Category Archives: Et Cetera

“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

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.

Elsevier Quiz for STEM students

This is a quiz that features cross-disciplinary questions—so all STEM students are welcome!

So, why wait? Participate in the 5-week Engineering Academic Challenge contest and win attractive prizes!

Test your knowledge on questions covering the following 5 specific themes:

  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
  • Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
  • Provide Access to Urban Infrastructure
  • Engineer Virtual Reality
  • Engineer Better Robots

Register now at:

PlumX metrics integration into Scopus

In February 2017, PlumX announced that Elsevier was acquiring it, making the transition away from EBSCO. With the metrics back-end now gaining access to Elsevier usage data, PlumX metrics will be finally integrated into Scopus as the primary source of article-level metrics, replacing the previous information from

As there can be a huge amount and variation of metrics involved, PlumX breaks them into five main categories:

Broadly speaking, these are what the categories represent:

  • Usage:           Who is reading your work?
  • Captures:       Who saved your work for future use?
  • Mentions:       Who is talking about your work?
  • Social media: Who is sharing your work?
  • Citations:       Who has cited your work?

These metrics will be then displayed on Scopus using the Plum Print widget, which is also integrated into NTU Libraries’s  OneSearch. Each metric is represented visually by colour and size, which indicates amount of metrics.

Did you know that you could also ask the library to generate an altmetrics report for you using PlumX Metrics? This might help to provide some insights into how people interact or engage with your works.

To read more about  PlumX & Scopus, click here.

If you’re interested to learn more about
altmetrics and social media for your research,
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Networking: seven top tips for making the most of huge conferences

Networking at conferences might come across as something that occurs naturally. But do you know that it is helpful, especially for new researchers, that you prepare yourself for networking before attending a conference? Nature’s seven tips on networking is definitely worth a read if you have not been doing so! Click here to read it.

International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May

Today is United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity . The 2017 theme is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”. The celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation of biodiversity.

Can we in our everyday activity contribute to biodiversity? The answer is yes! World Wildlife Fund’s advice on how you can help save biodiversity are:
1) Be good to our climate
2) Don’t buy bad souvenirs
3) Save our forests by buying “good” wood
4) Buy sustainable seafood

For Singapore’s very own one-stop hub for biodiversity-related information and activities, visit National Biodiversity Centre .

For specific resources on Singapore’s biodiversity, click here.

2017 SciFinder Future Leaders program now accepting applications

We are excited to announce the 2017 SciFinder Future Leaders program! One of your Ph.D. students or postdoctoral researchers could be selected to help shape the future of research information.

During an all-expense-paid trip this August 14-24 ,participants get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how we organize, analyze and share information that drives scientific discoveries. Participants will:
• Expand their professional network as they engage scientists from all over the world.
• Develop their SciFinder proficiency and master professional skills to help advance their career.
• Increase their knowledge and exchange ideas about current and future research solutions.
• Tour centers of innovation and technology to broaden their understanding of the scientific enterprise.
They will also travel to Washington, DC to attend the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, “a platform to present, publish, discuss and exhibit the most exciting research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines.”

We encourage you and colleagues from your chemistry and related science departments to identify Ph.D. students and postdocs to apply for this unique opportunity. To request promotional materials, including flyers and posters, click here or email Or download a PDF of our flyer here.

Eligible applicants should apply at by Sunday, February 12, 2017. We look forward to meeting your future leaders!

Best Books 2016

Here is a listing of the Best Books of 2016.

Library Journal

The Economist 

The Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year

Boing Boing’s 2016 Gift Guide: Books

If you are someone into book listings, perhaps the mother of all lists that you can refer to is Largehearted Boy master list.

To check on availability of books in NTU Libraries, go to OneSearch