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Springer Nature announces two new ORCID initiatives
- 28 Apr 2017

Springer Nature has announced two new initiatives in support of ORCID, which gives researchers a unique, personal, persistent identifier (an iD) that distinguishes them from every other researcher. ORCID also enables organisations to link researchers' affiliations and works - including their publications - to their iD, ensuring they receive proper credit for their work.

The first initiative is a trial that will mandate ORCID iDs for corresponding authors publishing in 46 journals from across the whole of Springer Nature, including Nature Research, Springer and BioMed Central. This trial is the latest development in Springer Nature's long history of support for ORCID, which has led to over 500,000 unique identifiers being used across the portfolio. The trial will last for six months and researchers' perceptions will be evaluated at the end of that period.

The second initiative will see Springer become the first publisher to include ORCID iDs in proceedings papers. Springer's proceedings submission system, OCS, allows authors to enter and validate their ORCID iDs, thus integrating them into the workflow process from the very beginning. Authors and editors of proceedings that use other conference management systems can still provide ORCID iDs to appear in the proceedings and next to the editors' information. This feature will be extended to Springer's Linked Open Data portal in the near future.

Springer publishes about 1,200 proceedings volumes every year, which represents a significant percentage of all such works published in technical fields worldwide. In computer science and engineering, publication in the proceedings of top conferences is, in fact, often preferred over publication in academic journals.

In addition, Springer Nature will be the first major publisher to be awarded the Collect, Display, and Connect badges from ORCID's integration and engagement program, Collect&Connect, developed to streamline the integration process and foster a shared user experience.

Springer Nature has implemented ORCID in workflows so that authors and editors benefit from all the advantages of ORCID. Submitted and authenticated ORCID iDs are displayed in the content (i.e., the PDF of a publication), on Springer Nature's platforms, and are added to their metadata to increase discoverability. This enables authors with an ORCID iD to authorise Crossref to automatically push information about their published work to their ORCID record.

In November 2015 Springer Nature announced that they would be the first publisher to enable all Springer and Palgrave Macmillan authors and editors to add their ORCID iDs to academic book and chapter manuscripts.

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CSHL collaborates with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to boost sharing of scientific research
- 27 Apr 2017

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has announced a new collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) that will help accelerate the understanding of life science for the benefit of human health and disease.

New funding from CZI will support the development and expansion of CSHL's bioRxiv preprint service, a free platform that enables life science researchers to quickly and easily share drafts of papers before they are published in peer-reviewed research journals.

It takes a significant amount of time for a research paper to be peer-reviewed and published, and important findings are often not widely available for months or years. Sharing research discoveries through a service like bioRxiv provides opportunities for scientists to solicit feedback, collaborate, and improve their research, in ways that complement the peer-review process.

In only three years, bioRxiv has received 10,000 manuscripts from 55,000 authors in more than 90 countries. There are more than 1 million page views and downloads of these papers each month. bioRxiv also enables authors to submit posted manuscripts directly to a growing number of journals (currently 100) for certification through peer review. New funding from CZI builds on the initial investment by CSHL (a private, not-for-profit institution) and generous philanthropic support from CSHL Trustee Robert Lourie, to pioneer this free service.

CSHL and CZI are committed to sharing new tools in order to speed adoption and dissemination of preprints and optimize communication infrastructure in science. All software developed through this collaboration will be made available as open source.

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BioMed Central signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
- 27 Apr 2017

Open access publisher BioMed Central has become a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the commitment to move away from a single measure of a journal's impact (Impact Factor) to the provision of a wider set of metrics and measurements. BioMed Central has been compliant with the majority of DORA recommendations for some time, and a commitment to reducing emphasis on Impact Factor is the final step in enacting DORA practices in research assessment.

DORA recognises 'a pressing need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties.' Hundreds of other organisations, including institutions and publishers, have already signed DORA.

DORA recommends reducing emphasis on the journal impact factor as a promotional tool, ideally by ceasing to promote the impact factor or by presenting the metric in the context of a variety of journal-based metrics that provide a richer view of journal performance. The declaration further suggests making available a range of article-level metrics to encourage a shift toward assessment based on the scientific content of an article rather than publication metrics of the journal in which it was published. Further, it encourages responsible authorship practices and the provision of information about the specific contributions of each author.

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PubFactory and Altmetric partner to provide engagement insights
- 26 Apr 2017

Online publishing platform PubFactory has partnered with data science company Altmetric to provide real-time insights into the latest shares, mentions and engagement relating to individual publications immediately enabling authors, readers, and editors to gather a more comprehensive view of the reach and influence of research.

Available now to publishers who host their content on the PubFactory platform, the Altmetric badge visualisations and associated details pages offer valuable additional context and a much more immediate source of feedback on how a publication has been received.

PubFactory's technology platform and publishing services have been adopted by prestigious publishers like OUP, DeGruyter, Brill, and the IMF. PubFactory currently hosts more than 1,400 journals and 400,000 books along with reference works, databases, and other content types, making it the only truly content agnostic platform and service provider in scholarly publishing.

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American Chemical Society and the Korean Chemical Society collaborate to recognise advancement of science
- 26 Apr 2017

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced a three-year collaboration with the Korean Chemical Society (KCS) to recognise outstanding contributions by distinguished scientists in Korea. The collaboration includes an annual award and a symposium.

The new ACS-KCS Excellence Award - sponsored by Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society - honours a scientist working in Korea who is excelling in the field of chemistry. The recipient is selected by KCS and receives a cash award, three-year complimentary access to SciFinder and a three-year ACS membership. The award will be presented annually during the KCS spring meeting.

For 2017, the ACS-KCS Excellence Award recipient is Dr. Sukbok Chang, a director of IBS, a professor at KAIST and an associate editor of ACS Catalysis. Chang is being honored for his development of catalytic systems enabling highly selective and efficient C-H functionalization of low reacting molecules. He received his award on April 20.

As part of the KCS spring meeting, which occurred April 19-21 in Kintex, Goyang, ACS Publications also hosted a symposium entitled 'Chemistry for Next-Generation Materials and Life Sciences.' The symposium was jointly coordinated by Joon Won Park, POSTECH and chair of KCS' Division of International Cooperation; Carolyn Bertozzi, Stanford University and editor-in-chief of ACS Central Science; Jwa-Min Nam, Seoul National University and vice-chair of KCS' Division of International Cooperation; and Christopher Chang, University of California, Berkeley and senior editor of ACS Central Science. The symposium featured distinguished keynote presentations from a variety of global scientific leaders.

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