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What organization on Lab handles page charges? Is that the same for color charges and reprints?

All financial commitments for page charges, color charges and reprints must be made through the JPL Library. Only authorized employees shall make contractual commitments in JPL’s name. (DocID 60413)


Who in the JPL Library should I contact?

Contact Beth Daruthayan at or 4-9236.


What does the JPL Library need from me?

Send any links, emails and/or order forms from the publisher, your clearance number (or your URS number if the article is still under peer-review), and your project/task number to Beth Daruthayan.


What organization on Lab handles copyright transfers, also known as publishing agreements?

Document Review handles copyright transfers. Forward any such agreements to Document Review.


Do I have to submit to URS even though I am not the lead author?

Yes. Any co-authored papers must be cleared through URS.  (DocID 56614)


Can JPL cover the costs of publication even though I am not the lead author?

Yes. The JPL author does not have to be the lead author for JPL to cover the costs.


Can JPL cover the costs of Open Access?

Open access journals allow publishers to make an author’s paper freely available. Mandatory open access fees may be allowable, but voluntary fees for open access, are unallowable. JPL already posts publicly available, full text papers on the TRS for free.


What will I need to do if I do not contact the JPL Library?

You may be subject to the ratification process as detailed in the JPL Rules Procedure Ratifying Unauthorized Commitments, Rev. 4 (DocID 60420) Ratification requires that you create a memo detailing the situation and have it signed by your Section Manager, Division Manager and Director-For.


Add The Library Icon to Your JPL Space Front Page

April 2nd, 2014

With the redesigned JPL Space, the direct link to the Library’s BEACON website is hidden.  However, it is very easy to customize your JPL Space, and add the LIBRARY icon to the front page.

  •  Be sure to click on the “Sign In” on upper right corner first, so that the customization will be saved.
  1. Click on the Plus sign on the upper right corner of the icons panel.
  2.  Locate the LIBRARY icon (a stack of books) from the table of icons.
  3. Drag and drop the icon to the top row.


Tips for Successful Research: Advanced Features with Web of Science

March 28th, 2014

Do you want to know the best way to do “cited reference search” on Web of Science? How to generate a citation report for your publications?  What is the H-Index value for you?  What is H-Index anyway?  Do you know you can use EndNote Online with Web of Science?  In addition to being a comprehensive database for records of scholarly journal articles, Web of Science has several additional functionality that are of interests to scientists and scholars.

Web of Science is offering free WebEx trainings for each of these advanced features. Each session is between 30 minutes to one hour, check their training schedule page for live sessions and sign up.  Want even shorter training sessions at a time when you are available? Check their training page for recorded videos.

Of course, you can always welcome to ask JPL Library staff for specific search questions, request literature searches or reports.  You can also arrange to have a librarian to come to your group meeting for demonstrations.  Contact the Library Reference Desk at or call ext. 4-4200.



BEACON Express Maintenance, Friday 3/28/2014 7PM

March 25th, 2014

BEACON Express, JPL Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery software, is scheduled for routine maintenance at 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Friday, March 28th, 2014. It is estimated that it may take up to 90 minutes to complete the required activities.
During this outage, BEACON Express will be completely inaccessible. The remainder of the JPL Library online services will remain fully functional during this outage.

BICEP2 Papers by JPLers

March 17th, 2014

Congratulations to the BICEP2 Collaboration, which includes JPLers,  on their announcement this morning on gravitational wave detection that sheds light on the inflationary period of our early universe!  The NASA news story is here.

The two new papers, submitted to Nature and mentioned in this morning’s press conference, are available as preprints here:

Some earlier papers from BICEP2 that include JPL authors can be found in Web of Science – searchable from BEACON:  These include:

Title: Characterization and Fabrication of the TES Arrays for the Spider, Keck and BICEP2 CMB Polarimeters

Author(s): Bonetti, JA (Bonetti, J. A.); Turner, AD (Turner, A. D.); Bock, JJ (Bock, J. J.); Brevik, JA (Brevik, J. A.); Day, PK (Day, P. K.); Filippini, J (Filippini, J.); Golwala, SR (Golwala, S. R.); Holmes, W (Holmes, W.); Jones, WC (Jones, W. C.); Kenyon, M (Kenyon, M.); Kovac, JM (Kovac, J. M.); Kuo, CL (Kuo, C. L.); LeDuc, HG (LeDuc, H. G.); Lueker, M (Lueker, M.); Nguyen, HT (Nguyen, H. T.); O’brient, R (O’brient, R.); Orlando, A (Orlando, A.); Runyan, M (Runyan, M.); Staniszewski, Z (Staniszewski, Z.); Sudiwala, R (Sudiwala, R.); Trangsrud, A (Trangsrud, A.)

Source: JOURNAL OF LOW TEMPERATURE PHYSICS Volume: 167 Issue: 3-4 Pages: 146-151 DOI: 10.1007/s10909-012-0529-3 Part: 1 Published: MAY 2012

Title: Suppressing Beam Systematics in Antenna-Coupled TES Bolometers for CMB Polarimetry

Author(s): O’Brient, RC (O’Brient, R. C.); Bock, JJ (Bock, J. J.); Bonnetti, J (Bonnetti, J.); Day, P (Day, P.); Hui, H (Hui, H.); Kuo, CL (Kuo, C. L.); Llombert, N (Llombert, N.); Lueker, M (Lueker, M.); Ngyen, H (Ngyen, H.); Stanizewski, Z (Stanizewski, Z.); Teply, G (Teply, G.); Turner, A (Turner, A.); Yoon, K (Yoon, K.)

Source: JOURNAL OF LOW TEMPERATURE PHYSICS Volume: 167 Issue: 3-4 Pages: 497-503 DOI: 10.1007/s10909-011-0435-0 Part: 1 Published: MAY 2012

Title: Transition Edge Sensor Focal Plane Arrays for the BICEP2, Keck, and Spider CMB Polarimeters

Author(s): Bonetti, JA (Bonetti, J. A.); Turner, AD (Turner, A. D.); Kenyon, M (Kenyon, M.); LeDuc, HG (LeDuc, H. G.); Brevik, JA (Brevik, J. A.); Orlando, A (Orlando, A.); Trangsrud, A (Trangsrud, A.); Sudiwala, R (Sudiwala, R.); Nguyen, HT (Nguyen, H. T.); Day, PK (Day, P. K.); Bock, JJ (Bock, J. J.); Golwala, SR (Golwala, S. R.); Kovac, JM (Kovac, J. M.); Jones, WC (Jones, W. C.); Kuo, CL (Kuo, C. L.)

Source: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY Volume: 21 Issue: 3 Pages: 219-222 DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2010.2093858 Part: 1 Published: JUN 2011″

Title: BICEP2/SPUD: searching for inflation with degree scale polarimetry from the South Pole

Author(s):  Hien Trong Nguyen ; John Kovac ; Peter Ade ; Randol Aikin ; Steve Benton ; James Bock ; Justus Brevik ; John Carlstrom ; Darren Dowell ; Lionel Duband ; Sunil Golwala ; Mark Halpern ; Matthew Hasslefield ; Kent Irwin ; William Jones ; Jonathan Kaufman ; Brian Keating ; Chao-Lin Kuo ; Andrew Lange ; Tomotake Matsumura ; Barth Netterfield ; Clem Pryke ; John Ruhl ; Chris Sheehy ; Rashmi Sudiwala

Source: Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70201F (August 28, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.787997



Mar 25, 11:30-12:30, New Ebooks, Impact Factors, Image App in IEEE Xplore

March 5th, 2014

JPL Library has recently purchased a collection of ebooks from the MIT Press, available from the IEEE Xplore platform. George Plosker, IEEE Client Services Manager, will be onsite at JPL on Tuesday March 25th.  He will present a one hour briefing highlighting the recent acquisition of the MIT eBook collection by JPL and other new features.


  • How MIT ebook content expands the scope of the Xplore Digital Library?
  • Why eBooks provide the best starting point for engineers working in new interdisciplinary subject areas?
  • Impact Factor is added at each journal’s home page
  • Free apps for searching images from IEEE publications
  • How new tools in IEEE Xplore promote collaboration and knowledge sharing?
  • What IEEE Xplore can do that Google can’t!

Bring your lunch and your questions to the session. Contact the Reference Desk (, ext. 4-4200) for question or more information.

Mar 20, 11:30-12:30, TED Talk Thursday

March 5th, 2014

March is Women’s History Month. The JPL Advisory Council for Women (ACW) will host the TED Talk this month, featuring several women from various fields.   Come to Hub at BEACON Information Commons (111-104) on Thursday, March 20, 11:30-12:30, to watch TED Talks chosen by members of ACW.

We know we can watch TED Talks from the comfort of our offices, but the idea of TED Talk Thursday is to have face to face gathering with other people at the Lab, where thoughts and ideas can be bounced and shared. So take a walk and come to the Hub. By the way, bring your lunch, too. :)

Should any of the talks inspire you to explore a new area of study, check out the resources and services  from the JPL Library and Archives.  Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email, or leave a comment here.  If you would like to host a future TED Talk Thursday session, please contact Dudee Chiang with the JPL Library.

Mar 4, 11:30-12:30, Expore IT Workshop@Hub, Email Tips and Best Practices

February 24th, 2014

The Explore IT Workshop series continues with Kevin Reelfs sharing email tips and best practices. The Unified Messaging Service (UMS) provides email service critical to keeping JPL connected. With the growth of the UMS infrastructure in recent years comes the need to effectively manage that growth to maintain a healthy email service. Come discover the important roles the OCIO and users play in sustaining that health, including creating rules, deleting unnecessary/obsolete messages, reducing item counts in folders, and other tips that will improve your overall email/calendaring experience.

For more details, please contact the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Mar 1, Annual Reviews Web Site Not Available

February 24th, 2014

This Saturday, March 1, the following journals will be temporarily un-avaialble:

  • Annual review of astronomy and astrophysics
  • Annual review of earth and planetary science
  • Annual review of fluid mechanics
  • Annual review of physical chemistry

Here is the message from the publisher:

On Saturday, 1 March 2014 beginning at 8:00AM (PST), we have planned routine maintenance to data storage and our website. We expect the work to take up to 16 hours, during which time you can expect the website to be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.