ResearchGate announces new cooperation with 3 publishers regarding legal sharing of academic journal articles
19 April 2018
In a cooperation agreement, Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme and ResearchGate will work together on the sharing of articles on the scholarly collaboration platform in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers. As part of the agreement:
- ResearchGate and publishers will cooperate in educating users about their rights in relation to copyright-protected content by providing users with more and better information about how and when they may share their journal articles on the network
- ResearchGate will continue to promptly remove copyright-infringing content when alerted by publishers
- Publishers will get better visibility into the usage of new content on the platform that was originally published in their journals
04 April 2018
Scopus Author Profile (automatically created by Scopus) showcases various indicators including number of citations, publication history and h-index. These metrics may be used for tenure, funding and for other research performance based decisions; therefore, it is important to ensure the profile reflects user’s information correctly. Despite the sophistication of the algorithmic profiling used by Scopus, algorithms cannot always match all documents to a single profile with 100% accuracy. That is why the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard allows the users to review Scopus profiles and submit feedback.
China requires all scientific data to be stored in governmental data centers before appearing in publications
02 April 2018
Chinese government has announced that all scientific data generated in China must be submitted to government-sanctioned data centers before publishing. However, the data centers are not yet completely established. Researchers may worry that new requirements could delay publishing and the rules apply to all groups and individuals generating data in China.
CORE Publisher Connector – a toolkit service designed to assist text miners on accessing open access content
23 March 2018
The CORE Publisher Connector aims to solve the heterogeneity among publisher APIs and assist text miners with data collection, provide a centralised point of access to all openly available scientific publications, and provide a high-performance, constantly updated access interface. See the details via https://core.ac.uk/services#connector
U.S. Congress has included funding for a $5 million open textbook grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill
21 March 2018
The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill unveiled today creates a $5 million pilot grant program to expand the creation and use of open textbooks, marking the first time Congress has invested directly in open educational resources (OER) as a college affordability measure. Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) along with hundreds of students, librarians, and other advocates wrote, called and tweeted Congress in support of this appropriation. The FY18 omnibus is expected to proceed quickly to votes in the House and Senate, ahead of the deadline to fund the government by midnight Friday.
08 March 2018
The NIH is publishing Request for Information (RFI) to invite comments and suggestions on the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) Strategic Plan for Data Science. It is to solicit input on topics under consideration for the strategic plan from its stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public. This Strategic Plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. The complete draft plan is available at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/NIH-Strategic-Plan-for-Data-Science.pdf. To ensure consideration, the responses must be submitted by April 2, 2018.
27 February 2018
ScienceOpen works with the Unpaywall data from Impactstory to provide more information about open access licenses and access options for our users. This powerful dataset is being used by several discovery engines to enrich the search experience. In addition, since the publisher’s version of record is a reader’s most reliable source, their latest release of search interface highlight that version on the article page with a green “Publisher” button for better orientation.
14 February 2018
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation (aka the Gates foundation) is a private foundation launched in 2000 by Bill and Melinda Gates. In 2014 it announced the most radical OA policy to date. The policy is striking both in its requirement that all research funded by the Gates foundation must be made freely available immediately on publication, and in its insistence that all funded papers must be published with a CC BY licence attached. At the time, Nature described it as the world’s strongest open access policy. in February 2017 the Gates foundation signed a year-long deal with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, to allow Gates-funded researchers to publish their papers open access in the highly-prestigious journal Science (along with four sister AAAS journals) without having to pay an article-processing charge. A month later (March 2017), the Gates foundation announced that it was partnering with F1000Research to allow funded researchers to publish their papers on its own online publication platform Gates Open Research.
12 February 2018
Love Data Week is a social media event coordinated by research data specialists, mostly working in academic and research libraries or data archives or centers. Research data is the foundation of the scholarly record and crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us. If you care about research data, please join the events.
07 February 2018
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) just publishes the result of its “Quantitative assessment of research data management practice 2017″. This survey has been set up in cooperation with EPFL and Cambridge University. Their goal is to cross-compare the results between the different institutions to see if they could learn from each other’s approach. The visualisation of the survey can be found at https://public.tableau.com/views/TUDelftQuantativeAssessmentofResearchDataManagementPractice2017/TUDelftRDMsurvey. The anonymised data is in the public domain via https://zenodo.org/record/1164398.