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UK ALPSP member briefing on Plan S - 24 Sep 2018

Science Europe recently announced Plan S, a proposal for the transition of European-funded research to a fully open access environment, in line with the principles of open science. The plan is supported by 11 European national funding councils, joined by the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC).

While the term 'science' is used in the announcement, the word is employed to indicate rigorous disciplines rather than the natural sciences only and the publication of Plan S indicates explicitly that this is intended to include the humanities.

The central feature of Plan S is that from January 1, 2020, publications reporting research funded by grants from signatories and supporters of Plan S must be published in compliant open access journals or platforms with no embargo periods. The detailed requirements for compliance are not yet announced, however the Plan does state that hybrid publications will not be compliant, that authors must retain copyright of their work with no restrictions and that funding for open access fees should be standardised and capped within Europe.

Publishing is a fundamental part of the research process. Community-led publishers aim to facilitate researchers sharing their work to allow the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the society. Considering the needs of researchers in different disciplines is central to ensuring this advancement of knowledge is optimised. For example, in many fields within the humanities and social sciences, the mode of expression of arguments is integral to the scholarly work, an aspect which should be considered when determining mandates for publication licenses.

As the requirements for the implementation of Plan S are developed, supporting funders are being encouraged to engage with stakeholders, in particular learned societies, given the critical importance of publishing programmes to the vitality of their disciplines and communities. The ability of learned societies to facilitate the development of national and international networks, provide education and training, enable public engagement with their subjects, fund research, and advise government on all aspects of their discipline, must be considered in future funding models.

The importance of publications in the dissemination of research is acknowledged in the Plan and ALPSP expects to see the value added by publications in the advancement of knowledge, rather than minimal service standards only, recognised in future drafts. ALPSP welcomes the acknowledgement of the importance of researchers having the greatest freedom of choice when selecting where to publish their research. However, ALPSP is concerned that as currently written, the Plan will have the effect of placing considerable restrictions on many researchers, who may be unable to select the most appropriate outlet for their publications. The Association, therefore looks forward to clarification on aspects of the Plan, including commitment that the funding available will be sufficient to ensure that maintenance of standards in publication ethics, support for the principles of open data and innovation in making research results more widely accessible, can continue.

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US American Physical Society releases new physics classification scheme, PhySH - 24 Sep 2018

The American Physical Society (APS) has announced that PhySH, APS's new physics classification scheme, is now publicly available under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Created to provide a fully open, high-quality classification scheme for the entire physics community, PhySH groups concepts into a flexible hierarchy that organises content by topics.

At its core, PhySH concepts are grouped into both facets and disciplines. Facets are broad groupings of concepts organised according to the general role they serve, while disciplines are specialties within physics used to narrow the list of concepts. Users are encouraged to make contributions and suggestions to ensure that PhySH becomes a trusted resource for the physics community.

PhySH can seamlessly integrate into other classification schemes and provide users new and useful ways to browse and search within their database. Under the CC0 license, users are allowed to copy, modify, redistribute, or otherwise make any use of its concepts and their relationships and identifiers.

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US Provation unveils Provation Apex, a cloud-based procedure documentation SaaS platform to increase clinical efficiency and physician satisfaction - 24 Sep 2018

Clinical productivity software provider Provation has announced the launch of Provation® Apex, a new, cloud-based procedure documentation SaaS platform designed to improve outcomes, clinical efficiency and physician satisfaction in ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals.

Accessible on any internet-enabled device, Apex is designed to be intuitive and aligned with the physician’s workflow. It provides guided capture of relevant details for more than 3,000 procedures in multiple specialties and automatically generates coding for all reimbursable actions.

Together, these features can help reduce the amount of time physicians spend on clerical and electronic health record (EHR) tasks, and increase time for providing patient care. According to a 2017 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), for every hour of clinical work, physicians spend two hours on clerical or EHR-related tasks.

The Apex software platform supports procedures ranging from common interventions to complex surgeries in gastroenterology, pulmonology, orthopedics and pain management, with more specialties planned.

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Canada PKP and SciELO to develop open source Preprint Server system - 24 Sep 2018

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and SciELO Program have announced an agreement to develop a Preprint Server system on the principles that have guided these two organisations over the last two decades.

These governing principles include recognising the value of: independent manuscript evaluation systems and related services that are open to the academic community on a global basis; comprehensive workflows for scholarly publishing that include options for preprint and post-publication commentary; and affordable open source software systems for the underlying infrastructure for scholarly communication.

PKP and SciELO plan to collaborate on the building of a Preprint Server system fully interoperable with Open Journal System (OJS) and other publishing systems that will serve SciELO Network journals and that will be made publicly available to other organisations to operate.

SciELO and PKP welcome all organisations that are interested in supporting the development of an open source multilingual Preprint Server system intended to strengthen the sustainability of open access scholarly communication in line with open science editorial practices across the disciplines. The longer term vision is for a platform that can incorporate smart pre-pub services, such as XML markup, that can add to the quality of preprints.

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US Reprints Desk and Digital Science partner to provide intelligent citation references and journal article stats - 24 Sep 2018

Research Solutions, Inc., a provider of cloud-based workflow solutions for R&D driven organisations, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk and technology company Digital Science have forged an agreement bringing together the power of two research tools: Article Galaxy and Dimensions. Reprints Desk's Article Galaxy research platform provides customers with fast, reliable, and personalised access to full-text scientific literature and intelligent data insights. Digital Science's new research and discovery database, Dimensions, integrates more than 135 million publications, grants, clinical trials, and patents.

The Dimensions database supports Article Galaxy's ecosystem of Gadgets - powerful research productivity apps for science. Article Galaxy users searching or managing citation data within certain apps or Gadgets in Article Galaxy are offered automated 'More Like This' recommendations with actionable citation references powered by Dimensions - and can access, purchase, or rent the full-text paper on the spot.

More than 70 percent of pharmaceutical companies, prestigious universities, and other R&D driven corporations rely on Article Galaxy, Reprints Desk's cloud-based research intelligence platform, for simplified and lowest cost access to the latest scientific research and data. Article Galaxy combines on-demand research retrieval, scientific data analytics, and enterprise literature management in one platform, featuring an ecosystem of app-like Gadgets and a Gadget Store for easy enhancement and visualisation of data.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 24 Sep 2018

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Charlotte Perry-Houts and Tyler Ruse (Why good metadata matters: discoverability, tracking, marketing and more…); Tim Vines (Plan T: Scrap APCs and Fund Open Access with Submission Fees); EBSCOpost Blog (Mastering the Pre-Discovery Phase of Biopharmaceutical Research); and Lucy Montgomery and Cameron Neylon (In a globalised and networked world, what is the unique value a university can bring? Introducing Open Knowledge Institutions). 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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