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UK As the move towards open science progresses, the relevance of data sharing and data management increases, says new Springer Nature whitepaper - 24 May 2019

Springer Nature has published a whitepaper titled ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Data Sharing in Japan.’ The whitepaper reports a survey of researchers in Japan about data sharing and management. The report includes a summary of discussions by key opinion leaders from the Japanese research community, and expresses a commitment to open science and the desire for data sharing best practice to be researcher-led and discipline-specific. The details of the report will be presented at the Japan Open Science Summit (JOSS) 2019 taking place on May 27-28, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

The open science movements aims to remove the barriers for sharing resources related to scientific research at all stages of the research process. Data sharing helps ensure transparency, openness and efficiency in the scientific process, and may lead to benefits such as greater collaboration.

The survey conducted in Japan found that 95% of researchers had shared their data. Amongst those that had shared, 62% had done so both publicly and privately, while 36% of researchers only shared data privately, mainly with peers. This compares to a global average of 70% of researchers sharing data both publicly and privately.

There was also a difference by subject: physical scientists (40%) are more likely to share data privately than biological scientists (30%). Common methods of private sharing by Japanese researchers were by email (65%) and via external storage devices such as USBs and flash drives (41%). The results showed a low level of awareness of best practice data sharing, such as using more secure and persistent mechanisms, for example data repositories that make data more findable and usable by others.

Japanese researchers are motivated to share their data to support research progression and helping others in a similar field (50%) and for transparency and re-use of data (42%). Concerns about the misuse of data (49%), followed by copyright and licensing concerns (42%) were most commonly stated as a barrier for data sharing.

According to the survey results, 56% of researchers in Japan have once or more created a data management plan (DMP). A DMP is a document that outlines how research data will be collected, stored and shared. Data management standards known as FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) principles have been set by the research community.

In a survey conducted in China, 93% of researchers responded that they have created a DMP – well above the global average of 70%. However, the frequency of this planning varies, and the proportion of researchers who always create a DMP in Japan, China and globally, are found to be 12%, 13% and 9% respectively.

Unfamiliarity or lack of requirement by either the funders or institutions to create DMPs, are the main reasons why researchers have not made one before. On average 23% of the respondents are not aware of what their main funders’ requirements are in relation to data sharing, and 34% of researchers do not know what their main funders’ requirements are with regard to DMPs.

In a roundtable discussion conducted in 2018 with representative members from Tohoku University, National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), it was suggested that researchers need both training and support on new skills like data management, which needs to be discipline specific. More discipline-specific case studies from Japan and compelling examples of the benefits of data management, data sharing and reuse will be necessary for promoting open science in Japan.

This survey of researchers in Japan follows a global survey in 2017 about data sharing with more than 7,000 researchers worldwide. In total, 1,393 responses were received from active researchers in Japan, representing all major research disciplines and career stages. The full dataset and the “Five Essential Factors for Data Sharing” published in April by Springer Nature are openly available on Figshare.

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US New SAGE Publishing report lays groundwork for improving social and behavioral science impact metrics - 24 May 2019

While measurement of science impact has traditionally been synonymous with citation counts in academic journals, such counts fail to capture the influence that research can have on policy, practice, and the public. While the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) are uniquely positioned to make this impact and thus benefit society, their true impact is often ignored or overlooked. As a result, sustained attention is needed to help bring attention to SBS’ value. A new report establishes imperatives and recommended actions to improve the measurement of SBS impact.

The report titled, ‘The Latest Thinking About Metrics for Research Impact in the Social Sciences,’ summarizes key points from a workshop SAGE convened in February with world-leading experts on research impact. Participants represented the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Altmetric, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Clarivate Analytics, Google, New York University, SAGE, School Dash, SciTech Strategies, the Social Science Research Council, and the University of Washington.

According to the report the full scholarly community must believe that new impact metrics are useful, necessary, and beneficial to society. A robust new regime of impact measurement must transcend, but not necessarily supplant, current literature-based systems. A new regime of social science impact measures must integrate the experiences and expectations of how non-academic stakeholders will define impact. Further, the report notes that all stakeholders must understand that although social science impact is measurable, social science is not STEM, and social science’s impact measurements may echo STEM’s but are unlikely to mirror them. Social science needs a global vocabulary, a global taxonomy, global metadata, and finally a global set of benchmarks for talking about impact measurement.

The report also maps out stakeholder categories, defines key terms and questions, puts forward four models for assessing impact, proposes next steps, and presents a list of 45 resources and data sources that could help in creating a model of SBS impact.

SAGE’s new impact initiative focuses on SBS specifically, exploring unique features that distinguish SBS from natural sciences, whether it be the threats to funding aimed specifically at social and behavioral fields or the integral nature of human action in every other field.

The report initiates a sustained campaign from SAGE that addresses how “good” SBS research is assessed, how existing measures could be improved, and if new solutions could be developed. Updates on this ongoing effort are housed on the new Impact section of the community site Social Science Space, which is also being used to gather ideas and host a debate about impact with any global actors engaged on the topic.

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Brazil HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Brazil and Latin America 2019 winner and finalists announced - 24 May 2019

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, and HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) have announced the winner of the first Brazil and Latin America HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2019. The award recognises outstanding achievements globally in the usage of health information and technology.

The Award has been running since 2013 and has held a number of editions in other international regions, namely the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. This year marks the launch of the Brazil and Latin America Award. HIMSS and Elsevier have received several submissions from Argentina, Colombia and Brazil. All submissions demonstrated how their digital solutions have contributed to the betterment of the quality of patient care.

The judges for this year’s award consisted of a distinguished panel of leading healthcare professionals. These include: Guilherme Rabello, Member of the Innovation Committee of the Hospital das Clínicas and Head of Innovation, InovaIncor; Daniel Greca, Partner-Director, KPMG; Claudio Giuliano, CEO at Folks and LATAM Lead for HIMSS Analytics; John Rayner, Regional Director, HIMSS Analytics; and Tim Morris, Commercial Portfolio and Partnerships Director, Elsevier. The winner and finalists were revealed during the ceremony at the HIMSS@Hospitalar Conference and Exhibition held on May 21, 2019.

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France Registrations open for ICSTI 2019 Annual Conference in Shanghai - 24 May 2019

The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) has announced that its 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Shanghai on September 23-26. Themed ‘Open Science and Open Innovation’, the conference is part of a bigger event co-organised with the Shanghai Competitive Intelligence Forum (SCIF) and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) and generously hosted by Shanghai Library/Institute of Scientific & Technical Information of Shanghai (ISTIS). The conference will also present the high-level ITOC and TACC workshops on September 26, 2019.

Admission to the event is free for ICSTI members. The early bird rate (RMB 1200 or US$ 200) is available through July 31 for other delegates. Practical information for the Conference registration, registration costs and accommodation is available at http://scif2019.istis.sh.cn/english/.

Devoted to the theme of ‘Open Science and Open Innovation’, Conference opens with keynote presentations given by speakers nominated by ICSTI. The two Keynotes at the Conference are: Jeannette Frey (President, LIBER) and Brian Hitson (Director, DOE/OSTI).

A morning session organised by the Shanghai Competitive Intelligence Forum (SCIF) will follow. In the afternoon the joint Forum on Knowledge Technology Applications and Information Management Services organised by ICSTI’s member organisations from China (ISTIC), Japan (JST), and Korea (KISTI) is confirmed.

Chaired by Margret Plank of TIB, the ITOC Workshop organised by the Information Trends and Opportunities Committee of ICSTI will present an in-depth perspective on ‘Open Science – Latest Developments and Initiatives’.

Confirmed speakers include: Yasushi Ogasaka, Head of Open Science, JST, Rafael Ball, Director of ETH Library, Junseon Yoo, Pluto Network, and Edward LIM Junhao, New York University, Shanghai.

Chaired by Brian Hitson of DOE/OSTI, the TACC Workshop organised by the Technical Activities Coordinating Committee of ICSTI will focus on ‘Technology Enabled Innovation in Open Science’. Confirmed speakers include: Bo Alroe, Director of Strategy, Digital Science, Martin Fenner, Force 11, Matthew Buys and Estelle Cheng, ORCID, and Kazutsuna Yamaji, Japan National Institute of Informatics.

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UK BMJ and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine announce new agreement - 24 May 2019

BMJ and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine have announced a new agreement to continue supporting learning and development for primary healthcare physicians across the country.

The 1-year agreement will provide ongoing access to BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning for 4,000 Ukrainian primary healthcare physicians, enabling them to continue to improve their knowledge and clinical decision making skills within the framework of the Ministry’s healthcare reform.

The announcement builds on an existing collaboration between BMJ and the Ministry to provide Ukrainian clinicians with training and evidence-based tools to improve care, as part of a wider Clinical Decision Support Training Initiative.

It also marks the next step in Ukraine’s ambitious plans for achieving healthcare system for all, improving the use of health resources, and the quality of healthcare services.

The new agreement will involve translation of BMJ Best Practice Topics and BMJ Learning modules on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and breast cancer.

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US Editage releases new report based on comments from over 2,500 global researchers - 24 May 2019

Editage, a global scholarly communications company, recently released a comprehensive report based on a global author survey capturing the views of almost 7000 researchers on different aspects of scholarly publishing. In the last question of the survey, researchers were asked to provide comments on what they would like to change about the academic publishing system. As a qualitative follow up to the survey report, Editage has now released a report that analyses all comments received in response to this question.

The main themes that emerged as problems that researchers want addressed were delays in publication, peer review quality and processes, high publishing-related costs, complexity of journal guidelines and systems, and inadequate adoption of open access. Other notable themes included different types of biases in publishing, problems specifically faced by early career researchers, and lack of transparency in the system.

Capturing the comments of over 2,500 researchers around the world, this Editage report represents one of the largest populations of researchers whose open-ended responses have been studied in relation to academic publishing. Furthermore, over 90 percent of respondents who said changes are needed in the system provided supporting comments, which is a staggering volume of responses for the last question of an exhaustive survey.

This new report, released just ahead of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) annual conference 2019, is likely to trigger a lot of interesting conversations. Editage also intends to make public the most meaningful comments received through the survey, so that they can serve as a guiding light for bringing about meaningful changes in scholarly publishing.

The report is available for download at https://campaign.editage.com/editage-survey-researcher-comments/.

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India Holiday Notice - 24 May 2019

This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on May 27, 2019 on account of Memorial Day. We will resume our newsletter service on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the May 24th issue.

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