Blogs selected for Week March 16 to March 22, 2020 -

1. Building Your Remote Workforce: Including Tips & Tricks for Social Distancing

Remote working has become a sudden reality as organisations globally encourage people to work from home due to the coronavirus. And it’s creating real challenges for those who aren’t used to supporting a remote workforce. Many organisations still hold on to the notion that to manage teams effectively, employees need to be there with them in person. But increasingly, the workplace of the future is taking shape as one in which people have the flexibility to work remotely with teammates around the world. Many employees are increasingly expecting greater flexibility to work from home regularly, if not fully remote. People want to work remotely more to avoid daily commutes, reduce distractions, and increase work-life balance. But there are many reasons to shift to a remote team - learn more about why and how in this post by Alison Muddit.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Could the coronavirus pandemic lock down Indian publishing for some time?

With sales drying up, retailers and distributors are scaling back on their orders. An executive at a multinational publisher confirmed that the major bookstore chains are barely ordering books, and airport bookshops have cut back on the number of new books to be stocked, since passenger traffic is dwindling. Kanishka Gupta, in this post, looks at how online and brick-and-mortar retailers have cut back drastically on orders as customer footfalls and sales dwindle.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. JSTOR’s paywall is still alive, but it’s trying to score brownie points during a pandemic

JSTOR is a digital library of academic papers, journals and books. Every college student has deep-dived into the academic articles from JSTOR, trying out different permutations and combinations of keywords to gain access to that one perfect essay that would sail their assignment through. In an attempt to extend solidarity during the coronavirus crisis, JSTOR has announced free access to over 6,000 books and 150 journals. Twitter users have pointed out that JSTOR has not released any essay that was under paywall; instead, it is just replugging those articles and papers that users already had open access to.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. Journals, Peer Reviewers Cope with Surge in COVID-19 Publications

Since the global pandemic of COVID-19 began, scientists and clinicians have rushed to understand and mitigate the threat, while sharing with other researchers what they know. Academic journals have already taken steps to accelerate the flow of peer-reviewed information by expediting editorial and peer review for coronavirus-related manuscripts and granting them open-access status upon publication. Coronavirus experts are intensifying their own research programs in response to the outbreak, while handling an influx of manuscripts from other researchers that require peer review. Despite their increased workload, coronavirus experts emphasise the importance of swift peer review to combat misinformation and better address the pandemic, and intend to keep reviewing as many papers as they can, notes Claire Jarvis in this post.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. The Changing Landscape for Information Professionals in the Chemical Industry

Digital transformation, accelerated globalization, innovation, increased focus on sustainability, aggressive new business models, and changing regulations, these are just some of the ways the chemical industry is evolving in recent years. And if the chemical industry is changing, it’s no surprise the role information professionals play in the organisation is changing as well. Keri Mattaliano, in this post, looks at how can information professionals shift their perspective to support the changing chemical industry landscape?

The full entry can be read: Here.

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