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US New Clarivate Analytics and The Pistoia Alliance report outlines life science trends and priorities for 2019 - 09 Jan 2019

The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, has announced key trends for the life science industry in 2019 based on The Life Sciences Innovation Report, developed with Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. According to the report, multi-disciplinary innovation, the implementation of new technologies, new approaches to research, the digitisation of R&D and healthcare, and academic contributions to biologics drug R&D are all key trends in the life sciences industry.

Members of The Pistoia Alliance helped to create the report, which includes analysis driven by Cortellis, a suite of intelligence solutions for drug development and commercialisation provided by Clarivate Analytics. Key contributors include executives from leading life science organisations such as Cancer Research UK, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, and Diavics. The overarching theme of all emerging trends for 2019 is the continuing need for greater cross-industry collaboration to realise the potential in these areas.

According to the findings of the report, innovation is being driven via collaboration from multiple industry stakeholders. The emergence and development of new tools like nanosensors, bi-specific antibodies and computational biology have highlighted the success that can be achieved from collaboration between researchers and organisations across a range of disciplines. This trend will continue in 2019.

Technologies are being adopted to advance drug research. The report findings show budgets will continue to increase to allow for new technological advances, including the use of artificial intelligence in R&D decision making. Research from The Pistoia Alliance has already shown growth in the implementation of AI and blockchain.

Further, the report notes that new types of research are coming to the forefront. Research in precision medicine, immunotherapy and the microbiome are opening up new discovery pathways. Alongside genomic research, these new approaches will provide a more refined understanding of diseases, better diagnoses and improvements to treatment.

Digitisation of R&D and healthcare will increase, says the report. R&D functions are already beginning to adopt large-scale use of cloud-based platforms, but this will accelerate this year. Mobile computing is poised to support the digitisation of health in combination with drug therapy, as well as through stand-alone therapies.

Additionally, the report notes that academia is increasingly contributing to biologics R&D. Academia has already made significant contributions to scientific innovation across genetic and cellular therapies, with antibodies, CAR-T and CRISPR-Cas9 all leading to new approaches to potential novel biological therapies. The role of academia will become more vital as researchers look to expand on existing research.

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US DOAJ survey reveals global trends in OA publishing - 09 Jan 2019

A survey of publishers with journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has revealed surprising trends in the way that content is published; what types of organisations are publishing the content; on how publishing standards are being accepted globally; and geographical trends on the uptake of open access.

The survey was sent out by DOAJ to its over 6000 account holders, that is to say publishers, in the Summer of 2018. Account holders were allowed one response each, regardless of how many journals they have in that account and all accounts have at least 1 journal active in DOAJ. The total number of responses returned was 1065.

Out of survey respondents, the top 5 most common types of publishing organisation in DOAJ are: University Department or Press, Non-commercial Publisher, Library publisher, Research centre and Society publisher. However, in terms of pure output, the top ten organisations in DOAJ account for just over a third of the 3.6 million articles indexed. Eight of the top ten organisations are commercial publishers.

The geographical spread between 2013 and 2018 remains relatively unchanged apart from two notable exceptions. Open access in Indonesia has become de rigueur. In 2013, DOAJ received 9 survey responses from Indonesia; in 2018 that jumped to 155, the most responses from any one country in the 2018 Survey. Conversely, responses from India fell from 101 in 2013 to just 11 in 2018. The number of Indian journals in DOAJ has fallen from 643 in 2013 to 254 in 2018. The Top 5 countries providing responses in 2018 were Indonesia, Brazil, Spain, Romania and USA; in 2013 it was Brazil, Spain, India, Romania and Italy.

While the DOI is an internationally recognised publishing technology, for some the financial and technical barrier to use of DOIs is a problem. In 2013, only 35% of respondents used DOIs; in 2018 this has jumped to 73%*. However, when publishers were asked why they did not use DOIs the 5 most common words given in responses are: implementing, cost, funding, financial, paying.

More publishers are supplying metadata to DOAJ than ever before; even more would if the process was easier and yet, for many article metadata is still a mystery. The number of respondents providing article metadata to DOAJ has increased from 55% in 2013 to 84% in 2018. When asked which format of metadata publishers would like to supply to DOAJ, 46% said they preferred CrossRef, while 8% said JATS. However, 42% of all 2018 respondents said that they didn't understand what a metadata format was.

According to the respondents, the top 3 benefits of being indexed in DOAJ in 2018 are: certification that their journal(s) are quality publications; increased readership; and increased scientific impact 74% of respondents said that submissions had definitely or maybe increased since being indexed in DOAJ while over 70% thought that traffic had increased to their sites.

Predatory publishing isn't considered to be a big deal for DOAJ publishing community. 62% of respondents said that they didn't have to deal with competition from predatory publishers or journals.

On research assessment, 86% of respondents said that in their countries researchers are evaluated on where they publish rather than what they publish.

Building on these findings the DOAJ team will continue to adapt and develop its systems, in accordance with its strategy, to ensure that the DOAJ platform meets user needs, particularly those needs of the global publishing community. After all the platform consists entirely of journal and article metadata, all of which (bar one exception) is provided by the publishers themselves.

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UK Figshare now available on custom domains - 09 Jan 2019

Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, has announced that the customers of 'Figshare for Institutions' and 'Figshare for Publishers' will now be able to host content on a custom domain. Figshare portals have historically lived on a Figshare subdomain eg. university.figshare.com but now can be hosted anywhere eg. data.publisher.com, data.institution.edu, theworldscoolestdata.com.

This is the next step in their mission to provide the best Repository Infrastructure for papers, data, theses, code and any other academic output. By making policy-compliant infrastructure available in a white-labelled and cost effective manner, institutions can focus on engaging with their academics, and publishers with their authors.

Custom Domains was projected to be one of the biggest features the Figshare team has ever worked on and enable their customers greater control over the branding of their research outputs. It has also allowed them to expand the flexibility and scope of using Figshare as infrastructure at a publisher or institution. Custom Domains extends their functionality that already allows universities and publishers to host data on their own storage, with their own dois, integrated with their single-sign-on, CRIS/RIMS and custom metadata schemas.

One of the biggest changes for Figshare users will be the ability to have multiple accounts across different Figshare instances. eg. a user that has a Figshare.com account for personal use, a University account and a ChemRxiv account will be able to toggle between the three and have the appropriate functionality and permissions.

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US McGill University to upgrade its knowledge management infrastructure to OCLC WorldShare Management Services - 09 Jan 2019

McGill University will be upgrading its knowledge management infrastructure and fully integrating OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its cloud-based library services platform in May 2019.

In the summer of 2018, McGill Library upgraded the existing WorldCat Local online catalogue and search tool to its successor WorldCat Discovery. The final stage of the upgrade will bring together all applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management, full analytics and a single-search discovery interface for library users.

As part of the OCLC library cooperative, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for processes that are more efficient. It provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users. WMS also includes analytics tools and a range of standard reports, and allows libraries to develop their own analytics so they can better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

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Switzerland Frontiers and the University of Würzburg form OA publishing agreement - 09 Jan 2019

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (University of Würzburg) has established an institutional membership agreement for open access publishing with Frontiers.

The University of Würzburg supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, the University of Würzburg has entered into an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, eligible authors from the University of Würzburg may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to the author.

Eligible authors are corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Würzburg.

Eligible authors will benefit from a streamlined invoicing process, managed directly between Frontiers and the Open Access team at the University of Würzburg Library, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Furthermore, the University of Würzburg and its Library will benefit from a discount on articles covered by this agreement.

This agreement will further encourage University of Würzburg authors to publish open access, increasing uptake of open access for fellow researchers and the public at large to the results of mostly publicly funded research, while reducing costs.

To submit their article under this institutional agreement, authors should select 'University of Würzburg' as institutional payer in the invoice section when submitting their article. Frontiers will then verify their eligibility with the University of Würzburg Library's Open Access team, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the Library upon acceptance.

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