Archive for December, 2007

New Podcast: Professor Kai von Fintel on the Launch of a New Open Access Journal in Linguistics

Posted December 21st, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

The fourth episode in a new series of podcasts on various aspects of scholarly publishing & copyright is now available.

In this episode, we hear from Professor Kai von Fintel, Professor of Linguistics at MIT, whose research areas are in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and the intersections among them.

Professor von Fintel discusses the launch of a new open access journal, Semantics and Pragmatics, with co-editor David Beaver of the University of Texas at Austin. The podcast was recorded at a critical moment in the journal’s history, a few weeks after its website was launched and opened for submissions, and a few months before the first papers are expected to appear there, in early 2008.

Download the Audio File (11:11 minutes; 10.3MB)

More information about Professor von Fintel’s open access journal is available at the Semantic and Pragmatics website, which includes a blog by the editors. A previous MIT Libraries’ blog story also contains more information.

The other episodes in the podcast series are available on the scholarly publication website.

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This is the first series of podcasts created by the Libraries specifically for this format. We encourage and welcome your feedback as the series evolves. If you have any feedback, please direct it to

DiscoveryGate – web access to Beilstein/Gmelin databases for chemical information!

Posted December 20th, 2007 by Remlee Green

DiscoveryGate logo

The MIT community now has access to Beilstein and Gmelin via a web-based interface called DiscoveryGate! These databases give you access to a large amount of chemical information on:

  • structures
  • properties
  • reactions
  • over 8 million organic compounds (Beilstein)
  • 1.4 million inorganic and organometallic compounds (Gmelin)

To install:

Mac users:

The installation is easy for Mac users – there is none! Simply go to DiscoveryGate, and search the databases.

PC users:

PC users will need to install software prior to using this new interface. See the installation instructions for guidance.

If you prefer using the MDL CrossFire Commander interface (PCs only), you may continue to do so, but you’ll need to change a setting in your host server name by December 31, 2007.

Interested in learning more about how to use DiscoveryGate? Some to the Libraries’ IAP event on Fri 1/11/08 10am-12pm, in 14N-132, taught by a DiscoveryGate expert from Elsevier.

Questions or comments about DiscoveryGate? Contact Erja Kajosalo.