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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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PLOS and GARDP collaborate to launch new channel for the antimicrobial resistance community
- 24 May 2018

PLOS, in collaboration with the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), announced the launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Channel during the World Health Assembly, Geneva. This new channel offers the AMR research community access to the latest research, as well as commentaries, blogs, news and discussions that span science, research and development, policy and public health in the fight against AMR.

AMR is a serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. Despite the international attention directed at AMR, and many policy discussions for developing new antibiotics accessible to all, the situation remains a major global concern. Key challenges include improving infection prevention, limiting unnecessary use of antibiotics, and using existing antibiotics appropriately in humans, animals, and in agriculture.

The PLOS AMR Channel is a resource for the AMR community to discover, explore and keep up to date with the latest scientific literature, commentaries, blogs, and news. Channel Editors comprise leading experts who will collate content to increase awareness of the AMR crisis, encourage research collaboration that integrates science, policy and public health, as well as highlight critical content in the fight against AMR. A holistic approach to research is urgently needed to provide the evidence-base for well-informed policy-making, governance, and funding.

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Royal Society Publishing partners with The Charlesworth Group for social media management in China
- 15 May 2018

The Charlesworth Group has announced a new partnership with the Royal Society Publishing to oversee its WeChat social media activities in Mainland China. Under this arrangement, The Charlesworth Group will register and manage the Royal Society Publishing WeChat account and translate and post content to support the Society's journal publishing programme and engagement with academics in key universities across the country.

The Charlesworth Group is globally recognised as leading the field in providing sales representation, marketing and consultancy in the Chinese academic market, along with being a leading provider of Language Editing and Author Services through its Charlesworth Author Services Division.

The Group's social media management services provide a complementary and holistic means to pull these areas together, utilising an additional forum to engage directly with the researcher and content-reader community. Using the Charlesworth team's strategic market insight, content is not only expertly translated and checked by specialist translators, but selected and localised to maximise impact and followers/readers.

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Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme and ResearchGate announce new cooperation agreement for sharing of academic journal articles legally
- 20 Apr 2018

Three publishers - Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme - and ResearchGate have announced a new cooperation agreement to work together on the sharing of articles on the scholarly collaboration platform in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers. The agreement ultimately involves publishers who want to help and support content sharing and believe that working with ResearchGate, the largest professional network for scientists and academics, is one of the important means to achieving this.

As part of the agreement ResearchGate and publishers will cooperate in educating users about their rights in relation to copyright-protected content by providing users with more and better information about how and when they may share their journal articles on the network; ResearchGate will continue to promptly remove copyright-infringing content when alerted by publishers; Publishers will get better visibility into the usage of new content on the platform that was originally published in their journals.

This agreement is the culmination of discussions between publishers and ResearchGate announced last autumn. It shows that cooperation on the sharing of publisher content can be found and demonstrates the commitment from all parties to ensuring researchers are able to access and share high quality scholarly research responsibly.

This development complements Springer Nature's SharedIt service, which enables the legal sharing of subscription content. SharedIt covers more than 2,700 journals and in its first year links generated by it were viewed 3.2 million times.

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