Archive by date | January 2007

Footprint, weight, or is there a better term?

In his Nature Correspondence “Time to give due weight to the ‘carbon footprint’ issue”, Geoffrey Hammond writes: “The media are increasingly using the term ‘carbon footprint’ in articles about the need to mitigate climate change by reducing our carbon dioxide emissions. Footprints are spatial indicators, measured in hectares or square metres. The property that is often referred to as a carbon footprint is actually a ‘carbon weight’ of kilograms or tonnes per person or activity.  Read more

Who is reading what at your institution

As part of an institutional site licence, Nature Publishing Group provides monthly reports that measure visits to all content on licenced to that institution. These reports are uploaded to the site licence administration account before the 15th of every month for the preceding month. The registered site license administrator is alerted by e-mail. For more details of the reports provided, please see the statistics page in the NPG Librarian gateway.  Read more

Q&As about Q&As, from Nature’s News and Views Editor

The Question & Answer (Q&A) is a new format in Nature‘s popular News & Views section, the first outing being “Chromosome territories” by Karen J. Meaburn and Tom Misteli, published in the current (25 January 2007) issue (subscription or site licence required). Tim Lincoln, Nature’s News and Views editor, provides some of his own questions and answers about this venture:  … Read more

Call for papers for The ISME Journal

Nature Publishing Group (NPG), in partnership with the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) is delighted to announce the launch of a new international publication: The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology. The journal will be available in print and online from May, and is welcoming submissions for the first issues. Submit now at the journal’s website.  Read more

Community consultation at Nature Biotechnology

Following the MIAME (minimal information about microarray experiments) standards for reporting microarray data, various scientific communities are engaged in producing similar guidelines. Some of these standards papers are under consideration for publication in Nature Biotechnology. Because data-reporting standards are only as useful as the community finds them, we want to know what you think. The papers are freely available for at least a month, and your comments are welcome. New papers are added to the list on the Nature Biotechnology website as they become available, with a commenting facility for each one. The papers cover standards for ‘minimum information about a genome sequence’, proteomics, protein modification data, mass spectrometry, mass spectrometry informatics, gel electrophoresis, functional genomics, molecular interactions, and in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence experiments.  Read more

Scopus adds older citation data and abstracts

Scopus, Elsevier’s abstract and citation database, has now added citation data, including abstracts, for many older papers, making it ever-closer to the rival Thomson’s Web of Science service. Nature Publishing Group titles are indexed by both databases, as well as by many other abstract&indexing services.  Read more