New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : BioSocieties

From the Springer website for the journal:

BioSocieties is committed to the scholarly exploration of the crucial social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine. The journal defines the key intellectual issues at the science-society interface, and offers pathways to the resolution of the critical local, national and global socio-political challenges that arise from scientific and biomedical advances.

“As the first journal of its kind, BioSocieties publishes scholarship across the social science disciplines, and represents a lively and balanced array of perspectives on controversial issues. It is becoming the journal of choice not only for social scientists, but also for life scientists interested in the larger social, ethical and policy implications of their work. The journal is international in scope, spanning research and developments in all corners of the globe. Articles, response pieces, book reviews, and self-standing editorial pieces by social and life scientists form a regular part of the journal.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2006) to present.

Access BioSocieties via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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The FRANCIS and PASCAL databases are now available via this link on the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z:

The site Free Access to Pascal and Francis is an archive of the PASCAL and FRANCIS bibliographic databases in exact, human and social sciences, produced by the Inist-CNRS since 1972 and hitherto accessible with a subscription.

Three search modes are featured: simple, advanced, expert. You can also browse the content of PASCAL and FRANCIS by keywords (vocabulary) or by thematics (classification).

“The opening of the FRANCIS and PASCAL bibliographic data on this website fits into the recommendations expressed by the Scientific Information Department of the CNRS, which advocate the dissemination and opening in free access of the Pascal and Francis archive.”

“In its 1 (initial) Version the site offers a free access to more than 14 million bibliographic references of articles, conference papers and conference proceedings produced by the Inist-CNRS from 1984 to 2015 for PASCAL (12 millions) and from 1972 to 2015 for FRANCIS (2 millions). It will become progressively enriched with other document types and with records of partners having cooperated to PASCAL and FRANCIS supply in the past.”

CABI Global Health

Trial access is now available to 2 April 2015 to the CABI Global Health database.


Access the trial via this link.


Please send feedback on the database to

Global Health is the only specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health, completing the picture of international medical and health research by capturing key literature that is not covered by other databases.

Derived from over 7,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, Global Health contains over 2.4* million scientific records from 1973 to the present. Around 175,000 records are added each year, and over 96% of these records include an English abstract.

Publications from over 100 countries in 50 languages are abstracted, and all relevant non-English-language papers are translated to give access to research not available through any other database.

The database’s open serials policy and coverage of international and grey literature means that 40% of material contained in Global Health is unique to the database. Everything from proceedings, theses, electronic-only publications and other hard-to-find sources are included.

Visit for more information on CABI Global Health.

BioOne Trial

Trial access is now available to BioOne until 31 May 2014.

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BioOne is a resource produced by a collaboration of societies, libraries, academic institutions and the private sector.

BioOne aggregates high-quality publications in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences to deliver a linked information resource of full-text articles.  BioOne comprises currently 179 titles from 135 publishers, 62 of which are exclusively available online through BioOne, which in all totals over 100,000 articles, growing daily.

BioOne trial access is available here.  Please send your feedback on the trial to

BioOne is available to use on a Mobile device /iPad or tablet for use on and off campus. To use the mobile site, please go to

SpringerProtocols : Protocols to the Present

New eresource: All SpringerProtocols right up to the present now available here

SpringerProtocols is the world’s largest database of life sciences protocols. It is an online database of more than 29,000 reproducible laboratory protocols, spanning 30 years, in the biomedical and life sciences many of which come from the classic book series “Methods in Molecular Biology”.

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These ‘recipes’ allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories, providing “predefined written procedural methods in the design and implementation of experiments that describe the safety, bias, procedural, equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards to be used to conduct the experiment.”

Until now Cambridge has had access to the archive that delivered all Protocols published up to the end of 2012.  The University Library is pleased to announce Cambridge now has access to all Protocols as published up to the present time and all currently in press.

Author seminar : How to Write Great Papers: from Title to References, from Submission to Publication

A seminar for authors “How to Write Great Papers: from Title to References, from Submission to Publication” will take place on 20 March 2014, at 13:00 until 15:30 pm in Lecture Theatre 1, William Gates Building, Computing Laboratory.  Please sign up here.

This seminar will be given by Toby Charkin, Executive Publisher ,Life Sciences, Elsevier, and Michaela Kurschildgen, Account Development Manager, Elsevier.

Knowing how to correctly prepare a paper, and the most appropriate scientific journal to send it to will significantly increase the chances of your paper being accepted.  Furthermore, a strong grasp of the review process and the organization of the editorial office can help you – the researcher – understand what will be expected of your submission when it hits the desk.

Here’s your chance to learn from the world’s leading publisher of science, technology and health science journals. Attend this seminar to find out about:

  • Types of scientific publications
  • The different types of research papers published
  • Considerations before writing
  • Choosing the right journal
  • Writing using correct language
  • The structure of the manuscript
  • The submission and review procedure
  • Author responsibilities: publishing ethics and plagiarism
  • Publishing Open Access
  • How to use information resources as a tool for authors (brief online demo on Scopus and Mendeley

Audience: (Junior) scientists and PhD students of ALL disciplines

This seminar is organized jointly by the Cambridge University Library and Elsevier.

History and philosophy of the life sciences

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : History and philosophy of the life sciences

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History and philosophy of the life sciences is an interdisciplinary journal committed to providing an integrative approach to understanding the life sciences. In specific terms, it welcomes submissions from biologists, historians, philosophers, and scholars in the social study of science that offer broad and interdisciplinary perspectives on the development of biology, especially as these perspectives illuminate both biology’s scientific development and its larger role in society.

Access History and philosophy of the life sciences via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.