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Best Sellers in Physics Friday, 18 December 2009 3:17 pm

Posted by Dongmei in physics.
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From LJ Newswire:

April 2009 to date as identified by YBP Library Services



Open Access publishing in physics gains momentum Tuesday, 7 November 2006 12:20 pm

Posted by Dongmei in open access, physics, science related news.
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from 11/6/06’s Fermilab Today:
/CERN Press Release/,
November 3, 2006:
*Open Access publishing in physics gains momentum* Geneva, 3 November
2006. The first meeting of European particle physics funding agencies
took place today at CERN[1] to establish a consortium for Open Access
publishing in particle physics, SCOAP3[2]. This is the first time an
entire scientific field is exploring the conversion of its reader-paid
journals into an author-paid Open Access format. Open Access is a
policy that could revolutionize the academic publishing world and have
a great impact on research. By changing the traditional model of
financing publications through reader subscriptions, the publications
will be free to readers and financed by funding agencies via
laboratories and the authors. This new concept in publishing will
broaden opportunities for researchers and funding agencies in achieving
greater benefit from unrestricted distribution of the results of their publicly funded research.

(Thanks to Bob Michaelson, Northwestern University for sharing this on the sts-l)

Bob also shares his concern of the whole field (particle physics) rushes to the open access publishing (when applies to commercially-published journals, we will lose even the little market control we now have over publishing costs). I guess time will speak about its success or failure.

New Journal of Physics, another successful open access story Monday, 11 September 2006 2:01 pm

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New Journal of Physics (NJP), the Open Access, publication charge financed ejournal from the Institute of Physics, surpassed the 1,000,000 article download mark in July. NJP began in 1998.

“The journal’s success is also reflected in its rapid growth – in the last five years NJP has grown by more than 900% and is now accessed in more than 180 countries.” — Librarian Insider, no 8, p. 3 http://ej.iop.org/pdf/insider/2006_librarian_insider_8.pdf

New Journal of Physics
Fulltext v1+ (1998+)
ISSN: 1367-2630
(from sts-l, thanks Caltech’s George Porter)

Citing articles with CIDs Monday, 7 August 2006 3:57 pm

Posted by Dongmei in citation style, physics.
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This came from an email question (part of it) that was referred to me (by our Ask-a-librarian service):

For those that are not familiar with CIDs, it’s short for Citation Identifiers, they are used often in physics journals.

The last two digits of CIDs represent the publication order within that issue and section.  “The format for citing articles published in Journal of Biomedical Optics is only marginally changed, with the six-digit CID appearing in the place traditionally filled by a page number”. 

An example of the correct citation format for JBO is:

A. Smith and B. Jones, J. Biomed. Opt. 10, 023007 (2005). 

For more info on CID, see the Citation Format page on JBO http://spiedl.aip.org/journals/doc/SPIEDL-home/jrnls/boo/JBOcitation_format.jsp