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US INCOSE and Wiley name Dr. Clifford A. Whitcomb as new editor-in-chief of the ‘Systems Engineering’ journal - 16 Jul 2018

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and Wiley have announced the selection of Dr. Clifford A. Whitcomb as the new editor-in-chief of the 'Systems Engineering' Journal. A bimonthly publication of INCOSE and Wiley, 'Systems Engineering' is a global archival publication for systems engineering and related fields.

Whitcomb succeeds Olivier L. de Weck, who served as editor-in-chief since January 2013. In this role, Whitcomb will be responsible for the technical content and strategic direction of the journal, oversight of the peer review process, management of the 'Best Papers' awards, and enhancing the visibility and impact of the publication. He will also appoint and oversee three new associate editors and a new editorial board to serve the full scope of the journal.

Whitcomb is a professor of systems engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. With more than 35 years' experience in defence systems engineering and related fields, Whitcomb's research interests include systems engineering competency modeling, design thinking and human-centered design, model-based systems engineering, defence systems of systems, naval construction and engineering, and leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills development for engineers.

He has authored or co-authored over 50 papers for journals and conferences, and has written or edited a number of published books, including 'Effective Interpersonal and Team Communication Skills for Engineers' published by Wiley in 2013 and the 'Modeling and Simulation-based Systems Engineering Handbook' published by CRC Press in 2014.

Previously, Whitcomb served as a principal investigator for research projects from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, Office of the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, and naval system commands and naval warfare centers. He is also a retired naval officer, having served 23 years as a submarine warfare officer and engineering duty officer.

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Greece International Conference on Open Scholarly Communication target organisations promoting Open Scholarly Communication and Open Science, with the focus on the Social Sciences and Humanities - 16 Jul 2018

The International Conference on Open Scholarly Communication 'Open Scholarly Communication in Europe: Addressing the Coordination Challenge' was organised by the National Documentation Centre (EKT), May 31 - June 1, in Athens as part of the European funded project OPERAS.

Distinguished speakers from Greece, Europe, North and South America presented the latest developments in Open Scholarly Communication. The conference targeted all those who promote open scholarly communication, highlighted and encouraging the exchange of views on the challenges arising during the transition to an Open Science paradigm, focusing particularly on the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Not only was it the first OPERAS conference in this area, but it was also an opportunity to present its goals and activities to a wider public.

During the first day, the European Commission's policies and priorities for Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud as well as the actions planned in the new Horizon Europe programme were presented. This was followed by details of OPERAS achievements which mainly aim to develop a European e-infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication, particularly in Social Sciences and Humanities.

The two main sessions of the first day focused on the challenge of effective co-ordination between organisations, disciplines and countries based on the principles of Open Science, and funding opportunities (such as crowdfunding) which can support Open Scholarly Communication.

Victoria Tsoukala, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, drew attention to the changes Open Science is bringing about in research performance and communication. Explaining that the transition to Open Science is one of the European Commission's key priorities, she focused on its policies to strengthen and support member states in the new paradigm.

Pierre Mounier, OpenEdition, co-ordinator for OPERAS and OPERAS-D, concentrated on the project's main actions to provide innovative support services for research and the development of a single Open Science ecosystem. These actions comprise seven focus groups designed to explore the key aspects of scholarly communication in the digital environment such as the working group on standards co-ordinated by EKT. Results of the working groups are fed into the work undertaken by the network to develop new services including a certification service and a discovery platform via the Isidore and Hypothesis platforms.

The round table was an opportunity for speakers to consider different support models and the various national approaches to scholarly communication. A number of strategies were highlighted - bottom up, top down, horizontal - in addition to the individual challenges faced and the steps taken for better co-ordination, particularly within the European Cloud for Open Science (EOSC).

Discussions on topics such as the Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity highlighted important issues such as the evaluation of researchers and the need to change the existing model. Jacques Lafait (Jussieu Call) stressed the particular importance of promoting diversity rather than imposing a model, and recognising the individual needs and practices of disciplines. Attendees were updated on funding and sustainability initiatives such as SCOSS (Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) and crowdfunding.

Discussions and presentations were not limited solely to European experiences. The participation of John Willinsky (PKP, Public Knowledge Project) and Abel Packer (SciELO) once again emphasised the importance of adopting standards and quality control procedures as access to knowledge should be seen as a human right.

Topic areas for the second day concentrated on existing European infrastructures and funded projects for the implementation of the European Cloud for Open Science (EOSC).

The co-ordinators for openAIRE (Natalia Manola), EUDAT (Damien Lecarpentier) and DARIAH (Laurent Romary) participated in a productive discussion on the co-ordination of the activities of stakeholders towards integration of individual infrastructures into the European Cloud for Open Science.

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US De Gruyter and Code Ocean partner to improve research reproducibility - 16 Jul 2018

Academic publisher De Gruyter and Code Ocean, a computational reproducibility platform, have announced a partnership that enables journal authors to publish and share working code associated with their research so readers can immediately reproduce the results.

Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics (SNDE) is the first journal from De Gruyter to integrate the Code Ocean widget. The widget is agnostic across programming languages, versions, and operating systems, making it useful to researchers in diverse disciplines. Authors can easily share their code, and readers can execute the code and view results using only a standard web browser. An article appearing in SNDE with the embedded Code Ocean widget can found using this DOI.

De Gruyter will deploy Code Ocean across its journals throughout 2018 and 2019. Upon manuscript acceptance, De Gruyter will invite authors to submit their code in their journal manuscript workflow, creating an efficient way for authors to deposit and archive their code and comply with funder requirements. Upon submission, Code Ocean generates a citable Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to increase author attribution of code as part of their publication record.

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US ARL invites libraries to register for 2018 LibQUAL+ survey - 16 Jul 2018

The Association of Research Libraries is inviting libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+® by registering for the 2018 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a tool that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. The protocol is a rigorously tested web survey that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organisational culture, and market the library.

Since 2000, more than 1,300 libraries in 35 countries have participated in LibQUAL+, including college and university, community college, health sciences, and academic law libraries. This growing community of participants and its extensive data set of more than two million completed surveys are rich resources for improving library services.

Registration to participate in the second LibQUAL+ survey session of 2018 is open through December 9, 2018. Participating libraries may schedule and run their survey at any time during this session.

New participants may register by sending email to libqual@arl.org. Past participants may register on the LibQUAL+ website and may be eligible for reduced fees. Institutions that participated in LibQUAL+ in 2017 will receive a discount of $1,000 on their 2018 survey registration, and institutions that last participated in 2016 will receive a discount of $500.

As a benefit of registration, participants are able to view results for all libraries participating in the same survey year. For access to the full set of survey results from 2000 through 2018, institutions may purchase an annual LibQUAL+ Membership Subscription for $1,000.

Registration for the 2018 survey year will close November 1, 2018.

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UK The BMJ launches special collection on research for health in the Americas - 16 Jul 2018

The BMJ is launching a special collection of articles that will explore how research can drive effective and efficient health systems across the Americas. The collection seeks to shape the research agenda and help fulfil the promise of high quality health for all.

High quality research - and the evidence that it yields - is essential for improving global health and health equity, as well as economic development. Research for health refers to a system which seeks to harness science, technology and broader knowledge to produce research-based evidence and tools for improving global health.

It is a top priority for the World Health Organization (WHO) to help strengthen health systems and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2009, member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) therefore approved a regional policy on research for health in the Americas.

It was developed to complement the WHO's Strategy on Research for Health, based on the premise that policies and practices in support of health worldwide should be grounded in the best scientific knowledge.

By December 2017, 16 countries reported a national policy on research for health, and 18 Caribbean community countries endorsed a common policy.

Yet striking differences remain between countries in their ability to deliver, use, and organise research for health, or to monitor their research capacity, argue Dr Kamran Abbasi, Executive Editor at The BMJ, along with Carissa Etienne and Luis Gabriel Cuervo at Pan American Health, in an editorial to launch the collection.

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US National Council of Teachers of Mathematics appoints Angela Barlow as editor-in-chief of new practitioner journal - 16 Jul 2018

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has announced Angela Barlow, dean of the University of Central Arkansas Graduate School, as the editor-in-chief of its new practitioner journal: Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PreK-12, which will launch January 2020.

The new journal reflects the current practices of mathematics education, as well as maintaining a knowledge base of practice and policy in looking at the future of the field. Content is aimed at the grades from preschool to 12th grade with peer-reviewed and invited articles.

Barlow also serves as director of Sponsored Programs at the UCA and brings a wealth of relevant experience as the former editor of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics's (NCSM) Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, where she expanded the journal’s frequency, and from appointments on numerous journal editorial panels, including Mathematics Teacher Educator, her record as a mathematics educator includes instructional experience at a variety of grade levels.

In July 2017, the NCTM Board of Directors approved a proposal to consolidate its three practitioner journals - Teaching Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Mathematics Teacher - with a January 2020 launch of the new journal as a kick-off to NCTM's centennial year celebration. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PreK-12, will be published 12 times a year, will provide more frequent and timely content on topics of relevance to math educators and learners, and the digital version of the journal will embrace the latest technology to promote individual member engagement and community, while continuing to deliver the grade-band specific high-quality classroom resource materials.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 16 Jul 2018

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Jessica Borger (Peer review has some problems - but the science community is working on it); EBSCOpost Blog (Search Subject Indexes for Targeted Results); Adrian Barnett (An idea to promote research integrity: adding badges to papers where the authors fought against the results being suppressed or sanitised); and Helen Blanchett (Major progress made in open research but technical and cultural obstacles remain). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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