Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

Any plans to do a PhD? If you are, it is worth taking some time to research on the job prospects as seen from the reports from Nature below!

Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

Flexible working: Science in the gig economy

Source: Young scientists under pressure: what the data show

Adjuncts in America:

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Broke and desperate, adjunct professors face homelessness due to low wages and job insecurity

Library Resources for PhDs on job hunting:

Next gen PhD : a guide to career paths in science

PhD (alternative) career clinic

“So what are you going to do with that?” : finding careers outside academia

Physics (New Titles)

Computational physics : simulation of classical and quantum systems
By Philipp O.J. Scherer.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Physics of digital photography
By Andy Rowlands.
IOP Publishing, 2017.
E Book: Online

Basics of laser physics
E Book: Online

Information technology and computational physics
Edited by Piotr Kulczycki, László T. Kóczy, Radko Mesiar, Janusz Kacprzyk.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Physics of the human mind
By Ihor Lubashevsky.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Thermal physics and thermal analysis : from macro to micro, highlighting thermodynamics, kinetics and nanomaterials
Edited by Jaroslav Šesták, Pavel Hubík, Jiří J. Mareš.
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

“The beginning of the end” for paywalled research?

In the article, Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature, researchers from Greene Lab found that nearly all scholarly literature is available gratis to anyone with an Internet connection. Sci-Hub’s scope suggests the subscription publishing model is becoming unsustainable.

Other articles of interests:
Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests

Sci-Hub Moves to the Center of the Ecosystem

Mathematics (New Titles)

Elliptic PDEs, measures and capacities : from the Poisson equation to nonlinear Thomas-Fermi problems
By Augusto C. Ponce.
European Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA377.P792
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Metric geometry of locally compact groups
By Yves Cornulier, Pierre de la Harpe.
European Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA183.C819
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Combinatorics and random matrix theory
By Jinho Baik, Percy Deift, Toufic Suidan.
American Mathematical Society, 2016.
Call Number: QA188.B152
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Fundamentals of probability theory
By Tapas Kumar Chandra, Sreela Gangopadhyay.
Narosa Publishing House, 2017.
Call Number: QA273.C456f
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Stochastic PDEs and dynamics
By Guo, Hongjun Gao, Xueke Pu.
De Gruyter, 2017.
Call Number: QA274.25.G977
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Topology optimization in engineering structure design
By Weihong Zhang, Jihong Zhu, Tong Gao.
Elsevier Ltd, 2016.
E book: Online

Regularized semigroups and non-elliptic differential operators
By Zheng Quan, Li Miao.
Science Press, 2017.
Call Number: QA329.7.Q1
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Geometric analysis
Edited by Hubert L. Bray, Greg Galloway, Rafe Mazzeo, Natasa Sesum.
American Mathematical Society Institute for Advanced Study, 2016.
Call Number: QA360.G345g
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Projekt Deal: A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers from the 2017 licence year. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process. The effects of a consortium agreement at the national level should relieve the financial burden on individual institutions and bring wide-scale, lasting improvements in access to scholarly literature for academics. An open access component is also planned.

Click here to read more about the progress of the negotiation.

Chemistry (New Titles)

Advanced environmental analysis: applications of nanomaterials. Volume 1
Edited by Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Boris Kharisov.
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017.
E Book: Online

Chemistry and water : the science behind sustaining the world’s most crucial resource
Edited by Satinder Ahuja.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Modern inorganic synthetic chemistry
Edited by Ruren Xu and Yan Xu.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Pulp and paper industry : chemical recovery
By Pratima Bajpai.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Pulp and paper industry : nanotechnology in forest industry
By Pratima Bajpai.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Serum pharmacochemistry of traditional Chinese medicine : technologies, strategies and applications
Edited by Xijun Wang, Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun.
Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

The application of green solvents in separation processes
Edited by Francisco Pena-Pereira, Marek Tobiszewski.
Elsevier, 2017.
E Book: Online

Biological Sciences (New Titles)

The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation : how the body and mind work together to change our behaviour
By Tang Yi-Yuan.
Palgrace Macmillan, c2017.
E Book: Online

The balance within : the science connecting health and emotions
By Esther M. Sternberg
W.H. Freeman, 2001.
Call Number: RC49.S839
Lee Wee Nam Library, Science Collection

Basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics : an integrated textbook and computer simulations
Edited by Sara E. Rosenbaum.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2017.
Call Number: RM301.5.R813 2017
Lee Wee Nam Library, Medical Collection

Re-thinking autism : diagnosis, identity and equality
Edited by Katherine Runswick-Cole, Rebecca Mallett, and Sami Timimi.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
Call Number: RC553.A88R281
Lee Wee Nam Library, Medical Collection

Mass spectrometry : a textbook
By Jürgen H. Gross
Springer, 2017.
E Book: Online

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis goes online!

To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, Cambridge University Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication has announced Professor Hawking’s permission to make his thesis freely available and Open Access in Apollo. By making his PhD thesis Open Access, anyone can now freely download and read this historic and compelling research by the then little-known 24-year-old Cambridge postgraduate.

You can access the thesis here or the high-resolution one here.

You can also read a summary on Discover Magazine.

Springer Nature Experiments

Springer Nature has launched a new, free-to-use research solution, Springer Nature Experiments, to help researchers in the life sciences by accessing the relevant protocols and methods to support their research projects.

Protocols are “recipes” used in laboratory research to support the design and implementation of reproducible experiments. The step-by-step instructions help researchers recreate an experiment by typically including information on the materials required, equipment and set-up. Methods are new scientific procedures for solving existing problems. Together, these two different types of content are the cornerstone for scientists to successfully conduct their research.

Springer Nature publishes one of the largest available collection of protocols and methods for the life sciences with content from SpringerProtocols, Nature Methods, Nature Protocols and Protocol Exchange – the free repository for scientists to share their protocols with the scientific community. Springer Nature Experiments provides access to all of these through a single easy-to-use platform, designed to save researchers’ time.

The platform uses advanced knowledge models to categorise content based on techniques and organisms – the two most commonly used search categories identified in user research. With the help of artificial intelligence and text mining technologies, these terms are recognised and extracted from the content, enabling users to perform searches and narrow down their results quickly and easily.

In addition, users can evaluate and compare protocols prior to accessing the full-text with the help of protocol landing pages. These summarize key information such as the keywords mentioned, article history and citations which gives an indication of whether the protocol has been used successfully in other research projects.

To access Springer Nature Experiments, click here.

ResearchGate faces lawsuit over alleged copyright infringements

ResearchGate, a popular social network and papers sharing site, may have to remove thousands of papers from their site.

Five publishers have formed the Coalition for Responsible Sharing and will be issuing takedown notifications to ResearchGate.  According to the coalition statement, ResearchGate has about 7 millions papers which have infringed copyrights.

Publishers who have joined the coalition so far are American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Elsevier, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer. These publishers are mindful that the issuing takedown notices is not a viable long-term solution, hence ACS and Elsevier have since filed a lawsuit against ResearchGate.

This is not the first time a publisher has taken action against copyright infringement by academic network sites. According to Nature News, Elsevier sent 3,000 takedown notices in 2013 to scholarly networks including

There are legitimate ways to freely share your works and research articles without breaching copyrights. Contact your library for more information.