Blogs selected for Week May 25 to May 31, 2020 -

1. Publishers invest in preprints

Preprint communities have provided a glimmer of an alternative to the journal publishing system, that speed and efficiency might replace what has seemed to many like a cumbersome editorial and peer review process. What started in a small set of originating fields such as high energy physics in 1991 has, in recent years, begun to take hold elsewhere, including the biomedical sciences. Major scholarly publishers have made substantial investments in preprints in recent years, integrating preprint deposit into manuscript submission workflows. Ithaka S+R has published an overview of key developments in preprint communities, which are grappling with an array of policy issues as they seek to build trust in a contested information environment and build durable business strategies.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. The academic digital revolution is here... again

Where digital evolution is concerned, lots of academic publishers have been stuck for the last 5-10 years, continuing to survive on traditional revenue streams, but seeing them slowly flatline or decrease. They are certain that change is needed, but unsure how big a change to make and how to proceed. Switching from content provider to data-driven product company feels like a large-scale, coarse demolition of everything they have worked towards: lovingly built archives, ink, print, gravitas, years spent pouring deep specialist knowledge into print journals and books. In today’s smartphone era, it's no longer just the quality of your content that matters. Speed and ease of access are now just as important.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Around the World: International Copyright Outlook

This post takes a look at copyright developments in South Africa, Australia and Japan, along with a short update on the European Union as it relates to the Digital Single Market (DSM) copyright directive. It has been more than 12 months since both houses of the South African Parliament passed the new copyright act. Even before it was passed, the draft legislation was highly controversial, attracting strong opinions from all sides of the copyright debate. However, more than a year later, the passed legislation has not been signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Japan’s most recent copyright act, passed in May 2018, introduced many new provisions. Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), the RRO in Australia, has engaged in important negotiations with several different stakeholder groups for some time.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. For science communication to be effective it should be evidence based

Effective communication of science to stakeholders across society is a more pressing issue than it has perhaps ever been. Highlighting ways in which science communication as an area of research and practice has struggled to function as an integrated discipline, Eric Jensen and Alexander Gerber argue that for science communication to continue to develop and deliver impact it has to become more evidence based.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Guest Post — Books for the 2020s: The Role of Book Content in the STM Researcher Ecosystem

A critical part of a book publishers’ job is to understand how and why readers are using content. The internet means that there is a great deal more content readily accessible than ever before. The quantity of research available at the click of a button nowadays can feel overwhelming – a quick look on the Scopus database reveals that since 2016, 1,448,602 articles have been indexed on nanoscience and technology alone. In a world where we are all constantly interconnecting, interacting, and digesting content via mobile technology, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle, it seems we all have more content to digest, and less time to digest it. This post looks specifically at the role of book content in the Science, Technical and Medical (STM) researcher ecosystem.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. Time for change: the shake up in academic publishing means we can access science faster

Scientists are constantly looking for ways for their research to become part of the established, public body of scientific knowledge. A rare positive in the wake of Covid-19 is the speed at which new research is being carried out, submitted, and made available to others. Perhaps this is an indication that the sometimes decades-long time frame to validate new scientific research, and by extension new knowledge, is changing.

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