Blogs selected for Week October 9 to October 15, 2017 -



1. The Facebooking of Scholarly Research

The search tools and social networks we increasingly rely on are all dependent on advertising-based business models. David Crotty, in his post in the Scholarly Kitchen Blog, discusses what that mean for scholarly communication.

The blog post says (quote): The growing use of SCNs, copyright issues aside, is equally troubling. The current business models available for networks that hope to survive outside of just being a feature of some other company’s product, are all based around surveillance and advertising. ResearchGate and Academia.edu want to spy on users to use that data to promote ad sales (or to sell that surveillance data to anyone interested, if such a market exists). As is the case with Facebook, this creates incentives that are at odds with the best interests of their users, who, once again, should not be confused with either site’s real customers. Do you want your scholarly reading material being chosen based on serving advertiser’s needs? We know Twitter and Facebook have been used to target particular populations and sway their opinions. Will we end up gamifying scholarly articles, including mentions of particular products or ideas in our papers in order to increase our likelihood of visibility and impact? None of this sounds like a very good plan for the future of scholarly communication……………(unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

2. Innovation starts with HighWire's Intelligent Publishing Platform

HighWire continually invests in data science across all ALPSP products to offer integrated analytics and insights that drive digital innovation. In his guest post in the ALPSP Blog, John Sack shares how Highwire is working with their user community to drive innovation.

The blog post says (quote): The evolution of print and digital publishing is accelerating. Publishers work with Highwire to bring innovative products and services to market faster and deliver the very best user experiences and business outcomes with the Intelligent Platform. Working together as a strategic business partner, the goals are to advance innovation and best practices, inform successful editorial and business decisions, and create great products and services and business outcomes. HighWire's Intelligent Platform includes end-to-end publishing solutions from strategy to delivery. Machine intelligence and predictive analytics are applied across all the products to help understand user behaviour patterns to attract target readers, authors, and advertisers and inform product development……………(unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

3. Transparency meets transparency

F1000Research's publication of Registered Reports combines peer-reviewed preregistration for the first time with post-publication peer review. In her post in the F1000Research Blog, Hollydawn Murray explains how this format will enhance credibility.

The blog post says (quote): The philosophy behind the Registered Report format is that the intrinsic value of science is in the rigor of the method, not the appeal of the results – an ethos already enshrined by the publishing model. At the time of writing, 77 journals use the Registered Report format. This list includes journals which are Open Access, base editorial decisions on scientific soundness (rather than novelty), offer the option of open peer review, require data to be made openly available, and also publish study protocols. Still, F1000Research is the first publisher to integrate the Registered Report format using an open post-publication peer review model. Alongside the open data policy, the company hopes this format will help enhance credibility while reducing researcher bias……………(unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

4. New web services are helping authors make data-driven decisions when choosing which journal to submit to

With more than 34,000 active scholarly peer-reviewed journals, how do authors choose which one to submit to? In their post in the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog, Amy Forrester, Bo-Christer Björk and Carol Tenopir relate this process to a long-term investment decision, with access to critical information on a variety of factors being imperative.

The blog post says (quote): Authors seek to publish the results of their research in the best journal possible, one that most closely fits their topic and is likely to have the biggest impact. But of the 34,000+ active scholarly peer-reviewed journals, how do authors go about choosing a specific one to submit to? Many studies have examined this submission decision process and the complex collection of competing criteria. Decisions depend on factors that can be summarised as relating to the impact and prestige of the journal and/or publisher; service quality of the peer review and/or publishing process; and publication costs and policies, including open access and article processing fees. These are the parameters authors must weigh against their personal publication and career needs and that, together with the perceived likelihood of acceptance, drive the choice of journal for submission……………(unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

5. The Mobile Buzz: Data Protection and the GDPR

Next year will see a major change in how data protection is managed across Europe. It may be the biggest shake-up of the legislation since the 1995 Data Protection Directive, and has far reaching consequences for anyone involved in data management and technology, notes Matthew Sherlock, in his post in the Ex Libris Blog.

The blog post says (quote): GDPR creates much more stringent laws around how data is collected and stored, gives users the “right to be forgotten,” and enforces strong penalties for anyone who breaches the regulation. To comply with the GDPR, companies need to keep a record of how and when an individual has given consent to store and use personal data. It’s not just enough to have a pre-ticked box anymore - active agreement is needed and an audit trail of consent must be kept. In addition, users have the right to know exactly what data is held on them and to withdraw their consent for this data to be available at any time – not just removing access to the data, but permanently erasing it. This “right to be forgotten” is a cornerstone of the legislation. Another fundamental principle is privacy by design and default. This means that it is not enough to retroactively think about a user’s data privacy; it needs to be “baked in” to systems and services. There are many other aspects of the new law, but it is clear from these few examples how significant the change it is likely to be…………… (unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

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