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Mastering the Art of Scienctific Publication in 2014

October 29th, 2014

While the electronic age has made the publication process easier and quicker, optimizing the structure of a scientific paper requires a certain degree of skill and proficiency. Editors from the American Chemistry Society (ACS) journals put together a special publication on this topic. This issue draws together in one place these editorials that summarize the key steps involved in writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and post-publication efforts.

Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication—20 Papers for 20/20 Vision About Publishing

There are 20 papers in this virtual issue, here are a handful sample topics:

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.