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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.

Oct 15, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: International Cooperation with the Rosetta Mission

October 1st, 2014

Dr. Claudia Alexander, U.S. Rosetta Project Scientist, will speak Wednesday October 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.


With the Rosetta Mission, announced in 1995 and launched in 2004, the European Space Agency (ESA) realized the culmination of decades of effort seeking to understand the primordial material that formed our solar system. Along the way, ESA courted the participation of NASA, and embarked upon a challenging proposition – to land a spacecraft on a comet. Come along on the journey, as Claudia presents some of the enormous challenges of the Rosetta Mission, and how the relationships with NASA served the mission as a whole over three decades.

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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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.