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UK ConTech 2018 closes on a high - 04 Dec 2018

The first ever ConTech conference took place last week at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London, UK. Attendees witnessed three first class and completely different keynotes, ground breaking speaker sessions as well as a pharma focused special session. Multiple networking opportunities and the addition of the DataBeers event on day 1 gave delegates the chance to share, learn and network. A video and the presentation materials will be made available in the coming weeks.

According to Clive Snell, MD Info International, organisers of ConTech, the intersection between content and data science is one of the most exciting, disruptive and unpredictable areas of publishing and content management right now. It is the biggest tech revolution to hit the content world since the birth of the internet - with both challenges and opportunities that publishing and content people need to be actively engaged with. ConTech has been created as a platform to showcase the very latest thinking and to help understand how data science AI and other technologies can unlock a host of new opportunities for organisations of all types and sizes.

The founding ConTech community reacted very positively to the arrival of this new event in the conference calendar and the feedback so far has been universally positive with 94% of those surveyed confirming that they would recommend ConTech in 2019.

The ConTech team is already working on several stream events as well as ConTech 2019, which will take place on December 5-6, 2019.

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US SAGE signs ORCID open letter to support better recognition for researchers - 04 Dec 2018

As part of SAGE Publishing's commitment to ethical, transparent and fair peer review SAGE has signed the ORCID open letter along with other stakeholders. Committing to mandating ORCID in accordance with the best practice for publishers, this step ensures better recognition and accreditation for researchers as well as supporting author and researcher compliance with funding mandates.

Following two trial phases across 2017 and 2018, SAGE will require ORCID IDs from corresponding authors submitting across a large number of journals from winter 2018.

In November, 2015, a group of publishers asked ORCID to help facilitate communications about their plans to require authors to use an ORCID iD, including hosting this open letter explaining their rationale, developing best practices for using iDs in publishing, and maintaining the signatory list. The publishers' goal is to encourage others to join them in supporting the adoption of ORCID. Publishers signing this open letter are committing to requiring ORCID iDs following specific implementation standards.

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US EUROfusion accepts AIP Publishing’s standard license to publish - 04 Dec 2018

AIP Publishing has announced that authors whose work was carried out within the framework of the EUROfusion Consortium will now be able to accept AIP Publishing's standard license to publish.

Previously, EUROfusion required authors who belong to research institutes and universities that are members of EUROfusion, or who receive funding via the consortium, to submit a separate signed addendum in order to publish their research. Now, authors can simply accept AIP Publishing's progressive license to publish agreement during submission.

Authors will be alerted to the new option during the submission process and will no longer be required to supply additional licensing forms. This will streamline and accelerate the publishing process for researchers who are subject to the intellectual property requirements of participating EUROfusion organisations.

AIP Publishing encourages funding institutions to periodically review their license to publish and their own requirements for addenda in an effort to simplify and improve the publishing experience for researchers.

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UK Max Planck Digital Library and F1000 in deal to cover cost for MPDL affiliated authors to publish in F1000Research - 04 Dec 2018

An agreement between F1000 and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) will cover the cost for Max Planck Society-affiliated authors to publish on F1000Research, making it free for the authors.

The F1000Research publishing model has been designed to remove unnecessary barriers and delays that researchers often face when sharing their research findings. It operates a post-publication, open peer review publishing model which combines the benefits of pre-printing (immediate publication) with expert peer review (quality assurance).

Importantly, F1000Research also provides a cost-effective route to achieving immediate ('gold') open access (OA); all content is licenced by the authors under Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY for articles or CC0 for research data) and available without charge for others to view, access and use. F1000Research is fully compliant with research funder and institution OA requirements - particularly important given the recent announcement led by Science Europe of 'Plan S'.

Agreements between publishers and organisations like the MPDL help to support the transition to a full open access world, by removing the burden of article payment and management from publishing authors, their research institutions and libraries, as well as by removing subscription costs from the whole system.

Since its introduction, F1000Research has seen increasing adoption among researchers and F1000 is now working with a number of high-profile funding agencies, research institutions and organisations across the world, including the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and African Academy of Sciences, to provide open research and data publishing services.

Authors at Max Planck Institutes also have access to the related services F1000Prime and F1000Workspace. F1000Prime is a literature recommendation service helping researchers to quickly discover the articles of greatest relevance to their work, while F1000Workspace is a suite of tools to help researchers to work collaboratively to discover, organise and discuss the literature and use this to support them in writing their manuscripts.

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US John Adams re-elected chair of the American Chemical Society’s board of directors - 04 Dec 2018

Dr. John E. Adams has been re-elected chair of the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Adams will begin another one-year term on January 1, 2019.

As chair of the board, Adams will preside over board and executive committee meetings, oversee the performance of the chief executive officer, appoint chairs and members of board committees and task forces, and ensure that strategic planning and evaluation of progress toward strategic goals occur, among other duties.

Adams is a Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor (emeritus) of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He has been an ACS member since 1974.

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UK eLife to develop SwipesForScience to speed up research - 04 Dec 2018

eLife is collaborating with participants from its inaugural Innovation Sprint earlier this year to develop SwipesForScience, a templating service that lets researchers quickly create mobile-friendly games that allow players to help with analysing large amounts of research data.

The prototype of SwipesForScience, developed at the eLife Innovation Sprint and originally called Appstract, used natural-language processing to mine free-text descriptions of scientific research and identify numerical data and text within them. These were presented to users as a game, tasking them with tapping only the values that contribute to a study's sample size. This data could then be fed back into the natural-language processing algorithms to further improve automatic sample-size detection in research papers.

The next phase of the project is being led by Postdoctoral Fellow Anisha Keshavan, from the University of Washington, and User Experience (UX) Designer Andreea Hrincu, in Sydney.

SwipesForScience will now help researchers to quickly and easily create their own games for crowdsourcing data analysis and drive their research forward. The games will support a variety of annotation tasks, including text-based annotations for meta-analyses, and image and sound-based annotations.

eLife has a mission to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises responsible behaviours in science. Through the eLife Innovation Initiative, the non-profit actively supports the development of new tools that enhance the communication or interrogation of new research. As part of this initiative, the organisation has committed to developing a releasable version of SwipesForScience.

The software will be made available with open-licensed data and a user-friendly interface, allowing people to play with the main template implementation and/or build their own game based on one of various templates.

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Japan Chiba University launches new academic resource collection, c-arc - 04 Dec 2018

Chiba University has launched a new academic resource collection named 'Chiba University Academic Resource Collections (c-arc)' which makes all content published and provided by Chiba University Libraries widely available on the web. This website is a new infrastructure to realise 'Digital Scholarship,' which promotes using digital content to research, education, and learning materials. Not only students and researchers at Chiba University, but anyone can use this open resource.

Currently, 'c-arc' offers Rare eastern medicine book collection, Horticulture book collection on Edo-Meiji era, Archive of the family Machino and Fungi and Actinomycetes gallery.

Rare eastern medicine book collection mainly consists of Japanese and Chinese medical books, as well as books on herbal medicine and Western medicine, published and transcripted in the period from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the early Meiji era (1868-1912). The collection contains valuable documents such as 'Revised Kaitai Shinsho' written by Gentaku Otsuki and 'Zoshi,' Japan's first anatomical book. There are 197 items in this collection.

Horticulture book collection on Edo-Meiji era is a collection of horticulture books important for tracking the development and transition of Japanese horticulture since the Edo period (1603-1868). The collection includes beautiful coloured pictorial books depicting various kinds of plants, such as morning glory, whose cultivars were popular in the Edo period, as well as iris and maple. The collection also includes a draft of 'Kasho-Baiyoroku (draft)' written by Sadatomo Matsudaira, who produced about 300 varieties of improved iris strains. There are 18 items in this collection.

Archive of the family Machino belonged to the Machino family, who served for generations as village headman of Kotehashi Village, Chiba District from the Edo period to the Meiji Era (1650-1880). The content ranges widely from annual tribute taxes to other administrative records. There are about 700 items in this collection.

The Machino family contributed the collection to Chiba University in 1957, and the National Museum of Japanese history had digitised materials held at Chiba University and published them on the web.

Fungi and Actinomycetes Gallery shows images of pathogenic fungi, yeasts, mushrooms, and pathogenic actinomycetes. The Medical Mycology Research Center of Chiba University created the gallery with assistance from the National BioResource Project (NBRP). There are 224 items in this collection.

In the future, the collection of designs by graduates from the Department of Design, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba Univesity and Haginiwa Herbarium will be added to this website.

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