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Morocco Clarivate Analytics and the Moroccan National Center for Scientific and Technical Research partner to enhance national vision of research and innovation - 07 Nov 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, has partnered with the Moroccan National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) to firmly place Moroccan research on the global scientific map. CNRST is a public institution formed by the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education and is responsible for the promotion, development, and enhancement of national scientific research.

Through this partnership, researchers from all 13 public universities in Morocco will have access to the Web of Science, the world’s most trusted bibliometric platform, and InCites, a world-class benchmarking and analytics tool. In striving for scientific excellence, the aim of the partnership is to help enhance the quality of national research output, improve the global visibility of Moroccan journals and support the visibility and ranking of the country’s universities.

This partnership will run over a three year period.

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UK Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation join European open-access plan - 07 Nov 2018

Two of the world’s largest biomedical research funders have backed a plan to make all papers resulting from work they fund open access on publication by 2020.

On 5 November, the London-based Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, announced they were both endorsing ‘Plan S’, adding their weight to an initiative already backed by 13 research funders across Europe since its launch in September. The plan was spearheaded by Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s special envoy on open access.

The Wellcome Trust, which gave out £1.1 billion (US$1.4 billion) in grants in 2016–17, is also the first funder to detail how it intends to implement Plan S. Its approach suggests that journals may not need to switch wholesale to open-access (OA) models by 2020 to be compliant with Plan S — if the initiative’s other backers decide on a similar line.

The biomedical charity already has an OA policy, but in some cases it allows an embargo of up to six months after publication before papers have to be made free to read. The organisation says that by January 1, 2020, it will ban all such embargoes.

Wellcome-funded work will not be able to appear in Nature, Science and other influential subscription journals unless these publications permit Wellcome-funded papers to be published under OA terms (Nature’s news team is editorially independent of its publisher, Springer Nature).

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, said that it would update its policy to comply with Plan S over the next 12 months.

Plan S also states that scientists cannot publish in ‘hybrid’ journals, which collect subscriptions and charge for some papers to be made OA. Wellcome says that it will stop paying OA fees for articles published in hybrid journals. But it will not bar papers resulting from research it has funded from hybrid journals if the authors can find another way to pay, or if a journal agrees to let authors also post their accepted manuscripts elsewhere at the time of publication under OA terms.

Essentially, this follows the spirit of statement by the backers of Plan S that some hybrid-journal publishing would be allowed for a transitional time.

Meanwhile, the Gates Foundation, which already demands immediate OA for the papers that result from the research it funds, said it would update its policy to comply with Plan S over the next 12 months. The initiative’s hybrid-journal component is the only part not covered under Gates’ current policy, a spokesperson says.

Taken as a whole, the revised policies put more pressure on non-OA journals to change the way they operate, says Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Open Access Project and the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Gates Foundation, which spent $4.7 billion in 2017, much of it on science, has been influential in changing the policies of subscription journals by demanding research they fund is made OA on publication.

Since 2017, when the foundation began enforcing its policy, journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have been offering a permanent OA publishing route for the charity’s grant holders. The Gates Foundation also arranged a pilot partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, which publishes Science, under which around 25 papers were published under OA terms. That trial ended in June.

The Wellcome Trust’s new OA policy also says that when there may be a significant public-health benefit to sharing preprints widely — such as during a disease outbreak — the work it funds must be published before peer review under a liberal licence.

The 13 other funders that support Plan S are expected to launch a public consultation on their implementation ideas at the end of November.

STM, a global trade association for academic and professional publishers, has welcomed the efforts of orgainisations such as the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to work towards expanding access to peer-reviewed scientific works to maximise their value and reuse.

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German Springer Nature to publish the official journal of the Proteomic Society of India - Journal of Proteins and Proteomics - 07 Nov 2018

An international, peer-reviewed journal that amalgamates two important areas of life sciences research – proteins and proteomics – has now become part of the Springer Nature journal portfolio. The Journal of Proteins and Proteomics aims to further the areas of health and medicine, agriculture and manufacturing by publishing articles in a wide range of formats online. For the past nine years the journal has been published by the Proteomic Society of India.

In four issues annually, the subscription journal with open access options will publish peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of protein structure, function and dynamics as well as computational and theoretical proteomics.

The journal will be headed by the founding editor-in-chief, Suman Kundu, who is Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Delhi South Campus in India. He will be supported by the Proteomics Society of India and an editorial board of more than 30 international researchers.

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US CCC co-funded Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) Corporate Pilot Report published - 07 Nov 2018

The International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have released their RA21 Corporate Pilot Report, co-funded by Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC). The report identifies best practices for adopting a federated identity approach to streamline the user experience for access to subscribed content outside institutional internet protocol (IP) domains.

CCC, along with publishers, libraries, and other interested parties, have been working together since 2016 toward improved user access to subscribed content across a range of content platforms and devices. The corporate pilot, which began in early 2017, included a survey of Pharma Documentation Ring (P-D-R) companies and confirmed the readiness of those companies for a federated identity management system. The five P-D-R companies that participated in the corporate pilot are: AbbVie, BASF, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Novartis, and Roche – alongside four publisher participants – ACS, Elsevier, Springer Nature, and Wiley.

The three key goals of the corporate pilot were improved user login experience at the publisher sites, provision for granular usage statistics reporting, and the ability to easily set up and maintain Single Sign-On with multiple publishers. The RA21 corporate pilot successfully exceeded each goal. Next, the pilot will move into its post-project phase of identifying potential parties to operate any necessary centralised infrastructure to support the RA21 user experience.

Final best practice recommendations from RA21 are expected towards the end of 2018. Following that, the standard NISO process for recommended practices will be followed.

CCC will host a webinar about the RA21 Corporate Pilot results on November 15 at 10:30 EST/3:30 GMT.

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US EBSCO partners with American Library Association to offer scholarship for librarians outside US to attend ALA Annual Conference - 07 Nov 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are partnering to offer three scholarships to librarians residing outside of the US to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition.

This year’s conference will take place from June 20 – 25 in Washington DC. These scholarships will allow librarians from across the globe to take advantage of the conference’s professional development, educational and networking opportunities.

Each scholarship will provide up to $2,500 to defray the cost of conference registration, travel and expenses. The scholarship recipients will be honoured by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast hosted by EBSCO.

The application deadline is January 1, 2019, and entries will be evaluated by a jury designated by ALA. Candidates must be an ALA member and submit an essay that answers the question: ‘Libraries, librarians and researchers become more technologically sophisticated every day. What challenges do you hope technology can address in the next five years to meet the needs of librarians and researchers?’

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US SLACK Inc. launches new publication, Healio Primary Care Today - 07 Nov 2018

Independent STM publisher SLACK Incorporated, the publisher of Healio, has announced the launch of a new publication, Healio Primary Care Today. The publication will debut at the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting in April 2019 and is set to print six times a year.

Healio Primary Care Today has identified a highly targeted circulation of 26,000 physicians including internal medicine specialists, family medicine practitioners and hospitalists. These physicians have patient populations that are impacted by a number of conditions in the therapeutic areas of cardiometabolic diseases, infectious disease, gastroenterology, rheumatology and psychiatry.

Six times a year, Healio Primary Care Today’s editors and writers will translate for the PCP audience the most relevant articles from their portfolio of publications – including Cardiology Today, Endocrine Today, Healio Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease News, Healio Rheumatology and Healio Psychiatry.

Healio Primary Care Today will launch online and at ACP’s Internal Medicine meeting in April 2019 in Philadelphia. An additional 5 issues will be published in 2019.

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Switzerland Frontiers distributes content to institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service - 07 Nov 2018

Frontiers has announced that it is the latest open access publisher to automatically distribute content to institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service. Having published more than 95,000 articles to date in 61 journals, covering 500 academic disciplines including in Life Sciences, Health, Engineering and Humanities, Frontiers will now deposit content from all these journals into Router for onward delivery to the relevant repositories.

Frontiers now supplies Publications Router with articles as soon as they are published, which in turn deposits them straight into the relevant institutions’ systems. The process is automatic, subject only to the institutions’ standard review. With an average review time of 89 days, institutions are gaining daily access to the latest Frontiers research results quickly and efficiently.

Router transfers the full text version of articles, as well as rich metadata, including article licensing details. At Frontiers, all articles are open-access and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) with no embargo, allowing free sharing, redistribution and re-use in any medium or format.

In addition to enabling institutions to showcase and disseminate their researchers’ work, this collaboration also demonstrates compliance with various funders’ Open Access policies, notably the policy on Open Access and the REF. This policy requires that research submitted for assessment affecting the institution’s funding level must have been made open access within three months of acceptance for publication.

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