Serbia adopts national science policy called the ‘Open Science Platform’ - 20 Aug 2018
Serbia recently adopted a national science policy called the 'Open Science Platform'. The Serbian version of the policy is available on the official webpage of the Serbian Ministry (MESTD) and the version in English is available on OpenAIRE.
The discussion about OS in Serbia started in 2014. At the time, in Serbia, OA was mandated only for PhD theses. Therefore, a working group was established by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD) with the task of preparing a funder Open Science policy. As the Ministry is the main funder of research in Serbia, such a policy would also serve as a national OA policy.
The initial draft for the policy was provided by the PASTEUR40A team. The draft was further developed after this project ended.
The main elements of the policy are: Open Access is mandatory for all publications resulting from research funded by the MESTD, including journal articles, monographs, book chapters, conference objects, PhD theses (already mandated since 2014); the policy is a 'Green' OA mandate (repositories) - publishing in a journal of choice and depositing an author's copy in an OA repository; the allowed embargo periods are 12 months after the date of publication in case of physical and medical sciences, and engineering, or no later than 18 months in case of social sciences and humanities
The MESTD will recognize Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Book Processing Charges (BPCs) foreseen in the project budget as eligible costs; OA for data is not mandated; it is merely recommended; the Platform specifies situations where data should not be shared.
The policy does not mention evaluation but it may be expected that institutional policies will seek to establish a link between the OA content available in institutional repositories and promotion procedures.
The funder policy is intended to serve as an umbrella document. It sets merely the basic requirements, including the technical requirements for repositories, and all other details (depositing procedures, responsibilities for training, administration, monitoring the efficiency of OA policies, etc.) will be addressed in Institutional policies. It was particularly important to specify the minimum technical requirements for infrastructure in this umbrella policy. Unlike most European countries, Serbia does not have a developed repository infrastructure, due to which most researchers are not familiar with the operation of repositories, the importance OAI-PMH and metadata quality, OA licenses, etc. It is also important to ensure a certain level of quality control regarding metadata integrity by including relevant provisions in institutional policies.
Universities and research institutes shall define and adopt their open science platforms within six months, in accordance with this Platform. Progress and compliance will be monitored by the Ministry.
MXRi and Zygote partner to transform biomedical learning with augmented and virtual reality - 20 Aug 2018
MXR International Pte Ltd (MXRi), a specialist provider of AR/VR platform for education, publishing and training, and Zygote Co., Ltd., have announced a partnership to integrate Zygote's medically accurate 3D anatomical models into MXRi's AR platform to create immersive AR/VR learning content with publishers, educators and training institutes.
Using MXRi's SnapLearn platform, content publishers can easily turn books and training manuals into an AR/VR experience. The integration of Zygote's high quality 3D models with SnapLearn will allow medical, health and biology publishers to present the complete human body models in a visually stunning, factually accurate and now, immersive AR/VR format.
Augmented and Virtual Reality is a fast growing content medium and when applied in education and training, allows learners and trainees to better visualise concepts, enhance understanding and improve retention. However, the cost of incorporating AR/VR into existing content publishing process is costly, lengthy and technical.
With MXRis SnapLearn and Zygote's 3D models, the time and cost of producing AR/VR experience for biomedical education and training will be a tiny fraction of bespoke development while being underpinned by decades of R&D in AR/VR application and 3D production.
The integrated Zygote 3D model library will be available in MXRi's SnapLearn from October with an official launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
60th anniversary edition of Review of Particle Physics published in Physical Review D - 20 Aug 2018
The sixtieth anniversary edition of the Review of Particle Physics has been published in the American Physical Society (APS) journal Physical Review D (PRD). The Review is an evaluation of the properties of all the known elementary particles and of searches for new hypothetical ones. In 118 review articles, it summarises the latest information on particle physics and related areas such as cosmology.
In 1957, physicists Murray Gell-Mann and Arthur H. Rosenfeld published a paper that reviewed theory and experiments involving particles known as hyperons and heavy mesons. The paper was associated with an unpublished technical report listing the data associated with all the elementary particles known at that time. Meanwhile, Matts Roos of the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics was compiling his own list of particle data. In 1964 the two publications merged. Over the course of sixty years, the Review has grown from a few dozen pages to nearly two-thousand, with 227 authors adding new data from 758 papers reporting 2,783 measurements for the 2018 edition.
The Review has been published in a variety of leading physics journals in the US, Europe, and China. The publication this year in the journal Physical Review D is the 20th time the Review has appeared in a journal of the APS.
The most recent, complete edition is available online in Physical Review D and through the PDG website. However, the PDG Book, which contains the Summary Tables and all of the full review articles, and a 260-page PDG Booklet will be available in print.
In total, the Review of Particle Physics includes 41,371 measurements. Frequent references to the data in its pages ensure that the Review is the most cited physics publication in the world, with more than two-thousand citations annually.
Overleaf set to launch Overleaf v2 - 20 Aug 2018
Overleaf, a collaborative writing and publishing system, will be launching Overleaf v2 on September 4th - marking the release of an updated editor and dashboard for the Overleaf platform. It has been just over a year since Overleaf joined forces with ShareLaTeX, and since then, both companies have been working together to continue to build the best tools for collaborative writing.
Overleaf v2 has been in beta since April 2018. For ShareLaTeX users, Overleaf v2 should feel familiar because it is built on the same underlying ShareLaTeX technology. For Overleaf users, Overleaf v2 is a bolder change that makes working with your collaborators smoother and easier, with better editing tools, more ways to communicate, and additional offline-working options.
The first time a ShareLaTeX user logs in to ShareLaTeX on or after September 4th, their account will be transferred to Overleaf v2. Everything they are used to in ShareLaTeX is available in Overleaf v2, along with some other great features like rich-text editing and submitting to journals. Overleaf users can continue to use and log-in at www.overleaf.com. The default project dashboard and editor will become Overleaf v2. Overleaf and ShareLaTeX users should make sure that the primary email address (the one you sign in with) on your Overleaf and ShareLaTeX accounts match in order to merge your accounts together automatically when you first use Overleaf v2.
Beginning September 4th, all new paid plans will be purchased via Overleaf v2, or by invoice for larger group accounts or site licenses. Those using the Git-bridge in Overleaf will need to continue to use Overleaf v1 until the end of the year.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 20 Aug 2018
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Jessica Couture (To move towards a more open science, we must free the data); Naveen Minai (Challenges for Academics in the Global South - Resource Constraints, Institutional Issues, and Infrastructural Problems); Karen Rowlett (Embedding Altmetric data and tools at the University of Reading); and Jill Shuman (Creating a Culture of Knowledge Sharing: Improving your Productivity and your Bottom Line). 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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