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US Wolters Kluwer, Health expands its Health Language® Interoperability and Data Normalization Solutions - 11 Feb 2019

Wolters Kluwer, Health has expanded its Health Language® Interoperability and Data Normalization Solutions to include a suite of services designed to help payers, providers and health IT vendors leverage exponentially increasing volumes of clinical data. Health Language Data Normalization Services draws on deep terminology management knowledge and clinical expertise that is now powered by machine learning to reduce the time, resources and costs associated with harmonising data for interoperability and analytics initiatives.

Today’s healthcare organisations increasingly acquire vast amounts of clinical data from disparate sources such as EHRs, practice management systems, laboratories, and pharmacies – each system encoding labs, drugs, and other clinically significant information in a different way. To overcome these widespread interoperability barriers, data must be mapped to industry standards such as LOINC®, RxNorm and SNOMED CT® to support industry initiatives like quality measures reporting, clinical decision support as well as care and disease management programs.

Health Language combines unmatched industry expertise with advanced terminology tools and finely-tuned matching algorithms powered by machine learning. Wolters Kluwer clinical experts—each offering an average of more than 25 years of healthcare terminology experience—partner with healthcare organisations to analyze use cases, create a strategic approach for their unique data normalization challenges and efficiently map disparate data across domains such as labs, medications, allergies, problems, diagnoses and procedures.

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German ScienceOpen and IET partnership highlights power engineering research - 11 Feb 2019

ScienceOpen and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have announced a partnership that integrates selected Open Access articles from IET’s power and energy journals in the ScienceOpen research discovery environment in the form of a featured collection.

With nearly 40 research and letters journals, including 12 gold open access journals, the IET is a major publisher in the disciplines of engineering and technology. IET’s importance for scientific research in these fields is reflected in the diversity of its content in the ‘Power Engineering’ collection on ScienceOpen. This new collection features Open Access articles from IET journals IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Electric Power Applications, IET Power Electronics, High Voltage, IET Smart Grid, and IET Energy Systems Integration. ‘Power Engineering’ also integrates articles published in IET’s two multi-disciplinary journals: The Journal of Engineering and IET Cyber-physical Systems: Theory and Applications.

The ‘Power Engineering’ featured Collection promotes the content of these journals within the larger context of over 50 million scientific article records on the ScienceOpen platform. ScienceOpen’s customised search engine increases the discoverability of IET publications thanks to the variety of dynamic sorting and filtering tools. Interactive features such as community curation, article reviews, and recommendations create a forum for researcher engagement.

This partnership between ScienceOpen and the IET contextualizes power engineering research within the broader research environment with the aim of enhancing the visibility and impact of scientific research in this field.

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Netherland OASPA provides feedback on Plan S implementation - 11 Feb 2019

As a community of 140 organisations who are committed to the advancement of open access publishing and who represent the majority of the OA journal output in the DOAJ, OASPA is supportive of the intentions of Plan S.

A coordinated approach by the funders that make up cOAlition S is seen by OASPA as a core strength of Plan S. Many stakeholders, such as funders, institutions, researchers and publishers, have felt the uptake of open access has been too slow and have been looking for a way to speed up the transition to a world where open access is the predominant model. So a collaborative approach by funders is a move that could indeed prove to be a catalyst. In a more practical sense, compliance with policies will be much easier for publishers and researchers alike if funders are aligned as much as possible, both in Europe and globally.

The announcements around Plan S, in particular with respect to the implementation guidelines, have understandably led to an array of statements from the stakeholders involved in all stages of the research publishing lifecycle. This widespread response reflects the complexity of the publishing ecosystem, the sometimes conflicting priorities of different stakeholders, and the way that publishing is deeply entwined with the research enterprise itself.

One such issue that OASPA sees currently as a significant barrier to the uptake of open access, and to other innovations in scholarly communication, is that the present system for evaluating researchers is most often based on which journals they publish in. Many research institutions have pledged their support for change by signing the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and, more importantly, some are now leading the way by putting this pledge into practice. It is therefore both welcome and essential that Plan S also is encouraging reform in research evaluation practices, as applied to recruitment, tenure and promotion, and grant awards. It is imperative that other funders join this effort and that funders work closely with institutions if such reform is to be implemented on a global scale.

OASPA’s main concern relating to Plan S, however, is that discussions and solutions continue to be focussed on the largest, mixed-model publishers. While it is this segment of the market on which funders’ attention – and spend – is concentrated, the vast majority of publishers within the so-called ‘Long Tail’ (the majority of OASPA’s members) appear to be absent from the focus of Plan S. Many of these publishers are too small to negotiate the kind of ‘transformative’ national Big Deals we are seeing for the largest publishers, while exclusively open access publishers without legacy subscription businesses are also unable to participate. Many are not even of sufficient size to make agreements directly with institutions.

For a healthy, competitive market in the longer term, the needs of fully open access publishers must not be overlooked at this critical stage. Smaller publishers, learned societies and innovative new platforms will be at a significant disadvantage unless they are properly considered and steps are taken to ensure they are able to compete fairly in the market. Conducting discussions with smaller publishers, both fully OA and those with mixed models, and sharing the outcomes and ideas that arise could therefore be enormously helpful.

By working with stakeholders during this feedback phase, cOAlition S can set clear and achievable goals for the timeframe. These goals need to ensure that there is the widest possible choice of publishing options on offer to researchers. Furthermore, in relation to APC business models, specifics such as the requirement for waiver policies, warrant deeper discussion: OASPA fully agrees that APCs should never present a barrier to publication, but there is a variety of approaches for addressing this issue by publishers at present.

OASPA recognises that the focus of Plan S is on journal articles and that outlining a policy for open access books will take more time, but encourages cOAlition S to engage with the open access book community to begin the development of an implementation plan for OA books, which is of particular importance in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Another key area for cOAlition S to consider and consult with stakeholders on is in making funds available for non-APC models, again of particular importance in the arts, humanities and social sciences. APCs are by no means the only route to open access and a system for identifying and supporting other business models should be developed as Plan S takes shape. The implementation guidelines do reference support for ‘a diversity of models and non-APC based outlets’ and clarity is welcomed on how that support is to be provided. A healthy ecosystem will require emphasis on promoting the development of new business models in all disciplines.

cOAlition S funders are keen to support the infrastructure around open access publishing in line with their vision. One such emerging project is the ‘OA Switchboard’ which OASPA believes to be the kind of infrastructure solution that could help to level the playing field for publishers, aid monitoring for compliance and greatly ease the growing burden on institutions of managing OA publication and APCs for their researchers.

Led by a multi-stakeholder group and using open source software, the OA Switchboard is envisaged as being a community-devised piece of infrastructure with enormous potential to streamline the communications relating to open access articles and, importantly, to allow even the smallest publishers a simple way to interact with institutions – something which at present seems increasingly difficult. Details of this initiative will be released shortly on the OASPA blog. OASPA will share updates on the project as it develops over the course of 2019.

OASPA feels that there is tremendous potential to continue the discussions that Plan S has initiated, and through collaborative and creative approaches, to maximise the chances of succeeding in the ultimate aim of an effective system of scholarly communication that provides open access to the world.

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UK Hindawi responses to call for feedback on implementation guidelines of Plan S by cOAlition S - 11 Feb 2019

Hindawi has announced its support for the principles and ambitions of Plan S. Funders have collectively agreed to enforce Open Access with a default CC BY licence for academic articles arising from their grants sends a hugely powerful signal to researchers, publishers, institutions and other actors about the future of scholarly communication. Plan S represents a line in the sand. Funders are no longer prepared to accept a timeline for change that has largely been dictated by actors with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The potential disruption the plan causes to the industry has justifiably garnered worldwide attention and raised awareness – and opposition – not only among publishers and funders, but among researchers and their scholarly societies.

The cOAlition S aims to make all research outputs freely available to reuse and to ensure that those outputs are reliable. The coalition appreciates that there are three fundamental barriers to overcome: changing the existing subscription business model to one of Open Access; changing the current system by which researchers and other actors are ranked and evaluated; and providing the infrastructure and standards to support these changes. Plan S primarily focuses on the first barrier by embracing the APC model of Open Access and targeting hybrid journals in particular. There is no doubt that providing significantly more Open Access to the scholarly literature would be a huge achievement in and of itself.

Open Access, however, is the tip of the scholarly iceberg. And they want Plan S to be the catalyst for change it deserves to be – the catalyst for Open Science – which is after all just good science practiced in a way that takes advantage of the global reach and technology of the digital age. They therefore support the Coalition’s endeavours to obtain more global agreement on their plan – it cannot succeed without this. They also encourage the Coalition to take this opportunity to provide even closer alignment between the proposed timing of the flip to Open Access and the change to the way researchers are ranked and rewarded. Without coupling the change to Open Access with a parallel change in the evaluation of all research outputs, and the infrastructure to support such change, there is a risk they entrench the existing oligopoly of publishers within a cultural and financial system of scholarship that will continue to exclude the diversity, talent and innovation that science – in its broadest sense – requires to address the profound challenges facing society.

The Coalition can work with scholarly societies and other academic institutions to crack open the debate about the value of their non-publishing activities. If these are valued by the community, they should be supported. The beneficial activities of scholarly societies, however, should not be at the expense of access to and discoverability of research outputs. Scholarly societies have been and are a crucial part of the scholarly landscape – they need them to be part of the future. There is now an opportunity for them to reposition themselves in the digital landscape and help lead the discussion about what ‘quality’ in science/scholarship actually means. In collaboration with funders, they can act as a powerful mechanism for change.

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US Association of American Publishers recognises AERA Open as Best New Journal in Social Sciences - 11 Feb 2019

Association of American Publishers (AAP) has named AERA Open as ‘Best New Journal in Social Sciences’ for the 2019 Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards). The awards honoured scholarly works published in 2018, including books, journals, and digital products that demonstrated exceptional scholarship and made a significant contribution to a field of study.

AERA Open, a peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the American Educational Research Association, was recognised as the “Best New Journal in Social Sciences” under the reference works category. Winners were chosen from 165 finalists previously identified from more than 500 entries in the 2019 PROSE Awards competition.

AERA Open aims to advance knowledge related to education and learning, cumulatively and incrementally. It also aims to serve as a venue for innovation, novel inquiry, interdisciplinary bridge building, and research that fosters connections between research and practice. The current editors of AERA Open are Mark Warschauer, Greg J. Duncan, and Nancy E. Hill. Jacquelynne S. Eccles, along with Warschauer and Duncan, were the journal’s inaugural editors.

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German IWA Publishing and Knowledge Unlatched make 14 book titles Open Access - 11 Feb 2019

IWA Publishing has announced that through their recent partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a library crowd-funding initiative, they have made 14 of their books Open Access. Titles are available to download for free on the IWA Publishing website, the KU platform and the Directory of Open Access Books. Among the titles are two new releases including Clean Water Using Solar and Wind and Water, Energy, and Environment – A Primer.

Clean Water Using Solar and Wind will become openly available to students in low-income countries and inspire them to make a difference in their part of the world.

Making Water, Energy, and Environment – A Primer available as an Open Access document ensures that people all over the world will be able to gain an understanding of these critical global issues, their interdependencies, and the energy revolution that is unfolding rapidly in the early years of the 21st century.

KU Select book program is designed to support scholarly communication all over the world by eliminating the barrier of accessibility for research output.

The full list of unlatched titles is available at http://bit.ly/2Sob0vm.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 11 Feb 2019

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Siân Harris (The Evolving Landscape of Research Access and its Impact on the Global South); You-Na Lee and John P. Walsh (Building reliable teams, a cure for research pathologies?); Benjamin Mazer (Should journals credit eagle-eyed readers by name in retraction notices?); and Diego Grass (Architecture of Libraries). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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