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Registrations now open for EMUG 2017
- 24 Mar 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems has announced the 2017 Editorial Manager User Group Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Taj Hotel, Boston, MA on June 22 - 23, 2017.

Aries will discuss its strategic development plans including updates to the author submission interface. Attendees will participate in workshops to help identify requirements for future releases of Editorial Manager and ProduXion Manager.

The program includes case studies presented by customers and talks on publishing industry trends. 2017 guest presentations will include organisations such as: Crossref, ORCID, and Meta.

EMUG 2017 topics include sessions on editor management, books workflows, reporting, fee processing, author best practices, working with preprint servers, EM Ingest, ProduXion Manager and more.

Review the full EMUG agenda for more details, and sign up to attend on the registration web page. Register at the early-bird rate of $175 through May 21; on May 22, the rate increases to $200.

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Panelists discuss JATS for Reuse at OASPA webinar
- 21 Mar 2017

Kelly McDougall (MIT Press), Mary Seligy (Canadian Science Publishing), and Stephen Laverick (Maverick) recently joined OASPA for a webinar to discuss Open Access Publishing in the Global South. Melissa Harrison (eLife) chaired the discussion. The Copyright Clearance Center hosted the webinar.

JATS4R (JATS for Reuse) is an inclusive group of publishers, vendors, and other interested organisations who use the NISO Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) XML standard. On March 13, 2017, OASPA hosted a webinar on the history, goals and recent work of JATS4R, the importance of participation and outreach around JATS4R, and to provide a platform for discussions on how the initiative can be advanced in the future.

Melissa kicked off the webinar by explaining the mission of JATS4R: to advance scholarly content reuse through the development of recommendations for tagging content in JATS XML, and to provide resources to help people in all areas of interested organisations to produce better XML content. The group formed in 2014, she explained, after those working on the JATS XML standard began discussing the similar challenges they faced while mining content and negotiating licenses and decided to form a working group to implement standardisation and best practices in XML tagging practices.

Following the speakers there was some time for discussion, during which the panelists responded to questions from participants in the webinar. Asked about JATS4R's biggest achievements, Mary highlighted that the bringing together of a now tight community and robust execution of the group's marketing plan has enabled far bigger and newer audiences to JATS. Challenges for the group, though, remain; Kelly emphasised the importance of 'casting the net wide', and reaching out to all those working in all sections of the scholarly communication community. The success of JATS, she reiterated, depends on the ability of diverse sections of the publishing community to engage with it. Asked where panelists saw the role of JATS4R in the future, Stephen noted that JATS enables great flexibility and is evolving all the time; as more gets pulled into the online article, there's an obvious need for more standardisation. JATS4R will continue to evolve and give vital guidance as needed. Kelly sees JATS4R building on their excellent communications mechanisms and collaborative opportunities. JATS4R, it was reiterated, will always be there for new and returning participants, and the group hopes to hear from new interested parties as a result of this webinar.

JATS4R can be contacted at jats4r.org. The recording of this JATS for Reuse webinar, along with the accompanying slides from the discussion, are freely available for the public at http://oaspa.org/information-resources/oaspa-webinars/.

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NFAIS Half-Day Virtual Workshop - Beyond the PDF: Emerging Trends in Next Generation Articles
- 21 Mar 2017

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will be conducting a Half-Day Virtual Workshop, Beyond the PDF: Emerging Trends in Next Generation Articles, on March 23, 2017 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm (EDT). This workshop will benefit scholarly researchers, publishers, discovery service providers, research librarians, government agency officials, non-profit scholarly society staff plus information services advisors and software and tool developers.

There's a change occurring in the delivery of scientific content. The development and application of virtual reality and augmented reality is changing research in nearly every field, from the life sciences to engineering. As a result, scholarly content is also changing its direction from print centric to fully submersed digital.

Historically, scientific content has been simple text and figures. To create higher quality, more intuitive and engaging content, scholarly communication has witnessed a shift to video and, most recently, researchers have begun to include data to create next generation content types that supplement and enrich their works.

Scholarly communication will continue this trend, requiring the delivery of content that is more innovative and interactive. However, in a world where the PDF has dominated the industry for years, new skills and technologies will be needed to ensure reader use and engagement remain stable as the information services industry shifts to accommodate new forms of content and articles enhanced by virtual and augmented reality.

Implementing and delivering on augmented or virtual reality supplemental material, and supporting them with the necessary tools for engagement, is no easy task. For as much as interest, discussion and innovation are occurring-as with all disruptive entrants-questions will need to be answered, issues addressed, and best practices established so that publisher, author and end-user can benefit from the results of deeper content engagement.

For publishers who work directly with scholars and researchers, this pivot means they must re-examine the needs of their customers, understand what they need delivered, where they expect to find that information, and how they want to interact with it. This will require publishers to update their current infrastructures, submission practices and guidelines, as well as develop or license software to keep pace and meet the needs of their authors and readers.

With so many platforms, channels, and formats it is more important than ever to deliver the right content, in the right format, on the right platform at the right time. During this NFAIS Half-Day Virtual Workshop an expert panel will examine why interactive content is imperative to the research community, and the different types of content and formats that are emerging as a result; how augmented reality and virtual reality can be used to increase the value of scholarly communication; the challenges of ensuring quality and reproducibility within these content types, including the application of emerging technologies to current workflow and submission guidelines; the new skills necessary for content creation, management and delivery, and consequent roles of the publisher; and implications for academic libraries, and the benefits of integrating library services to create new pedagogies, new media, new technologies, and new concepts for library engagement and learning encounters.

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Registrations for 9th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing now open
- 16 Mar 2017

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has announced that registrations and accommodations for the 9th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) are now open. This year, the annual conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal at the Altis Grand Hotel on September 20-21, 2017. A pre-conference reception for delegates will be held on the evening of September 19.

Now in its 9th year, COASP is a vital conference for the open access publishing community to gather to develop and advance discussions, relationships, policy and research around open access publishing. As in previous years, delegates from a wide range of backgrounds will be brought together for an exciting range of panels, events, and networking opportunities.

Speakers so far confirmed include Jean-Claude Burgelman (European Commission), Jessica Polka (ASAPbio), Louise Page (PLOS), Robert Kiley (Wellcome Trust), Vanessa Proudman (SPARC Europe), and Mikael Laakso (Hanken School of Economics).

Panel topics this year are: The market for APCs; Open infrastructure in scholarly communications; Research evaluation and assessment; Open peer review in both journal publishing and in open access books and monographs publishing. The preliminary program for the conference will be announced soon.

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APA announces support for March for Science, calls on psychologists and allies to participate
- 10 Mar 2017

The American Psychological Association has signed on as an official partner of the upcoming March for Science, calling it a demonstration of the importance of science for improving people's lives and benefiting society. The march is slated to take place April 22, in Washington, D.C. Satellite marches are expected to occur in other cities.

In a prelude to the march, APA's science government relations team will offer advocacy training on April 21, noon EDT, at APA's Washington, D.C., headquarters. The training session, 'Beyond the March: Advocating for Psychological Science,' will be livestreamed to enable psychologists and graduate students nationwide to participate.

The training will focus on how to communicate effectively with policymakers about the importance of psychological research and evidence-based policy. Topics to be covered include: crafting and delivering messages in support of science, hosting members of Congress and congressional staff at a psychology lab or university department, and scheduling visits with the Washington and local offices of members of Congress.

Details about the advocacy training and other activities being developed around the March for Science will be available on APA's website.

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