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Physics, Math & Astronomy (PMA): Weekly Library News

Library News for PMA

May 16, 2022

ORCID & SciENcv - If you need assistance with registering and adding works (publications) to your ORCID profile please be in touch. Once your ORCID profile is up to date it's very easy to generate a biosketch that can be used in NSF grant applications. 

Caltech Women's Club oral histories - These were published last year after interviews that took place in the 1970s. 

Springer MyCopy - Springer's MyCopy service has been glitchy lately. Springer's aware of the issue and is working to have it resolved. For more information about this program please see this FAQ

Chronicle of Higher Education - The Library subscribes to the electronic version of the CoHE. To browse the issues please search the title under JOURNALS on the Library's homepage. Select "Publisher Level Subscriptions" from the result list. Our subscription is 2015+. 

May 2, 2022

Updated AMS ebook collections - The Library has purchased several, updated, ebook series from the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The Collections include updates from Graduate Studies in Mathematics, Contemporary Mathematics, and Mathematical Surveys and Monographs through 2021 & 2022. There are additional ebooks from smaller ebooks series like the University Lecture Series, Student Mathematical Library and IAS / Park City Mathematics Series. Use this proxied link to browse the ebooks on the AMS ebook site or find the individual titles in LibSearch on our Library’s homepage.

Caltech Hall basement access - If you need access to the basement and your Caltech ID does not open the door please email

DOI Minting - The Library has a service where we can issue DOIs for campus-generated reports. For more information about this free service, please see this library site for details. 

File Naming Convention Worksheet - Our BBE Librarian, Kristin Briney, created this excellent guide for naming your files.

April 25, 2022

Journal outages - In recent weeks we've had access issues with Nature and APS journals. The Library continues to subscribe to *ALL* APS and Nature journals. Thank you to those of you who reported the troubles. In both cases the publishers restored our access within a day. Please contact if you cannot access content that you know we subscribe to and license for campus. 

Masks in the Library - With the new campus indoor mask rules, masks must again be worn in all Library spaces.

IOP ebooks - The Library has a one-year access program with IOP ebooks that ends in July. You'll find all of the ~600 titles via LibSearch

April 18, 2022

APS Journals Unavailable - The Library is aware that it's not currently possible to download APS journal content. We continue to subscribe to all APS content. I've emailed the APS and hope that the issue is resolved shortly. Please don't hesitate to reach out whenever you experience an unexpected access problem. Often patron reports are the first indication that there's a more serious access issue. 

AAS page charges and OA - With 2022 the American Astronomical Society journals have become Open Access (OA). The Library no longer subscribes to the AAS journals, including Astrophysical Journal, Astronomical Journal ++. Some people on campus have noticed that AAS article charges have gone up with this change. These journals now rely 100% on author charges. The AAS no longer receives any revenue from library subscriptions. 

JSTOR Expanded Access - The Library currently subscribes to 6 JSTOR Journal Collections.

In 2020 JSTOR announced that during the pandemic all subscribers would have expanded access to all JSTOR journal collections. JSTOR has just announced that they’re continuing this expanded access for another year, through June 2023. This means that our campus can continue to enjoy full access to all JSTOR journal archive content for another year.

April 11, 2022

IOP Subscriptions - The Library canceled many IOP subscriptions in 2013 and then 2017. I've noticed that there are considerable turnaways from specific IOP titles like: J Physics Condensed Matter, Quantum Science and Technology, J of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. If you're interested in the above titles or additional IOP titles please email me -

David Zierler oral histories - David Zierler is the Director of the Caltech Science Heritage Project. He's released several new PMA oral histories through the AIP: Anneila Sargent, John Preskill, John Schwarz, and Mark Wise

April 4, 2022

Astronomy & Astrophysics [journal] & S2O - EDP announced today that subscriptions have allowed this journal title to move to an Open Access model in 2022. The model is called Subscribe to Open (S2O). Newly published content in A&A will be published under a CC-BY 4.0 license allowing authors to retain copyright. Libraries will need to continue paying subscriptions to EDP in order for this model to continue beyond 2022. To learn more about this please see the full announcement and the EDP press release

Citation Linker - The Library still has a service where you can paste in a DOI and learn whether the Library has access to the content. Citation Linker is available from the Library's homepage and via this link. Simply paste a DOI into the DOI field at the top of the page and omit the prefix. Eg - 10.1021/jacs.1c12070 . 

SPIE Digital Library - The Library has subscribed to the *full* SPIE Digital Library since 2012. I've had questions lately from people trying to access proceedings papers from SPIE. You can use Citation Linker by pasting in the paper's DOI or use this proxied link to browse the proceedings volumes on the SPIE DL .

Oxford University Press ebooks - Our Library has several hundred ebooks from Oxford University Press. Three of the important series from Oxford are Graduate Texts in Mathematics, Mathematical Monographs and the International Series of Monographs on Physics. Oxford does not allow you to download entire ebooks as PDF files in the same way that you can with Elsevier and Springer ebooks. I've been in touch with Oxford about this and this policy is unlikely to change. 


March 28, 2022

Masks in the Library - The libraries at Caltech are considered instructional spaces and KN95 or N95 masks are required to be worn. 

3 Minute Thesis - The deadline for the competition was last Tuesday. If you would like to attend this in-person event in April please register using this link . The event will also be Livestreamed. More information is available on this page

eJournal holdings - Some of the content from publishers like Oxford, Wiley, Springer, Cambridge ++ is available from 3rd parties like JSTOR and EBSCO. To get definitive information about our journal entitlements search for the journal title in Publication Finder using this link

LibSearch tip - If you need help with a result in LibSearch please send the Permalink for the item you're trying to find. The Permalink is available on the right hand side of the item description. 

March 21, 2022

3 Minute Thesis - The deadline is tomorrow. Good luck to those of you in PMA who have entered or plan to enter before tomorrow's deadline.

Library staff training, today - All Library staff are participating in Ground Water training this morning. In the afternoon we'll be touring the Huntington Library. If you have a question please use and we'll respond as quickly as we're able. 

March 14, 2022

3 Minute Thesis - The deadline for submitting to the 3MT competition is next week, March 22, 2022. The event takes place on April 19. For more information about 3MT please visit this website -

Overleaf Advanced 3 Class - Overleaf is holding a class March 24 to showcase advanced features. For more information and to register please visit their sign up page - here.

Library TechHub - The Library's TechHub is located on the first floor of Caltech Hall (formerly Millikan). If you'd like to use TechHub you must attend training before you use the 3D printers. If you're an instructor and plan to use the TechHub for assignments please coordinate this with TechHub staff. More information about TechHub is on their website -

Vroman's at Caltech Library - The 1st floor of Millikan now has a small collection of science titles from Vroman's. The books displayed here are science and research themed titles published in the last year. More information about this new partnership is available on this page


Joy Painter, PMA Librarian