ATG News & Announcements 3/16/19

by | Mar 16, 2019 | 0 comments


This new report from the Institute for Scientific Information examines recent patterns of publications funded by Plan S supporters, exploring potential impacts on funders, subjects, countries, publishers, and journals.

It provides an unbiased and data-driven background analysis to inform the debate around a potentially transformative change in research policy and raises several questions for consideration by funders, publishers and institutions when exploring possible ways to implement Plan S. (See also Nancy Herther’s ATG Original Series Plan S Divides The Global Scientific Community ...)

Citing  the Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research (UNIT) infoDOCKET notes that “the offer from Elsevier is a long way from fulfilling the Norwegian requirements for open access to research articles. There is also no movement in transitioning the agreement from paying to read to paying for open publishing. The agreement with Elsevier will therefore not be renewed for 2019. The rectorates at the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim all support this decision…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., …  has announced a new agreement with SAGE Publishing, an international provider of innovative, high-quality content for teaching, learning, and research. As a result of the companies’ expanded relationship, SAGE eBooks will be made available through inclusive access models offered on campuses served by BNED nationwide through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange subsidiaries…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Association of Arab Universities and Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, have reached an agreement to co-create the Arab Journals Platform, an open electronic network of scholarly journals that will help raise awareness of leading research carried out in the Arab world. The new network will launch in 2019 and will be hosted, managed and published on Digital Commons, Elsevier’s professional grade open publishing platform…”

infoDOCKET also reports from the Berkman Klein Center (Harvard U.)  that “Seven projects today are receiving $750,000 to explore and shape the impact that artificial intelligence is having on the field of news and information. The projects will tackle a variety of problems, including …”

In addition, according infoDOCKET “the U.S. Copyright Office is announcing the release of a public draft of an update to its administrative manual, the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. The update has been released in draft form to give the public an opportunity to review and provide comments on the revisions…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “open access publisher Hindawi and Publons, a peer review platform and part of the Web of Science Group, have announced a new partnership to improve peer review processes. Hindawi has integrated the new reviewer search service, Publons Reviewer Connect, with their peer review management systems, including, their recently launched open source peer review system…”







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