Blogs selected for Week April 20 to April 26, 2020 -



1. Guest Post – Seamless remote access during a global pandemic: An indispensable necessity

Federated authentication is also a more efficient way to deliver content to off-campus patrons than other commonly known remote access options. With VPN and many proxy configurations, content from a publisher’s site must flow through the campus network in order to get to the end user. ACS Publications is now enabling federated authentication for academic institutions worldwide. In the United States, while ACS has been a member of the InCommon federation for many years, only about a dozen of InCommon’s 550 IdP members had been enabled for federated access to ACS Publications content. For years the practice that ACS — and many other publishers — adopted was to only enable U.S. campuses that explicitly requested federated access. At the same time, most InCommon members had enabled their side of this two-way trust years ago. In this post Ralph Youngen from the American Chemical Society discusses their efforts to provide remote access to researchers during the current pandemic and how new technologies and standards like RA21 and SeamlessAccess are helpful.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. We need to develop counter adaptations to predatory journals

To the unacquainted, predatory journals can be considered scholarly publishing’s equivalent to fake news. In the OA model, accepted papers are made publicly available, but journals often take in a fee called an article processing charge from researchers to offset article production costs. These fees can generate millions of dollars for predatory journals and their publishers. Early research examining predatory journals has suggested that they will publish virtually anything in order to make money from this fee. Addressing predatory publishing will require a re-evaluation of the incentives and rewards common to academia and a shift in value from quantity of publications to quality appraisals of publications. It will also require that legitimate publishers lead the way in adopting transparent and auditable practices, notes Kelly Cobey And David Moher in their post.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. The State of Journal Production and Access: New survey of society and university publishers

How are scholarly society and university publishers currently approaching journal production and access? And what are their future priorities? Scholastica is conducting a survey on “The State of Journal Production and Access” among scholarly societies, university presses, and university libraries that publish one or more journals independently (i.e., not outsourced to a separate publisher). The results of the survey will be used to compile an openly available report (no email required for download) on the journal production factors and open access models that society and university publishers are focusing on now and in the future. The survey will run through the 29th of May 2020.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. Copyright, creative commons, and confusion

Copyright law is complex and varies greatly across countries – one of the main reasons that authors do not grapple with its complexities. This blog refers specifically to American copyright law, though of course such law was established when the printing press was introduced to England in the late fifteenth century. Printing presses were firmly in control, and the Licensing Act of 1662 cemented what was effectively their ability to censor publications. By 1710, England’s parliament enacted the Statute of Anne, which established principles of how authors may own rights to their work – copyright. Creative Commons Licenses were a successful venture into allowing authors to retain copyright, and allow for publication of their work through licenses that allow for reuse. In this article, Robert Harington revisits the history of copyright, steering into Creative Commons Licensing, and weighs the value of protection and reuse in light of an inexorable push towards global openness.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Carrying out qualitative research under lockdown – Practical and ethical considerations

How can qualitative researchers collect data during social-distancing measures? Adam Jowett outlines several techniques researchers can use to collect data without face-to-face contact with participants. Bringing together a number of previous studies, he also suggests such techniques have their own methodological advantages and disadvantages and that while these techniques may appear particularly apt during the coronavirus crisis, researchers should take time to reflect on ethical issues before re-designing their studies.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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