• Database of the month: IEEE Xplore

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    IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing full-text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics, and related disciplines. IEEE Xplore contains full-text documents from IEEE journals, magazines, conference proceedings, and standards, as well as eBooks. IEEE Xplore also includes content from select other publishers including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), MIT Press, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, VDE Verlag, Morgan & Claypool, Tsinghua University Press, and Beijing Institute of Aerospace Information (BIAI).

    The IEEE Xplore digital library contains more than electrical engineering content. Topics covered include:

    • Aerospace engineering
    • Automotive engineering
    • Bioengineering / biomedical engineering / biomedical science
    • Computer engineering / computer science / information systems
    • Electrical engineering
    • Energy
    • Engineering
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Industrial engineering
    • Ocean engineering
    • Petroleum engineering
    • Robotics engineering
    • Transportation

    Access IEEE Xplore via iFind (simply search for IEEE Xplore in the ‘Books & more’ or ‘everything’ search).

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  • Passwords for electronic books and journals

    There has been a slight change to our password system for e-books and journals. Instead of using the Athens system we have moved to shibboleth. This means that a cookie is no longer needed on your computer off campus. You still use your university e-mail address and password so there is no change to what you need to remember.

    It has always been harder to login off campus due to the variety of different terminology and links used by different suppliers. The best advice to give students is to go through a library system, either the library catalogue, iFind Research or using the iGetit button in any of our databases. This should automatically direct them to the Swansea University login box.

    If you usually access your favourite database through a bookmark or other method you need to look for an option saying either institutional login or shibboleth. It may also mention UK Federation. There is a handout with screenshots for various databases in the Using Online Resources of our Blackboard information for students. Do contact us at scieng@swansea.ac.uk if you need any help with this.

    Example for Web of Science:

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  • New journal coming – Materials Horizons

    Materials Horizons from the Royal Society of Chemistry will feature research spanning multiple disciplines at the cutting-edge interface of materials science with chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. It is aiming for fast publication of top class materials research.

     The journal will open for submissions in April 2013 and the first issue will be published in late 2013. Free access will be given to 2014 and 2015 content.

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  • Free chemistry articles

    Chemweb now offer free access to some articles in respected chemistry journals from Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Bentham Science and Taylor and Francis. You need to join to gain access but registration is free. They cover a broad range of topics including some of the latest research and highly cited articles.

    ChemWeb members now have access to selected full-text articles from Chemistry publishers including Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Bentham Science and Taylor & Francis. Members can download a selection of articles covering a broad range of topics direct from the pages of some of the most respected journals in Chemistry. Explore some of the latest research or highly cited articles. Not yet a ChemWeb member? Membership is free, and registration takes just a minute.

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  • Changes to Science Direct off campus

    The publisher has made some changes to the access method for Science Direct off campus. It is now necessary to select Athens / Institution login then UK Access Management Federation and click Swansea University to get a Swansea login box. A brief guide with screenshots can be found in our Blackboard module.

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  • HTML documents in IEEE Xplore

    IEEE Xplore now has over 5,000 documents in HTML and you will see nearly 200,000 articles in this new format by early 2013. 

    HTML-formatted documents redefine how IEEE publications are displayed online, providing a richer and more interactive research experience that allows you to:

    • Scan and interpret articles in under 60 seconds using “Quick Preview”
    • Navigate between sections of long articles with intuitive floating navigation
    • Effortlessly explore text, figures, equations, and multimedia files
    • Quickly view and copy mathematical equations, expressions, and formulas
    • Enhance your research with recommendations of related articles

    Try it out by viewing the Proceedings of the IEEE, Special Centennial Issue Available via Open Access.

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  • Entire field of particle physics to switch to open access publishing

    It has just been reported in Nature that all particle physics publishing in future will be open access. The  Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)  has negotiated a deal which will allow peer reviewed versions of journal articles to be open access, funded by up front payments from libraries.

    Read the full story at

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  • New open access engineering journal

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is to become the first engineering, not-for-profit publisher to adopt an open access model with the launch of a comprehensive, online-only open access journal. Open access options will also be added to its existing 26 journals.

     The IET will be inviting submissions for its new open access megajournal from autumn 2012, with the online-only publication expected to launch in 2013. As a broad-based engineering journal it will accept papers on a wide range of engineering topics, rather than focusing on a single specific field.

     From 2013, authors will also be able to choose to make their research free to view in any of the IET’s 26 existing engineering journals, which include well-known titles such as Electronics Letters and the newly launched IET Biometrics. Currently all research papers published by the IET’s journals are available in print and online to paying subscribers only. More information  at www.theiet.org

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  • Free access to Laser Physics Letters until the end of the year

    The Institute of Physics is to take over publishing Laser Physics Letters and Laser Physics. To mark this they are giving free access to Laser Physics Letters until the end of the December 2012. Connect to the journal at http://iopscience.iop.org/1612-202X/.

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  • PLoS celebrates 50,000 articles.

    The Public Library of Science posted its 50,000th article recently – a milestone towards its aim of publicly accessible science. More on the PLoS blog at http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2012/07/plos-celebrates-milestone/

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