Library News, no. 537 La Capucine Edition

No publications list at the bottom of this

I’m sorry but I haven’t got a list ready to add for this edition.

Out & about news – Alumni Panel Discussion 2016 at the Geological Society

Climate change: a view from the past, Cambridge Earth Sciences alumni panel discussion held at The Geological Society, London on 22 November 2016 – some pictures here


Headline News – we’ve got a survey!

Would you all be so kind as to make your way over to this address please and give us feedback on the evening that we called the Careers Event. Please do make the time, this questionnaire has four questions only and your responses really help in guiding forthcoming events.

Here are some pictures to a soundtrack.

Other IMPORTANT News – The Elsevier Deal

A lot of discussion going on about this. None of it very coordinated up to now. This blog post by Tim Gowers explains things well. I would urge you to please make the time to read it as this is a very important issue.

I should also draw your attention to this development, Elsevier have been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority by a trio of academics. You can read all about it here.

As far as I can tell the Journals Coordination Scheme Steering Committee did meet on Monday, but no word has come out of it yet. I hope we’ll find out what is happening before the 1 January 2017, at which point if we haven’t renewed the deal our access to Elsevier material will start to become curtailed.

Open Access News – where did the money go?

Report presented to Research Councils UK for article processing charges (APCs) managed by the University of Cambridge, 2015-2016 – the University’s repository Apollo
This Excel spreadsheet records the applications made for open access article processing charges  through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) block grant at the University of Cambridge, via the Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Library between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016.

Open Access/REF journal checker-outer 

This handy little toolSHERPA REF – lets you enter the title of the journal you propose to submit your latest paper to and see if it’s REF compliant.

Social Media News – how do you view Twitter?

Twitter Predicts Citation Rates of Ecological Research
The relationship between traditional metrics of research impact (e.g., number of citations) and alternative metrics (altmetrics) such as Twitter activity are of great interest, but remain imprecisely quantified. We used generalized linear mixed modeling to estimate the relative effects of Twitter activity, journal impact factor, and time since publication on Web of Science citation rates of 1,599 primary research articles from 20 ecology journals published from 2012–2014. We found a strong positive relationship between Twitter activity (i.e., the number of unique tweets about an article) and number of citations. Twitter activity was a more important predictor of citation rates than 5-year journal impact factor. Read the paper here.

Talking of Twitter, this year’s Greece field trip is very well represented with not only @Sim0nRedfern   but also  @ch_gruetze  (Christoph Gruetzner) & @AlexCopley_   all sending out gems of information such as this or this insight into the life of academics, and the response .

Searching Tip News

It’s come to  my attention that a lot of people think that Google Scholar (or other databases) is the best way to find papers, it’s not. If you just want to access a paper and you know the title use Google.  It is much quicker & will frequently display more options & information for you, e.g. material on Researchgate or Academia.

Creative 1B news & other cool pretty things

In case you missed this on Twitter & other social media, this is the sterling work of 1B Sasha Dennis in transforming her nails based on the Tenham thin section in crossed polarised light.


Saturnian Hexagon Collage – Cassini’s latest images

“This collage of images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn’s northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters. Each filter is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.” … finishes here .pia21053-1045


The Department has recently joined “Green Impact”,, a NUS-led initiative to help with reducing our environmental impact.  It is a simple and effective way for people to make positive changes to the workplace, improve their health and wellbeing, connect with other staff/students across the University and provide students with excellent opportunities. Our fledgling team would welcome new members, please email to get involved.”

There is a nifty alternative Christmas Card idea in the reception area, on poster boards, go look at it & join in.

Video – Random facts about half of every country in the world

Lastly. North Colour. It is fine. for now. (some people asked)

Hope everyone has a lovely break. Here is some silliness for Christmas



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