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ACS opens ChemRxiv Beta

The ACS recently announced that its new pre-print server ChemRxiv (chem archive), is available in beta at ChemRxiv is one of several new pre-print repositories modeled after ArXiv, the long running pre-print archive for physics.

A pre-print is a pre-publication version of a paper, posted online so that research can be widely shared and made freely available as soon as possible. Pre-prints are not peer-reviewed, and are not edited, they are usually published as-is. ACS does only a minimal check of submissions, stating that “ChemRxiv conducts a basic screen for plagiarism, offensive language, and non-scientific content.”

Before posting a paper on ChemRxiv or elsewhere, you should check the publication policies of any journal you intend to publish in. The ACS policies on prior publication can be found at

Please feel free to contact me at about this, or with any other questions you may have about open access. The Libraries have specialists who can help!

Materials Platform for Data Science

You may already be familiar with the Pauling File, a database of inorganic compounds containing phase diagrams, crystal structures, and physical properties, named after Linus Pauling. ( The Pauling File is a relational database with licensed content under a number of commercial providers.

One of the newest products to utilize the Pauling File is the Materials Platform for Data Science, MPDS, at The MPDS offers access to the Pauling File, with some content freely available. Tutorials and examples are available on Github, and an API is available from the developers, Dr. Evgeny Blokhin of Tilde Materials Informatics. The API will allow data mining of Pauling File contents. Please see the developer’s website for more information.

DataRefuge: Nominate vulnerable data for preservation

As you may have heard, the Penn Libraries have started the #DataRefuge iniative, which at this point is focusing on federal climate and environmental data . The Association of Research Libraries is spearheading an effort to expand this project to preserve vulnerable data at other agencies as well, and has invited Rutgers to participate.

If you are aware of vulnerable federal scientific data that you would like to have preserved, please help us by nominating it for preservation. All nominated data will be added to a list available for institutions to claim and preserve. Rutgers may be able to preserve some data here in our institutional repository, but we need your input rather quickly.

Please reply to me with the name of an agency/office or particular federal research project that you would like to see preserved, and I will forward it for consideration. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

ORCID IDs needed in ACS, RSC publications this month

As of November 2nd, ACS publications began requiring ORCID id’s for all authors publishing with them. ACS reports that ORCIDs have already been published in several articles in both PDF and HTML formats. RSC is scheduled to require author ORCIDs as of November 30th, 2016.

For more information about ORCID and publisher requirements, please see

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about ORCID at

Lunch workshop on the Cambridge Structural Database and Data Management

The best kept secrets are right here at Rutgers. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has offices in Cambridge, England, and the Proteomics building on Busch campus. Co-sponsored by the CCDC and Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, this workshop will present information about the Cambridge Structural Database, as well as data management best practices and data management services available through the Libraries. The second half of the presentation will be a hands-on demonstration of the uses of the CSD. Please register for one or both parts of the workshop.

Register at:

Friday, November 11th at 12:30
Library of Science and Medicine

1st floor Conference Room

12:30-2:00 Lunch, networking, and Introduction to the CSD and RUL Data Management Services
2:15-3:15 Hands on demo of the CSD. Please bring your own laptop.

Questions? Please contact me at

Workshops offered in data visualization, citation management, and more

The Libraries are pleased to offer our fall series of workshops, listed below. For more information, please contact Laura Palumbo,

Upcoming workshops:

Capture It! Citation Management Tools

Wednesday, November 14, 2 – 4 p.m., Alexander Library, Pane Room
Thursday, November 17, noon – 2 p.m., Library of Science & Medicine, Conference Room

Effective use of citation management software for bibliography building and creation is essential for improving your scholarly productivity. This workshop reviews features of RefWorks3 and EndNote and discusses strategies for managing your works cited. Presented by the Graduate and Faculty Services Team.

Previous workshops:

Our Digital Memories: Getting started with Personal Digital Archiving

Tuesday, October 25, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Alexander Library, Room 413

How do you organize and preserve your digital life? The workshop discusses strategies for dealing with sound, image, and document files through generational changes in formats and technologies. With foresight and prepration, you stand the best chance of keeping your digital memories intact. Presented by Isaiah Beard, digital data curator.

Data Visualization in R

Wednesday, October 5, Noon – 3 p.m., Library of Science & Medicine Conference Room
Thursday, October 6, 1:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m., Alexander Library, Room 413

This hands-on data services workshop discusses principles for effective data visualization, and demonstrates techniques for implementing these using R, including the use of lattice, ggplot2, 3-D and interactive presentation of data, and techniques for visualizing big data. Presented by Ryan Womack, data librarian.

Constructing Digital Editions with TEI XML

Tuesday, September 27, 10 a.m. – noon, Alexander Library, Room 413

In the context of the Petrarchive, this hands-on workshop provides an overview on using the Text Encoding Initiative’s dialect of XML to create scholarly digital editions. Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initative. Presented by Wayne Storey and Isabella Magni.

Online Access to ACS Symposium Archives now available

Rutgers Libraries now provides online access to the ACS Symposium Series Archives, also known as E-Book Archives, from 1974-2012. Access to an additional year will be added each December. (Next year we will have access to 2013 content; rolling access is added once per year to issues beginning 4 years back.) Content is able to be browsed by year, book title, and chapter. Individual chapters may be downloaded.

Access is available on campus at
Off campus users will need to connect through a VPN or the Libraries website after logging in. Go to and click the Connect button.

If you have questions or need help connecting, please let me know.

Graduate Student Lightning Talks April 28th

Graduate Student lightning talks are being co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association and Rutgers University Libraries.

Please plan to join us to hear about our graduate students’ research! Take a break from your studies with some food, fun, and conversation.

We have a couple of spots left for presenters- it’s not too late to share your research in an informal atmosphere. Please contact for more information.

Register to attend:

Thursday, April 28th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Alexander Library, Pane Room
Food will be provided
Cost: Free!

We hope to see you there!

New Chemical Lab Safety Guide available

A recent article in Chemical & Engineering News reminds us of the necessity of proper lab safety. To help you find resources about this important topic, I’ve added a research guide to the Libraries website on Chemical Laboratory Safety, available at

Please send me any suggestions for resources to be included, and stay safe!

Do you have your ORCID Identifier?

The ACS has “strongly encouraged” authors to get an ORCID identifier, but recent communications to librarians indicate that this year ORCID identifiers will become mandatory in order to publish in an ACS journal.

You may have heard me mention ORCID before, as a way to help others find your work. An ORCID ID is like a social security number for authors; it distinguishes you from others with the same or similar names. It is also handy if you have ever changed your name, or expect to change your name in the future. Getting an ORCID identifier is quick and easy; it literally takes only a few minutes. Get yours here:

Linking your ORCID identifier to your previous work can be done from Scopus or Web of Science (through your ReasercherID), as well as by exporting BibTex records from your Google Scholar account. For more information about these databases or ORCID, please e-mail me at