Florence - an entire city of Mind-blowing History and Beauty

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The Magic of the Renaissance

In the 14th century, a drastic change in the way people were thinking and the art they were making started happening in Europe. One city - Florence, had the most important role in this change. The home of Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Niccolo Machiavelli has preserved so much of the renaissance art and architecture created there, that now it is considered the Living museum of this period.

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N₂O - Where Science Meets Fun

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Who Said Science Can't be Funny

We all need a good laugh. Especially after a hard week of studying, working, researching, and doing other smart things. We at SWS Society recognize that science is not always the serious stuff we do in our labs or behind the desk. This is why we are starting a column, that will make us all laugh from time to time. Enjoy!

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Albena - A Piece of Paradise on the Black Sea Coast

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50 Years of Excellence

For more than 50 years, Albena has been one of the best resorts on the Black Sea coast. Golden Sand, crystal-clear water, and high-level accommodation are just a small part of what the resort can offer. Since it was opened in 1969, Albena aims to be a "Green" Resort and constantly implements new ecological measures. All this makes the place perfect for both leisure and conference tourism.

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Scientific Abstract - Where Each Word Counts

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Few Words - Much Content

Writing a good abstract is the key to earning credibility for your research. The abstract is the face of your paper. With few words, it tells the reader about the content and the importance of the research. Having a good abstract means that your paper and you as a scientist will get the deserved attention.  Below we will take a brief look at how to master the art of writing a scientific abstract and will give you some useful tips.

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ORCID - The 16 Digit Identity

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Because You is You

For many years, tracking the research work and quotations of many researchers has been difficult. Common names and surnames, cultural differences in the way the names are put on paper, transliteration - this all was leading to a "small mess" in the research world. A simple 16-digit identifier aims to solve this.

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 4. Registration Agencies

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To Serve and Protect

Having infrastructure is important, but it is nothing without somebody, who will operate it. The service provider for the Registrants is the Registration Agencies. They allocate prefixes, register the DOI names and provide the means for the Registrants to declare and maintain metadata and state data. In addition, some of the Registration Agencies offer many other related services like database management and take care of the quality assurance connected with the DOI registration.

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 3. The Mother

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The International DOI Foundation

Established in 1998, the International DOI Foundation (IDF) is the governance body of the DOI system. It is a non-profit organization with the main goal to support the development and implementation of the DOI system. Any organization with an interest in digital publishing and relevant technologies can become a member of the foundation and participate in its governance.

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 2. Numbering

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The DOI  Number

Each DOI is a unique string of numbers, letters, and symbols. The uniqueness is ensured by the DOI system, which is based on the Handle system.  The character string consists of two parts - prefix and suffix. This syntax is standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 1. History

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The Three Letters That Brought Change in the Scientific World

DOI or Digital Object Identifier - can we imagine today's scientific world without it? A simple combination of numbers, letters, and symbols provided the smooth incorporation of scientific publication into the modern world. Today, more than 230 million DOIs have been assigned by more than 5000 authorized agents and the number keeps growing.

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356 Years Old - The Pioneers of Scientific Publication

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From 1665 to 2021

Today we can not imagine the world of science without scientific journals. Starting with two - Journal des Sçavans and Philosophical Transactions in 1665, today we have tens of thousands of scientific journals with more than 2 million publications annually. Let's take a look at those two pioneers and their history.

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The World of Open Access: 2. Colors

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Noble colors for a noble idea

There are different ways to distinguish the different Open Access types. The most common nowadays is to give them different colors. As we believe, that the idea to make science as accessible as possible is extremely honorable, we like to make make a reference to the knights and the colors they use the most.

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The World of Open Access: 1. History

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The World of Open Access

The open access movement continues to gain momentum around the world. With the constant appearance of new Open Access Journals or OAJ, such as the SWS Journal of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the SWS Journal of Social Sciences and Art science and research have never been closer and more available to us. In a series of posts, we are going to peek through the world of Open Access and the endless possibilities it provides.

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Crossref and Peer review - a step forward

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What is going on?

For years Crossref is striving to improve, following the feedback of its members. This includes the support of more and more content types and the possibility to build relations between them. Now an important step has been taken by featuring the possibility to register peer reviews for preprints and other types of content.

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China is Reaching for the Moon

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Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

The Chinese Lunar Exploration program has the brave goal to bring astronauts to the moon in the 2030s and eventually to build an outpost near the lunar south pole. The program includes 4 phases: 1. Reaching lunar orbit - already done by Change'1 in 2007 and Chang'e 2 in 2010. 2. Unmanned landing and driving on the moon surface - done by Chang'e 3 in 2013 and Chang'e 4 in 2019. 3. Collecting samples and sending them to the Earth - this is the task of the current Chang'e 5 and the future Change'6 missions. 4. Building a robotic research station near the Moon's south pole.


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University Rankings - What do we need to know?

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What are the University rankings?

Universities often need to prove they are the best match for you - the student, faculty member, donor, etc. The easiest way to compare and take a decision is through the university rankings. Taking easily measurable criteria, the rankings create easy to read and understand tables. Rankings are being prepared by different institutions, magazines, websites and governments. Global rankings are the most popular and are considered the most important, but many local or regional rankings exist.

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Great News From Mendeley

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Mendeley Takes The Next Step

The academic social network proves ones again, that one of its main goals is to make life for scientists, researchers and academicians easier. Released as a Microsoft Word add-in, Mendeley Cite is due to make the way we work with references and bibliographies in any word document as simple as brewing a cup of tea. Meanwhile Mendeley Web Library evolves to Mendeley Reference Manager - an upgrade aimed to make reference management seamless and much more efficient.

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SCOPUS is Getting Even Stronger

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Where is the largest citation database going in 2020 and 2021

With more than 24 000 active titles SCOPUS is currently the biggest peer-reviewed abstract and indexing database. Constantly adding new ones, the SCOPUS team makes sure - universities, governments, private companies, research centers etc. have reliable access to around 80 million scientific records. Earlier in 2020 the database already announced some upgrades. Now it announced to the public, what should be expected until the end of 2020 and during 2021.

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