Blogs selected for Week June 22 to June 28, 2020 -



1. Guest Post — Navigating Your Career in Publishing: Introducing the SSP Professional Skills Map

Although the current environment for career development may not appear particularly welcoming, it could present a unique opportunity for professionals to step back and thoughtfully assess their goals for the future. While waiting to see what that future brings, it might be a good time to take stock of core skill sets and explore what opportunities are out there, waiting to be seized upon. The Professional Skills Map, initiated by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Career Development Committee (CDC) aims to guide scholarly publishing professionals across industries and career levels in recognising their personal strengths and interpersonal and technical skills, and then map those skill sets to fitting roles across the industry, empowering them to advance in their current roles and explore potential career paths they may not have previously considered.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Translation vs transformation: facilitating positive change through a crisis

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt throughout the education sector, not least in universities, which are juggling a swift move to online delivery with dwindling budgets and uncertainty about how lockdown might be eased in the coming weeks and months. Online learning is not just a matter of translating established techniques onto new platforms without altering delivery – it requires real transformation. Where institutions are already modifying their pedagogies and methods of delivery for online learning, they report good engagement from learners.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. 4 key reasons why information specialists and research scientists should search patent databases

Years ago, patent searching required extensive training or the assistance of an intellectual property specialist. Researchers can now use a variety of web-based tools that can help to search multiple patent databases around the world. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Google Patents, and the European Patent Office are good launching sites for performing initial free patent searches. The four key reasons why information specialists and research scientists should search patent databases are: maximizing budget; finding relevant and high-value information not found elsewhere; scoping out the competition; and searching the full text.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. Academic publishing is absolute disgrace and needs fixing now

There is nothing like a global pandemic to show how important it is to have free access to the latest research and data. How else are researchers, medical and public health professionals supposed to advise governments and their officials on the appropriate actions to take? Unfortunately, the way of sharing research currently is an absolute disgrace and has created an industry with higher profit margins than the likes of Amazon and Google. Traditional publishers pay writers for their articles and employ editors to commission and check articles. Academic publishers outsource all of that to the research community.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Opinion: Let the learning begin — a WHO open-access platform could transform COVID-19 response

As the world’s global health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) should bring meaning and order to the information by establishing an open-access online platform for sharing and accessing lessons on responding to all dimensions of the coronavirus pandemic. The lifesaving, relatively low-cost service to the world is eminently achievable — a global ‘best buy.’ It could avoid politics and geopolitical rivalries while demonstrating the value of global cooperation amid a pandemic marked by destructive competition. The natural body to develop the platform is WHO, already the world’s go-to source for COVID-19 information, from its science and technical guidance to daily situation reports. The information portal would complement WHO’s technical guidance and gateway for coronavirus-related scientific findings.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. The open scholarship ecosystem faces collapse; it’s also our best hope for a more resilient future

The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting universities and higher education institutions, reducing budgets and presenting new design challenges that will fundamentally alter how research and scholarship operate. Economic volatility is also constraining support for key systems and services that the academy relies on, especially those that are community-led. Kaitlin Thaney argues that there is a need to converge on community-controlled open scholarship projects, to both meet the demands of the moment, and build a more resilient system for scholarly communication for future crisis situations, and invites readers to participate in planning how such systems can be maintained.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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