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Ex Libris launches the App Center, a one-stop shop for community apps and extensions
- 29 May 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the launch of the Ex Libris App Center, an open hub providing customers with a single place to find ways to complement and extend their Ex Libris solutions. The initial App Center launch features Ex Libris and community-developed apps, extensions, and customisations for the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and the Ex Libris Primo®, Rosetta, and campusM solutions, with more Ex Libris solutions to be added in the near future.

The App Center has been built to support the company's prolific, creative developer community as the number of community-developed apps and extensions continues to grow, leveraging Ex Libris open APIs and platform services.

The new App Center open hub is at the heart of the Ex Libris open approach to the community ecosystem, enabling customers to easily share their apps and extensions for the benefit of the entire Ex Libris community. With the App Center, customers can adapt their Ex Libris solutions to fit their organization's growing needs and custom workflows.

Ex Libris also announced the upcoming Alma "On-Platform" Apps, functionality that will enable developers to write apps which run on the Alma cloud platform itself. The new apps will interact with an open page in Alma and use REST APIs to update data. Alma "On-Platform" Apps will unlock a new, unprecedented level of openness for our customers.

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Future Science Group set to launch The Evidence Base at the upcoming ISPOR 2019 Conference
- 20 May 2019

Future Science Group (FSG) will be launching their newest resource, The Evidence Base, at the upcoming ISPOR 2019 Conference. The Evidence Base is a free-to-join, online community to share knowledge, discuss the latest research and continue developments in real-world data and its applications to real-world problems in healthcare. The site covers hot topics in real-world evidence, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered decision making and much more.

Real-world evidence has a vital role to play in today's increasingly strained healthcare systems. It has never been more important to understand the impact of different treatments on the health of the population and at the individual level, including patient outcomes and cost implications. While evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) will continue to play a vital role in providing data for the approval of new products, the evidence base is now expanding, and trust in real-world data (data obtained outside the traditional RCT framework, from sources including observational research, electronic medical records, disease registries and more) is increasing.

The Evidence Base provides a go-to site to share news and knowledge to help drive this exciting field forward. Members benefit from the latest news and developments in real-world evidence along with the ability to connect with their peers; paving the way to expand their knowledge and foster future collaboration. In addition, the site provides free access to select peer-reviewed content from FSG's range of journals, including the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research (Medline-indexed, Impact Factor: 1.906 [2017]) along with interviews, conference reports and exclusive commentary from subject experts and thought leaders.

To register for free access to The Evidence Base, go to: https://www.evidencebaseonline.com/users/sign_up.

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Content sharing at Springer Nature goes from strength to strength with SharedIt
- 17 Apr 2019

SharedIt was used by Springer Nature authors, its subscribers and its media partners to create over 7 million free sharable links to content in 2018. These links, which can also be shared on authors' websites and on social media, were then used to view articles for free nearly 7 million times, significantly opening up access to research and enabling the advancement of scientific discovery.

The SharedIt service, enabling authors to share links to their work even if published in subscription journals, has seen a major increase in its use from 2017 when 2.5 million links were generated using the service.

The biggest increase came from subscribers to journals on nature.com who in 2018 shared nearly 3 million (2,950,795) links to research with non-subscribers, compared with just over half a million (504,671) links in 2017.

Nature remains the journal with the highest number of clicks from SharedIt links. In 2018, Nature articles were accessed 1.5 million times, providing researchers and members of the public via their media partners with free access to content published in the world's most highly cited journal.

The tools that enable SharedIt are provided by ReadCube, whose industry-leading functionality enables sharers to make available final published versions of research papers in the streaming Enhanced PDF format. In addition to the full text of the articles, the Enhanced PDF provides hyperlinked in-line citations and figures, annotation capabilities, one-click access to supplemental content and figures and advanced article metrics.

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SAGE Publishing unveils MentorSpace - a how-to hub for research methods
- 13 Nov 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced the launch of MentorSpace, a new free-to-access online community space that allows users to tap into the wisdom of those who have executed a specific aspect of the research process and want to share their knowledge with others. The site is a place for users to connect, share insights, learn from their colleagues, and broaden their professional networks. The site will kick off with a Twitter Ask Me Anything (AMA) on November 14, 2018, featuring Stephanie Evergreen, an internationally recognized data visualisation and design expert.

A resource for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc students, as well as researchers, instructors, and authors in the social and behavioural research field, MentorSpace content types include: 'Methods in Action'- posts that describe a specific technique or report on particular research efforts that explore the methodology or innovation used; 'What I learned about doing research'- posts that describe the circumstances surrounding a research effort including key obstacles and takeaways; 'What I learned about teaching research'- tips for teaching courses in the methods field; Interviews - posts that examine problem solving in research, focusing on how to critically approach a problem and what steps to use.

MentorSpace is hosted on SAGE's MethodSpace site, a free-entry online community with more than 20,000 registered social and behavioural science researchers. MethodSpace is a convening place for academics and practitioners across all traditions of social science methodology - qualitative, quantitative and combinations of those approaches.

The new hub extends the services offered by MethodSpace, which offers access to blogs, a calendar of events, featured posts about new SAGE textbook content, targeted access to SRM content and SAGE journal articles, and forward-looking content related to big data, Q Step, and other innovative projects.

To kick off the MentorSpace launch, SAGE author and data visualization expert Stephanie Evergreen (@evergreendata) will take part in a Twitter AMA on November 14, 2018, at 1pm ET. Evergreen will answer questions detailing how researchers can best depict their research in arresting, exciting and accurate ways, balancing impact with the guiding principles of good design. Her tips will equally serve the struggling student or the seasoned researcher hoping to share their outputs in a way that maximises understanding and minimises distractions. Those interesting in posing questions can do so live or in advance using #sageXevergreen.

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eLife collaborates with Flockademic and the Center for Open Science to support the development of Plaudit
- 01 Nov 2018

eLife, in collaboration with Flockademic and the Center for Open Science (COS), is supporting the development of Plaudit - a mechanism for academics to share their research recommendations openly with readers.

Stemming from a concept refined at the eLife Innovation Sprint 2018 by a team of publishers, technologists and researchers, Plaudit aims to provide an easy way to recognise the value of scholarly content, regardless of where it is published. The tool has three main benefits for users: those who recommend research objects lend their authority to the endorsement, the authors of the objects benefit from the endorsement, and readers gain insight into the objects' potential value.

To recommend research using Plaudit, individuals first login with their ORCID iD - a unique code for identifying researchers and highlighting their contributions to the scholarly record. Once logged in, they can provide their endorsement of a piece of research, indicating with just a few clicks whether they consider it to be clear, robust and/or exciting, which is then reflected next to that research.

Plaudit utilises an open infrastructure of connections with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and ORCID iDs, feeding data into Crossref Event Data. The data is open-licensed, meaning it can be used in novel ways without restriction. Completely independent of any publisher frameworks, Plaudit has the potential to be integrated easily across platforms.

eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. As part of its Innovation Initiative, the organisation hosted an eLife Innovation Sprint in May for researchers, developers, technologists and more to develop prototypes of innovations that bring cutting-edge technology to open research communication. The interest in Plaudit following the event led to a decision by eLife, Flockademic and COS to develop a test implementation of the tool, with the aim of integrating it into COS' OSF Preprints platform.

Plaudit was created at the eLife Innovation Sprint 2018 by: Vincent Tunru, Software Engineer, Flockademic; Sara Bosshart, Open Access Publisher, IWA Publishing; Mattias Björnmalm, Research Fellow, Imperial College London; Joe Wass, Principal R&D Engineer, Crossref; Mark Patterson, Executive Director, eLife; and Alf Eaton, Developer, Atypon.

The code for Plaudit can be accessed on GitLab.

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