Schwerdtfeger Library News -- October 2002

Library News -- October 2002

By Jean M. Phillips

UW-Madison Proposed Journal Cancellations

UW-Madison Libraries have released their lists of proposed journal and serial cancellations for the 2002-2003 academic year. High-cost, low-use journals are again being cut. Titles to be cut that may be of interest to you include:

Acta meteorologica sinica
unique title, Pergamon, no electronic access when discontinued
Critical reviews in environmental science & technology
unique title, CRC, no electronic access after print discontinued
Journal of visualization
unique title, IOS Press, no electronic access
Remote sensing of environment
unique title, Elsevier, no electronic access when discontinued
Water resources management
unique title, D. Reidel, no electronic access when discontinued
Astrophysical journal and letters
U of Chicago, cancelled by Physics Library, Astronomy will still hold, but Astronomy has very limited hours, electronic access
Astrophysical journal supplement series
U of Chicago, cancelled by Physics Library, Astronomy will still hold, but Astronomy has very limited hours, electronic access
Physics letters A
ScienceDirect (electronic) edition cancelled, will still be available in print
Physics letters B
ScienceDirect (electronic) edition cancelled, will still be available in print

There are many more titles slated for cancellation. The cancellation lists are broken down by library or subject area and are worth your time to read. If you have questions or comments about any of the titles, please contact me or the selector directly.

More and more we are finding that when you ask us for copies of papers they need to be requested from another source -- either through interlibrary loan or for purchase from a document provider depending on the urgency. These cancellations do affect you.

Related to the issue of journal access are your questions regarding the electronic journal repository offered by Elsevier. The UW-Madison has subscribed to about 100 journals available through ScienceDirect. To see which journals are included in the campus site license, select "subscribed journals" in the green shaded area under "display". Also, a search in MadCat for the title in question should provide a link to ScienceDirect if it is included in the campus subscription.

Finding Information in the Atmospheric Sciences

Ever have trouble deciding which database to use for a particular search? Not sure how to find a conference proceeding? What happens when the article you need appears to be unavailable because the journal was canceled last year? What is the "science storage facility" and how do I get there?

In just over an hour, you'll learn the answers to these questions and learn about major library resources and services specific to the atmospheric sciences. Drop in for a workshop on Thursday, November 7 at 3:00p.m. in Room 351 - note the date/time change from previous announcement. Other times may be added.

There'll be time for questions. If you like, send questions in advance and I'll make sure I
cover them.

Journals Ranked by Impact: Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences

Meteorology journals are ranked based on their 2001, 1997-2002, and 1981-2001 "impact factors," as enumerated in the current edition of the ISI Journal Citation Reports. The 2001 impact factor is calculated by taking the number of all current citations to source items published in a journal over the previous two years and dividing by the number of articles published in the journal during the same period -- in other words, a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Methodology for arriving at impact factors for the longer time span is also described.

In addition, The Institute for Scientific Information produces ESI Special Topics web site, designed to provide citation analyses and commentary for selected scientific research areas that have experienced notable recent advances or are of special current interest. Each topic is prefaced with a description of its relation to the main ISI Essential Science Indicators rankings and the methodology used to assemble the data from the ISI Essential Science Indicators database. Global warming was a featured topic earlier in the year. The data presented for each topic include citation rankings for scientists, institutions, nations, and journals. Most special topics also feature interviews and essays by prominent scientists in the area.

Knovel Scientific and Engineering Databases (updated daily)

The Knovel database contains some of the leading engineering reference handbooks,databases, and conference proceedings. Subject areas covered include: chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics, and surface engineering. Some of the standard reference texts included are Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Air and Spaceborne Radar Systems, Radar Design Principles, Developing and Managing Engineering Procedures, Engineering Procedures Handbook . The content of more than 200 books is interactive and cross-searchable. Users can manipulate and extract information (for example, text, live tables, graphs, images, databases) to suit their needs. Data searching retrieves tables, graphs, and equations that can be further manipulated in spreadsheets and with java applets. Many titles have hyperlinked indexes. The resource is licensed for use by UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.