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SIAM Newsletter

The September issue of SIAM Unwrapped, the newsletter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, is now available for download.  See

SIAM Unwrapped – September 2013

News & announcements for the SIAM membership community

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Undergraduate Research Publication

The Spectra is once again accepting undergraduate research submissions. Publication in The Spectra is a great way to highlight your undergraduate achievements and give yourself experience in research writing. Original research from undergraduate students of any year will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 1. You are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  More information can be found at

Copyright 201: Author’s Rights, Licensing, and Scholarly Communications

Thursday, March 1
4:00 p.m.
Scholars’ Lab, Alderman Library, University of Virginia

Madelyn Wessel
UVa Associate General Counsel

UVa Associate General Counsel Madelyn Wessel joins us in the Scholars’ Lab for her second talk on copyright and IP issues for grad students, faculty, and researchers. In this talk, Ms. Wessel will discuss scholars and publishers, open access, and open source.

Microsoft Academic Search

Microsoft Academic Search (MAS) is a free academic search engine developed by Microsoft Research, which also serves as a test-bed for many research ideas in Data Mining, Named Entity Extraction and Disambiguation, Data Visualization, etc. As a research prototype, the coverage of MAS is still very limited in certain domains. We appreciate your feedback and contribution.

Microsoft Academic Search provides many innovative ways to explore academic publications, authors, conferences, journals, organizations and keywords, connecting millions of scholars, students, librarians, and other users.

Visit Microsoft Academic Search here.

Tips on Publishing Your Research

Publishing Your Research 101 Video Series

The effective communication of scientific research is vital both to the scientific community and to a scientist’s career. ACS Publications (American Chemical Society) has launched the Publishing Your Research 101 video series to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts.

Who should listen? If you are writing your first research publication, then this series is definitely for you. If you have submitted articles in the past, but would like to improve your skills, then you would benefit from following this series. If you would like to know more about the scholarly communication process, then you will surely find some of these episodes to be of interest. If you are a faculty member or librarian, and are looking for ways to help your students become authors and reviewers, then this series will offer some useful material to build on.

Videos will be released monthly discussing topics such as selecting a journal for submission, writing a good cover letter, suggesting reviewers, responding to reviewer comments and manuscript rejections, tips for non-native English speakers, and more.

You can view the series at the ACS web site

Libra – The New Digital Repository for UVa

The following article is reposted from the August 1, 2011 issue of UVa Today.

New Online Service Preserves, Promotes Digital Faculty Scholarship

July 29, 2011 — The University of Virginia Library has developed a new service to preserve faculty scholarly work and make it easily accessible online.

Libra, a new digital repository, is designed to archive U.Va. faculty articles and scholarship from any discipline in a searchable database, said Martha Sites, deputy university librarian. The service will also host student theses and dissertations, as well as research data sets.

“It provides a way for scholars to ensure the long-term durability of the scholarship they produce,” Sites said. “That’s the overarching goal.”

Digital technology makes it easier to disseminate scholarly work, but it has also created unforeseen preservation problems, she said. Even if a journal or publisher posts an important scholarly article online, there’s no guarantee it will stay there for the long run. And if an article was born in a digital format – meaning  no print version exists – it could potentially be lost forever if a server crashes or the publication folds, Sites said.

“It is a problem in the digital realm that doesn’t exist in the same way in the print realm, in that the best ways to manage digital content over time and through changes in technology are not yet well understood,” she said.

Libra will provide a stable, long-term home for U.Va. scholarship that isn’t tied to a commercial endeavor, said James Hilton, vice president and chief information officer. More and more institutions are heading down similar paths, he said.

“It’s completely appropriate for academic research libraries to be developing these tools and providing these solutions, because they are the only ones charged with the mission of preserving the scholarly record forever,” Hilton said.

When a library buys a physical book, it has the right to loan that book out and preserve it indefinitely, Hilton said. But when it obtains an electronic item, such as a digital copy of a scholarly article, the library only has a license, which – unless the contract says otherwise – doesn’t include the right to preserve it.

“What I think is beautiful about Libra is that it places control in the hands of scholars,” Hilton said.

University faculty members who use Libra are responsible for securing publishing rights to their work and uploading it. Instructions are available on the site.

School of Medicine neurology professor Ivan Login, the first faculty member to upload his work to Libra, said the service could become a powerful tool for scholars who need free access to published research.

“Part of the value of Libra is that it gives faculty members a place to put their papers where the world can get at them without having to pay,” Login said. “The repository allows these articles to be available, if you know where to look for them.”

Sites said Libra was developed in conjunction with Faculty Senate efforts to increase access to scholarly works. Last year, the senate approved a policy designed to encourage scholars to retain rights to publish their research findings online a year after the articles are published in academic journals.

Law professor Edmund Kitch, who served on the Faculty Senate’s Task Force on Scholarly Publication and Authors’ Rights, said many publishers have been cooperative with that process. In some cases, the authors already own publication rights for important pieces of scholarship, he said.

In addition, uploading articles to Libra assures worldwide distribution of work that could otherwise be hard to find, he said.

“It’s a reality that many important scholarly journals are very expensive and have very limited distribution,” Kitch said. “There are millions of people who have no way of getting at the scholarly literature at the present time. If you have a piece of scholarship on Libra, it can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection throughout the world.”

The library partnered with Information Technology Services to create the site’s infrastructure, and library staff is currently working to make Libra materials searchable through Virgo, the library’s primary search portal. Beta testing for the inclusion of data sets, dissertations and graduate theses should begin in coming months, Sites said.

In the future, online repositories such as Libra could be an important step toward larger digital scholarship repositories that span many institutions, Hilton said.

“In my view, digital preservation efforts are going to increasingly play a role in the life of premier research libraries,” he said.

— By Rob Seal


Rob Seal
U.Va. Media Relations

All-New Virgo Library Catalog

Now You Can Search for Books AND Journal Articles At the Same Time!

The University Library catalog, Virgo, has been greatly enhanced to include journal articles from many publishers. It features a simple and fast search engine that helps you discover relevant information on any topic from the University of Virginia Library collections. Virgo is the place to start your research in scholarly journal and newspaper articles, books, videos, maps, manuscript collections, music scores and more. From your search results page, one click will display the full text of an article or tell you whether or not a book is on the shelf.

Virgo’s new integrated article search is part of a suite of online services the Library offers to researchers through the new Research Portal which provides access to the specialist databases – the recommended approach for those who are working on in-depth literature reviews.

For more information about the new Virgo interface or the Research Portal stop by any UVa Library or contact your subject librarian.


Visual Data in Scientific Publishing

Kirsten Miles
Research Computing Support Specialist
Monday, April 12, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Brown Science and Engineering Library Electronic Classroom

This session will cover an assortment of issues relating to the use of images as data in scientific publishing.  Particular attention will be given to ethical concerns arising within certain fields, and how to ensure that processes are adequately tracked and managed.

You can register for this course by submitting a help ticket at

This event is part of the Spring 2010 Research Computing Lab Short Course Series.

Info Tool of the Week: Alerting Services

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the information available in your subject area?  Are you frustrated by never having enough time to scan the journals in your field — or even to know when new issues become available?  Do you wish there was a way to get all this information organized and delivered to your desktop?  Well — there is!

Many journal publishers and journal article database providers provide alerting services for their products.  These services allow you to have the tables of contents (TOC) of each new issue of a journal delivered to your E-mail inbox or RSS feed as soon as it becomes available — sometimes even before the print version of the journal hits the library shelves.  This allows you to keep up with all the journals you read regularly or whose TOCs you want to scan for useful material — all without ever leaving your lab or office.

While it is possible to set up such alerts individually at a publisher’s web site, many researchers are using an alert service that aggregates thousands of titles into a single location.  One such service is called ticTOCs (see )  This British-based alerting service offers you nearly 13,000 scholarly journals to choose from, along with links to view TOCs at their site or to set up RSS feeds for ones of particular interest, so you’ll always know when a new issue of your favorite journal becomes available.  Check the site link above for more information or come by the Library for a demo or to explore other options.

Another kind of alert you may want to consider is a subject alert.  For this type of alert you would construct a subject search in the online database(s) of your choice, then save it as an alert.  After that, the database provider will automatically run your saved search weekly or monthly and send to you via E-mail or RSS feed any new results that have been posted to the database since your search was last run.  Most of the library’s major databases offer this service — check with a librarian for assistance in constructing and setting up your alerts or if you have questions about subject alerts.

TIP:  You can learn more about alerting services from the Library’s Keeping Up with Current Scholarship subject guide.

TIP: You can set up alerts for books, as well as for journal articles!  VIRGO, the Library’s online catalog, provides a way to set up alerts for authors and subjects that interest you, so that you can be notified when new materials are added to our collections.  Use the “Login to VIRGO” option under “Services”, do a search, then use the options on the left side of the page to set up your alerts.  Ask at any library for assistance or details!

TIP:  Did you know you can set up alerts for web searches, too?  Absolutely!  Web search engines such as Google, and Intute all offer some kind of alerting service for searches conducted in their databases.  So now you can keep up with new material in web form as well as published articles!

FINAL TIP:  Even with alerts you can become overwhelmed with information.  One key is to limit your TOC alerts to just those key journals you find consistently most useful.  Then use subect alerts to keep up with everything else — but make sure your subject alerts are precisely crafted to return only the most useful items.  For help constructing searches or using databases effectively, please contact a librarian or come by any UVa library for assistance!

Database of the Week: ACS Publications

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides the worldwide scientific community with a comprehensive collection of the most cited peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences.  In addition to 34 research journals, the society also publishes the premier weekly newsmagazine of the chemical enterprise, Chemical & Engineering News.  With the ACS Journal Archives, ACS Publications provides searchable access to over 130 years of original research in chemistry, including more than 750,000 articles dating back to the inaugural volume of the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1879.

The peer-reviewed journals of ACS publish cutting-edge articles across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines—agricultural science, biotechnology, analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemical biology, chemical engineering, computer science, crystallography, energy and fuels, food science, environmental science, inorganic and nuclear chemistry, material science, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmacology, physical chemistry, plant sciences, polymer science, and toxicology.

You can learn more about this database from its About Us page or begin searching the database at ACS Publications.

The ACS Publications Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

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