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American Society for Microbiology joins the Initiative for Open Citations
- 14 Feb 2018

The American Society for Microbiology has joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC).

The I4OC is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers, and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data. It aims to establish a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, explore connections between knowledge fields, and follow the evolution of ideas and scholarly disciplines.

The ASM will support the many benefits of the I4OC, including: Researchers will be able to study the dissemination of methods and scientific ideas; Authors will gain machine-readable access to references for all their papers; Funding organisations will be able to rely on this public resource to develop transparent and reproducible evaluation metrics and create new tools to assess the academic and societal impact of research they fund; and Members of the public will be able to trace information back to its source or reuse it in open knowledge repositories such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.

Before I4OC started, publishers releasing references in the open accounted for just 1% of citation metadata collected annually by Crossref. Following discussions over the past months, several subscription-access and open-access publishers have recently made the decision to release reference list metadata publicly. These include: American Geophysical Union, Association for Computing Machinery, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, EMBO Press, Royal Society of Chemistry, SAGE Publishing, Springer Nature, Taylor&Francis, and Wiley. These publishers join other publishers who have been opening their references through Crossref for some time.

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OASPA endorses the Declaration on Research Assessment
- 13 Feb 2018

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has announced the formal endorsement of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Developed in 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, DORA is a cross-disciplinary global initiative seeking to improve the ways in which scholarly research outputs are evaluated. OASPA joins over 11,000 individuals and 445 organisations including the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, and OASPA members the Public Library of Science (PLOS), Hindawi, eLife, F1000, and The Company of Biologists as fellow signatories of the declaration.

As the declaration describes, it is crucial for today's wide variety of scholarly outputs to be measured accurately and evaluated wisely. As a method of assessment of outputs, the Journal Impact Factor has been increasingly understood as having a number of limitations; most importantly, over-emphasising the venue of publication of research findings rather than the research itself, and introducing perverse incentives into the scholarly reward system.

DORA therefore recommends the need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations; the need to assess research on its own merits rather than on the basis of the journal in which the research is published; and the need to capitalise on the opportunities provided by online publication (such as relaxing unnecessary limits on the number of words, figures, and references in articles, and exploring new indicators of significance and impact).

The full declaration is available at https://sfdora.org/read/.

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Canadian Science Publishing and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics in deal for publishing and distribution support for journal Geomatica
- 12 Feb 2018

Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), Canada's independent, not-for-profit leader in mobilising science-based knowledge, and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG), the not-for-profit association that represents the interests of the geomatics community, have announced that the organisations have reached an agreement for the journal Geomatica to join CSP's journal family to ensure its continued success as an internationally recognised publication in the field of geomatics sciences.

Published since 1922, Geomatica is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the dissemination of information on the latest advances in knowledge and technologies in the field of geomatics sciences. With an Editorial Board consisting of academic and industry experts in all realms of geomatics, Geomatica is led by Editor, Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi.

Geomatica: The Journal of Geospatial Information Science, Technology and Practice (formerly CISM Journal ACSGC), is the official quarterly publication of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics. The journal is dedicated to the dissemination of information on technical advances in the geomatics sciences. The internationally respected publication contains special features, notices of conferences, calendar of event, articles on personalities, review of current books, industry news and new products, all of which keep the publication lively and informative. It provides a useful mix of practical, professional, and academic articles with opinions and information from Canada and abroad.

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Elsevier collaborates with VHL Alliance on PracticeUpdate
- 12 Feb 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and part of RELX Group, recently announced that it is collaborating with VHL Alliance on a new, content-rich module on PracticeUpdate, focused on von Hippel-Lindau Disease.

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a rarely diagnosed and often mistreated disease, which currently afflicts one in every 36,000 people in the United States. By working with PracticeUpdate the VHL Alliance helps broaden their mission and their important work by leveraging PracticeUpdate's global reach and powerful industry expert resources.

The Von Hipple-Lindau Disease Spotlight continues to build upon the mission of PracticeUpdate by bringing together key medical experts to discuss the latest research on VHL, provide relevant and impactful information, and reach a broad spectrum of specialists who may encounter these important cases.

VHL Disease Spotlight features on PracticeUpdate include: Editor's Picks - gain insights from PracticeUpdate's key opinion leaders, who hand-select and provide relevant context on important articles from top journals; Expert Opinion - watch exclusive video interviews and read commentaries from leading experts; and Tumor Boards - join interactive, ongoing patient case discussions with your peers and PracticeUpdate board members.

PracticeUpdate.com is a free destination for physicians to access distilled, expert‐selected professional research, articles, and education-with insights and analysis from credible opinion leaders in their field. The site provides a highly customised experience for its members by tailoring its content to each user's chosen specialty and communication preferences.

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Leading universities in the US and UK collaborate with Ex Libris to maximise visibility, efficiency, and compliance of research activities
- 09 Feb 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the establishment of a development partnership with Lancaster University, the University of Iowa, the University of Miami, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Sheffield. The partners will collaborate on the development of a new end-to-end research services platform, Ex Libris Esploro. This development program will give the partners a significant voice in shaping Esploro and its future roadmap, as well as an opportunity to engage with other development partners and the community of researchers.

Ex Libris Esploro leverages the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma® platform. The solution aims to increase the impact of academic research by maximising its visibility, efficiency, and compliance with regulations and policies and to help institutions better correlate research output and funding. Seamlessly integrated with existing research workflows, Esploro will enable institutions to capture research objects and enrich their metadata, unify and automate research data workflows, track publications, monitor compliance with government and funder requirements, and measure research impact through relevant KPIs and the analysis of cross-institutional benchmarks. Esploro will help unify workflows and bridge communication across multiple research stakeholders, including the library, the research office, and researchers themselves.

The Esploro solution aims to increase the impact of academic research by maximising its visibility, efficiency, and compliance with regulations and policies and to help institutions better correlate research output and funding.

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