Photovoltaics International

We now have access to Photovoltaics International Journal. This can be accessed via the journal home page.

About this journal:

Focusing on technology, the Photovoltaics International journal is specifically designed for the PV supply chain, including materials, components, equipment, manufacturing and large-scale utility installation. This in-print business-to-business publication influences the purchasing decisions of PV manufacturers, energy utilities and integrators by associating solution providers with high quality and independent technical papers.


Advanced Materials Interfaces – trial access

We have opted in to what is currently ‘free’ access to this journal published by Wiley Online. This is effectively a trial and if/when the journal begins charging a subscription fee then we will need to consider it as a new subscription.

You can access it via Library Search or via the journal’s home page.

“Interfaces play an essential role in virtually all materials and devices. While materials are shrinking, the interface begins to dominate their interesting properties. In a wide variety of applications from corrosion protection to catalysis, progress is guided by a refinement of our understanding of the interface effects. These interfaces may be solid/solid, solid/liquid, solid/gas interfaces or any combination thereof.

With the decrease in size and increase in complexity of materials this already highly interdisciplinary field is now becoming ever more integrated. Physics, chemistry, materials science and life sciences blend to encourage new, cross-pollinating ideas, which will drive forward our understanding of the physics and chemistry at the interface.

Advanced Materials Interfaces provides a forum on topics of surface and interface science with a wide choice of formats: Full Papers, Reviews and Communications, as well as Progress Reports and Research News”


Stock movement within the Central Library over the next few months

This summer sees a reconfiguration of parts of the Central Library (including some building work) which will mean some areas of the print collections will be inaccessible at certain times.

Physics books (classification numbers 53 and 530 – 532) currently located on Level 2 will be moved up to Level 4 sometime in June. They will be temporarily unavailable during the move.

Mathematics books (classification 51 and 510 – 519) and Astronomy / Astrophysics books (52 and 520) will be moved into the basement for the summer (accessible via the Store Service) and then be re-housed on the newly refurbished Level 3 (formerly the SML) in time for the beginning of the Autumn term in October 2014– they will be unavailable for a short time while moves are taking place

Print journals held on Level 4 will be moved to the newly refurbished Level 3 by the beginning of the academic year and will also be temporarily unavailable while they are moved. If you do need material that is inaccessible at any time you can request it via Document Delivery.

We will keep you fully informed as to exact dates when we have them.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Call for Recommended Reading information 2014/2015 academic year

My colleagues in our Recommended Reading team will be in touch with in the next few weeks. It is extremely important you respond to this email.

It is essential that we receive this information if we are to provide adequate book stock to students. Every year we meet students who are looking for non-existent books because the Library was not provided with the reading list. We want to improve the student experience so are aiming for a 100% return of reading lists. Please help us achieve this target.

Please note that the Library does not assume that a course is running if you don’t respond. This means that we will not check for new editions or ebooks and we will not replace missing or damaged copies unless we are told that the course is running.

Existing courses

If we have a current list of recommendations it will be attached to the email you receive. Please update it and return it. If you are no longer teaching this course please respond to let us know and if at all possible tell us who will be taking over the course.

New or additional courses

To list your recommendations for new courses you can complete the online form at: or email Jenny.

Any questions please do get in touch!

Seven Elsevier titles go Open Access

Seven Elsevier journals have recently been flipped to Open Access, including Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B as part of Elsevier’s participation in the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) initiative. Other titles include Stem Cell Research, The International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Epidemics and EJC Supplements.

The titles will use the Gold open access model.

SCOAP3 to begin 1 January 2014

SCOAP3 – Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics

“After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.”


What is SCOAP3?

“SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 is converting key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. SCOAP3 is centrally paying publishers for the costs involved in providing Open Access, publishers in turn reduce subscription fees to their customers, who contribute to SCOAP3. Each country participate in a way commensurate to its scientific output in this field. In addition, existing Open Access journals are also centrally supported, removing any existing financial barrier for authors.

As a result, articles are Open Access, the copyright stays with the authors, permissive CC-BY license allow text- and data-mining applications.”


The Feynman lectures now available online

In addition to the free to access html based edition that can be found on the Caltech website we now have access to PDF editions via EBL.

Volume 1 via EBL

Volume 2 via EBL

Volume 3 via EBL

You will need to log in using your College username and password to access the PDF editions.

Get in touch if you have any questions about access.