Science: Nature family of journals inks first open-access deal with an institution

Science: Nature family of journals inks first open-access deal with an institution. “The Nature family of journals announced today it has become the first group of highly selective scientific titles to sign an arrangement that will allow researchers to publish articles that are immediately free to read. The deal will allow authors at Germany’s Max Planck research institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access (OA) papers annually in Nature journals, which have traditionally earned revenues exclusively from subscription fees.”

EurekAlert: Initiative for Open Abstracts launches to promote discovery of research

EurekAlert: Initiative for Open Abstracts launches to promote discovery of research. “The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications, and specifically to distribute them through Crossref, in order to facilitate large-scale access and promote discovery of critical research.”

Internet Archive Blog: How the Internet Archive is Ensuring Permanent Access to Open Access Journal Articles

Internet Archive Blog: How the Internet Archive is Ensuring Permanent Access to Open Access Journal Articles. “Open Access journals, such as New Theology Review (ISSN: 0896-4297) and Open Journal of Hematology (ISSN: 2075-907X), made their research articles available for free online for years. With a quick click or a simple query, students anywhere in the world could access their articles, and diligent Wikipedia editors could verify facts against original articles on vitamin deficiency and blood donation. But some journals, such as these titles, are no longer available from the publisher’s websites, and are only available through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Since 2017, the Internet Archive joined others in concentrating on archiving all scholarly literature and making it permanently accessible.”

PR Newswire: Clarivate Launches the Arabic Citation Index in Egypt

PR Newswire: Clarivate Launches the Arabic Citation Index in Egypt (PRESS RELEASE). “Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has now launched the Arabic Citation Index™ (ARCI), the world’s first local language citation index for the Arabic world in Egypt. The ARCI is funded by the Egyptian government, and is available across the entire research community in Egypt. It is also open to journal submissions by editors of Arabic-language journals and will be open to researchers and organisations in all 22 nations of the Arab League by the end of 2020.”

Arizona State University: ASU researchers launch blog series exploring equitable research practices

Arizona State University: ASU researchers launch blog series exploring equitable research practices. “As public attention has turned to systemic inequities in institutional cultures like those in police forces, medical care, school systems and food production, some researchers at Arizona State University are turning their attention to academic culture to explore how researchers might embody more equitable research practices. This week, ASU postdoctoral scholar Schuyler Marquez launched a new series, ‘Embodying Reciprocity: Relationality and Redistribution in Anthropology,’ on the collaborative blog Footnotes, along with ASU doctoral candidate Taylor Genovese and University of Chicago doctoral candidate Sonia Grant.”

Ahram Online: Egypt’s National Library and Archives put periodicals online for free

Ahram Online: Egypt’s National Library and Archives put periodicals online for free. “Egypt’s National Library and Archives has announced that it will make all of its scientific periodicals available online for free. The National Library and Archives said that the move comes to allow a larger segment of readers and researchers to access the periodicals, some of which are almost two decades old.” I tried this. Everything I saw was in Arabic, but there didn’t seem to be any kind of geo-restrictions.

The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 journal (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 journal. “The MIT Press announced today the launch of Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19), an open access, rapid-review overlay journal that will accelerate peer review of COVID-19-related research and deliver real-time, verified scientific information that policymakers and health leaders can use.”

Wired: Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job

Wired: Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job. “Instead of showing (once again) that formal peer review is vital for good science, the last few months could just as well suggest the opposite. To me, at least—someone who’s served as an editor at seven different journals, and editor in chief at two—the recent spate of decisions to bypass traditional peer review gives the lie to a pair of myths that researchers have encouraged the public to believe for years: First, that peer-reviewed journals publish only trustworthy science; and second, that trustworthy science is published only in peer-reviewed journals.”

BusinessWire: The Institution of Engineering and Technology and Wiley Announce Open Access Publishing Partnership (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: The Institution of Engineering and Technology and Wiley Announce Open Access Publishing Partnership (PRESS RELEASE). “Under the terms of the publishing agreement, the IET will transition its entire hybrid subscription journals portfolio to a gold OA model, joining its existing gold open access journals, to create a leading collection of engineering and technology open access journals. The IET is working with its existing stakeholders to make this transition.”

Salesforce: Salesforce Research Develops New Search Engine to Support the Fight Against COVID-19

Salesforce: Salesforce Research Develops New Search Engine to Support the Fight Against COVID-19. “Searching scientific publications requires different techniques from traditional keyword-matching search engines. It’s critical that a COVID-19 search engine interpret the proper meaning in a given search, going beyond finding results based on the frequency with which words appear in documents. And with long documents, it’s valuable to quickly surface relevant passages in search results. COVID-19 Search addresses this by combining text retrieval and NLP — including semantic search, state of the art question answering, and abstractive summarization — to better understand the question and surface the most relevant scientific results.”

World Aquaculture Society: JWAS Moving to Open Access

World Aquaculture Society: JWAS Moving to Open Access. “The WAS Board has recently approved a proposal to make [Journal of the World Aquaculture Society] a fully Open Access (OA) journal, effective January 2021. This decision was made after more than a year of analysis, deliberation, and negotiation with Wiley Publishers. The logistical and financial outcome of this decision will be carefully monitored over the next three years.”

Science Magazine: Huge open-access journal deal inked by University of California and Springer Nature

Science Magazine: Huge open-access journal deal inked by University of California and Springer Nature. “The University of California (UC) system today announced it has signed the biggest open-access (OA) deal in North America with one of the largest commercial scientific publishers. The agreement with Springer Nature includes a commitment by the publisher to explore making all articles that UC corresponding authors publish in the Nature family of journals immediately free to read on publication starting in 2022.”

Nature: Hundreds of journals’ editorial practices captured in database

Nature: Hundreds of journals’ editorial practices captured in database. “Funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, and created with the Leiden Centre for Science and Technology Studies, the platform currently hosts a database of 387 journals. It evaluates these journals’ peer-review procedures according to 12 criteria, including: the level of anonymity afforded to authors and reviewers; the use of digital tools such as plagiarism scanners; and the timing of peer review in the research and publication process (see S. P. J. M. Horbach and W. Halffman Scientometrics 118, 339–373; 2019). The platform displays the procedures used by each journal, along with aggregate statistics on the various editorial practices.”

Emory University: Rollins Launches CoCites, a Radical New Scientific Search Tool

Emory University: Rollins Launches CoCites, a Radical New Scientific Search Tool. “Searching scientific literature is inefficient and ineffective. A complete search on a topic requires an extensive query that combines all relevant keywords and their synonyms. A simple search retrieves only part of the relevant literature depending on the keywords that are searched. With CoCites, users don’t enter keywords, they enter or select the title of the article for which they would like to find related content. The tool retrieves these other articles through co-citations. Articles that are frequently cited together with the selected paper appear at the top of the search results.”

BusinessWire: SPIE Digital Library to Reduce Institutional Subscription Prices by 10% for 2021 (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: SPIE Digital Library to Reduce Institutional Subscription Prices by 10% for 2021 (PRESS RELEASE). “SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, today announced a 10% price reduction for 2021 SPIE Digital Library and SPIE Journal institutional subscriptions….The SPIE Digital Library, the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics applied research, comprises more than 525,000 publications. SPIE is committed to enabling the broadest possible dissemination of information to researchers, engineers, and academics worldwide.”