The California Institute of Technology Library published its first textbook, The Atlas of Bacterial and Archaeal Cell Structure, as part of their new publishing program. The book, co-written by Professor of Biophysics and Biology Grant Jensen and Research Scientist Catherine Oikonomou, is now available to readers, researchers, and educators worldwide. Modeled on classic atlases of electron micrographs for medical students, The Atlas of Bacterial and Archaeal Cell Structure is an experiment in open-access textbook publishing, aiming to take full advantage of the digital medium to showcase this state-of-the-art 3-D scientific imaging.
The Caltech Library now publishes researcher-led, open access journals and books that serve the larger academic community. Research data specialist Tom Morrell is the engineer behind the new publishing platform developed by the Library, which helps researchers preserve content and share findings widely with minimal cost and substantial impact.