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Wiley partners with the Orthopaedic Research Society to launch new OA journal - JOR Spine
- 14 Sep 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) have announced the launch of a new international, open access peer-reviewed publication, JOR Spine. JOR Spine will be joining the Journal of Orthopaedic Research in the ORS' publications portfolio and will publish high-quality research on all aspects of orthopaedic research related to the spine. The first issue will publish in January 2018.

The new journal features a world-class editorial board led by Dr. Mauro Alini, Head of Musculoskeletal Regeneration AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland, Dr. Robert L. Mauck, Mary Black Ralston Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Professor of Bioengineering, Director, McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Daisuke Sakai, Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Tokai University School of Medicine in Kanagawa, Japan.

JOR Spine will publish cutting-edge research, selected through a rigorous, transparent, and fair peer review process. The journal will utilize an open access format and will be very well supported by Wiley, the journal's editorial team and by the ORS.

JOR Spine is dedicated to serve the spine research community by offering a platform focusing on basic and translational orthopaedic research of the spine. The new journal will publish articles, reviews, short communications, and perspectives in topic areas including the biological basis of development, growth, aging and degeneration, biomechanical and novel imaging methods, mechano-biology, biomaterial applications, and pre-clinical and clinical studies based on novel preventative and regenerative approaches.

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Knowledge Unlatched unveils KU Open Services
- 12 Sep 2017

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) will open its services to publishers with Open Services, designed to help publishers achieve greater impact for their Open Access (OA) books. The new service is an additional offer for those OA titles that have not been financed through KU's traditional crowd funding model.

The service has been tailor-made to meet increasing demands from publishers, libraries, and researchers for greater discoverability of their OA titles. By utilising leading hosting platforms, indexing databases, and archives, alongside easy importation into library catalogues and measures to reduce double-dipping, KU offers seamless and effective management of the discoverability process. Furthermore, KU provides quarterly usage reports, offering complete transparency throughout the process, and supplying the data needed to demonstrate the real impact of OA publications.

KU has announced that eight leading publishers have already expressed their support for the initiative. German publishers transcript Verlag, Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, Böhlau, V&R unipress, Academic Studies Press, a US specialist in Slavic and Jewish Studies; The University of North Carolina Press; University Press of Hawaii; and The University Press of Colorado have all already partnered with KU to take advantage of the new service.

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IFLA signs open letter calling on Members of the European Parliament to ensure Open Access remains open in Europe
- 11 Sep 2017

The transition towards Open Access is gaining momentum. It promises to deliver a major step forward in giving access to the results of science and research, allowing new ideas to emerge and spread more quickly than ever before.

However, it is still a work in progress. Not only business models, but also key parts of the necessary infrastructure are still in development. One example is open access repositories, where researchers can upload their work. These repositories play an important role in allowing the simple sharing and discovery of articles or other materials. They tend to be run by libraries or research institutions, on a non-commercial basis.

There are usually restrictions about what can be uploaded onto these repositories and when, set out in contracts with publishers - for example it may only be allowed to post a 'pre-print' version of a paper to a repository. However, with many researchers unclear about exactly what they can do with their work, they sometimes make mistakes.

Ordinarily, these repositories benefit from 'safe harbour' provisions - as long as they are ready to correct these mistakes if a rightholder demands it, they will not face legal action. However, current EU copyright provisions risk making the people and institutions who run repositories legally liable, unless they install filtering technologies.

Repositories are financed neither to take on the burden of buying in filter technologies (which risk declaring legitimate uses of works illegal), nor to bear the legal responsibility for mistakes by researchers. If these European proposals pass, open access in Europe and around the world will suffer. The EU's previously strong record on promoting open access will be damaged.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has therefore signed an open letter, calling on Members of the European Parliament to reject these proposals, and so make sure that Open Access remains open in Europe.

Others interested in signing should go to the SPARC Europe website, where there are instructions on how to do so.

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Nature Research expands OA portfolio, adds three new multidisciplinary journals
- 07 Sep 2017

Nature Research is expanding its portfolio of open access titles to include a family of three new, high quality, selective, open access multidisciplinary journals - Communications Biology, Communications Chemistry and Communications Physics. The journals will be online-only and publish open access content under a CC-BY license. The launch is part of Nature Research's ongoing commitment to providing increasing options for authors to choose open access publishing and builds on the stable of open access titles published by Springer Nature, already the biggest open access publisher globally.

The new journals will publish research from throughout the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, to provide opportunities for a full spectrum of natural sciences research to be published. The journals will publish research papers that represent an important advance bringing new insight to a specialised area of research. They will employ a shared editorial model in which a full time Chief Editor leads a team of in house professional editors who will work with external editorial board members to manage manuscripts, including handling peer review.

Communications Biology will be led by Chief Editor Dr Brooke LaFlamme, who has a PhD in Genetics from Cornell University and previously undertook postdoctoral research at Weill Cornell Medical College and worked in Nature Research as an editor at Nature Genetics. Dr Luke Batchelor, previously manager of the inorganic and physical chemistry team at Nature Communications, will be Chief Editor of Communications Chemistry. Dr Elena Belsole joins Nature research as Chief Editor of Communications Physics from her previous role as executive editor of New Journal of Physics. She has a PhD in Astrophysics and Space Sciences from Paris VI and carried out postdoctoral research at Bristol and Cambridge Universities.

The journals are now open for submissions.

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Partnership between IET and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to provide greater global access to The Journal of Engineering
- 05 Sep 2017

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have announced a new partnership to promote the IET's open access journal, The Journal of Engineering. As a result of this new partnership, researchers across the globe will now have greater access to cutting-edge engineering intelligence and research.

The Journal of Engineering was successfully chosen to be indexed on the CAS Open Access platform, GoOA, following a stringent selection process. The Journal of Engineering's emphasis on high-quality, thorough peer-review, ensures the publishing of scientifically sound research across a broad spectrum of engineering fields including: electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, energy engineering, civil engineering, micro- and nanotechnology, computing and software, biomedical engineering and materials engineering.

The Journal of Engineering was also recently selected for the Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

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