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German Springer Nature initiates charitable incentive system for peer reviewers - 12 Sep 2017

Peer reviewers are enabling people in developing countries to access safe drinking water as the result of a collaboration between Springer's journal Environmental Earth Sciences and the non-profit humanitarian organisation 'Filter of Hope.' Since the start of the initiative at the beginning of 2017, almost 600 water filters have been distributed in Liberia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, Russia, Cuba and India. This scheme is the first of its kind to acknowledge the fundamental contribution of peer reviewers in the scientific publishing industry through a non-profit partnership.

When a reviewer completes a peer review for Environmental Earth Sciences, it is tracked in the manuscript submission system so that it corresponds to a donation made by Springer Nature to Filter of Hope. The reviewer can also choose whether they would like to be acknowledged for their review in a special Editorial to the journal which is published at the end of the year.

'Filter of Hope – Clean Water for Life' is a non-profit organisation that serves people in over 40 countries. Their goal is to change the world through the distribution of highly effective and affordable water filters. The water filters remove bacteria, protozoa and microorganisms from contaminated water sources, making it completely safe to drink. The work of Filter of Hope depends on global distribution organisations and funding partners that include foundations, corporations, philanthropic families, schools, churches, humanitarian groups and young people all across the world.

Environmental Earth Sciences is an international multidisciplinary journal concerned with all aspects of interaction between humans, natural resources, ecosystems, special climates or unique geographic zones, and the earth. Its aim is to improve and remediate the environment as a habitat for life on earth.

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UK Royal Society of Chemistry partners with Publons to give peer reviewers more recognition - 12 Sep 2017

The Royal Society of Chemistry has launched a formal partnership with Publons - a third-party reviewer recognition service - for a twelve-month trial on ten RSC journals.

Publons is a service that reviewers can sign up for and record their peer review history, as a way of 'getting credit for peer review'. Reviewers can use it to track and verify their peer review activity. The aim is to speed up research by harnessing the power of great peer review, working with publishers, institutions and researchers to turn peer review into a measurable output that can be used to demonstrate a researcher's standing, impact and influence in their field.

Reviewers will now be able to track their verified peer review activity across all participating publishers and journals, which is recorded all in one place and updated automatically; view and download their up-to-date reviewer record at any time; get more recognition for the reviews they complete; choose to be notified when an article they reviewed is published, so they can see the outcome of their peer review; and have the option to link their record to their ORCID account to show their publication and peer review activity together.

Publons provides verified credit for peer review without compromising reviewer anonymity or infringing upon journal review models. By default, only the year of the review and the journal title will be shown on reviewer profiles.

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UK Emerald Publishing sponsors Peer Review Week 2017 - 12 Sep 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing is a co-organiser and sponsor of Peer Review Week 2017, September 11-17, with its theme of 'Transparency'. Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality.

The event brings together individuals, institutions and organisations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.

Emerald provides a number of resources to help drive the quality of peer review and support its reviewer communities, including practical tips and guidance on all aspects of the peer review process, as well as a reviewer reward scheme.

Emerald also recognises that, without the efforts and dedication of reviewers, Emerald journals would not have the right to be called scholarly and therefore include a much-coveted 'Outstanding Reviewer Award' in its annual Literati Awards programme.

Emerald has also recently extended its partnership with Publons, which works with peer reviewers, academic publishers, and research institutions to make peer review a rewarding activity. Established in 2013, the company collects information from peer reviewers and publishers to produce comprehensive reviewer profiles with publisher-verified peer review contributions that researchers can add to their resume without breaking reviewer anonymity.

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German Knowledge Unlatched unveils KU Open Services - 12 Sep 2017

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) will open its services to publishers with Open Services, designed to help publishers achieve greater impact for their Open Access (OA) books. The new service is an additional offer for those OA titles that have not been financed through KU's traditional crowd funding model.

The service has been tailor-made to meet increasing demands from publishers, libraries, and researchers for greater discoverability of their OA titles. By utilising leading hosting platforms, indexing databases, and archives, alongside easy importation into library catalogues and measures to reduce double-dipping, KU offers seamless and effective management of the discoverability process. Furthermore, KU provides quarterly usage reports, offering complete transparency throughout the process, and supplying the data needed to demonstrate the real impact of OA publications.

KU has announced that eight leading publishers have already expressed their support for the initiative. German publishers transcript Verlag, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Böhlau, V&R unipress, Academic Studies Press, a US specialist in Slavic and Jewish Studies; The University of North Carolina Press; University Press of Hawaii; and The University Press of Colorado have all already partnered with KU to take advantage of the new service.

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France Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar appointed as Library Director of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology - 12 Sep 2017

Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar has been appointed as the Library Director of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia as of July 1, 2017.

Vijay joined KAUST in 2009 and has contributed to the library's growth in many leadership roles, including Senior Subject Specialist, Research and Reference Manager, Collections and Information Service Manager and Acting Director. As a member of the library management team, Vijay has been engaged in developing strategic plans and policies, and managing services, budget, staff development and assessment initiatives. He has also represented the Library in many prestigious international and regional professional forums and boards.

He brings with him 20 years of professional working expertise gained from working at different academic and research libraries from the Middle East, the Americas and India. His research has been published in reputed journals and in many conferences. A leader in his field, he is also a member of several Journal Editorial Boards, Publisher's Librarian Advisory Boards and IFLA ACD Standing Committee.

KAUST Library is an Institutional Member of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI).

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