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by | Mar 30, 2015 | 0 comments

news-pixabayBioMed Central retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal; CLOCKSS and CHORUS Partner to Support Perpetual Public Access to US Funded Research Articles; Simba: Strong Growth Continues in Scholarly-Professional E-Book Market; LLAMA thought leader webinars now archived; Ottawa’s City Archives & Ottawa Museum Network Introduce Virtual Collections Catalogue Online; Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Digitizes Timbuktu’s Historic Manuscript Collections; Yale’s Beinecke Library and Library of Congress Acquire Lincoln and Civil War Photo Collections; Jisc launches new service enabling researchers to access digital resources and applications via a single, federated sign-on; Toronto Star Paywall Coming Down April 1; ProQuest Syndetic Solutions now offers local content option for current subscribers; and Cogent OA launches Freedom APCs, an experimental model designed to test affordability in the uptake of Open Access


The Washington Post reports that  “a major publisher of scholarly medical and science articles has retracted 43 papers because of “fabricated” peer reviews amid signs of a broader fake peer review racket affecting many more publications.

The publisher is BioMed Central, based in the United Kingdom, which puts out 277 peer-reviewed journals. A partial list of the retracted articles suggests most of them were written by scholars at universities in China, including China Medical University, Sichuan University, Shandong University and Jiaotong University Medical School. But Jigisha Patel, associate editorial director for research integrity at BioMed Central, said it’s not “a China problem. We get a lot of robust research of China. We see this as a broader problem of how scientists are judged…”


The CLOCKSS Archive, …, has entered into an agreement with CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States), the not-for-profit, cost-effective, and sustainable public access solution, to support the archiving, preservation, and perpetual public access to articles reporting on US federally funded research, at no additional cost to taxpayers.

As a result of the agreement, CHORUS Publisher Members will be able to take advantage of a special arrangement with CLOCKSS to establish permanent, perpetual public access to content and ensure the integrity and sustainability of the scholarly record.


PRNewswire reports that “scholarly and professional e-books sales increased globally by 7.7% in 2014 and will grow an additional 6.9% in 2015, according to the latest report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information.

The report, Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2015-2019, found that, although the book market as a whole has taken its lumps due to declining print sales, e-books have greater appeal with library customers, which has led publishers to reinvest in their collections…

For more information on the report please visit: http://www.simbainformation.com/redirect.asp?progid=87276&productid=8878761.”


ALANews reports that “the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) now offers free archived recordings of many webinars in the LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar Series.  This free and popular series features leaders from all types and sizes of libraries sharing their unique and innovative approaches to leadership.

Archived recordings and registration information for upcoming webinars are available here


french-booksOttawa’s City Archives & Ottawa Museum Network Introduce Virtual Collections Catalogue Online
According to InfoDOCKET the the Ottawa City Archive and the Ottawa Museum Network, which includes local museums like Vanier Museopark, the Diefenbunker and Bytown, have teamed up to create an online collections catalogue to give you easy access to historical records, images and artifacts…”


InfoDOCKET also notes that “the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University is creating digital records of more than 22,000 rare and historically-significant documents from a library in Timbuktu. The Mamma Haidara Family Library has one of the largest private manuscript collections in Timbuktu, and some of its documents date back to the 13th century…”


And lastly, InfoDOCKET reports that “Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Yale University Art Gallery are acquiring the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, one of the nation’s great photographic collections and the definitive assemblage.

Amassed by Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) with the help of his daughter Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt (1900-1978), the collection contains more than 73,000 items, including 57,000 photographic prints, as well as thousands of books, pamphlets, maps, and theater broadsides…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakJisc has announced the launch of a new service enabling researchers to access their digital resources and applications through a single, federated sign-on. A world-first, Assent, provided by Jisc, enables simplified, seamless and secure access to the broad range of web and non-web services that researchers commonly need – from cloud, email and file storage services, through to desktop login, high performance computing (HPC) facilities and secure data communications…”

Jisc has announced the launch of a new service enabling researchers to access their digital resources and applications through a single, federated sign-on. A world-first, Assent, provided by Jisc, enables simplified, seamless and secure access to the broad range of web and non-web services that researchers commonly need – from cloud, email and file storage services, through to desktop login, high performance computing (HPC) facilities and secure data communications…


According to TeleRead  “the countdown is on for one of Canada’s major dailies to take their paywall down. On April 1, the Toronto Star website will once again be free.


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “ProQuest has announced that its Syndetic Solutions now offers a local content option for current subscribers. By leveraging the existing Digital Asset functionality in Syndetics, libraries can now upload and access images of their Local Content Collection and display them electronically in their OPAC. Images can be of any items; maps, photos, or other historic content…”


KnowledgeSpeak also notes that Cogent OA, an Open Access publisher backed by the Taylor & Francis Group, has announced the launch of Freedom APCs – an experimental new model designed to help match article publishing charges (APCs) to an author’s ability to pay. Through Cogent OA’s Freedom APC model, authors are requested to explore all avenues for funding the publication of their article, such as their funding agency, institution or company and to select a fee from a range of options based on their circumstances and how much they can afford to pay…”

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