The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a membership association for the information services industry, has announced the selection of Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President of Product Management, as its new Board of Directors President.
Sauer-Games begins a one-year term as Board President, succeeding Chris McCue, Vice President, Marketing, CAS. Sauer-Games was introduced in her new role at the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, held February 22-24, 2015 in Arlington, VA.
As Vice President of Product Management at OCLC, Sauer-Games plays an instrumental role in the development of all OCLC products and services around the world. She joined OCLC in September 2014.
Sauer-Games has more than 20 years of experience in publishing, strategic planning, marketing and sales. Before joining OCLC, she was Senior Director at the American Psychological Association, where she managed PsycINFO database products. From 2002 to February 2014, she was Vice President, Product Management, at ProQuest, a leading global information provider. Before that she was Vice President, Product Management, at the Gale Group, a major reference and education publisher of electronic databases. She also previously held positions at Mullen Advertising, Gale Research, Inc., R. L. Polk and Company, and Data Resources, Inc., all in Detroit, Michigan.
Chris McCue will continue as an NFAIS Board Member this year, serving in the role of Immediate Past-President. McCue, Vice President, Marketing, has been with CAS since 1988. She began her career at CAS in the editorial division and has held a variety of positions in marketing, with the majority of her experience in product marketing. Prior to CAS, McCue held supervisory positions as an analytical chemist at Battelle Memorial Institute and Roxanne Labs. She is currently responsible for global marketing of CAS products, including functions such as brand management, promotions, product management, operations and pricing strategies.
STM publisher Springer has now opened selected metadata from conference publications, heeding the European Commission's call for promoting open data. The term Linked Open Data (LOD) refers to structured, machine-readable data, which more and more researchers and librarians are now using in their work. Springer belongs to the vanguard of LOD providers and has assumed a leading role among those publishers offering semantically searchable data. More details on the platform can be found at lod.springer.com, and an interactive graphic is available at lod.springer.com/live.
According to Markus Kaindl, LOD Project Manager at Springer, by introducing this innovative service, Springer has considerably improved the visibility of its publications, authors and editors. This conference metadata is also extremely valuable for other important clients. For instance, Google Scholar uses the open data-links to optimise its citation rankings, allowing it to see where a paper was published. Conference organisers, national and institutional research agencies that award project funding, indexing services, and other conference data users also stand to profit from the LOD data.
Conference proceedings volumes gather all papers presented at a given conference. Springer publishes about 1,200 volumes every year, which represents a significant percentage of all such works published in technical fields worldwide. In computer science and engineering, publication in the proceedings of top conferences is, in fact, often preferred over publication in academic journals.
The pilot project is a joint effort with the University of Mannheim in Germany (Data and Web Science Group) and Netwise. It currently involves open data on roughly 8,000 proceedings volumes from around 1,200 conference series, including Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). The data can be downloaded free of charge, and is connected to the LOD Cloud via the DLBP ID.
The pilot group is now working to expand its current list of cooperation partners, which will include the Vienna University of Technology, providing data about members of conference program committees and the PEERE project, which provides additional information on the peer-review processes employed at different conferences. The data currently available focuses chiefly on computer science, with other fields to follow.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a comprehensive international database of more than 10,000 Open Access journals, recently implemented a rigorous new vetting process that aims to raise the bar of quality for the journals it lists and filters out publications that are tarnishing the image of Open Access.
After all the hard work that scholars put into their research, they are eager to have the papers reporting on their work widely read. Many understand that publishing their article in an Open Access journal provides them with the opportunity to reach the widest possible audience. However, lingering concerns about the quality of open access journals have kept some academics from fully embracing the innovative publishing model.
Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director of the DOAJ in Copenhagen and director of SPARC Europe, helped to spearhead the expanded review process, which began in March of 2014. The application that must be approved to get into the directory now includes about 50 questions rather than just seven. The questions explore aspects of the journal ranging from the transparency of the journal's editorial processes to peer review and selection criteria, to plagiarism screening mechanisms, requiring full disclosure on all of these areas before a journal is accepted for inclusion in the DOAJ database.
The DOAJ currently includes 10,000 journals, each of which has been invited to re-apply for inclusion in the directory under the new procedure. This unprecedented, comprehensive review is currently underway, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Since the new criteria were established in March 2014, DOAJ has received 4100 applications from journals, many duplicates. 700 have been included, 1100 have been rejected and 2300 are pending or in process. During the same period (12 months) 175 journals has been removed from DOAJ.
Along with the need for more detail was a call for more transparency, adds Bjørnshauge.
However, for journals that don't initially make the new cut, all is not lost. Bjørnshauge and the DOAJ advise them on changes they can implement so that they can eventually become part of the directory.
The directory itself goes back over a decade, when Bjørnshauge volunteered to assemble a list of open-access journals following the now infamous gathering of advocates in Budapest in 2002.
A small grant from SPARC and the Open Society Foundation provided seed money to develop the service to establish the DOAJ, led by Bjørnshauge, who was Director of Libraries at Lund University in Sweden from 2001 to 2011.
Not only do these standards cover appropriate peer review practices, but they also address issues such as long-term archiving, how conflicts of interest are handled, and transparency regarding a publication's business model and advertising policies, notes Paul Peters, Chief Strategy Officer for the Open Access publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, and a member of the DOAJ's Advisory Board. By updating its application process to include these criteria, the DOAJ will be able to help the research community identify Open Access journals that are meeting these standards of best practice.
The DOAJ developed the new application over the course of a year, reaching out to its advisory board as well as a series of well-known international experts for feedback. A draft was circulated for public comment and the community responded with nearly 150 comments. Caroline Sutton, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Co-Action Publishing, and past-president of OASPA, was one of the experts with whom DOAJ consulted. She agreed it was time to tighten up some of the criteria, and recognised that it also provided an opportunity to 'harmonize' the new DOAJ criteria with the criteria used by OASPA in its membership review process. OASPA in collaboration with COPE, WAME and DOAJ developed the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing http://doaj.org/bestpractice, and these organisations are now collaborating in promoting these principles.
The DOAJ since 2005 funded by the community it serves, with 110 university libraries and 15 library consortia paying an annual membership fee to support the organisations work. Many publishers are, as well, sponsoring DOAJ.
Reviewing all the existing DOAJ publications is a huge effort that has been aided by the help of many volunteers. Because many of the journals are in different languages, Bjørnshauge put out a call for help reading applications and volunteers from all around the world have donated their time in the effort. There are about 20 groups with editors reviewing the applications and a three-tiered evaluation process to guarantee a fair decision.
In time, Bjørnshauge anticipates having an established directory of certified high-quality journals will help advance the Open Access movement.
Peters, who was involved in the discussions leading to the new membership criteria, believes that providing a list of independently vetted Open Access journals will address the concern some have about how low-quality, open-access journals have negatively impacted the scholarly communications ecosystem. Further, he notes that having a stricter set of criteria for journals applying to be in the DOAJ will show open access journals can be just as rigorous and prestigious as their subscription-based counterparts.
GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, has announced that Wolters Kluwer will use XAP MemoryXtend to enable scaling of the growing volume of data processed by its Sentri7®clinical decision support application and to reduce its hardware footprint. GigaSpaces joined forces with SanDisk Corporation to deliver XAP MemoryXtend with SanDisk ZetaScale™ software, to provide customers like Wolters Kluwer Health faster data processing at lower cost.
Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It addresses multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, MDRO management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements. Sentri7 also delivers surveillance, documentation and reporting for antimicrobial stewardship, VTE/anticoagulation, medication management and medication safety.
Sentri7 uses a high performance rules engine combined with an in-memory data grid to deliver real-time data, documentation and reporting. With XAP MemoryXtend, the application is able to process data up to 20 times faster, allowing for peak performance and high scalability to keep information flowing freely.
In June 2014, GigaSpaces and SanDisk announced their joint collaboration on the XAP MemoryXtend solution. XAP MemoryXtend enables customers to store, process and analyze data near the speed of DRAM memory at the cost of flash storage. The solution supports application data growth to hundreds of terabytes using in-memory data grid building blocks. The solution dramatically improves application performance by eliminating expensive database reads, parallelising storage access and ultimately, reducing the expense associated with using DRAM alone.
Publisher Future Science Group has announced that it will continue to require double-blind peer review for research articles submitted to all 34 professional journals published by both of its imprints, Future Science and Future Medicine. FSG has employed the use of double-blind peer review since the launch of the company's first journal, Pharmacogenomics, in 2000.
Recently, a few major scientific journals have announced plans to use double-blind review, in which both the authors and the reviewers are made anonymous. Future Science Group journals have always followed the double-blind system in order to remove bias, intentional or unintentional, from the process.
Single blind peer review is still used by many scientific journals. In single-blind peer review, manuscripts are sent to reviewers for assessment with the authors' information included, but the peer reviewers themselves are anonymous.
As well as conducting double-blind review, Future Science Group also aims to obtain a minimum of three reviewers for each submission, to ensure each paper is thoroughly assessed before a publication decision is made.
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