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Canada ORCID and Canadian Research Knowledge Network, in association with 16 Canadian stakeholders collaborate to build ORCID-CA, the ORCID consortium in Canada - 08 May 2017

ORCID and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), with support from a working group of 16 Canadian stakeholders who are all deeply committed to supporting research, scholarship, and innovation in Canada, are collaborating to build ORCID-CA, the ORCID consortium in Canada. Together, the working group created a Joint Statement of Principles which describes the benefits of ORCID and an ORCID consortium in Canada, and confirms their commitment to encourage and support the use of ORCID across the research ecosystem.

ORCID (named for the 'Open Researcher and Contributor ID' that it developed) was established to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers, and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. The organisation aims to solve the problems of name ambiguity and researcher identification by giving individuals a unique numeric identifier (an ORCID iD) that persists over time. Unlike other identifiers, an ORCID iD is not limited by discipline or by geographic region and can be used in any open or proprietary commercial or non-commercial system or platform.

ORCID-CA will provide Canadian institutions and organisations the opportunity to obtain membership to ORCID at a cost lower than that available to individual institutions. Consortium members have access to the Premium Member API, which facilitates integrating ORCID identifiers in key systems and workflows, such as research information systems, manuscript submission systems, grant application processes, and membership databases. ORCID-CA is in the process of hiring a Member Support Specialist who will provide front-line support and serve as the primary contact with members in both official languages. This role will manage and support new members, provide administrative support, and be the central technical support contact to all ORCID-CA members.

CRKN has signed a consortium agreement with ORCID, and work is underway to offer memberships in the ORCID-CA consortium as of May 1, 2017. The ORCID-CA.org web site, launched in March 2017, has been collecting expressions of interest from Canadian institutions and research organisations. To date, over 22 organisations have indicated their interest in joining the ORCID-CA consortium.

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Netherland VSNU and Oxford University Press unable to reach new agreement for access to academic journals - 08 May 2017

The universities in the Netherlands and Oxford University Press (OUP) have been unable to reach a new agreement for access to academic journals. The key priority in the negotiations for VSNU (the Association of Universities in the Netherlands) was facilitating the transition to open access – freely accessible articles – without Dutch scholars having to pay double to make them available in this way. OUP made a proposal to the Dutch universities which did not include an offer for affordable open access. The research universities in the Netherlands are unable to agree to this.

Instead of a step forward towards achieving the objective of 100% open access by 2020, compared to the agreements that the VSNU has made with other publishers, the OUP's offer is a step back. The VSNU is happy to resume negotiations if OUP is willing to make fair and more ambitious agreements relating to open access.

OUP mainly specialises in medical journals, so for University Medical Centers in particular it is important that a future-proof agreement is established. The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) fully supports the VSNU's negotiating position. As long as no new agreement is in place, academics will have to take into account the necessity to access any articles they should need, published by OUP from May 1, 2017 onwards, in some other fashion. They can, however, continue to publish in the relevant journals as they have done previously.

Agreements about the subscription fees of academic journals are made with academic publishers on behalf of all universities in the Netherlands with the VSNU acting as negotiator. Universities will only seek to renew agreements pertaining to subscriptions under the condition that publishers work towards the transition to open access. The fact that OUP is currently unable to take this step is regrettable, but fortunately this is an exception, given the general trend towards open access.

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US PubMed to include authors’ conflict-of-interest statements and link them to abstracts - 08 May 2017

PubMed, the leading database of abstracts from medical and life science journals, will reportedly include authors' conflict-of-interest statements and link them to abstracts so they are accessible on search pages.

Most journals necessitate authors to reveal funding and conflicts. To simplify reporting to PubMed, all they need to do is move the information to the abstract or connect it to the abstract. PubMed is now leaving it on journal publishers to provide the information.

PubMed's new policy was recently announced in a technical bulletin by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It comes over a year after a group of scientists, physicians, organisations, and a handful of US senators sent a letter to the NLM and the National Institutes of Health asking them to publish the disclosers.

While the impact of PubMed's new policy is awaited, others in the industry are similarly inclined. The Journal of American Medical Association recently devoted an entire issue to articles about conflict-of-interest.

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US AAAS and Editage collaborate to make editorial support available to authors submitting to the Science family of journals - 08 May 2017

Editage, the global scientific communications company, has announced its collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through Science, a family of six respected peer-reviewed journals. Through this collaboration, Editage's pre-submission editorial services will be available to authors submitting their manuscripts to any of the six Science journals.

Editage is partnered with many publishers including WKH, SPIE, IOP, and RUP. In addition to offering editorial services to submitting authors, Editage has collaborated with many of these publishers and conducted educational workshops for ESL authors.

Retractions globally have proven that issues of ethical misconduct such as peer review manipulation need to be tackled at the earliest. Editage believes that partnering with research institutes and universities and training authors to write in scientific English is the most effective approach in addressing these issues.

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UK BMJ appoints Mark Davies as new Non-Executive Director - 08 May 2017

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced the appointment of a new non-executive director to the company's board.

Mark Davies has been a GP in West Yorkshire for over 20 years. He also held a number of clinical leadership roles at the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and, most recently, was executive medical director of the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Previously he worked at global health informatics specialist MedeAnalytics as European Medical Director, developing population health management systems. His career spans healthcare, data and health technology and government consulting.

The appointment is effective immediately.

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Switzerland Educational publishers show WIPO delegates how copyright enables vital teaching innovations - 08 May 2017

Educational publishers from around the world showed delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) how copyright has enabled them to invest in the digital technology that is shaping the future of school-age learning.

Invited by the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and Bertelsmann, the four publishers came from Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. They presented their home-grown innovations to the delegates, who are attending the 34th sitting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), in Geneva.

FEP and Bertelsmann have developed similar events in Europe. This event aimed to highlight the fact that creativity is enhanced by copyright everywhere in the world.

The publishers, who are all IPA members through their own national publishers associations, delivered five-minute presentations before demonstrating their technologies in an up-close 'show and tell' setting.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 08 May 2017

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Laura McLeod, Stephanie Collins and Gabriel Siles-Brügge (The REF’s focus on linear and direct impact is problematic and silences certain types of research); Joseph Esposito (How Societies Structure Deals with Their Partners); Rick Anderson (When the Wolf Finally Arrives: Big Deal Cancelations in North American Libraries); Elodie Chabrol (Peer review, from the perspective of a frustrated scientist); and EBSCOpost Blog (Three Marketing Tips that Can Help Corporate Librarians). 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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