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Israel New Ex Libris report reveals opportunities for academic libraries and research offices to strengthen support for researchers - 14 Jun 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and the level of support provided by research offices and libraries. The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency.

The report presents findings from a survey of 300 researchers and interviews with nine senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Many researchers conduct tasks themselves in areas where libraries and research offices can provide valuable expertise and administrative support.

The study reveals that researchers are satisfied or very satisfied with the level of support provided by their research office and library (81% and 80%, respectively). However, they feel time-deprived and stressed. Many researchers conduct tasks themselves in areas where libraries and research offices can provide valuable expertise and administrative support. The findings indicate that there is room for greater involvement of libraries and research offices in areas such as managing article processing charges (47% of researchers stated that they do it themselves), finding funding opportunities (52% do it themselves), preparing data management plans (54%), ensuring open-access compliance (55%), and monitoring research impact (61%).

Further, the study notes that researchers consider fund sourcing and the preparation of grant applications the most difficult part of their roles. Only 35% of researchers find it easy to find relevant funding opportunities, and only 32% find it easy to apply for funding grants. Demonstrating research impact is increasingly important, but the best method of meaningfully measuring it is still unclear. Nevertheless, 35% of researchers are always required to demonstrate the impact of their work, and 51% are required to do so some of the time.

According to the study, researcher profiles are scattered across many channels, led by LinkedIn (65%), the researcher’s university page (54%), and Google Scholar (42%). Because of researchers’ workload, it is the institution that is charged with showcasing researcher profiles as well as keeping these profiles current, a responsibility that is perceived as challenging by administrators. Almost 60% of scholars have to publish research datasets alongside their publications, yet for many this is not easily achieved.

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Category :Case Studies/Industry study reports
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Switzerland Karger to support systematic review and open access workshops in Basel - 14 Jun 2019

Over 300 health information specialists will meet in Basel for the Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Workshop next week.

Karger Publishers is the main sponsor of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Workshop that will be held in the Master Lecture Hall Building (“Kollegienhaus”, Petersplatz 1) of the University of Basel, Switzerland from June 17-20, 2019.

More than 300 librarians and health information specialists have registered to join this multifaceted scientific program. Core topics are systematic reviews – the structured preparation of research subjects using analytic methods and tools – and other trends in the world of research such as Open Access.

Karger will host a systematic review workshop, a feedback session on the needs of librarians, and a presentation about Open Access. Karger Publishers is especially delighted to welcome the participants – such as a delegation from its scientific network in China and Taiwan – to the hometown of its headquarters.

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UK New OA journal, Data & Policy, to explore the impact of data science on government policy - 14 Jun 2019

A new Open Access journal, Data & Policy, will explore the role of data science in shaping government policy – and its possible impact on privacy and public trust. Launched this week, the journal is the result of a collaboration between Cambridge University Press and the annual Data for Policy conference, being held this year at UCL on 11-12 June.

Data & Policy will publish original, peer-reviewed articles on how data science can improve policy-making, governance capabilities and citizen services; commentaries exploring the ethical implications of data-driven research and its impact on privacy, law and public trust; and replication studies to promote transparent, reproducible research.

The Alan Turing Institute – the UK’s national institute for data science – and UCL have pledged support for the conference and the journal, providing funding that will enable unfunded researchers to publish their research on an open access basis. The journal will be free to read on Cambridge Core, the online repository of books and journals published by the Press.

The opening manifesto from Data & Policy editors Zeynep Engin (UCL), Jon Crowcroft (University of Cambridge and The Alan Turing Institute) and Stefaan Verhulst (The Governance Lab, New York University) says that while the potential of data – now generated at a massive scale as a result of digital technologies embedded in everyday life – and data analytics have been evident for some time, initiatives using data for policy have been the exception rather than the norm. This is due to a number of obstacles, including: the inaccessibility of much data; gaps in technical and conceptual understanding; and a growing lack of public trust about the way that data is collected, analyzed and used.

The editors call for deeper understanding of ‘Policy-Data Interactions’, in order to reach a consistent, symmetrical approach to consideration of systems of policy and data, how they interact with one another.

The Data for Policy conference has initiated such policy-data interactions by bringing together researchers from different disciplines, people with technical expertise and those with knowledge of different policy domains. Data & Policy aims to sustain this debate and extend beyond the conference by linking together other institutions and networks, and providing a trusted venue for researchers, policy specialists and all who are interested in the implications of data for citizens, services and how they are governed.

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Canada OpenAIRE Task Group calls on institutions to participate in pilot project to harvest Canadian institutional repositories - 14 Jun 2019

The OpenAIRE Task Group (part of the CARL Open Repositories Working Group) is looking for institutions to participate in a pilot project to harvest Canadian institutional repositories.

OpenAIRE is a set of services funded through the European Commission to track research outputs resulting from EC-funded projects, and to help monitor open access compliance. The CARL-OpenAIRE collaboration will involve working with OpenAIRE on a project to track Canadian-funded research outputs.

The CARL-OpenAIRE project involves the harvesting of Canadian data providers (article and data repositories, as well as Canadian journals). The metadata will be integrated into the large OpenAIRE database and enhanced through text and data mining techniques of the Canadian funders’ public grants database, and other external databases such as Crossref, to infer relationships between authors, institutions and funders. OpenAIRE will then provide a view of research outputs funded by the Tri-Agencies.

As a first step, a subset of Canadian institutional repositories will participate in a pilot project to adopt the OpenAIRE metadata guidelines version 4, in order to develop streamlined recommended practices that will assist other institutions in participating at a later stage of the project. Full details on the pilot project are available in this document.

Pilot institutions will need to commit resources (1-2 weeks of staff time) towards both technical implementation of guidelines as well as metadata curation (to ensure OpenAIRE elements are complete). In particular, pilot institutions will be undertaking steps such as: implement the OpenAIRE Guidelines Version 4 with support from the OpenAIRE Task Group; validate the repository with OpenAIRE validator and fix errors; document steps to comply with OpenAIRE and share any code developed to support compliance; and share lessons learned with the Task Group and broader community.

Steps 1-2 of the pilot will take place from early July 2019 to early September, while steps 3-4 will likely extend until November 2019. During this last phase, lessons learned in the pilot will be used to develop support materials and guidance for other Canadian repositories in providing their metadata to OpenAIRE. All Canadian institutions with a repository will be invited to participate in the CARL-OpenAIRE project once the pilot is complete.

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France EDP Sciences signs new agreement with Publons Reviewer Recognition Service - 14 Jun 2019

EDP Sciences has signed a new agreement for the ‘Publons Reviewer Recognition Service’ for the journals: Parasite (open access); Cahiers Agricultures (open access); Aquatic Living Resources; 4open (open access); and Sicot-J (open access).

As a society-owned publisher, EDP Sciences is mindful of its role within the scientific community and the interactions of the various members of that community in the publishing process.

The Publons Reviewer Recognition Service promises ‘a modern and rewarding peer review experience’; one which EDP Sciences is keen to extend to its reviewers in recognition of their crucial role in the publishing process and their vital contribution to academic rigour more generally.

The Reviewer Recognition Service from Publons, part of Clarivate Analytics, allows reviewers to record, verify, and showcase peer review contributions. Investment in this service is one of the many ways EDP Sciences understands and responds to the needs of the scientific community.

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UK Dimensions and the Norwegian Centre for Research Data partner to increase visibility of research in the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities - 14 Jun 2019

Dimensions and the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) have announced their partnership which aims to increase visibility, searchability, and availability of research in the areas of Social Science and Arts & Humanities.

The Dimensions platform, which is part of technology company Digital Science, brings together over 140 million publications, awarded research grants, clinical trials, patents, policy documents and their associated metrics.

The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), which is managed by NSD, was created and developed by and for European researchers to enhance global visibility of high-quality research in the humanities published in academic journals in various European languages. The index enables researchers to better understand and promote the national and international importance of their research, ensuring that peer reviewed quality journals in the SSH continue to thrive.

As a starting point in their collaboration, Dimensions has integrated the ERIH PLUS list as journal list filter in Dimensions, enabling users to more easily identify research outputs that are related to journals listed in ERIH PLUS. Moreover, a new database ‘ERIH PLUS by Dimensions’ has been launched, which combines the functionality and extensive data sources of Dimensions with ERIH PLUS, enabling users to drill deeper into the research outputs within the journals of ERIH PLUS.

This partnership will improve ERIH PLUS’ role as an important source for research documentation and improve the services NSD can provide for all of users.

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