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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.







Ebooks on Climate Changes

September 12th, 2014

Following is a list of electronic books on climate changes on earth and beyond.  Click on the titles to read online or download it for later reading.

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

Papers on Applied Magnetic Research

August 6th, 2014

The Institute of Physics (IOP) announced the publication  of The 2014 Magnetism Roadmap. This review article, featuring twelve two-page articles, identifies the key developments, future challenges and emerging research areas in applied magnetism.

Editors at the IOP have put selected the following topical reviews and recent papers on the same topic.

Topical Reviews

Selected Papers

EBooks on Machine Learning

August 5th, 2014

Following is a list of electronic books on machine learning.  Click on the titles to read online or download it for later reading.

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

Oct 1, 10:30-11:30, Web of Science Online Training

September 26th, 2014

There will be a free web-based training session for all NASA staff on the Web of Science database on October 1, 10:30-11:30 PDT.  Details for the webinar is listed below.  JPL staff has been using Web of Science for many years, but not the rest of NASA.  Web of Science is offering a free trial period for all NASA Centers from now until November 28, 2014, and the webinar is a part of the offering.

JPL subscription to Web of Science includes the “Core Collection” only; during the trial, additional databases such as BIOSIS, Data Citation Index are also available.  This would be a good opportunity to try some of the other databases.

Please send your comments regarding the training session, Web of Science, or any of the additional databases, to Library Reference Desk at; or you can leave a comment here.

++++++Webinar Detail++++++

Topic: NASA – Web of Science demo
Host: Tracy Matthews
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Session number: 744 825 775
Session password: research

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4. Click “Join Now”.
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Sep 24, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: Charles Darwin and the Future of JPL

September 2nd, 2014

Larry Dumas, former JPL Deputy Director, will present “Charles Darwin and the Future of JPL”


As JPL looks toward the future, it may be helpful to consider how the Lab has evolved over the past 50 years. What were the environmental forces at work, and what were the attitudes and attributes that helped shape the Lab’s response? Are there lessons here for the future? Come hear Larry’s thoughts on these questions.

JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at or call ext. 4-4200.

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Sept 11-12, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

August 28th, 2014


The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for September 11th and 12th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  at the Hub on each day.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on programming languages, MS Office applications, sciences, engineering,and  business management.   The Exchange will be held on May 13th and 14th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.

Aug 11-Aug 29, Winning PostDoc Posters on Display

August 11th, 2014

Sixty-nine postdocs presented their research over the past year to the JPL community at a recent​ poster session July. A panel of judges selected the best poster in each of four categories.

Five of the posters were selected for honors by a panel of judges, including two for Earth science. The awardees:

Astrophysics and Space Science

Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (organization 3266): “Looking at Dark Matter Through Strong Gravitational Lenses.” Adviser: Leonidas Moustakas.

Earth Science

Fernando Santo (334H): “The Spectrum of Natural Disturbances on Amazon Forests.” Adviser: Sassan Saatchi.

Clare Wong (329J): “Mapping CH4:CO2 Ratios in Los Angeles with Simulated Satellite Remote Sensing from Mount Wilson.” Adviser: Stanley Sander.

Planetary Science and Life Detection

Paul Ries (3265): A Young Region on Enceladus Revealed by 2-centimeter Radiometry?” Adviser: Michael Janssen.

Technology, Instrumentation and Engineering

Kurt Star (Org 3464): “Advanced Skutterudites for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators.” Adviser: Jean-Pierre Fleurial.