Renaissance studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : backfile: RENAISSANCE STUDIES

From the Wiley Online website for the journal:

Renaissance Studies is a multi-disciplinary journal which publishes articles and editions of documents on all aspects of Renaissance history and culture. The articles range over the history, art, architecture, religion, literature, and languages of Europe during the period. Editions of important documents appear in their original languages, with introduction, textual apparatus, notes and (occasionally) translations of the documents and sources into English. The journal also contains a substantial book reviews section and often illustrated reviews of major exhibitions worldwide. “

Backfile now available to the University of Cambridge electronically – in addition to the current content already available – from volume 1 (1987) to volume 10 (1996).

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Early European Books Collections 3 and 4

The University Library is delighted to announce that the JISC has negotiated with ProQuest to make available to UK HE institutions collections 1-4 of the Early European Books resource.   This extends the access for Cambridge to include collections 3 and 4.

Collection 3 is substantially larger than the previous collections, containing 3 million pages in total, from more than 10,000 volumes scanned at four different libraries. It encompasses works in all major European languages, printed in the cities which led the explosion of the print industry in the early modern era, such as Nuremberg, Basel, Leiden, Paris and Venice. This breadth of scope gives a wide-ranging overview of the intellectual life and historical upheavals of early modern Europe. The collection contains the founding works of modern sciences such as botany, anatomy and astrology, together with accounts of travel, exploration and warfare, and influential works of literature, philosophy and humanist thought. In the field of religion, users will find editions of the works of the Church Fathers, early Bible editions in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and vernacular translations, missals, psalters and breviaries, Protestant sermons and tracts, and Counter-Reformation publications of the Catholic Church.

The volumes for Collection 3 are taken from the following libraries:

  • Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Central Library of Florence, Italy)
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands)
  • The Wellcome Library, London
  • Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library, Copenhagen)

Highlights of Collection 3 include:

  • History of Science: the Wellcome Library’s collection ranges from scholarly editions and translations of the works of Galen, Galileo, Dioscorides, Fuchs and Aldrovandi to books on alchemy, demonology, falconry and cookery (La Varenne’s Le cuisinier françois, 1656, is the founding text of modern French cuisine), so-called books of secrets (containing recipes for medicines and household remedies, including Latin, Italian, Spanish and German editions of Alessio Piemontese’s De Secretis) and books of prodigies (such as Pierre Boaistuau’s illustrated catalogue of monsters, demons, deformities, natural disasters and miraculous events, Histoires prodigieuses, 1568).
  • Philosophy: works by René Descartes (Principia Philosophiae, 1644; Les Passions de l’ame, 1650), Baruch Spinoza (editions of the Tractatus theologico-politicus in Latin, 1670 and French, 1678) and key humanist and Renaissance authors.
  • History: pamphlets from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek relating to the Dutch Revolt against Spanish rule, the persecution of the Huguenots, and the assassination of William of Orange.
  • Fine art and illustrations: Albrecht Dürer’s Four Books on Human Proportion (Arnhem, 1622), and volumes with engravings by Jacob de Gheyn (Waffenhandlvng, or The Exercise of Arms; Amsterdam, 1608), Johan Bara (Emblemata amatoria, Netherlands, c.1620) and Jöst Amman (Panoplia, Frankfurt, 1568).
  • Fine examples of the art of printing, from Nicolas Jenson’s Venetian imprints of the 1470s and examples of Dutch ‘prototypography’, to Christophe’s Plantin’s prolifically illustrated editions of Monardes’ survey of plants of the New World (1574) and the House of Elzevir’s editions of the Classics and the Greek New Testament (Leiden, 1624).
  • The Age of Exploration: several editions of Theodor de Bry’s America (from 1595 onwards), and Joannes de Laet’s History of the New World (Leiden, 1625), together with surveys, chronicles and illustrated natural histories of Brazil, Peru, Ethiopia, India, Persia and the Portuguese East Indies (in Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch and Latin).
  • Literary works from throughout Europe, including Molière’s L’avare (Paris, 1693), Torquato Tasso’s Gierusalemme liberata (Paris, 1678), Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools (Latin edition; Basel, 1498), Juan de Mena’s Las trescientas (Seville, 1499), Joost van Vondel’s Maria Stuart (1647) and Philipp von Zesen’s Adriatische Rosemund (1645).
  • Like its immediate predecessor, Collection 4 contains almost 3 million pages and includes works from the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF), the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Wellcome Library and the Kongelige Bibliotek; in addition, Collection 4 sees the first inclusion of volumes (c.1,700) from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).

Works from the BnF in Collection 4 include the first Protestant Bible in French (published in Lyon in 1544) as well as editions and translations of the Fathers of the Church, bearing testimony to the importance of the Christian Humanist movement in France, in the wake of Erasmus. A number of works also illuminate the rites and ceremonies of religious life: the celebration of festivals such as Christmas, marriage and funeral rites, practices relating to prayer, fasting, giving alms and processions. Texts of laws and regulations, as well as editions of the customs of the French provinces, jurisprudential treatises on specific matters (such as contract law or feudal law, etc.) and compendia of jurisprudence along with their commentaries also feature. Philosophy is represented by, amongst others, Plato’s Republic and contemporary works such as the Six books of the Republic by Jean Bodin as well as French translations of Italian authors such as Machiavelli and Giovanni Botero (a leading theorist of the ‘raison d’Etat’ at the end of the 16th century).

The contents of Collection 4 as a whole are as wide-ranging as previous collections, including important works of science, art, medicine, travel and popular miscellanies from the Wellcome Library (including many items from William Morris’s personal collection), scholarly works of history and theology from the BNCF, literary translations and legal texts from the Netherlands’ Koninklijke Bibliotheek (including a substantial number of volumes from the Elzevir press), and texts relating to the Reformation from the Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen.

Royal Society Open Science

Coming soon (first published here): A new journal from the Royal Society : Royal Society Open Science.  The journal will have a number of distinguishing features:

• objective peer review (publishing all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving any judgement of importance or potential impact to the reader)
• it will offer open peer review as an option
• articles will embody open data principles
• each article will have a suite of article level metrics and encourage post-publication comments
• the Editorial team will consist entirely of practicing scientists and draw upon the expertise of the Royal Society’s Fellowship
• in addition to direct submissions, it will accept articles referred from other Royal Society journals

Royal Society Open Science welcomes the submission of all high quality science including articles which may usually be difficult to publish elsewhere, for example, those that include negative findings. The journal will launch officially later in 2014 and article processing charges will be waived for an initial period. The scope will cover life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.

On 6 March 2015 the Royal Society will mark the 350th anniversary of the launch of Philosophical Transactions. Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said:

Philosophical Transactions was the first journal dedicated to scientific endeavour and introduced the concepts of scientific priority and peer review. Today more than 20,000 scientific journals around the world are based on these two key principles and it is difficult to imagine a research process functioning without them. The publishing model is continually evolving and it’s important that the Royal Society’s own journal offerings do so too.  We are delighted to be publishing this exciting new journal. We hope the Royal Society Open Science demonstrates our continued support for open access publishing and a commitment to publishing research that benefits science and humanity.”

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Advanced Engineering Materials

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Advanced Engineering Materials.

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‘Dielectric Material Test’ by Chemical & Engineering News on Flickr

From the Wiley-Blackwell website for the journal:

Advanced Engineering Materials is a premier source for new developments in the field of

  • High temperature materials
  • Metallic foams and other cellular materials
  • Precursor-derived ceramics
  • Corrosion of materials
  • Intermetallics
  • Multicomponent
  • Biomedical materials
  • Surface science and coating technology
  • Laser methods in materials processing
  • Modern casting and powder metallurgical techniques
  • Nondestructive testing techniques
  • Composites as structural materials
  • Numeric simulation of materials behavior and processing”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1999) to present.

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Ecology of the Mojave Desert

‘Ecology of the Mojave Desert’ by PNNL – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on Flickr

A journal of the Ecological Society of America.

From the website for the journal:

Frontiers is aimed at professional ecologists and scientists working in related disciplines.

Frontiers covers all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related subjects, focusing on global issues, broadly impacting research, cross-disciplinary or multi-country endeavors, new techniques and technologies, new approaches to old problems, and practical applications of ecological science.”

Now available electronically to the University of Cambridge from volume 1 (2003) to present.

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Farewell scirus searching

Elsevier announce:

<http://www.scirus.com/>

Scirus is set to retire near the end of January, 2014.

“To ensure a smooth transition, we are informing you now so that you have sufficient time to find an alternative search solution for science-specific content.”

Scirus

“… is [was] the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 575 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.”

Japan Science and Technology Agency

New on Swetswise Online Content platform: Japan Science and Technology Agency Open Access titles

As part of a pilot project Swets have made available the Open Access content published by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA).

Swets has initiated this pilot project opening up full text access to all of the JSTA Open access titles, approx. 90 in total for all customers of Swets Online Content.

The Open Access titles can be searched via the Swetswise Online Content platform. Off Campus users should login using Shibboleth/Institutional login. A list of the JSTA titles in the pilot can be viewed here.