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US Society for Scholarly Publishing seeks mentors and mentees to participate in 2019 Spring Mentorship Program - 10 Jan 2019

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is now accepting applications for the next cohort of its Mentorship Program. After completion of the Fall 2018 cohort, the SSP Career Development Committee is now seeking potential mentors and mentees to participate in the program for Spring 2019.

This program is ideal for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organisations by connecting with a mentor. The next cohort will run from March through September 2019, and SSP is accepting applications for mentees and mentors now through February 8.

The initiative aims to connect members of SSP for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.

Accepted applicants will be matched with a mentor/mentee by the Career Development Committee. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month for six months in-person, via telephone, or by other virtual means. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. There is no cost to apply, but program participants (both mentors and mentees) must be SSP members.

The program is currently sponsored by Origin Editorial.

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German Springer Nature and The Open University partner to launch Computer Science Ontology (CSO) - 10 Jan 2019

Research publisher Springer Nature and the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of The Open University have partnered to provide a comprehensive Computer Science Ontology (CSO) to a broad range of communities engaged with scholarly data. CSO can be accessed free of charge through the CSO Portal, a web application that enables users to download, explore, and provide feedback on the ontology.

Ontologies of research areas are important tools for characterising, exploring, and analysing a research landscape. This CSO contains information about 14,000 research topics and was automatically generated by means of the specialised data mining technologies developed by the SKM3 team at the Knowledge Media Institute. This resource presents several advantages over alternative taxonomies: it is produced entirely automatically and therefore can be regularly updated with little effort; it is generated from a very large corpus of publications in computer science; and it provides a fine-grained characterisation of this field of study. Indeed, this CSO is about an order of magnitude larger than other current characterisations of this field.

The CSO currently supports a variety of tools and research prototypes for classifying and recommending research publications, making sense of research dynamics, modelling the evolution of research communities, and forecasting research trends.

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US Clarivate Analytics joins Accenture’s open partner ecosystem to advance drug discovery - 10 Jan 2019

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, has joined Accenture's open partner ecosystem, which is designed to help independent software vendors (ISVs), specialised content providers, and life sciences companies team more effectively to advance drug discovery efforts and improve patient outcomes.

The ecosystem is an integral part of Accenture's cloud-based informatics research platform, which helps life sciences organisations improve productivity, efficiency and innovation in drug discovery. Clarivate is working with Accenture to integrate its content into Accenture's research platform and provide access to more robust insights that enable data-driven decision-making.

The data and intelligence provided by Cortellis, the life sciences suite of solutions from Clarivate, will be accessible to companies within a common informatics framework that addresses core infrastructure requirements such as data ingestion and cleansing, security and IP management, request management workflow, enterprise search, data governance, and collaboration environments. The scientifically-curated content in Cortellis includes more than 600,000 compounds, 2.3 million biological pathways and effects, comprehensive experimental results, clinical trial outcomes, and biomarkers intelligence. These rich data sets provide critical context for researchers and complement the data they generate in support of clinical research, regulatory, manufacturing, marketing and portfolio strategy needs.

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US PLOS announces five new appointments to its Board - 10 Jan 2019

PLOS has announced the appointment of five new members to its Board.

The new Board Chair is Alastair Adam, currently CEO of innovative digital textbook publisher, FlatWorld. Alastair brings to the role not only a strong understanding of publishing - including scientific journals - but also his business savvy and strategic skills. Alastair joined the Board effective November 1 and assumed the Chair role on January 1, 2019, replacing the long-time Board Chair, Gary Ward.

PLOS has also added Dr. Simine Vazire, currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis. Earlier, she also served as a senior editor of Collabra: Psychology and Editor-in-Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science. Her scientific and editorial expertise brings a well-rounded and diverse perspective to the Board, and will help to ensure that working scientists retain a strong voice on Board.

Dr. Victoria Coleman joined the Board in May 2018. She is currently the Chief Technology Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation where she sets the organisation's technical roadmap for the evolution, development, and delivery of core platforms and architecture. Victoria brings valuable technology experience to the Board at a time when PLOS, like many mid-size publishers, faces important and difficult choices about its technology infrastructure. Victoria serves in several advisory roles including the Board of the Santa Clara University Department of Computer Engineering and as Senior Advisor to the Director of the University of California Berkeley's Center for Information Technology Research in the interest of the Society.

Professor Keith Yamamoto of UCSF has agreed to join the Board, effective February 1, 2019. Keith is both a highly regarded scientist and has experience in the policy arena focusing much of his career on science practice, education, communication, and advocacy including strong and early support for OA. He currently serves as UCSF's first vice chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy.

Suresh Bhat joined the Board on November 1, 2018 as incoming Chair of the Finance Committee. Suresh brings to PLOS not only deep financial knowledge but also experience at a top research university and a passion for education. Suresh has headed finance programs for a number of financial institutions. He is currently CFO and Treasurer at the Hewlett Foundation. Prior to that, he was CFO at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Switzerland MDPI announces OA agreement with Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - 10 Jan 2019

Academic open-access publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has announced the establishment of its national Open Access agreement with the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Through this national agreement, the Austrian institutions listed below as well as FWF will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by eligible corresponding or funded authors in MDPI journals as long as central funds are available.

All participating institutions have gained access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Funder and Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency. At the same time eligible authors are benefited from an APC discount which comes at no cost for the institutions.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with the participating institutions are prompted to choose the corresponding Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via the online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email address. To claim their discount, FWF funded authors should choose the particular funder and add their Grant ID upon online submission of their manuscript. The institutions will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

The Austrian institutions participating in this agreement are: Austrian Science Fund (FWF); University for Continuing Education Krems; University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna; University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien; Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Institute of Science and Technology Austria; MCI Management Center Innsbruck; University of Graz; University of Linz; University of Salzburg; Graz University of Technology; TU Wien; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna; and University of Vienna.

The full text of the agreement is openly available online at: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2536007

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UK Jisc and HESA to integrate two organisations more closely - 10 Jan 2019

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Jisc have announced their intention to integrate the two organisations more closely, to advance the aim of making the UK the global leader in data- and digitally-enabled higher education.

Combined, the two organisations believe that their complementary strengths can provide better services to the sector, help to manage subscriptions and enhance the impact of higher education in the UK.

Conversations are at an early stage and the detail needs to be worked through. This includes consulting with key stakeholders, assessing what it means in reality for each organisation and, above all, ensuring the status of HESA as the designated data body is protected.

HESA and Jisc have a long-standing and successful relationship, having developed services such as Heidi Plus to deliver business intelligence for HE providers, public sector and charities.

This collaboration builds on the recommendations of the 2017 Bell Review for sector agency consolidation and increased value for money. The two organisations are now seeing how, together, they can bring a stronger offer to their members through complementary capabilities and expertise in the collection, analysis, and use of data.

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