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The future of scholarly books is open (access), reveals a Springer Nature survey
- 19 Jun 2019

A global Springer Nature survey of more than 2,500 academic book authors provides in-depth insights into perceptions of open access (OA).

The majority of book authors support the idea that all future scholarly books should be open access (OA). This is one of the key findings of a new white paper presented by Springer Nature at the OAI-11 conference at CERN this week. Based on the responses of 2,542 book authors who were surveyed by Springer Nature in February and March 2019, the white paper provides a global view of book authors' attitudes towards OA. The survey looks at researchers' motivations for publishing a book, and analyses the parameters and key drivers which influence academics to publish OA or not. The white paper also identifies major obstacles to OA publication which book authors still face: from a lack of awareness of OA publishing options and low funding, to concerns about how OA books are perceived. The white paper is freely available for download.

Other key findings note that pro-OA attitudes are stronger among junior researchers, researchers based in Europe and Asia, and previous OA book authors. Ethical reasons (equality in access) and reaching a larger audience are identified as key motivations for choosing OA for books. Majority of authors want more financial support from funders for OA book publication. Gold OA is the most preferred policy for OA books. Reputation of publishers matters less to OA authors but is still the deciding factor for publication.

The findings reflect the views of OA and non-OA book authors alike: out of the 2,542 participants, 407 authors had previously published at least one OA book, 2,037 authors had not published an OA book, and 98 authors did not know whether they had published an OA book previously.

The results also show that the lack of funding still seems to be a major barrier for book authors who want to publish OA. The white paper therefore advocates for funders to provide more support for OA books, and also recommends that the scholarly communications community explores a variety of alternative routes for OA book publishing.

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New Ex Libris report reveals opportunities for academic libraries and research offices to strengthen support for researchers
- 14 Jun 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and the level of support provided by research offices and libraries. The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency.

The report presents findings from a survey of 300 researchers and interviews with nine senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Many researchers conduct tasks themselves in areas where libraries and research offices can provide valuable expertise and administrative support.

The study reveals that researchers are satisfied or very satisfied with the level of support provided by their research office and library (81% and 80%, respectively). However, they feel time-deprived and stressed. Many researchers conduct tasks themselves in areas where libraries and research offices can provide valuable expertise and administrative support. The findings indicate that there is room for greater involvement of libraries and research offices in areas such as managing article processing charges (47% of researchers stated that they do it themselves), finding funding opportunities (52% do it themselves), preparing data management plans (54%), ensuring open-access compliance (55%), and monitoring research impact (61%).

Further, the study notes that researchers consider fund sourcing and the preparation of grant applications the most difficult part of their roles. Only 35% of researchers find it easy to find relevant funding opportunities, and only 32% find it easy to apply for funding grants. Demonstrating research impact is increasingly important, but the best method of meaningfully measuring it is still unclear. Nevertheless, 35% of researchers are always required to demonstrate the impact of their work, and 51% are required to do so some of the time.

According to the study, researcher profiles are scattered across many channels, led by LinkedIn (65%), the researcher's university page (54%), and Google Scholar (42%). Because of researchers' workload, it is the institution that is charged with showcasing researcher profiles as well as keeping these profiles current, a responsibility that is perceived as challenging by administrators. Almost 60% of scholars have to publish research datasets alongside their publications, yet for many this is not easily achieved.

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DynaMed founder, Dr. Brian S. Alper, leads effort to define certainty of net benefit for healthcare
- 11 Jun 2019

On June 4, 2019, BMJ Open published an open access paper which defines the 'certainty of net benefit' as a proposed method to report the impact of clinical recommendations. The report follows two years of development and deliberation within the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group, an international collaborative that defines the most widely used method for expressing the certainty of evidence and strength of recommendations in clinical practice guidelines.

The paper's lead author, Dr. Brian S. Alper, is the founder of DynaMed®, a point-of-care information resource for healthcare professionals that provides a synthesised and curated summary of the best current evidence and guidelines, and the Vice President of Innovations and Evidence-Based Medicine Development for EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a company that is developing a prominent role in solving some of the greatest challenges in healthcare decision-making.

Defining Certainty of Net Benefit: A GRADE Concept Paper describes in detail how a guideline developer or other information provider reporting evidence and guidance for healthcare can explicitly determine and express the certainty that the benefits outweigh the harms for a specific decision. EBSCO also provides a free online calculator to allow developers to determine the certainty of net benefit without requiring advanced statistical software.

The certainty of net benefit concept today is described from the perspective of a guideline developer speaking to a healthcare professional. The EBSCO Health Innovations team is actively evaluating systems to apply and introduce the concept for personal use to identify health improvement opportunities and support individualised shared decision-making tools.

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Web of Science Group launches new publisher analytics reports
- 05 Jun 2019

The Web of Science Group, part of Clarivate Analytics, has launched its first range of analytical reports aimed specifically for academic publishers. The ready-to-use reports provide a snapshot of journals' performance and inform competitor analysis. They will help publishers to easily plan robust, evidence-based strategies, based on the publisher-independent, editorially curated data in the Web of Science, combined with data from InCites analytics and where appropriate, ScholarOne.

The new reports include: Journal Performance Analytics Report, Publishing Output Analysis, Subject Area/Opportunity Analysis and Funding/ Institutional/ Regional Analyses.

Journal Performance Analytics Report provides publishers with a comprehensive summary of journal publication performance in Web of Science Core Collection (including the Emerging Sources Citation Index) over a defined period. With the option to compare journals, the report includes information on publication output, Journal Impact Factor trends, contributing countries, organisations and funders, and article-level citation analysis.

The Publishing Output Analysis report allows publishers to bring together editorial and publication data in a single analysis to uncover what drives their journal's publication impact and performance. The report benchmarks a journal's published papers and explores the fate of the papers it rejects. It is designed to identify opportunities for new journals and journal sections and to help journals stakeholders better understand the influence of editorial decisions.

The Subject Area report offers a complete overview of specific subject area(s), including hot topics, key journals and publishers within the field, emerging trends and topics, key authors, institutions and funders.

Based on data from the InCites Benchmarking&Analytics package, the Funding/ Institutional/ Regional Analyses reports provide snapshots of contributions to journals from funding agencies, authors and their institutional and regional affiliation, giving publishers quick insights into what influences their content pipeline.

Underlying datasets are included with each report for further analysis, and tailored options to suit specific business needs are available.

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CASE STUDY: Developing a Thesaurus for Enhanced Content Discovery and Navigation
- 28 May 2019

The website and associated content assets of a professional association of physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology had become an indispensable decision support resource for women's healthcare providers. The resources and publications included committee opinions, practice bulletins, patient education, peer reviewed journals, and clinical updates. To enhance its efforts to educate members, promote patient education, and increase awareness of women's healthcare issues, the Association embarked on a strategic initiative to enhance the search and discovery, navigation and overall user experience with its content. Download this case study to understand how Scope's medical content team enhanced content discovery and navigation, by developing and delivering a thesaurus for clinical information.

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