Blogs selected for Week October 5 to October 11, 2020 -

1. Guest post — Research support is an enterprise activity

Author: Rebecca Bryant

Understanding the growing necessity of enterprise-wide social interoperability in research support is of interest to publishers and platform providers. The best practices and advice synthesised from a number of interview informants in key research support areas on how to optimise social interoperability is relevant to all. Social interoperability is a means of cutting through complexities and obstacles, promoting mutual understanding, highlighting coincidence of interest, and cultivating buy-in and consensus. Progress can be made slow by the necessity of first securing buy-in across stakeholders on campus. Considerable investments in energy and time are necessary for building and maintaining relationships, but the results are often stronger, and probably longer lasting, than acting solely.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Three lessons COVID-19 has taught us about Open Access publishing

Author: Robert Kiley

COVID-19 has seen an unprecedented focus on research and acceleration in the availability of its outputs. This open approach should not be an exception. In this blog, Robert Kiley outlines three lessons for the pandemic for open research and why to move to a world where all research is available to all. The lessons are: traditional publishing models – which lock content behind paywalls – are not fit for purpose; preprints and open publishing platforms have come of age; and it cannot be predicted which research will be useful – and so making it all open access.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. The growing popularity of open access: Researchers, research office, and libraries

Author: Dani Guzman

Among more than 300 researchers surveyed, support for Open Access policies was at 72% before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. Since then, 18% say their view of Open Access is now more favorable than before. This growing support for making research openly available may be linked to the effects of Covid-19, which has encouraged open and early sharing of findings for the purposes of confronting the threat. This has, in turn, raised the profile and further demonstrated the value of Open Access. In practice, as of 2020, 61% of researchers were always or often required to publish primary datasets with their research as Open Access resources. 36% said they rarely need to do so. Responsibility for publishing output as Open Access is shared between researchers and other departments in their institution, according to many research office leaders. However, survey respondents from research offices readily noted that making publications available openly is not their prime concern. Only 7% ranked it as one of their office’s top three priorities. Open Access may not be prioritised in research offices, but it is still the largest area in which they collaborate with their institution’s library.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. The global pandemic and scholarly societies

Author: Robert Harington

Many societies are seeing steady article submissions, and indeed many are seeing a significant uptick in submissions. Some of this is due to increased work in COVID-19 related fields, but not all. One interesting perspective is that an uptick may be seen in papers being submitted from China, as China’s researchers steer back to a more normal pattern of research and conference activity. At the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Scholarly Publishing is steady in journal article submissions, but the book authors who are hanging back are not delivering their books.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. How Natural Language Processing can help us understand the landscape of COVID-19 information

Author: Jane Reed

Organisations are using Natural Language Processing (NLP) to access the landscape of scientific papers relevant to the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers developing COVID-19 therapeutics use NLP to track new papers, particularly around drug or vaccine safety. Publishers have come forward to offer free access to critical literature; for example, the CORD-19 Dataset compiled by the Allen Institute for AI, Elsevier Coronavirus Dataset, and Copyright Clearance Center COVID-19 collection. These fantastic resources can be mined to find drug efficacy or safety profiles, understand co-morbidity profiles, the natural history of the virus and disease, and who in the population is most at risk for severe disease.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. Towards a community-driven, open access university publisher

Author: Alenka Prinčič and Frédérique Belliard

In this blog, Alenka Prinčič and Frédérique Belliard describe how they influenced the change from traditional academic publisher to innovative and community-driven university press at TU Delft, in the Netherlands. Open publishing has various definitions and interpretations in the academic world. Open publishing entails not only free access to and reuse of scientific publications and research data, but also includes the infrastructures and the processes of creating content that are transparent to the authors and readers. Open publishing infrastructures use open source software wherever possible, thus reducing the intrinsic costs of the publishing process. The TU Delft Library is committed to supporting transparency, access and diversity in science and engineering disciplines at TU Delft and beyond.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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