Curious Librarian

canSAR (cancer research archive)

canSAR is an integrated knowledge-base that brings together multidisciplinary data across biology, chemistry, pharmacology, structural biology, cellular networks and clinical annotations, and applies machine learning approaches to provide drug-discovery useful predictions.

canSAR’s goal is to enable cancer translational research and drug discovery through providing this knowledge to researchers from across different disciplines. It provides a single information portal to answer complex multi-disciplinary questions including – among many others: what is known about a protein, in which cancers is it expressed or mutated and what chemical tools and cell line models can be used to experimentally probe its activity? What is known about a drug, its cellular sensitivity profile and what proteins is it known to bind that may explain unusual bioactivity? (Excerpt from the site)

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bioRxiv (pre print server for biology)

bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals. (Excerpt from the site)

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Diamond Model of Open Access

After Gold Model and Green Model, here is author approach to a new model of open access scholarly communication called Diamond Model, here is the excerpt from the paper “In the Diamond Open Access Model, not-for-profit, non-commercial organizations, associations
or networks publish material that is made available online in digital format, is free of charge for readers and authors and does not allow commercial and for-profit re-use”.


more details you can read the full paper here:

DOAJ hits 1.5 MILLION mark

Excerpt From the DOAJ site, here is last five year growth of DOAJ in connection to journal added to the DOAJ

DOAJ growthDOAJ has reached a NEW milestone with the number of articles contained in it that have article-level metadata. More than 1.5 million articles are now searchable in DOAJ

Registry of Research Rata Repositories (

Registry of research data repositories is a listing of data repository in the world.

Excerpt from the site:

The registry allows the easy identification of appropriate research data repositories, both for data producers and users. The registry covers research data repositories from all academic disciplines. Information icons display the principal attributes of a repository, allowing users to identify the functionalities and qualities of a data repository. These attributes can be used for multi-faceted searches, for instance to find a repository for geoscience data using a Creative Commons licence.

Open Access Journals from Wiley

Wiley has come out with Food Science & Nutrition journal which is a pure open access journals. below is the list of journals from wiley which are OPEN


Udini from Proquest: is this will be an another success story for Proquest

 Udini, (You-dini), a product ProQuest has been developing for some time. It’s designed to connect serious researchers unaffiliated with college / university / research libraries to serious, high-quality research materials, providing “a centralized source for finding, acquiring, organizing, and using credible research material for their professional projects.” [from the press release]

Udini is for empowering individual, a database of articles which is meant to  sold to individual. They claim that they have as of now 150 million articles from 12,000 publications. its also run within summon there powerful web discovery tool

The Udini Store

  • 4,000+   Academic & scholarly journals
  • 2,000+   News publications
  • 4,500+   Reports and professional magazines

The price of articles are also look nominal its around 2.99 USD to 3.99 USD on an average



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