IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live

IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live. “Offering a platform that promotes collaboration and feedback, Labs content centers around the following categories: data management, innovation, open science, the research ecosystem, STM publishing, and technology. Topics of particular interest are: artificial intelligence; case studies; “failing forward;” corporate/brand identity; data policies/data sharing; digital transformation; diversity and inclusion; editorial policies; knowledge graphs; linked data; machine learning; open access; open source; publication ethics; software development; and workflow tools for scholarly publishing.”

EurekAlert: ResearchGate and Wiley deepen partnership with content pilot to deliver new value for researchers

EurekAlert: ResearchGate and Wiley deepen partnership with content pilot to deliver new value for researchers. “The first stage of the pilot, which launched today, will make articles from 17 of Wiley’s gold open access (OA) journals available on ResearchGate. The pilot will apply to new articles as they are published in these journals, as well as existing articles published from 2019 onwards. Journals in this first phase include AGU Advances, published on behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Advanced Science, and Brain and Behavior.”

EurekAlert: Announcing the launch of Global Africa, a new African academic journal

EurekAlert: Announcing the launch of Global Africa, a new African academic journal. “With Global Africa, the UGB’s LASPAD (Laboratoire d’analyse des sociétés et pouvoirs / Afrique – Diasporas) aims to report on political, social, economic, environmental, and technological issues, both in Africa and around the world…. Alongside the journal, training courses will be offered to improve the African research production and dissemination ecosystem. These will include online classes on preparing and publishing articles for both researchers and publishing professionals, as well as pop-up seminars for young researchers, helping to grow the community of authors interested in the journal’s key topics.”

The Electrochemical Society: Free the Science Week Takes Down ECS Research Paywall

The Electrochemical Society: Free the Science Week Takes Down ECS Research Paywall. “The Electrochemical Society (ECS) celebrates its fifth annual Free the Science Week from April 5-11, 2021, by taking down the paywall to the ECS Digital Library. Throughout the week, the Society’s online collection of published research is freely accessible to everyone. The ECS Digital Library is hosted on IOPscience and includes over 160,000 scientific journal and magazine articles and meeting abstracts, and the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in its field.”

Platforms vs. PhDs: How tech giants court and crush the people who study them (Protocol)

Protocol: Platforms vs. PhDs: How tech giants court and crush the people who study them. “Over the last few years, amid mounting scrutiny of Silicon Valley, tech platforms have made overtures to the research community, opening up previously inaccessible data sets that academics can use to study how tech platforms impact society…. But even as this work progresses, tech companies are simultaneously cracking down on academics whose methods break their rules.”

WITN: New website launches to increase access to research and educational resources

WITN: New website launches to increase access to research and educational resources. “The University of North Carolina System is launching a new website, OpenUNC, to make it easier to access research and other educational resources… It also provides easy access to all open access journals published at UNC System institutions, as well as open access monographs published by the UNC Press.”

University of California: UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher

University of California: UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher. “The University of California today (March 16) announced a pioneering open access agreement with the world’s largest scientific publisher, Elsevier, making significantly more of the University’s research available to people worldwide — immediately and at no cost…. Under the four-year deal, all research with a UC lead author published in Elsevier’s extensive portfolio of hybrid and open access journals will be open access by default.”

MIT News: The MIT Press launches Direct to Open

MIT News: The MIT Press launches Direct to Open. “The MIT Press has announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). A first-of-its-kind sustainable framework for open-access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single e-books to a collaborative, library-supported open-access model…. Beginning in 2022, all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections will be openly available on the MIT Press Direct e-book platform. Instead of purchasing a title once for a single collection, libraries now have the opportunity to fund them one time for the world through participant fees.”

Internet Archive Blog: Search Scholarly Materials Preserved in the Internet Archive

Internet Archive Blog: Search Scholarly Materials Preserved in the Internet Archive. “IA Scholar is a simple, access-oriented interface to content identified across several Internet Archive collections, including web archives, archive.org files, and digitized print materials. The full text of articles is searchable for users that are hunting for particular phrases or keywords. This complements our existing full-text search index of millions of digitized books and other documents on archive.org. The service builds on Fatcat, an open catalog we have developed to identify at-risk and web-published open scholarly outputs that can benefit from long-term preservation, additional metadata, and perpetual access.”

PLOS Blogs-ECR Community: Three reasons to use social media for scientific self-promotion

PLOS Blogs-ECR Community: Three reasons to use social media for scientific self-promotion. “Over a decade ago when a scientist published a new paper the only people who would read it were your colleagues in the field, undergraduates writing a literature review and the family you proudly emailed it to. Now, social media lets us share our publications and achievements to even more people. We also have the opportunity to make connections and start collaborations that might not have happened otherwise. Social media can be an incredible resource for a scientist who wants to spread their work, network and become a member of the scientific community.”

Science: Twitter shuts down account of Sci-Hub, the pirated-papers website

Science: Twitter shuts down account of Sci-Hub, the pirated-papers website. “Twitter… permanently suspended the account of Sci-Hub, the website that has posted millions of freely accessible copies of scientific articles pirated from subscription journals. Twitter said Sci-Hub had violated its policy against promoting ‘counterfeit goods,’ according to Sci-Hub’s founder, Alexandra Elbakyan.”