Library news 523 The graduating edition

Computer clean-up reminder.

If you have left any data or files on the library & Shell lab computers that you want to keep, please make sure you move it to either your own file system on the network – if you don’t know what that is come and see me or the Computing Officers. Or you can move the material to a memory stick or external hard drive.

All the computers will undergo a thorough maintenance process which means that everything on each machine which is not part of the machine system or teaching related and course work material WILL BE REMOVED.


More computing news

The plotter downtown now has glossy paper, or coated paper as I believe may be technical term. Print your posters with added glossiness now.

Metaspriggina Swimcycle video

As featured in the University’s Research News Simon Conway Morris’s latest paper comes with a video – see below for details of the paper

Open access @ cambridge now has a new look.

The Open Access page which still has the same address as before now asks you to upload your accepted manuscript as means of applying for Open Access funding. Below are some questions I put to John Norman, who is on the Project board for OA, and his answers.

Q: What happens to any publications you get uploaded here? Do they get deposited into DSpace? Is there a mechanism for me, for instance, to have access to the document and then upload it to our department repository?

A: Today, they just get collected. The next step is to push them to DSpace, probably through the SWORD deposit API. We would be happy to investigate doing the same for your ePrints repository. The obvious question is how we would identify which articles were relevant (an author CRSID that matches a list of department members?)

Q: How do people manage when they don’t have an entire, for want of a better word, publication? I know that quite a few publishers have finished papers uploaded in sections, text files, and images, and graphs, etc all separated so that in fact there isn’t a single discrete object?

A: The initial UI (user interface) doesn’t take multiple files as a single paper, but it could. We have had differing advice on this topic. Some think it reasonable to ask authors to compose the parts into a single pdf. Others think we need to add a multiple files option. For now, you can just email the set of files. When we have a better idea of the frequency and nature of the problem, we will be better placed to assess solutions.

Q: Has there been a drop in number of requests for funding since the page changed?

A: At one point we thought that might be the case, but the rate of RCUK APC authorisations seems to have resumed and overall enquiries are up.

If you have any questions or comments about this please get in touch.

Benefits of Geological Society membership

I thought a reminder might be in order of all the wonders you have access too via your membership – including a lot of the Lyell Collection.

Fellows (incl. Candidate Fellows) have free access to their ‘subscribed’ journal (free journal of choice) and the ‘book collection (Special Publs., memoirs, Petroleum conferences) published more than 3 years ago.  An additional subscription can be paid to have access to further journals and also “The Full Book Collection” i.e. the most recent 3 years of spec. Pubs, etc..

Other titles on the site, e.g. Proc Yorks Geol. Soc., Scottish journal of geology, etc., are only available to members of those Societies, although they are indexed on the Lyell Collection and abstracts are available to all.  They are not part of The Full Book Collection”. Some of our published book titles, e.g. the ‘Geology of …’ series are not on the Lyell Collection.  There is a plan to launch them as e-books on GeoScienceWorld, but unfortunately they are not yet available individually as e-books.

Weekend distraction

This video features some spectacular imagery from Earth-observing satellites. From this perspective, even some of the most familiar places can be difficult to recognise. Can you place these images on a map?



Bunbury, Judith and Hughes, Eleanor and Spencer, Neal (2014) Ancient Landscape reconstruction at Kom Firin. In: Kom Firin II: The urban fabric and landscape. British Museum Research Publication, 2 (192). The British Museum, London, pp. 11-16. ISBN 9780861591923

Conway Morris, Simon and Caron, Jean-Bernard (2014) A primitive fish from the Cambrian of North America. Nature. ISSN 0028-0836 EISSN: 1476-4687

Di Michele, Lorenzo and Mognetti, Bortolo M. and Yanagishima, Taiki and Varilly, Patrick and Ruff, Zachary and Frenkel, Daan and Eiser, Erika (2014) Effect of Inert Tails on the Thermodynamics of DNA Hybridization. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (18). pp. 6538-6541.

Downes, Peter and McNamara, Kenneth and Bevan, Alex (2014) Encounters with Charles Hartt, Louis Agassiz and the Diamonds of Bahia: The Geological Activities of the Reverend Charles Grenfell Nicolay in Brazil, 1858-1869. Earth Sciences History, 33 (1). pp. 10-25. ISSN 0736-623X (Print) 1944-6187 (Online)

McCormick, Brendan T. and Herzog, Michael and Yang, Jian and Edmonds, Marie and Mather, Tamsin A. and Carn, Simon A. and Hidalgo, Silvana and Langmann, Baerbel (2014) A comparison of satellite- and ground-based measurements of SO2emissions from Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119 (7). pp. 4264-4285. ISSN 2169897X

McNamara, K. J. (2014) Early Paleozoic colonisation of the land – evidence from the Tumblagooda Sandstone, Southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 97. pp. 111-132. (In Press)

Misra, Sambuddha and Greaves, Mervyn and Owen, Robert and Kerr, Joanna and Elmore, Aurora C. and Elderfield, Henry (2014) Determination of B/Ca of natural carbonates by HR-ICP-MS. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15 (4). pp. 1617-1628. ISSN 15252027

Neave, David A. and Maclennan, John and Edmonds, Marie and Thordarson, Thorvaldur (2014) Melt mixing causes negative correlation of trace element enrichment and CO2 content prior to an Icelandic eruption. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 400. pp. 272-283. ISSN 0012-821X

Schuler, J. and Christie, P. A. F. and White, R. S. (2014) Effect of flood basalt stratigraphy on seismic waveforms recorded offshore Faroe Islands. Geophysics. ISSN Online ISSN: 1942-2156 Print ISSN: 0016-8033 (Submitted)

Sides, I. R. and Edmonds, M. and Maclennan, J. and Houghton, B.F. and Swanson, D.A. and Steele-MacInnis, M.J. (2014) Magma mixing and high fountaining during the 1959 Kīlauea Iki eruption, Hawai‘i. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 400. pp. 102-112. ISSN 0012-821X

Zhang, L. and Salje, E. K. H. and Ding, X. and Sun, J. (2014) Strain rate dependence of twinning avalanches at high speed impact. Applied Physics Letters, 104 (16). p. 162906. ISSN 0003-6951, ESSN: 1077-3118

Recently published


Neave, David A. (2014) Magmatic processes in the Eastern Volcanic Zone of Iceland. PhD thesis, University of Cambridge. Item availability may be restricted.


Nichols, C. I. O. and Hughes, E. C. (2014) The Rock fooled MSci’s – click on the link at your peril

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