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Plans for a new Open Access Book Network take shape
- 28 Jun 2019

Foundational planning is currently underway for the formation of an Open Access Book Network. Development of this network was the topic of a recent ELPUB 2019 Conference panel session led by Eelco Ferwerda from OAPEN, with the University of Cambridge's Rupert Gatti, Pierre Mounier of OPERAS, Andrea Bertino of SUB Goettingen, and SPARC Europe Director Vanessa Proudman.

The original idea for the network was born in Autumn 2018 during an OA books event hosted by Knowledge Exchange in Brussels as a follow-up of the landscape study published earlier. Proudman initiated the concept to establish a sustainable knowledge network in Europe to accelerate the innovation of the OA book publishing industry, a network that is inclusive of all of Europe and that shares lessons learnt from all parts of the continent.

This initial ideation was followed by a December 2018 meeting in Amsterdam where the needs and goals of such a network were addressed. The purpose of this month's ELPUB session was to float the concept with the broader OA book community - and to gauge their reaction.

The ELPUB Conference panel and audience dove into issues including potential challenges, who, specifically, the network would serve; approaches for launching such a network and funding.

Among the challenges discussed was the fact that numerous Open Science networks, including the Open Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), Association of University Presses (AUP), OPERAS, Research Data Alliance (RDA), or OpenAIRE, already exist; and the importance of not duplicating efforts was emphasised. The point was also raised that organisers could learn from these on how to manage this new OA Book Network.

Aside from the afore-mentioned goals, in terms of the mission of the European network, it could enable capacity building of OA books across all European countries while also helping influence policy-makers, and serve as a forum for sharing good practices as well as challenges. Also discussed: if the network should serve other new projects and initiatives, and individuals with new ideas, for new services, for instance, to test concepts in the OA book ecosystem.

Multiple paths have been identified as potential means to establish the groundwork for the Network: using the EC's Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) methodology; conducting a landscape overview of the status of OA books across Europe to identify gaps and trends and then, pinpointing key topics; beginning with a lightweight coalition and first collectively developing principles and standards; or forming the network based on a common challenge, or multiple challenges faced by OA book publishers with Plan S and cOAlition S (at the same time with concerns in the audience that most books are not currently funded by cOAlition S).

The audience at the ELPUB session was asked to share with the group their relevant projects which led to multiple new ideas being introduced for consideration in ongoing discussions around Network planning: the creation of a board within the network to facilitate matchmaking between experts / initiatives and policies, an OA book watch, how the network might help drive down the cost of OA books and facilitate alternative business models to BPCs, a policy development book watch; the creation of a test bed for new tools and services, and the development of a service that would collect book reviews to help gauge the resonance and quality of a book.

Continuing conversations are being led by Proudman, Mounier, Gatti and Ferwerda to explore how to take this forward. This feedback from the community will feed into considerations on planning a meeting to flesh more of the above out before establishing it.

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AWIS launches STEM Equity Community Platform with Elsevier's support
- 26 Jun 2019

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has announced the launch of the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network Community which connects scholars and practitioners committed to equity in STEM. In support of this initiative, a href="https://www.elsevier.com/" target="_blank">Elsevier's leading reference manager and academic social network, Mendeley, will host a dedicated ARC Network group. In addition, SSRN, Elsevier's leading early stage research and preprint server, will host a dedicated STEM First Look series to support the initiative.

SSRN will publish the Equity in STEM 'First Look' series, a quarterly digest of a wide range of STEM equity content and early stage research. The series will include presentations, white papers, videos, podcasts and webinars. Each curated issue will allow peers from the ARC Network Community to share content, empowering the community with early-access to the tools and knowledge needed for change.

Available at www.equityinstem.org/firstlook, the inaugural publication provides a historical perspective of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program and outcomes of and lessons learned from past awardees.

In addition, the ARC Network is collaborating with Mendeley to host a dedicated online group. Members will access and contribute to a rich library of curated resources - including reports, articles, datasets, toolkits, videos and more - that serve as an important part of systemic change efforts. As the go-to hub for community collaboration, the platform also offers members the opportunity to share events hosted by the community and their institutions, as well as online learning opportunities, such as webinars and virtual workshops.

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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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