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Blogs selected for Week December 2 to December 8, 2019 -

1. Publishers announce a major new service to Plug Leakage

A group of leading publishers is announcing a major new service to plug leakage, improve discovery and access, fight piracy, compete with ResearchGate, and position their platform for the OA ecosystem. This new service shows that publishers are finally beginning to address digital strategy in an environment that has steadily eroded their ability to monetize the value they create. Does it go far enough to reset the competitive environment? This is the question Roger C. Schonfeld is trying to address through this post in the Scholarly Kitchen Blog.

The Blog post says (quote): ResearchGate is not alone in working to build academic/scientific identity management and an array of associated scholarly services, but, especially when these services have a social graph at their heart, they seem to have winner-take-all tendencies. Mendeley was another early entrant in the scholarly collaboration network space. When Elsevier announced an annotation partnership with two years ago, it was careful to enable it with Elsevier/Mendeley accounts rather than rely exclusively on a more open standard. But, it is clear that even Elsevier may not develop the scale to compete with ResearchGate. Elsevier now sees Mendeley as part of what Gaby Appleton has called a “connected galaxy.”........... (Unquote)

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. The Plan S open access initiative creates more opportunities than threats for Latin America

Concerns about the threat from the Global North to Latin America’s exemplary tradition of open access publishing are understandable but ultimately misplaced. Renegotiation of subscription agreements and the stipulation that article-processing charges should be covered by funders or institutions are examples of the ways in which Plan S presents new opportunities for the region, even if there is still work to be done, writes Johan Rooryck , in this post in the LSE Impact Blog.

The Blog post says (quote): Recently, concerns have been raised about the consequences that Plan S, an initiative of the cOAlitions S consortium of research funders aiming to provide free online access to all research literature, will have for existing non-commercial and not-for-profit open access initiatives. These concerns focus particularly on the threat to Latin America’s strong tradition of open access publishing. In responding to these concerns, I argue that Plan S has many synergies with this vibrant and exemplary tradition of open access publishing, and this will create real opportunities for future development...........(Unquote)

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Your research makes a difference

PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology recently showcased some of the most impactful research published from 2015 – 18 in two new collections. Looking at this body of work, they are reminded of how science builds the foundation for our understanding of the world around us. Medical research influences public health and professional practice, earth sciences inform how they understand and react to the changing climate and the list goes on. Each new discovery has a ripple effect on the future of research and society itself. How they measure that effect, and all the factors that contribute to it is understandably complicated, notes Madison Crystal, in this post in the Plos Blog.

The Blog post says (quote): Media coverage is one way for authors to boost the impact of their work and also form a key connection to readers, researchers and policymakers. The partnership between science and journalism is an important means of helping a broader audience understand and sift through the science that is happening every day so that it’s teachings can begin to be used in everyday practice. ........... (Unquote)

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. Embracing multilingualism to enhance complexity sensitive research

Academics who engage with local stakeholders to develop their research processes often find themselves spanning between the local language in which the research process takes place and English, the undisputed lingua franca in academia. In this post, in the LSE Impact Blog, Patricia Canto, Susana Franco and Miren Larrea, argue that embracing the coexistence of different languages in all the stages of the research cycle fosters inclusion and pluralism, helping to develop complexity sensitive research.

The Blog post says (quote): Indeed, humanity is facing global challenges characterised by complexity, understood as diversity in the ways problems and their potential solutions are interpreted. Languages, ingrained in stronger cultural differences, are part of such diversity. When we learn to integrate language diversity in our research, we generate insight on how deeper differences can be managed regarding complex societal challenges. The technical knowledge to solve some of these problems exists, but there are difficulties to integrate this knowledge in the day to day decisions of the myriad policy makers that should be acting on it around the world. This connection between knowledge and action is, of course, not exclusively a matter of translation from English, but language is central to the connection between academics and policymakers. ........... (Unquote)

The full entry can be read: Here.

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