included are listed below:

  • Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), 4th Edition
  • Bridge: The International Sale of Goods, 4th Edition
  • Schwenzer, Hachem and Kee: Global Sales and Contract Law
  • Goldby: Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade – Law and Practice
  • Girvin: Carriage of Goods by Sea, 2nd Edition
  • Dickinson: The Rome II Regulation: The Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations
  • Bridge: Sale of Goods, 3rd Edition
  • Adodo: Letters of Credit Law and Practice on Compliance