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US NISO to host virtual conference - From Submission to Publication: Creating and Conveying Quality - 09 Aug 2019

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is hosting a virtual conference - From Submission to Publication: Creating and Conveying Quality. The event is scheduled to be held from August 21, 12pm–4pm.

One on-going concern in scholarly communication has to do with publication time lags and ultimately, any delays to research dissemination. How can publishing systems more efficiently support peer-review? How rapidly can a manuscript move from completed draft to the status of preprint to a final version of record? Certainly in recent years, there have been calls for more efficient and more transparent manuscript transfer and exchange. However, ensuring quality of publication has always entailed a certain degree of lag as materials moved through the editorial and production process. This event will examine some of the nuances of the process as well as emerging possibilities for improvement.

A natural follow-up question then would be how best to guard against predatory publishers – those who would seduce researchers into submitting good work to questionable periodicals. No author wants to pay hefty feeds for publication lacking the checks of peer review or editorial oversight. Are whitelists (or conversely, blacklists) the right approach in guiding researchers to the best journals for their scholarly output? What about badges for publications (whether in traditional formats or not)? Or will such protective approaches simply expand existing issues associated with regard to metrics for use in gauging impact and/or reach?

Confirmed speakers for this event include Kent Anderson, Founder, Caldera Associates; Brian Cody, Co-Founder and CEO, and Danielle Padula, Community Development Manager, Scholastica; Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Senior Editor, Nature Human Behaviors, Springer Nature; Sally Ubnoske, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Aries Systems; and Sarah J. Koechlein, Head of Resource Access, James Madison University.

Registration closes on August 20, 2019, 4pm.

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US Wiley announces official knowledge partnership with Automation Anywhere - 09 Aug 2019

John Wiley and Sons Inc., a global leader in research and education, has announced an official knowledge partnership with Automation Anywhere®, the global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), to create a series of job-role based official study guides and aligned courses on RPA. The first set of courses and materials, known as Wiley-Automation Anywhere Official RPA Study Guides and Courseware Series, is set to launch in October 2019. WileyNXT will be the flagship platform to host this program.

The Wiley-Automation Anywhere Official RPA Study Guide and Courseware Series will include competency-based curriculum for specific job roles, study guides and digital courseware including videos, online assessments and lab work. To further student preparedness and future success, Automation Anywhere will supplement lab work with its Bot Labs program, providing additional hands-on practice that offers a path to RPA certification. These official study resources will pool expertise from both Wiley and Automation Anywhere to create a successful learning path for students seeking RPA career opportunities.

This collaboration between Wiley and Automation Anywhere has the potential to build a robust ecosystem with the core competencies required in future job roles and readies candidates for these in-demand jobs.

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US MIT Press releases ‘Mind the Gap,’ a new report on all available open-source publishing software - 09 Aug 2019

The MIT Press has released Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms (openly published at mindthegap.pubpub.org), a major report on the current state of all available open-source software for publishing. Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the report sheds light on the development and deployment of open-source publishing technologies in order to aid institutions and individuals decision-making and project planning. It will be an unparalleled resource for the scholarly publishing community and complements the recently released Mapping the Scholarly Communication Landscape census.

The report authors, led by John Maxwell, Associate Professor and Director of the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, catalogue 52 open-source online publishing platforms, i.e. production and hosting systems for scholarly books and journals, that meet the survey criteria of ‘available, documented open-source software relevant to scholarly publishing’ and in active development. This research provides the foundation for a thorough analysis of the open publishing ecosystem and the availability, affordances, and current limitations of these platforms and tools.

The number of open-source online publishing platforms has proliferated in the last decade, but the report finds that they are often too small, too siloed, and too niche to have much impact beyond their host organization or institution. This leaves them vulnerable to shifts in organisational priorities and external funding sources that emphasise new projects over the maintenance and improvement of existing projects. This fractured ecosystem is difficult to navigate, and the report concludes that if open publishing is to become a durable alternative to complex and costly proprietary services, it must grapple with the dual challenges of siloed development and organization of the community-owned ecosystem itself.

Readers are invited to read, comment, and annotate Mind the Gap on the PubPub platform: mindthegap.pubpub.org.

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Netherland UC faculty urges Elsevier to restart negotiations - 09 Aug 2019

A group of prominent University of California faculty will step away from the editorial boards of scientific journals published by Elsevier until the publishing giant agrees to restart negotiations. The negotiations, which stalled in February, left the 10-campus system without subscriptions to some of the world’s top scholarly journals.

A letter circulating since July 12 throughout the UC system and already signed by 30 faculty from four UC campuses cautions Elsevier that the signatories will suspend their services on editorial boards of the 28 Cell Press journals, which are among the premier journals in the field of biology and Elsevier’s flagship publications. About one-third of all UC Berkeley scientists who serve on editorial boards for Cell Press have signed the letter.

Other grassroots efforts have been initiated by UC professors. An open letter to Elsevier urging it to reconsider its decision has garnered nearly 170 signatures from around the world since March from members of Elsevier editorial boards. A second petition has been signed by nearly 1,000 people worldwide who agreed to boycott Elsevier journals — by refusing to submit or review papers or to participate on editorial boards — if the publisher does not agree to UC’s terms.

The new petition, however, is from UC professors only, and it would sever ties to editorial boards by some powerhouse scientists, including UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology to manipulate genes; UCSF’s Elizabeth Blackburn, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and UCLA’s Stephen Smale, vice dean for research of the David Geffen School of Medicine. A survey of the editorial boards of all Elsevier journals turned up more than 1,000 UC faculty members, more than 110 of whom provide their services to Cell Press journals.

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US John Heidenreich joins Data Conversion Laboratory as Sales Director - 09 Aug 2019

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in structured data and content transformations, has announced that John Heidenreich has joined its team as Sales Director for the financial services market. John has extensive experience in digital process automation and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive business transformations. He will focus on creating value for clients by solving complex data and content structure problems.

John started his career as a research scientist at IBM and led the team that transferred copper chip technology from IBM Research to manufacturing. This technology became the standard for chip wiring across the entire semiconductor industry. Over the past 14 years, John has worked in the technology industry driving sales for enterprise applications and services. He has considerable experience in financial services and insurance, as well in the healthcare and software industries.

John is based in the New York City area and has eight patents to his name.

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