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UK SPARC Europe announces new research initiative on open incentives and reward systems - 13 Jul 2018

SPARC Europe has announced that it is undertaking a new research initiative that will shed light on the various patterns of rewards and incentives being employed by funding organisations as well as those that address openness of the research they fund.

Funders are crucial players in the advancement of Open Access and Open Science. Their use of rewards and incentives have a huge impact on whether or not research they support is ultimately published via Open journals and other channels - freely available to all.

The idea behind the new research undertaking is to support research funding organisations - to inspire them to consider new options of rewards.

The project will see SPARC Europe, with the aid of other stakeholders such as Science Europe, reaching out to more than 50 European research funding organisations across Europe with a survey that will seek to gather information about the various types and scopes of reward and incentive systems in place or in-the-works. These will be highlighted in an effort to stimulate and encourage open research practices.

Plans are to follow-up the survey with a limited number of interviews to highlight a range of practices. While details are still being determined, results of the research undertaking will be shared with both the funder and Open Access and Open Science communities. The survey is expected to be distributed later this year.

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Switzerland New analysis reveals OA journals have clear citation advantage over subscription journals - 13 Jul 2018

Open-access scholarly publisher Frontiers is the 4th most cited publisher amongst the 20 largest publishers, ranked by average citations over a three-year period (2015-2017). The same analysis also reveals a citation advantage of Open Access journals over subscription journals in the last three years.

In 2017, 16 percent of peer-reviewed papers worldwide were published in fully Open Access journals, according to SCImago (2018). After over two decades of the Open Access revolution, this is a far cry from the aspired 100 percent. One of the many reasons why the transition to Open Access turned out to be so difficult is the debate whether Open Access can produce scientific excellence.

In 2017, four of the 20 largest publishers are full Open Access publishers, 16 are traditional subscription publishers with a range of subscription, hybrid and fully open access journals.

The average citations over a three-year period (2015-2017) amongst the largest 20 publishers, the performance of fully Open Access publishers is remarkable.

Frontiers' average citation rate is 3.65 per paper and well above the average of 2.7 for subscription journals and 2.9 for Open Access journals. Amongst the ranked publishers, only Learned Societies specialising in a single, highly-cited field, such as chemistry or physics, rank higher. Among multidisciplinary publishers, Frontiers has the highest average citation rate.

Other fully Open Access publishers also rank above average on citation rates: PLOS ranks 6th with an average citation rate of 3.25 and MDPI 8th with an average citation rate of 3.10.

Across the last three years, Open Access journals received on average 7 percent more citations than subscription journals. Open Access journals published by traditional subscription publishers are generally achieving more impact within the same publisher.

In the open access and subscription journals break out by those 20 publishers, Open Access journals see a citation advantage, with an average of 2.9 citations per paper for Open Access journals versus 2.7 citations per paper for subscription/hybrid journals.

While 10 out of the 16 traditional publishers show a clear citation advantage for their Open Access journals, there are some variations, likely reflecting different strategies with the titles, as well as a publisher’s standing in terms of the content they attract.

These findings are in line with a recent White Paper published by Springer Nature and Digital Science, which demonstrated a clear citation advantage of Open Access articles over paywalled articles in hybrid subscription journals. Articles published in the Open Access format were 1.6 times more cited than paywalled articles within the same journals.

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German The CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe launch joint deposition and access services for crystal structure data - 13 Jul 2018

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (FIZ Karlsruhe) have announced the launch of their joint deposition and access services for crystallographic data across all chemistry. These services will enable researchers to share data through a single deposition portal and explore all chemical structures for free worldwide.

With this joint depot, FIZ Karlsruhe supports the community's need for a reliable infrastructure for research data from crystallography.

Recent advances in chemistry have meant that the distinctions between inorganic and organic structures have become blurred, for instance through research to design new batteries, gas storage systems, zeolites, catalysts, magnets, and fuel additives. This, coupled with the desire from researchers for more integrated databases, has been the driving force behind the development of these joint services.

As a result, researchers and educators worldwide, working across all fields of chemistry, are able to explore over one million crystallographic structures through a joint Access Structures service enabling them to view and retrieve deposited datasets associated with structures in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD).

Crystallographers can deposit organic, inorganic and metal-organic structures through a unified deposition service. This features a streamlined online portal for easy submission and integrates a variety of checks to alert researchers about the validity, integrity and originality of their data. Additional features include the rapid assignment of deposition numbers and the ability for depositors to choose to share their data immediately through an appropriate database. Alternatively, data destined for inclusion in a scientific article is automatically shared at the point of publication through workflows with most major publishers. Anyone looking for structures previously stored in the FIZ Karlsruhe depot can still find them using the published depot number.

All of the existing expert data curation and publishing processes will remain in place, ensuring that users will still have access to the high-quality data and advanced analysis capabilities on which they can depend. The highly curated CSD and ICSD databases and their associated advanced software will continue to develop and to be available independently from the CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe, respectively.

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US Clarivate Analytics and Zoological Society of London honour BBC ocean documentary, Blue Planet II - 13 Jul 2018

As part of the close association of Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Zoological Record, Clarivate Analytics sponsors an annual ZSL award for communicating zoology, presented in recognition of communication of a zoological nature that has an outstanding impact on a general audience. The impact may be measured in terms of outstanding quality, novelty, innovation, or accessibility for a wide audience.

The Zoological Record is a Web of Science component which, in its 154-year history as the leading taxonomic reference, has had a long association with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

For 2017, the ZSL awards committee received nominations and selected the TV series Blue Planet II as the recipient. This series, narrated and presented by Sir David Attenborough, has communicated zoology to a large TV audience as well as highlighted and driven debate on the harm that plastics are causing to the wildlife and particularly ocean ecosystems.

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US OCUL members opt for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions - 13 Jul 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Thirteen OCUL libraries, including six ARL members, chose to move forward and participate in a collaborative purchase of the Alma and Primo solutions. Member libraries will be upgrading from the Ex Libris Voyager® integrated library system (ILS), as well as replacing other third-party integrated library systems. The Alma platform will also be replacing a variety of link resolver and ERM systems. The Primo discovery solution will replace the diverse range of discovery systems currently in use among the members to provide improved discoverability of resources across the institutions.

The University of Windsor, an OCUL member, was the first in the consortium to purchase the Alma and Primo solutions, in 2013. The 13 OCUL institutions that have recently opted for the Ex Libris solutions are York University (an ARL member), the University of Ottawa (ARL), Western University (ARL), the University of Waterloo (ARL), the University of Guelph (ARL), Queen's University (ARL), Nipissing University, Brock University, Carleton University, Lakehead University, Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Wilfrid Laurier University. It is anticipated that additional OCUL members will join the project in the future. The participating members have collections representing more than 18 million bibliographic records and serve over 340,000 students, staff, and faculty members.

The Alma platform and Primo discovery solution will provide OCUL libraries with the opportunity to share data, collaborate more efficiently, and streamline workflows. In addition, to support data-driven decision-making, librarians will be able to generate cross-campus analytics for an effective review of system-wide sharing, collection development, and resource usage. As a unified resource management solution, the Alma platform aligns with OCUL's goal to eliminate silos, redundant processes, and the duplication of data. The platform will be able to handle the size, scale, and diverse nature of the OCUL institutions and support a full range of collaborative services while also preserving institutional autonomy where necessary. The Primo consortium capabilities will enable each member library to optimise services; enhance the user experience; and maximise discoverability, resource sharing, and collaboration across the consortium.

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