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US Elsevier to offer HFMA courses through its healthcare eLearning system - 26 Jan 2017

STM publisher Elsevier will offer multiple HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) courses, from understanding the business side of health care to communicating with patients.

Elsevier has entered into a reseller agreement with HFMA to offer courses for clinical, revenue cycle and administrative hospital staff to improve revenue cycle management and performance by addressing the complexities of ever-changing healthcare payment models and elements necessary to run a successful healthcare organization. Included is training on how to clearly and thoughtfully communicate with patients about their financial responsibilities.

Two HFMA course libraries will be offered during the first quarter of 2017: The Business of HealthcareSM and Patient Financial Communications. Additional HFMA courses will be offered throughout the year by Elsevier, including topics such as compliance and billing.

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US American Chemical Society responds to reports of changes in agency scientific policies - 26 Jan 2017

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is monitoring, with concern, reports stating the Trump administration is changing scientific communication policy and grant procedures. During this transition, ACS urges the administration to clarify, as soon as possible, its positions on these policies.

The American Chemical Society has established public policies underscoring the importance of unfettered scientific discourse and exchange to ensure the integrity, credibility and reliability of the scientific enterprise.

The ACS Freedom of International Scientific Exchange statement notes: Science and scholarship flourish when scientists collaboratively pursue and publish research and communicate without externally imposed impediment, limitation, or restriction. It is important for organisations that represent scientists and educators to advocate the most open and fair exchange among scientists without limitations imposed by national and global political concerns.

In addition, the Society’s Scientific Integrity in Public Policy statement underlies ACS’ detailed perspective on science policy, and states in part: Scientists and engineers have an obligation to provide comprehensive, transparent, unbiased, and understandable technical analyses. Policymakers have the responsibility to consider these analyses and any other relevant technical input in a comprehensive, transparent, and unbiased manner.

Related policy materials are available at https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/policy/publicpolicies.html.

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Canada PKP joins HIRMEOS Project Advisory Board - 26 Jan 2017

Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has been invited to join the Advisory Board for the HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) Project. Funded by the European Commission, the project will improve five important open access monograph publishing platforms in the SSH and enhance their technical capacities and services, rendering technologies, and content interoperable and embedding them fully into the European Open Science Cloud.

To this end the project will implement shared standards in the different platforms of the partners such that allows interoperability with important European and international registries and services (among which, OpenAIRE, ORCID, Crossref). It will further implement innovative services such as open annotations and altmetrics and improve existing certification services (for the Directory of Open Access Books).

The five platforms include OpenEdition Books (Lodel), OAPEN Library (XTF), EKT Open Book Press (OMP), Ubiquity Press (RUA) and Göttingen University Press.

Other board members include OpenAire, Crossref, ORCID, Google Scholar, Isidore, EvalHum, and Hypothes.is. Alec Smecher, PKP’s Associate Director for Development will represent PKP. We’re looking forward to working alongside the other participants in this significant project to improve open scholarly monograph publishing.

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UK Researchfish and F1000 announce strategic partnership - 26 Jan 2017

Researchfish®, a platform for reporting of research outcomes and impact tracking, has announced a partnership with F1000. Every year over 100,000 researchers globally report the output and outcomes of their funded research through the Researchfish platform. This provides funding organisations, charities and universities with a unique understanding of what their funding has achieved and therefore enables them to make informed decisions about future funding activities, communication with stakeholders at all levels and in many cases increase annual funding amounts.

Any research outputs reported in Researchfish that have been recommended by F1000’s expert Faculty will be freely identifiable to its users. This new partnership will provide Researchfish members with even greater insight into the value and potential impact of much of the research that they have supported.

Through the article recommendations of a virtual Faculty of over 8000 leading life science experts, F1000Prime provides a well-recognised indicator of research quality and potential impact that can be used to complement quantitative citation-based indicators to support research assessment.

While all articles that have been recommended will be freely identifiable within the Researchfish platform, any organisations subscribing to the F1000Prime service will be able to access richer content about the expert/s who are recommending the work and why the work has been recommended.

Further developments in the sphere of interoperability between the two platforms will follow. The launch of this integration coincides with the release of the new Researchfish user interface and will go live at the beginning of the UK Research Councils’ submission period in February. During this time, over 100,000 users will be reporting via the Researchfish platform.

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US Atypon creates Bone & Joint Publishing’s new OA journal site on Literatum - 26 Jan 2017

Bone & Joint Publishing, the publishing imprint of The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery, has launched a new open access journal site on Atypon’s Literatum, the professional and scholarly publishing industry’s most widely used online publishing platform. The new site, home to Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics, the official journal of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, was completed in two months.

The publisher signed the contract to publish the journal, previously published by Springer, in the autumn of 2016, and needed to relaunch it on their own site by early January 2017—a significant technological challenge. Atypon began work on the project in early November, migrating 800 articles from Springer while maintaining Springer’s proprietary DTD. The new website, designed by Atypon to match Bone & Joint Publishing’s existing online branding, was launched on January 10, 2017.

The new site will help meet Bone & Joint Publishing’s goals of increasing the journal’s usage, citations, and Impact Factor. The journal has been indexed by Web of Science since January 2016, and is already in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

The open access journal is supported by Literatum’s technologies for delivering, marketing, and monetising content, including integrated ad serving and enhanced SEO. Literatum’s modular architecture facilitated a rapid migration; researchers will benefit from Literatum’s faceted onsite search and personalized content recommendations.

Future site enhancements include the addition of a taxonomy to further improve and refine onsite search, automate the creation of new products, and personalize the reading experience for each visitor.

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US CDL Model License revised - 26 Jan 2017

The California Digital Library (CDL) has announced the major upgrade of its Standard License Agreement (“Model License”). The new version reflects current best practices in licensing and incorporates feedback from UC librarians, licensing staff, attorneys, peers, and CDL colleagues.

The revision process started in March 2016 with a long-planned review of the existing CDL Model License, which had been incrementally revised since 2009, in light of more recent models such as the LibLicense Model License Agreement (“LMLA”, revised in November 2014) supported by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Model License (revised in July 2016) was also reviewed.

Helpful terms from these existing model licenses, and solicited additional suggestions from colleagues based on their expertise, such as authentication, usage statistics, acquisition, cataloging, business negotiation, and library user services were also reviewed.

The new Model License includes many updated sections to support UC researchers and authors’ needs. For example, the Text and Data Mining (TDM) section clarifies that authorised users may not only engage in text and/or data mining activities for academic research purposes but also share the results with others so long as the purpose is not to create a product for use by third parties that would substitute for the licensed materials.

The Author Rights section has also been enhanced, indicating that UC authors retain the right to use their own work for scholarly purposes, including self-archiving or depositing it in open repositories or archives, and to comply with all grant or institutional requirements. CDL’s Access & Publishing department provided guidance on this section.

The Open Access (OA) section asks Licensors to report the number of works (such as articles) published under the OA option and the number and list of such works by title by UC authors, and states that Licensors are expected to proportionally reduce the subscription price if the ratio of the number of OA articles to the number of licensed articles increases in comparison to the previous year.

Accessibility requirements are now listed under the Warranties section, strengthening the Libraries’ commitment to ensuring that licensed resource vendors adequately support the needs of patrons with disabilities. Additionally, the new Model License includes a Business Terms appendix that contains a checklist of key terms.

Attorneys from the UCOP Office of General Counsel provided new terms on indemnities, dispute resolution, and accessibility requirements, to protect UC’s interests. For example, the new Model License suggests a legal action in court if necessary instead of arbitration.

Many UC colleagues, particularly licensing staff at UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UCLA, provided detailed comments on various drafts, as did numerous internal CDL colleagues. Within CDL, two colleagues provided invaluable assistance throughout the project: Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director at CDL, provided guidance throughout the revision process based on her years of experience in licensing and her prior participation in the LibLicense Model License revision; Nancy Scott-Noennig, licensing specialist at CDL, incorporated terms from various existing model licenses, and reviewed the final version carefully.

The new Model License is available on the CDL Website. There are two versions: a UC staff version (password protected) and a public version.

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