Archive for August, 2008

Scitopia – searching physical science & engineering literature and patents

7 August 2008

A free federated search portal, Scitopia allows you to search the publications of more than 20 science and engineering societies through one site. You can also search the US Patent and Trademark Office, European Patent Office,  Japan Patent Office, and the Department of Energy Information Bridge site in the same search.

Scitopia participants include Acoustical Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Audio Engineering Society, AVS, ECS, IEEE, the Institute of Physics, the IUCR Crystallography Journals Online, the Optical Society of America, the Professional Engineering Publishing, the Royal Society, the Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics, the Society of Automotive Engineers, SPIE, and the Society for Information Display.

The UH Manoa Library subscribes to many of the Scitopia journals, but you will not be able to link directly to journal full text from Scitopia unless you are in the Library. Our students, faculty, and staff who access Scitopia from outside the Library should search the Library’s electronic resources at to access the journals to which the Library subscribes. The US government documents and many of the patent documents are freely available directly through Scitopia.


The Plant Genome – new open access journal

4 August 2008

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has started a new international, open access, electronic only journal called The Plant Genome. This journal will be published three times a year and will publish original research investigating all aspects of plant genomics. In order to support this open access journal, CSSA is using the model where authors are charged for publication. The first issue is available and the table of contents contains several sections: Research Highlights, Review & Interpretation, and Original Research. Interestingly, the editorial, Welcome to The Plant Genome, discusses the idea of using wikis, discussion boards, and blogs to develop resources and facilitate discussion. The combination of an open access journal and these other communication vehicles has a lot of potential for collaboration and generation of new ideas.