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German Over 70% of Springer Nature authors in four European countries now publish via gold open access - 24 Oct 2017

Open access publisher Springer Nature has achieved a milestone in advancing discovery through open research, with over 70% of corresponding authors from four European countries now publishing via gold open access. This includes over 77% of corresponding authors based in the UK; over 90% of corresponding authors based in Sweden; over 84% of corresponding authors based in the Netherlands; and over 73% of corresponding authors based in Austria.

This achievement has been made possible through a unique environment in these markets, with support from governments and institutions who back open access, funders who fund APCs, authors who are willing to publish via open access, and a publisher providing authors with a range of publishing options, making open access a reality. Globally, 27% of all research published by Springer Nature is now published under an immediate gold open access model. Most of this is in pure OA journals. However, increased hybrid OA take-up in the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria means that offsetting is occurring in these countries while more generally more article growth is being funded outside of library budgets.

Springer Nature is home to some of the industry leaders in open access including Nature Research, BMC, Springer and Palgrave Macmillan, offering a total of over 630 fully open access journals and more than 1800 Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals.

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UK Routledge announces new publishing partnership with The International Journal of Psychoanalysis - 24 Oct 2017

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group has announced a new publishing partnership with The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Beginning January 2018, Taylor & Francis will publish The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and its Spanish counterpart, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (en español), under the Routledge imprint.

These fully peer-reviewed international journals publish six times a year on psychoanalytic theory and technique, the history of psychoanalysis, clinical contributions, education and professional issues, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, interdisciplinary studies, and film essays. With a readership of over 9,000 including students, trainees, practitioners, and academics in the fields of clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis, these publications have enjoyed a key role in international psychoanalysis communication since The International Journal of Psychoanalysis's launch.

The International Journal of Psychoanalysis is the leading international vehicle for communication on psychoanalysis, with global reach and readership, publishing extensive contributions by authors throughout the world. Founded in 1920 by Ernest Jones with the collaboration of Sigmund Freud, it is the only psychoanalytic journal to accept articles in six different languages. This is made possible by an extensive network of editors and editorial board members. The journal is published in print and online six times a year.

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UK Figshare’s annual report ‘The State of Open Data 2017’ looks at global attitudes towards open data - 24 Oct 2017

Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, has launched its annual report, The State of Open Data 2017, to coincide with global celebrations around Open Access Week. This report is the second in the series and includes survey results and a collection of articles from global industry experts, as well as a foreword from Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Open Data Policies and Science Cloud at the European Commission.

In order to effectively examine attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data – sharing it, reusing it, redistributing it – in 2016, Figshare released their first report collating findings of a survey undertaken in partnership with Springer Nature. The survey results, outlined in an article 'Open Season for Open Data', showed that open data was already a reality, and while researchers were unsure and lacked confidence on some specifics, there were indications the future would become more open. One year on, these survey results have been used to track the evolution of how researchers deal with data and the trends are positive with strong signals that open data is becoming more embedded.

For this year's survey, partnering with both Springer Nature and Wiley, there was a marked growth in respondents from just over 2000 to almost 2300.

Key findings indicate that respondents have become more aware of open data sets (82% up from 73%) than in 2016; age does not appear to be a major factor in this trend; 74% of researchers are curating their data for sharing; willingness of researchers to reuse open data sets in their own research has grown, a 10% increase to 80%, with the increase replicated across age groups; and researchers who routinely share their data has also grown since 2016, although by a smaller amount, from 57% to 60%. Further, the report notes that the proportion of researchers who have never made a data set openly available has reduced in the last year. Looking deeper there is further promise for the future of open data, as 70% of these researchers are now willing to reuse open data sets in their own research (up from 65%).

Some interesting findings in the survey from Asia reveal that awareness of open data has increased by 15%, compared to 9% globally, and sharing open datasets has increased by 10%, compared to 3% globally. Moreover, achieving impact is a much bigger motivator for Asian researchers when they make their data open for sharing, for example, compared to North American researchers for whom public benefit is a bigger motivator. These outcomes are just one of a number of interesting geographical differences which are revealed in this year's survey.

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UK SPARC Europe survey evaluates usage of SPARC Author Addendum - 24 Oct 2017

SPARC Europe recently conducted a survey, reaching out to the OA community in an effort to gain an understanding of its experience with the SPARC Author Addendum. Though not conclusive, responses indicate that general awareness of the tool may be low. However, as authors increasingly look to retain greater rights to their published works, it is important to see what role resources like the Addendum will have to play.

The Addendum was created by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons as a free resource, a 'legal instrument' authors can use to modify the publisher's agreement and retain key rights to their articles. In traditional publishing agreements, all rights —including copyright— go to the publisher. But by using the Addendum, authors are able to do things like, upload the paper to an online repository, distribute copies to colleagues or include sections of it in a later work.

Six core questions were posed to explore how widely the SPARC Addendum is being used, authors' success in using it, whether it might be worthwhile developing a similar resource for monographs and books, and any other potential rights management initiatives that already exist.

Based on initial responses, aside from a low level of awareness for the tool, a handful of respondents mentioned rejection of the Addendum by publishers, while others reported being unaware of others' experiences with it – good or bad. The latter points to a challenge in obtaining information from users and a need for monitoring the Addendum's use from a technical standpoint. Also referenced is the need to optimize certain technical and legal aspects of the tool. Multiple respondents noted they would welcome developing the Addendum for books. Other similar initiatives named by respondents included the UK Scholarly Communications Licence, Creative Commons, the Dutch SURF Licence and the Science Commons Addendum Machine.

In the coming months, SPARC US and SPARC Europe will discuss conclusions from the questionnaire and future plans for the Addendum.

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US PeerJ announces expansion of its open access mega-journal to include dedicated section on Environmental Sciences - 24 Oct 2017

Open access publisher PeerJ has announced the expansion of its flagship journal PeerJ to include a dedicated section on Environmental Sciences. Starting October 24, 2017, researchers can submit manuscripts to PeerJ on a broad range of environmental science subject areas including ecosystem science, green chemistry, forestry, environmental contamination, anthropogenic factors contributing to climate change, and more.

Environmental sciences is a notably interdisciplinary field, with significant overlap into PeerJ's traditional scope of biology, medical and health sciences. The field is responsible for producing vital research necessary for addressing pressing global challenges, yet researchers face a number of obstacles to getting their findings heard. By expanding the scope of its existing journal, PeerJ provides an immediate global audience and high visibility for the latest findings. The innovative peer-reviewed, open access journal for biology and medical sciences, PeerJ, has published nearly 4,000 articles since 2013 receiving over 12 million views from around the world.

PeerJ aims to efficiently publish knowledge to help solve the world's greatest problems. Environmental science is a field where open access to peer-reviewed research is of great importance to the global ecosystem now, and in the coming decades. The explicit inclusion of environmental science subject areas allows PeerJ to provide a high-quality, low-cost publication venue for environmental science researchers around the world.

Over 300 new Academic Editors have been added to the PeerJ board to ensure efficient peer review is overseen by leading experts in these fields.

PeerJ is actively seeking submissions in this area and will be waiving all article processing charges for new manuscripts submitted to the new environmental science subject areas until the end of January 2018.

In addition to its two journals, PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science, PeerJ also hosts a free preprint server, PeerJ Preprints, for biology, medical, environmental and computer sciences. PeerJ publishes all articles under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY), which allows users to share, copy and distribute a work, while at the same time crediting the authors of the article.

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Austria IAEA and SNMMI partner to strengthen nuclear medicine training worldwide - 24 Oct 2017

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed an agreement with the U.S.-based Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) to increase training opportunities in this medical field for health professionals across the globe.

The agreement builds on a partnership between the two organisations to make more educational programmes available worldwide, particularly in the field of molecular imaging. It also foresees the development of materials for the IAEA Human Health Campus – a free online resource visited monthly by over 5,000 health professionals.

Cancer and cardiovascular conditions are the leading causes of death in the world, accounting for 26.5 million of the 56.4 million deaths recorded in 2015. Nuclear medicine is a key aspect in the management of non-communicable diseases – from early detection to monitoring a patient's response to treatment.

Advanced diagnostic techniques, such as positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), also play a vital role in diagnosing dementia. According to the World Health Organization, dementia affects 47 million people worldwide, of which nearly 60 percent live in low- and middle-income countries. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, and as there is no cure for the disease, only early and accurate detection can help delay its progression.

PET/CT uses small amounts of radioactive materials – radiotracers – to evaluate organ and tissue functions. By identifying changes at the molecular and cellular levels, the technique can help detect the early onset of disease before it becomes evident in other tests.

With more than 15,000 members, SNMMI is a leading organisation in the field of molecular imaging and nuclear medicine. Since the IAEA began working with the organisation in 2012, 600 people from Asia and Latin America have benefited from training opportunities in advanced diagnostic techniques, such as PET/CT.

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