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University Consortium of the South of Russia gain access to Digital Science' Dimensions and Figshare
- 09 Oct 2018

Research technology company Digital Science has announced an agreement that will provide researchers and students from the University Consortium of the South of Russia access to two products aimed to transform the way their researchers manage, search and analyse research, and to support student education through access to both Dimensions and a pilot project with Figshare.

Dimensions is a research information platform that connects over 140 million research documents including publications, grants, patents, clinical trials and policy documents. In addition to the enriched Dimensions data, users will also have access to Figshare, a repository where they can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.

It is expected that these products combined will offer a seamless way to organise research as well as powerful search, visualisations and reporting functionality to track funding trends, compare performance and research outcomes, and inform strategic planning.

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Elsevier, Atypon, Digital Science and COUNTER collaborate to develop new standard for Distributed Usage Logging
- 09 Oct 2018

Scholarly publishers will soon be able to receive usage reporting from Mendeley, Elsevier's Scholarly Collaboration Network (SCN), and Digital Science's literature discovery tools, ReadCube, Papers, and Dimensions. These industry firsts are made possible by a collaboration led by Elsevier, Atypon, Digital Science and COUNTER to develop a new standard for Distributed Usage Logging (DUL).

Technology and innovation have transformed researcher workflows significantly in recent years. Researchers today have more ways to access scholarly content, as well as new ways to share and collaborate on publisher platforms, aggregators, repositories and SCNs. As researchers increasingly access journal content through these off-library and off-campus platforms outside of standard COUNTER reporting channels - assessing true usage is extremely difficult. Most libraries evaluate their subscribed content using standard COUNTER reports that provide only a partial picture, which can lead to inaccurate assessments of the value of content under both subscription and open access business models.

To help address this issue, Mendeley and Digital Science will begin providing publishers with article-level usage on scholarly content accessed and shared via their tools. Developed with technical support and infrastructure from Crossref, and fully aligned with COUNTER's Code of Practice Release 5, this data will be provided back to the original publisher and anonymized to the institution-level ensuring individual user privacy is preserved.

Beginning in early 2019, Atypon's Literatum will be able to receive the article-level usage data generated from Mendeley and Digital Science to share with over 200 of their publishing clients. Elsevier will also be incorporating DUL data into the COUNTER-compliant reports available to their customers.

As a result of this initiative publishers can provide customers with a wider range of usage events in a COUNTER compliant way, from sharing and reading platforms as well as the publishers' own platform insight. Additionally, they can provide authors with more comprehensive insights into the consumption of their articles. This initiative will further help gain better insight into how a publisher's journals are consumed, to inform journal and portfolio development strategies.

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De Gruyter forms commercial partnership with University of Chicago Press
- 05 Oct 2018

Academic publisher De Gruyter and The University of Chicago Press have formed a commercial partnership for the global distribution of 2,500 University of Chicago Press frontlist and backlist e-book titles on degruyter.com.

Furthermore, De Gruyter and the University of Chicago Press will partner to scan the Press's archive of approximately 6,000 undigitised titles. De Gruyter will have exclusive marketing and sales rights for that archive collection for three years once the digitisation is complete.

The University of Chicago Press published its first book in 1892, and since then has published more than 11,000 books for scholars, students, and general readers. It has more than 5,000 books in print.

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Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion releases Joint Statement of Principles
- 05 Oct 2018

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) has released a Joint Statement of Principles to demonstrate the commitment of participating organisations to promote involvement, innovation, and expanded access to leadership opportunities that maximise engagement across identity groups and professional levels. The Joint Statement of Principles can be viewed at: c4disc.org.

C4DISC currently comprises ten trade and professional associations that represent organisations and individuals working in scholarly communications. These organisations include the Association of University Presses, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Canadian Association of Learned Journals, Council of Science Editors, International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, Library Publishing Coalition, NASIG, Open Access, Scholarly Publishers Association, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

The Coalition was formed in June 2017 to discuss and address the issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry. In principle and in practice, collectively, these organisations value and seek diversity and inclusive practices within the scholarly communications ecosystem.

Representatives from these organisations met at the 2017 Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting, to discuss challenges and current initiatives in progress to address the lack of diversity and inclusion within the industry. They agreed to continue discussions and collaborate on possible projects starting with a Joint Statement of Principles.

The Coalition invites other organisations and companies to adopt the Joint Statement of Principles to show their support for and commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications.

Organisations of any type can register their adoption of the Principles on the Coalition's website.

The Coalition is currently evaluating proposals for international market research into diversity and inclusion in scholarly publishing, via a survey that will be repeated every three years for up to 10 years. The study will serve as a benchmark or a baseline measure for progress. The survey will include all types of publishers - for-profit, not-profit, government, library, university, etc. - as well as publishing services suppliers.

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American Chemical Society adopts new RightsLink module to support offsetting agreements and expand OA business
- 05 Oct 2018

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has announced that the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society and a leading source of authoritative scientific information, has significantly expanded its investment in the RightsLink Author platform with the addition of OA Agreement Manager.

With OA Agreement Manager, ACS gains the ability to streamline and automate OA funding requests and consortia deals using manuscript and agreement metadata. For ACS, a particular draw has been the OA Agreement Manager's ability to handle subscription offsets, sometimes referred to as APC tokens or waivers. Supporting many different types of offsetting arrangements, the OA Agreement Manager makes it possible for publishers to honour their institutional agreements and minimize work for all stakeholders. The scalability of the CCC solution will help ACS drive down administrative costs for all stakeholders while supporting its customers through new open access business models.

OA Manager provides institutions and funders with early notifications of accepted manuscripts and an online dashboard enriched with information necessary for prompt approval of funding requests, increasing awareness throughout the publication lifecycle. Authors benefit directly from an automated, rules-driven workflow that removes common obstacles related to their funders' licensing, billing and tax requirements. Additionally, single-source, detailed reporting increases transparency for all parties.

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