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Hindawi completes digitisation of all content for Psyche: A Journal of Entomology
- 24 Dec 2018

Hindawi has completed the digitisation and online publication of all content for Psyche: A Journal of Entomology. Through collaboration with Jonathan Rees from the Cambridge Entomological Club, all content ever published by Psyche is now freely available and accessible to both entomologists and the public on the journal's website. The availability of the back content of the journal ensures that Psyche can be fully acknowledged for both the historical and scientific role it has played, and also ensures that Psyche is fully aligned with Hindawi's mission of opening access to research.

Psyche is the official publication of the Cambridge Entomological Club and was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1874. Although founded by an entomological society, the journal was to cover all arthropods, and not just insects. Psyche was launched and published continuously until 1995, with one additional issue in 2000. In 2007, the publication transferred to Hindawi, and Psyche was relaunched as an open access journal in 2008.

Following the transfer of publication, Hindawi was able to scan an incomplete set of printed volumes of Psyche from a collection previously held at Harvard and provide them online as individual articles with metadata. Since then, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has scanned most of Psyche's print-only content, providing it freely online as high-resolution colour scans. BHL aims to improve the research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world. The importance of BHL preserving this content in high resolution cannot be overstated; Hindawi was able to fill all gaps in its set-some of which were quite major-from BHL's scans, ensuring that all volumes of Psyche could be made available in one location.

Psyche's original publication consisted of four pages per issue, for the subscription price of one dollar per year. Subscribers abroad were encouraged to send their subscription in 'available postage stamps, to the amount of five shillings, six francs, or one and two-thirds thalers for each subscription.' Of these four currencies, only the dollar remains in use in the 21st century, highlighting the historical position that the journal holds.

The name Psyche derives from the Ancient Greek word for butterfly or soul. Despite the journal's scholarly name, Psyche has been interested in making the study of insects and other arthropods popular and accessible since its inaugural issue. The journal's first issue contained an article on the use of English names for butterflies in North America. The paper highlights the lack of common names for native butterflies in North America, suggesting that scientific Greek and Latin names are not as accessible and could discourage the study of butterflies. This aim of accessibility will continue to be supported by provision of all archived content online, open access and free-of-charge.

Throughout its publication history, Psyche has promoted the latest entomological findings and viewpoints. In the 1884 issue 117-118, the journal ran an article on the use of museum pests in the study of museum specimens. Trogoderma tarsale (a type of skin beetle) are traditionally viewed as pests by entomologists due to their ability to completely destroy anatomical specimens. This article, however, viewed them as beneficial, helping to strip the soft tissue from specimens in order to view external anatomy in more detail than dissection allowed. Although insects remain a significant problem in the storage of specimens, it is now commonplace to use insects to assist in museum specimen preparation, for example by using flesh-eating beetles (Dermestes maculatus) to prepare skeletons.

More recently, the journal has focused on descriptive articles on insect morphology and behaviour, with wide-ranging topics such as social learning in bumblebees and ritual jousting in male weevils over female mates. The journal has an extensive history of serving as a forum for publication of fundamental entomological research.

The availability of all Psyche's back content online and free-of-charge will enable the journal to thrive, albeit in a very different research environment to when it began publication. Psyche has shown resilience and will continue promoting exciting research from the entomology community for years to come.

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The Atlantic Magazine Archive now available through EBSCO Information Services
- 19 Dec 2018

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that The Atlantic Magazine Archive, a complete archive of the monthly magazine, The Atlantic, is now available through its magazine archives. The archive enables libraries to expand their special collections with a valuable historical resource for past and contemporary research.

The Atlantic Magazine Archive includes more than 1,800 issues from the magazines in the US and provides a broad view of 19th, 20th and early 21st-Century American thought. The archive offers extensive coverage and analysis in the fields of technology, science, business and the economy, foreign affairs, culture and the arts, politics and more.

The Atlantic magazine was created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, with a focus on publishing leading writers' commentary on abolition, education and other major issues in contemporary political affairs at the time. Some of the founding sponsors of the magazine include prominent writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and John Greenleaf Whittier.

Each issue of The Atlantic is presented in its entirety as originally published. All articles and cover pages have been indexed with subject terms to allow users to quickly find relevant results and to easily search using the EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service interfaces. Like all of EBSCO's magazine archives, The Atlantic Magazine Archive is available as a one-time purchase.

The Atlantic Magazine Archive is the latest addition to EBSCO's magazine archives. Other magazines available include Architectural Digest, Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire, Forbes, Fortune, Life, Maclean's, People, Sports Illustrated, TIME and U.S. News&World Report.

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The Microbiology Society to preserve its journals with Portico
- 13 Dec 2018

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that The Microbiology Society is preserving their journals, both subscription and Open Access, with Portico, ensuring that their content will be secure and available into the future.

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It claims to be one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools. The Society aims to advance the understanding and impact of microbiology by connecting and empowering communities worldwide.

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The Institute of Parasitology to preserve OA e-journals with Portico
- 12 Dec 2018

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that the Institute of Parasitology is preserving its open access e-journals with Portico. With this move, the Institute of Parasitology seeks to ensure that their content will be secure and available into the future.

Established in 1962, the Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences in České Budějovice, performs research on human and animal parasites at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels. Its mission is to acquire, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the biology and host relationships of parasitic protest and related eukaryotic microorganisms, helminths, and arthropods. The Institute pursues this goal through research, education and other activities at both the national and international levels. The results obtained have contributed to the prevention and control of human and animal parasitic diseases and have an impact on agriculture.

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Scholastica announces archiving and indexing automations for OA journals
- 11 Dec 2018

Scholastica, a vanguard academic journal software and service provider with tools for peer review and open access publishing, has announced new archiving and indexing automations. Scholastica now offers automated article and metadata deposits for the Portico digital preservation archive and for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The new automations are in line with Scholastica's mission to modernise all areas of publishing, helping OA journal publishers do more with fewer resources.

Among the first journals to use the new archiving and indexing automations are Discrete Analysis, a scholar-led OA journal that receives support from Cambridge University Library, and The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections, published by the University at Buffalo Libraries.

The new automations are available to all journals using Scholastica's Open Access Publishing Software. In order to initiate automatic content deposits into Portico or the DOAJ via Scholastica, journals must first set up accounts with either service and be approved to use them. Once approved, journals notify Scholastica to set up a content deposit feed for them and the rest is handled automatically.

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