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Belgium Plan S architects explain how grantees can abide by initiative’s rules by 2020 - 28 Nov 2018

The architects of Plan S, a contentious plan to tear down scholarly journals' paywalls in Europe, have laid out more details on how the initiative will work.

In a recently published seven-page implementation guidance note, funders backing the plan, including the European Research Council, national agencies in France, the Netherlands and the UK, as well as private funders including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explain how grantees can abide by Plan S rules by 2020, when it goes into effect.

The note says that, aside from publishing in an open access journal or platform, researchers can comply with Plan S by publishing in a subscription journal provided they also make a peer reviewed version immediately available in a repository. Many top journals do not allow this until at least six months after publication.

Grantees will be permitted to publish in so-called hybrid journals, which charge a subscription but make some articles free to view, but only if the journal has committed to transform into a fully open access model.

John-Arne Røttingen, head of the Research Council of Norway, and David Sweeney, executive chair of Research England, together led the task force that developed the implementation guidance.

The note promises an independent study on article processing charges, the fees charged by journals to run papers in an open access format. Under Plan S these charges, which the initiative pledges to cap, will be met by funders or universities, rather than authors.

Researchers can provide feedback on the implementation guidelines until February 1, 2019.

Plan S is being met with scepticism from a growing number of established scientists. Earlier this month, an open letter, now signed by about 1,400 scientists, slammed the initiative because it 'goes too far, is unfair for the scientists involved and is too risky for science in general.'

Signatories to the letter, including two Nobel laureates, Ben Feringa and Arieh Warshel, say the ban on so-called hybrid journals envisaged by Plan S is 'a big problem, especially for chemistry', as it would prevent scientists from publishing in journals that are important for their career progression.

In the current publishing system, scientists are judged by where they have published when they compete for jobs, promotions, tenure and grant money.

The guidance leaves room for hybrid journals, as long as they sign 'transformative agreements' by the end of 2021, pledging to flip to full open access within three years. The terms of this arrangement, however, need to be spelt out further, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) said in a statement. The universities' association backs the plan, but is urging more funders to sign up.

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US The American University of Beirut joins ProQuest Dissertations and Theses publishing program - 28 Nov 2018

The American University of Beirut, an esteemed teaching-centered research university in Lebanon and the Middle East, has signed an agreement to contribute its graduate works to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses™ (PQDT) database, the leading database of dissertations and theses from the world's greatest universities. It is the first university in Lebanon to contribute to the database, expanding the breadth of international content in PQDT.

As a participant in ProQuest's dissertations and theses publishing program, the American University of Beirut will contribute its dissertations and theses, with publications dating from 1908 to present, into PQDT. With many available in full text, they will be accessible by millions of scholars and researchers through the ProQuest® platform, the Summon® and Primo® discovery services, Google Scholar, and more than 35 major subject indexes such as IET Inspec, Ei Compendex, PubMed, PsycINFO, ERIC, SciFinder and many others.

With 4.7 million dissertations and theses – 2.3 million in full text – PQDT is used by more than 3,000 universities around the world.

The American University of Beirut's teaching and research principles are based on the American liberal arts model of higher education - including freedom of thought and expression, creativity, critical thinking, personal integrity, civic responsibility and leadership. The university has more than 8,000 students and 800 faculty members.

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US HighWire partners with Code Ocean to boost transparency, reproducibility, and reuse of research - 28 Nov 2018

Scholarly publishing tech provider, HighWire, has partnered with computational reproducibility platform, Code Ocean, to enable authors of academic articles to easily publish and share code associated with their research. Available to all HighWire customers, the cloud-based platform further allows readers to view and run code from within articles, increasing transparency within research, promoting reproducibility and reuse in research.

A key challenge for the scholarly community, particularly within the scientific and medical disciplines, has been the ongoing struggle to prove reproducibility of content, studies, and research. Through integrating Code Ocean's technology into their service offering, HighWire simplifies and encourages reproducibility across publishers, academics and university staff who regularly access manuscripts, research papers and other scholarly materials.

Increasingly, researchers are relying on coding and software to help ease the burden of proof. Code Ocean is simplifying the peer review process by providing support for reproducibility. Researchers will be able to generate and submit code via the Code Ocean offering, which will then appear within the article once published.

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US RSNA to launch three new peer-reviewed radiology journals in 2019 - 28 Nov 2018

RSNA has announced the launch of three new peer-reviewed journals - Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging and Radiology: Imaging Cancer - to be published in 2019.

Radiology: Artificial Intelligence was created as a home for research into all the cutting-edge advances emerging in this area. This title began seeking submissions on July 2 and has received about 75 submissions so far. The inaugural edition of Radiology: AI will be published in the first quarter of 2019. The editor of the journal is Charles Kahn Jr., University of Pennsylvania.

Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging aims to bring research that is being published in other specialties back to radiology. The outlet opened for submissions on October 2 and has had 13 submissions so far. RSNA aims to begin publishing this journal in the second quarter of 2019, edited by Suhny Abbara, University of Texas.

Radiology: Imaging Cancer will seek to build a community for researchers working on cancers affecting various organ systems. The journal, edited by Gary Luker of the University of Michigan, will open for submissions next April with an eye on publishing its first issue online in the third quarter of 2019.

The new journals will be bi-monthly, online-only publications presenting six to eight articles per issue. The journals will be available free to RSNA members and will combine original research articles with news and editorial content.

Each of the three new journals launches with four deputy editors plus an editorial board to guide manuscript review and selection.

RSNA's long track record of publishing may help the three new journals find a fast track into PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's indexing system, which has a rigorous application for inclusion. It will take around three years for the new journals to build an impact factor.

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US Copyright Clearance Center named to EContent 100 list - 28 Nov 2018

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, has been named to the EContent Magazine's 2018 EContent 100, the publication's annual ranking of companies that matter most in the digital content industry.

CCC was listed in two categories - Distribution & Delivery (companies that create new paths and opportunities for digital content to find its way to inboxes, web browsers, and mobile devices) and Content Monetization (solutions that enable the monetization of digital content).

Other organisations in the Top 100 include Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Netflix, Oracle, Salesforce, and Twitter.

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