People and plants: Working together for the planet (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: People and plants: Working together for the planet . “Plants, People, Planet, a cross-disciplinary Open Access journal, launches today with its first issue. Plants, People, Planet will publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion and review that focuses on the connections between plant science and society. The new journal aims to celebrate everything new, innovative and exciting in plant sciences that is relevant to society and peoples’ daily lives.”

Science Magazine: What a massive database of retracted papers reveals about science publishing’s ‘death penalty’

Science Magazine: What a massive database of retracted papers reveals about science publishing’s ‘death penalty’. “Nearly a decade ago, headlines highlighted a disturbing trend in science: The number of articles retracted by journals had increased 10-fold during the previous 10 years. Fraud accounted for some 60% of those retractions; one offender, anesthesiologist Joachim Boldt, had racked up almost 90 retractions after investigators concluded he had fabricated data and committed other ethical violations. Boldt may have even harmed patients by encouraging the adoption of an unproven surgical treatment. Science, it seemed, faced a mushrooming crisis. The alarming news came with some caveats. “

University of Washington: Is there a glass ceiling in academic publishing?

University of Washington: Is there a glass ceiling in academic publishing?. “Five years ago, Nature — one of the most prestigious research journals in science — published an editorial pledging to improve on the low number of women editors and authors in its pages…. In the time since that editorial, however, not much has changed, according to a new University of Washington study published online and cited in a letter printed March 7 in Nature.”

Xinhua: China publishes world’s first big data journal on geoscience

Xinhua: China publishes world’s first big data journal on geoscience. “China has started publishing the world’s first big data journal on earth sciences, the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Tuesday. The journal, titled Big Earth Data, publishes research papers on big data related to the earth and encourages authors to store and share the data with the public.”

LSE Impact Blog: Academic journals with a presence on Twitter are more widely disseminated and receive a higher number of citations

LSE Impact Blog: Academic journals with a presence on Twitter are more widely disseminated and receive a higher number of citations. “Previous research has shown that researchers’ active participation on Twitter can be a powerful way of promoting and disseminating academic outputs and improving the prospects of increased citations. But does the same hold true for the presence of academic journals on Twitter? José Luis Ortega examined the role of 350 scholarly journals, analysing how their articles were tweeted and cited. Findings reveal that articles from those journals that have their own individual Twitter handle are more tweeted about than articles from journals whose only Twitter presence is through a scientific society or publisher account. Articles published in journals with any sort of Twitter presence also receive more citations than those published in journals with no Twitter presence.”

Wired: It’s Gonna Get A Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls

Wired: It’s Gonna Get A Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls. “BEFORE WORLD WAR II most scientific journals were published by small professional societies. But capitalism’s gonna capitalism. By the early 1970s the top five scientific publishers—Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis—published about 20 percent of all journal articles. In 1996, when the transition to digital was underway and the PDF became the format of choice for journals, that number went up to 30 percent. Ten years later it was 50 percent.”

Nature: Wikipedia shapes language in science papers

Nature: Wikipedia shapes language in science papers. “Wikipedia is one of the world’s most popular websites, but scientists rarely cite it in their papers. Despite this, the online encyclopedia seems to be shaping the language that researchers use in papers, according to an experiment showing that words and phrases in recently published Wikipedia articles subsequently appeared more frequently in scientific papers.”

Newswise: ASTRO Journal Advances in Radiation Oncology Now Indexed in PubMed Central

Newswise: ASTRO Journal Advances in Radiation Oncology Now Indexed in PubMed Central. “Advances in Radiation Oncology, the newest journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), is now indexed by PubMed Central, a free, full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences literature organized by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Library of Medicine. All articles previously published in the journal are included in PubMed.”

Scholarly Kitchen: Elsevier Acquires bepress

Scholarly Kitchen: Elsevier Acquires bepress. Today, Elsevier announces its acquisition of bepress. In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing to preprints, analytics, workflow, and decision-support, Elsevier is now a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape. If successful, and there are some risks, this acquisition will position Elsevier as an increasingly dominant player in preprints, continuing its march to adopt and coopt open access.”

PLOS: A Publishing Milestone to Celebrate: 200,000 PLOS Research Articles and Counting

PLOS: A Publishing Milestone to Celebrate: 200,000 PLOS Research Articles and Counting. “In 2003, PLOS published its first research article and this month we’re proud to announce that we have now published more than 200,000 research articles across our seven Open Access journals. It has been an amazing journey to reach this milestone.”

Nature: Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch

Nature: Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch. “The blacklist is dead; long live the blacklist. Five months after a widely read blog listing possible ‘predatory’ scholarly journals and publishers was shut down, another index of untrustworthy titles is appearing — although this version will be available only to paying subscribers.”

The Guardian: It’s time for academics to take back control of research journals

The Guardian: It’s time for academics to take back control of research journals . “‘Publish or perish’ has long been the mantra of academics seeking to make a success of their research career. Reputations are built on the ability to communicate something new to the world. Increasingly, however, they are determined by numbers, not by words, as universities are caught in a tangle of management targets composed of academic journal impact factors, university rankings and scores in the government’s research excellence framework.”

ARL: Louisiana State University Sues Elsevier for Breach of Contract

Association of Research Libraries: Louisiana State University Sues Elsevier for Breach of Contract. “Louisiana State University (LSU) filed a lawsuit on February 27, 2017, against international science publisher Elsevier B.V. for breach of contract resulting from the publisher’s exclusion of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine from accessing content licensed by the LSU Libraries. In filing the lawsuit, LSU exercised sound financial stewardship of its public resources.”

EurekAlert: Brazilian Zoologia joins Pensoft’s portfolio of open access journals

EurekAlert: Brazilian Zoologia joins Pensoft’s portfolio of open access journals . “In a new partnership between Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia (Brazilian Society of Zoology) and the academic publisher Pensoft, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in South America, Zoologia joins Pensoft’s portfolio of open access peer-reviewed journals.”