Blogs selected for Week September 14 to September 20, 2020 -

1. Guest post — What is wrong with preprint citations?

Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Igor Kleshchevich, Bruce Rosenblum

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced an explosion of postings on preprint servers to meet the critical need for rapid dissemination of new biomedical and clinical research findings. Citations to the preprints, both in other preprints and in peer-reviewed articles, have also exploded, as the research–cite–publish cycle shortens to weeks or even days, and citing the most up-to-date information becomes vital. The preprint explosion created an urgent need for development work at Inera – the ability to process preprint citations went quickly from a nice-to-have feature to an imperative.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. The impact of COVID-19 on academic researchers

Author: Dani Guzman

In the current dynamics of academic research, it is necessary to look at how researchers perceive the level of support they receive from their institutions during COVID-19 and what areas they struggle with most. While researchers report receiving less general support in 2020 as compared to 2019 (, and feel they are laboring under administrative burdens, they nonetheless express satisfaction with institutional support for remote working. Both of these statistics are likely reflective of the unique constraints faced by universities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regarding remote work, which obviously increased dramatically and suddenly in 2020, researchers in academia are broadly satisfied with the support provided by their institution.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Gaps in academic communication

Author: Tao Tao

The gaps between publishers and librarians, the two major players in academic communications, are uncommon. Gaps are not always bad. They often mean market opportunities. But people working in the academic communication industry should also improve communication between themselves to close these gaps.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. Making open access more approachable for researchers in the chemistry setting

Author: Molly Buccini

The movement toward open access in scholarly publishing has recently seen so-called transformative agreements emerge as a sustainable path to open for authors, publishers, and institutions. Yet for many researchers looking to become authors in OA journals, questions remain. American Chemical Society (ACS) has initiated to make Open Access more approachable for researchers in the chemistry setting. With the inception of ACS’s Open Science Resource Centre (, a new tool to make the publication process easier, researchers can focus on research rather than the intricacies of publishing. When researchers use the resource centre, they will be able to explore range of open access options and open science products, licensing options for research administrators, and more.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Online conferences do not have to feel like substitutes. 4 considerations for making yours better than the ‘real thing’

Author: Dave Elder-Vass and Mark Carrigan

Academics and event organisers have had to quickly adapt to online conferences. Mark Carrigan and Dave Elder-Vass argue that digital events offer opportunities to be better than face-to-face versions. They outline four considerations for organisers and participants to embed online events in academic culture, as a superior alternative to many, though probably not all, face to face events in the post-pandemic landscape. Participants are also mostly at a very early stage, seeing online events as poor substitutes for face to face meetings and learning how to participate in them.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. The use of AI is spreading rapidly but how can universities keep up?

Author: Tim Softley

Universities are being faced with seismic changes due to the pandemic, but another game changer is on the horizon; the rapid rise of ‘industry 4.0’ technologies. Industry 4.0 technologies offer new opportunities to push back the frontiers of knowledge and uncover rich new insights across all disciplines. Technology developments have been so rapid in the last ten years with the expanded capabilities through data science and artificial intelligence (AI), that the current pace of change across the sector is not fast enough. Universities are not always the quickest institutions to react to changes in the world, and the national funding system does not always help with agility. Keeping pace, particularly with developments in industry, and with the international competition is crucial.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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