Investigating peer review overlay services

Today, a new journal in mathematics was launched by Timothy Gowers and Dan Kral. The journal, called ‘Advances in Combinatorics’, is an overlay journal, built entirely on articles contained in the arXiv repository. It is free to read and will not charge authors to publish. The relatively low costs of running the journal are being covered by Queen’s University Library in Ontario, Canada, which is also providing administrative support.


Childrens Tumor Foundation Data Portal – syn6135075

“Welcome to the Children’s Tumor Foundation data portal. CTF has partnered with Sage Bionetworks to collate all NF-related research funded by CTF to provide a harmonized, usable resource for the NF scientific community.

This portal contains molecular and clinical data coming from the many projects that CTF is managing. In particular, this platform will be used by the Synodos consortia projects to execute their data analysis and integration, releasing their datasets during the length of the project in a timely fashion. You can navigate the project pages from the Wiki menu on the left and see some basic project information and link to the specific project data site….”

Humanities Commons – Open access, open source, open to all

“Welcome to Humanities Commons, the network for people working in the humanities. Discover the latest open-access scholarship and teaching materials, make interdisciplinary connections, build a WordPress Web site, and increase the impact of your work by sharing it in the repository. Brought to you by the MLA [Modern Language Association]….”

New Release: arXiv Search v0.1 : blog

“Today we launched a reimplementation of our search system. As part of our broader strategy for arXiv-NG, we are incrementally decoupling components from the classic arXiv codebase, and replacing them with more modular services developed in Python. Our goal was to replace the aging Lucene search backend, achieve feature-parity with the classic search system, and give the search interface an opportunistic face-lift. While the frontend may not look terribly different from the old search interface, we hope that you’ll notice some improvements in functionality. The most important win for us in this milestone is that the new backend lays the groundwork for more dramatic improvements to search, our APIs, and other components targeted for reimplementation in arXiv-NG. Here’s a rundown of some of the things that changed, and where we plan to go from here….”