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Libraries reject Taylor&Francis' new policy of locking content
- 16 Feb 2018

More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor&Francis rejecting their new policy of locking content more than 20 years old behind a 'moving wall'.

This means that academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor&Francis 'big deal' will now have to be purchased as a separate package. As the new 20 year 'moving wall' moves each year, the volume and cost of this material will increase.

As the open letter states 'diminishing this coverage is opportunistic and potentially profiteering within a sector which is recognised to enjoy substantial profit margins as it greatly monetises the outputs and inputs of publicly-funded research'.

A copy of the letter is available at https://www.sconul.ac.uk/page/open-letter-to-the-management-of-the-publisher-taylor-francis.

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Taylor&Francis announces new data sharing policies opening up the research lifecycle
- 14 Feb 2018

Academic publisher Taylor&Francis has introduced a suite of new data sharing policies to drive open scholarship forwards and help the research communities achieve their goals.

Data is a key research output, therefore sharing it presents a multitude of opportunities for research and researchers. The new policies aim to promote increased sharing of data to improve the robustness of the entire research process, supporting transparency, reproducibility, and replicability of results.

Data citation capabilities will be introduced, enabling researchers to get and give credit for their valuable data findings. Where authors share data, they will be required to include a data availability statement, which will improve the discoverability of their research. The new policies range from encouraging data sharing to making data open with a license, offering flexibility while ensuring the needs of different fields and disciplines are met.

A basic policy encouraging data sharing will be applied to all titles owned by Taylor&Francis, with an aim to move many journals to more progressive data sharing policies during 2018 following consultation with partners.

At the start of this year, the open scholarship options for Taylor&Francis authors were further increased with the launch of Big Earth Data, a journal that uses open data to advance discoveries in Earth Science. Last month, Taylor&Francis also announced a new partnership with Code Ocean, enabling researchers to share and run code to generate data simulations.

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Committee on Publication Ethics announces changes to its Code of Conduct and new policy on expulsions
- 30 Nov 2017

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) recently announced changes to its Code of Conduct as well as a new policy on sanctions against member journal editors and publishers that do not follow their 'principles.'

Until recently, members of COPE agreed to adhere to their Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (and Publishers). Members also agree to follow the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

Both of these documents provide very helpful advice on how to organise and run a professional journal. The Code of Conduct includes 'must do' items for members as well as 'aspirational' suggested best practices. Two weeks ago, the Code of Conduct was replaced with the new 'Core Practices.'

In announcing the Core Practices, COPE explained that the Code of Conduct carried a legal connotation, which was not intended. Also, COPE recognised that some items were extremely specific (e.g., "Editors should follow the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart on complaints") while others were very open to interpretation (e.g., "Editors should strive to ensure that peer review at their journal is fair, unbiased and timely"). There are also elements of the code that are not relevant at all journals (e.g. "Editors should have a written contract(s) setting out their relationship with the journal's owner and/or publisher").

The new Core Practices contain 10 categories from the Code. There is a brief paragraph describing each and a link to further resources. The resources include case studies, blog posts and articles, guidelines if available, and COPE's famous flowcharts that provide step-by-step suggestions on how an editor or journal could handle ethics issues.

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Wiley launches new data sharing and citation policies to improve transparency in research
- 15 Sep 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of new data sharing and citation policies that will be implemented across all participating Wiley journals. Sharing data enables researchers to reuse experimental results and supports the creation of new work built on previous findings. These new policies will improve the efficiencies of the research process supporting the critical goals of transparency and reproducibility.

The majority of Wiley's journals will now adopt one of three standardized data sharing policies, which will encourage, expect, or mandate data sharing from authors publishing with Wiley. Researchers will be able to review the data sharing policy on their selected journal's author guidelines or via the Wiley Author Compliance Tool. Research data includes but is not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, and materials.

Further, Wiley has endorsed the FORCE11 Data Citation Principles and is implementing a mandatory data citation policy. Wiley journals will require that authors refer to the data at the relevant place in their manuscript and provide a formal citation in their reference list in the same way as article, book, and web citations. Wiley recommends the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (JDDCP).

Wiley is committed to improving the openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research and scholarly work. In addition to these data sharing and citation policies, Wiley believes that in communities where non-commercial preprint servers exist, journals should allow for the submission of manuscripts which have already been made available on such a server.

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Elsevier becomes signatory to Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines
- 06 Sep 2017

The Center for Open Science has announced that Elsevier, an information analytics business specialising in science and health, is furthering its support for improving the quality of research by becoming a signatory to the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines.

The TOP Guidelines are a community-driven effort to align research behaviours with scientific ideals. Transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility are core values of science, but not always part of daily practice. Journals, funders, and institutions can increase reproducibility and integrity of research by aligning their author or grantee guidelines with the TOP Guidelines.

Elsevier is actively rolling out many of the TOP Guidelines in a way that goes beyond simply reviewing and signing a commitment to implementing them in the future. Importantly, Elsevier has developed new journal data guidelines that align with the TOP Data Standards, and has implemented these across approximately 1,800 journals. These data guidelines are already integrated into Evise, Elsevier's author submission system, to ensure authors can easily share and/or link to their data. Elsevier also updated its Guides for Authors clearly explaining which actions authors are expected to take.

In addition to the data guidelines, Elsevier is already a long-term supporter of other TOP initiatives. For example, in 2013 Elsevier was one of the early adopters of Registered Reports and in 2016 Cell Press, a division of Elsevier, introduced STAR Methods (for Structured, Transparent, Accessible Reporting of methods and resources), a new approach to presenting scientific methods in research articles designed to improve transparency and reproducibility.

Elsevier joins other major publishing stakeholders in the scientific community such as AAAS, Springer Nature, Wiley, and the Royal Society by supporting TOP.

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