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Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2018 update: 20 journals were suppressed (14 for Journal Self-Citation, 6 for Citation Stacking)

26 June 2018

Clarivate Analytics announced the 2018 update of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR). One of the key highlights was that 20 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports. (14 for Journal Self-Citation, 6 for Citation Stacking). The details of the title suppressions could be found via

FORCE11 introduces a new standard for the citation of research data

08 May 2018

The Identifiers Expert Group of the FORCE11 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) has achieved a significant step toward the harmonization of identifier resolution standards for data citation in research articles. Working with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the California Digital Library (CDL), they have established interoperability of compact identifiers and developed a global approach for the formal citation of research data in the life sciences. The approach and its development are described in an article published today in the journal Scientific Data, which has also announced its adoption of the standard.

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

Scopus announces tool enabling users to review their Scopus Author Profile and submit corrections

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.

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.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting input for the Strategic Plan for Data Science

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: To ensure consideration, the responses must be submitted by April 2, 2018.

ScienceOpen integrates more Open Access data

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.

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