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US Clarivate Analytics’ Executive Chairman Jerre Stead will expand his role and become CEO - 21 May 2019

Clarivate Analytics Plc, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, has announced that Executive Chairman Jerre Stead has agreed to expand his role at the company and become Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 30. As CEO, Jerre will focus on accelerating growth and profitability for Clarivate. Jay Nadler will transition from his role as CEO and member of Clarivate’s board of directors at the end of the second quarter and will serve as an advisor to the company through year-end.

Jerre Stead has had a long and very successful career as a public company CEO generating value for investors including, over the last two decades creating a world leader and one of the fastest growing companies in the information services sector. He recently served as Chairman and CEO at IHS Markit, Ltd. and previously as Executive Chairman and CEO at IHS Inc.

Stead currently serves as Executive Chairman of Clarivate. Stead is fully committed to the CEO position and to leading the company and ensuring that Clarivate delivers against all of its objectives and goals.

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US ARL comments on RA21 proposal for access to licensed information resources - 21 May 2019

On April 17, 2019, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) issued a call for public comments on a draft recommended practice for improving access to institutionally provided information resources. The draft is based on findings from the RA21: Resource Access for the 21st Century initiative and provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and for improving the federated authentication user experience. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has offered its comments on the proposal, based on input from member representatives and broader engagement within the community.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a non-profit collective of 124 leading research institutions in Canada and the United States.

While the Association appreciates the RA21 Steering Committee’s work on this topic, it is of the opinion that the bulk of the draft document focuses on user interface design, with far less attention paid to other critical interests of research libraries and their users, such as privacy, accessibility, and real-world control over data flows. As a result, the current recommendations lack many of the important details needed to fully understand how this vision would be implemented, and whether it properly serves the interests of all stakeholders. It is felt that a more balanced representation on the steering committee could help resolve some of these concerns.

ARL understands that the RA21 initiative arose out of an effort by the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) to address issues of piracy and user experience, and initially focused on authentication challenges “in the corporate space.” The needs of academic, federal and public libraries vary greatly from those of corporate customers. Given ARL’s review of the recommendations, it believes that there are significant mismatches between the focus of its recommendations and the priorities and perspectives of research libraries.

ARL supports many of the comments provided by other members of the academic library community.

As noted above, representation on RA21’s governing committees is far from balanced. For the draft recommendations to be useful to the research library community, further convening beyond the existing committees are required, along with a re-evaluation of the steering committee’s composition.

The draft does not include sufficient information to evaluate the probable real-world effects on user privacy and data management. ARL understands that, in theory, federated authentication as proposed by RA21 could be used without any additional data collection by service providers. In practice, however, the recommendations plainly anticipate a wide range of user-specific data collection and tracking, without resolving many important details. ARL believes that further deliberation on these concerns is necessary for the recommendations to be implemented successfully.

Research libraries serve both institution-based users and members of the public. Public access is integral to the mission of land-grant institutions, and a majority of ARL libraries are also Federal Depository Libraries, which must provide public access to that collection and related online information resources, often including proprietary resources. Research library licensing agreements with vendors and publishers provide for onsite public access. It will be important for any authentication system to ensure public access, as many research libraries are required by law to provide it.

Further, ARL feels that the draft recommendation does not meet the latest accessibility standards. The most current accepted standard is WCAG 2.1 AA, not WCAG 2.0 AA. The former should be incorporated into any recommendations going forward. In addition, research libraries may be required to remediate otherwise-inaccessible information resources for individual users. If the vendor or publisher provides access directly, via RA21’s proposed authentication, it may exclude the library and its capabilities, imposing practical difficulties and/or significant delays on remediation, or even leaving the user with no recourse at all.

How will research libraries audit implementations and uses of federated authentication to ensure that vendors and publishers are meeting contractual requirements, including data management obligations? It is important that the recommended practices provide concrete mechanisms for service provider accountability, notes ARL.

Research libraries require electronic resource usage statistics, which are critically important in their budgeting and other management decisions. Currently, library proxy servers generate this aggregate data, which is protected by library and university data policies, without depending on publishers and vendors to provide it. As currently drafted, RA21 is ultimately intended to replace library-controlled IP authentication systems, yet it provides no equivalent for library-controlled usage data. Instead, it seems likely to force research libraries into a greater dependence on service providers, who could often have significant incentives to withhold or manipulate the relevant data—for example, to gain an informational advantage in pricing negotiations. This will be important to address going forward.

In summary, ARL believes that more work on this vision and implementation is required, as is consultation with the research library community. As drafted, these recommendations present a new system of access to research resources that envisions a limited role for research libraries with little, if any, interaction with their clientele. An adjustment in the scope and scale of these recommendations could alleviate some concerns. Further, ARL notes that the recommendations would be more productive and better received by research libraries if they were limited to the technical details of how to improve Shibboleth. If they did not aspire to a systemic redesign of access management, and a wholesale replacement of IP-based authentication, they would probably not trigger as wide a range of concerns and complexities.

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UK SAGE Publishing to publish the Journal of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rehabilitation - 21 May 2019

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has partnered with the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association (HKOA) and Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons (HKCOS) to publish the Journal of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rehabilitation (JOTR).

The open access (OA) journal will be published twice a year by SAGE, with each issue featuring articles that focus on the journal’s areas of study and subjects related to orthopaedics. The journal will also feature special issues, focusing in-depth on one area of the field.

Journal of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focusses on orthopaedics, trauma, orthopaedic rehabilitation and related knowledge from all countries. This journal is published on behalf of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association (HKOA) and the Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons (HKCOS). This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Australia University of the Sunshine Coast opts for Ex Libris Esploro early adopter program - 21 May 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), in Queensland, Australia, has opted to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Esploro™ research services platform. Seamlessly integrated with an institution’s research workflows, the Esploro platform increases the impact of academic research by systematically capturing, managing, and disseminating research output and data; leveraging library expertise and technology; and strengthening compliance with institutional policies and government and funder requirements. As a member of the Esploro early adopter program, the university will collaborate with Ex Libris in the development of the solution’s functionality.

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s current research repository, which has been in place since 2007, lacked the required functionality for moving the university’s research agenda forward. To replace the repository, the university sought a holistic solution that would streamline the management of research output, improve interoperability with campus systems, and provide robust reporting and analytics features.

Library staff will be working closely with stakeholders from the Office of Research, the Information Technology team, and the researchers to implement a solution that serves all parties well.

The university’s choice of the Esploro solution was due in part to the fact that it is built on the Ex Libris Higher-Ed platform, which is already in use at USC supporting the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and the Leganto™ reading list solution. Library staff members have amassed considerable expertise in the administration and user experience of Ex Libris systems and are confident in the company’s ability to deliver a quality product.

By implementing the Esploro platform, particularly as more modules are developed, the university will improve the integration of the Office of Research’s disparate systems and processes. In recent years, USC has made significant gains in building its research profile; having an effective research-asset management system in place will support such growth in the long term.

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Netherland Registrations for 2019 OASPA Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing now open - 21 May 2019

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has announced that registrations are now open for the 2019 Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, to be held from September 24 – 26, 2019, at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark. Interested parties can now register at https://webforms.copernicus.org/COASP2019/registration/. Early bird registration closes on July 12.

Discounts on registration fees are available to OASPA and OAPEN members. Academics and librarians may take advantage of discounted rates by registering at the member rate.

Now in its 11th year, the OASPA annual Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing is a major scholarly publishing conference that brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and innovations in scholarly publishing and unite in their shared goal to enable research around the world to be openly accessible. This year, they will be kicking off the conference with a ‘Funders’ panel. Chaired by Robert Kiley (Head of Open Research, Wellcome Trust), this will be a discussion between representatives of international funders with an extended Q&A.

Other panels and keynotes will cover Inclusive Globalisation, Emerging Research, Research Culture, Radical Futures and Open Access Books.

OASPA will host a broad range of interdisciplinary global perspectives in panels and keynotes, and offer a large number of networking opportunities for further discussion and collaboration between attendees. They welcome delegates from a wide range of backgrounds at all stages of their careers who are working in publishing, librarianship, government, higher education, funding agencies, nonprofits, and other affiliated industries.

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US Royal Society’s digital publishing platform migrated to Atypon’s Literatum platform - 21 May 2019

The Royal Society's digital publishing platform migrated from HighWire to the Literatum platform from Atypon at the end of 2018. The move enabled the Royal Society to host the same high quality content but do so in a way that improves the online experience for all users, with optimised viewing capabilities and other new features.

According to the migration FAQ, users will notice improved search functionality and the migration ensures all journal pages can display content in a mobile-friendly format. A robust editorial collection tool allows users to create automated or curated topic collections.

Other key features include: comprehensive reader collaboration tools; and enhanced, drag and drop report creation.

The Royal Society (London) has implemented permanent redirects to the new platform; no proxy server configuration changes were necessary.

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