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Physical Sciences Updates from Nature

October 16th, 2014

Did you know that the JPL Library’s subscription to the Nature Magazine online include more than just the journal?  Here are some highlights and recent updates related to the physical sciences.

  • Nature Podcast: Each week Nature publishes a free audio show. Every show features highlighted content from the week’s edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.
  • Nature Milestones: Christallography: This special issue is a collaboration from Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, and celebrates the International Year of Crystallography 2014.
  • Nature Materials Focus on Perovskite Photovoltaics : The rapid efficiency increase of solar cells based on perovskites makes these materials promising contenders for cheap solar energy harvesting devices. This focus issue highlights the performance improvements of perovskite photovoltaics, and discusses some of the challenges to bring these devices to the market.

JPL Library staff are available for consultation and literature search/review services. To make arrangement, please email us at or call the Reference Desk at ext 4-4200.

2014 Nobel Laureates Papers

October 13th, 2014

In honor of the six photonics researchers who are the 2014 Nobel Prize recipients in Physics and Chemistry, SPIE has gathered the papers authored or co-authored by at least one of the Laureates and published in one of the SPIE Proceedings or journals in one place.  Check out this page for an overview, and click on the title to read the paper.

2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry:

  • Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner for “the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.”

2014 Nobel Prize in Physics:

  • Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura for “invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

Resources on Astrobiology

October 13th, 2014

Since JPL is leading one of the seven teams winning a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, here are some of the resources from JPL Library related to astrobiology.


The ProQuest Natural Science Collection is a rich resource for journal and magazine articles, industry and government reports, figures and reviews for specific topics within astrobiology.

Electronic journals:

  • Astrobiology: a monthly journal beginning in 2001. JPL has full subscription to this journal.
  • International Journal of Astrobiology: another monthly journal began in 2002. JPL access is through the ProQuest Natural Science Collection database.

Conference proceedings:

  • SPIE holds an annual conference on “Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobilogy.”  The proceedings are available via the SPIE Digital Libray, here are the links to the most recent  five volumes: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

Electronic books:

JPL Library reference staff can provide customized literature searches for this other topics.  Please contact the Library Reference desk at or ext 4-4200 for details.



Open Access Journals from Scholarly Publishers

September 26th, 2014

Open access means unrestricted online-access to scholarly research papers. It has been a growing phenomenon for the past 15 to 2o years. Within the last couple years, several professional organizations and publishers in the science and technology fields have either started brand new ones or converted one or more of their journals into full open access.  Following is a short list of relevant open access journals for JPL scientists, technologists, and engineers.

From AGU (American Geophysics Union)

  • Earth’s Future 2013 to present, a transdisciplinary journal exploring global change and sustainability.
  • Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) 2009 to present, it publishes research related to climate science, especially the development of numerical methods, model parameterizations, and data assimilation methods for Earth system modeling.

From AIP (American Institute of Physics)

  • AIP Advances, 2011 to present. It covers all areas of physical sciences in applied, theoretical and experimental research.

From APS (American Physical Society)

  • Physics Review X (PRX), 2013 o present, PRX’s mission is to bring innovative and important results to the broad science and engineering communities under its open access publishing model.

Copernicus Publishing and the European Geoscience Union

  • Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics (ACP) and Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics Discussion (ACPD), began in 2001, becomes fully open access recently. It publishes studies and discussions on Earth’s atmosphere and the underlying chemical and physical processes.


IOP (Institute of Physics)

Nature Publishing Group

  • Scientific Reports, 2013 to present. Fully open access,  Scientific Reports is a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences.
  • Scientific Data, began in 2014, description of scientifically valuable datasets.

OSA (Optical Society of America)

Some of these journals requires authors to pay certain fees in order to make the articles/journal open-access to all.  To find out more about publishing in open access journals or the whole open-access movement for scholarly journals, please contact library reference desk at  Or you can leave your comments below.