Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 10, Issue 3; March 2005

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman

Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
The Beilstein Institute has announced the launch of the first major open access journal for organic chemistry: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. It will be published by the Beilstein Institute in co-operation with BioMed Central.

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry will make organic chemistry research freely available immediately on publication, and permanently available in the public archives of science. There will be no charge for authors, as the journal will be supported by the Beilstein Institute. A call for papers with full information for authors will be published in May.

ACS widens access to its journals
The American Chemical Society is broadening access to research articles published in its scholarly journals with two experimental policies: The first policy represents a response to NIH's public access guidelines recently released by the National Institutes of Health: "The NIH encourages authors whose work it funds to submit their peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, the agency's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature."

Wellcome Trust requires Open Source publishing
The Wellcome Trust is a strong supporter of open access publishing, and now proposes to require Wellcome Trust supported publications to be deposited in PubMed Central, or the European PMC once it is established. The Wellcome Trust's recent study showed that an author-pays business model has the opportunity for substantial cost savings over the reader-pays model.

How did XML begin?
This interview with Tim Bray, one of the creators of XML, explains how it started in the context of a project to computerise the Oxford English Dictionary. It was necessary to bring SGML to the web, and the interview mentions that XML is more complicated than it needs to be, despite the aim of keeping it simple.

FEBS Journal
The European Journal of Biochemistry has been replaced by FEBS Journal from the beginning of 2005. This is one of the journals published by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies. FEBS, a signatory of DC Principles, has made all articles published in EJB, FEBS Journal and FEBS Letters freely available following a 12 month Embargo. In addition, Nucleic Acids Research has also moved towards an Open Access publishing model for 2005.

The World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium agrees web standards. However, the Web Hypertext Application Technology working group (WHAT), a collaboration of Web browser manufacturers and interested parties who wish to develop new technologies, is also interested in standards, is proposing a different direction for web forms. The two possible developments are XForms and Web Forms 2.0.

British Science Language Science Signs
Online glossaries for science and engineering and the built environment are now available. Art and design has been updated.

Digital Media Project
Which is more important: science or music? Music and film distributors are want to protect their commercial interests, but legislation could have an impact on all digital information.

Burndy Library for the history of science
The Burndy Library may move from MIT to Pittsburg in 2007.

Google's word limit
Google's word limit: Google's word limit has increased from ten to thirty two words, allowing for more complicated queries, which is particularly useful when qualifying search terms with a minus sign preceding other terms to be rejected.

NIH Open Access Policy
Some comments on the NIH Open Access Policy.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
The New York Public Library's Digital Gallery contains over quarter of a million digitized images, including some of chemistry and chemists.

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