Monthly Archives: November 2018

Downloads of pirated research papers rampant in Japan

(13 November 2018) Academic papers were freely downloaded more than 1.27 million times in Japan last year from a “pirate” website, highlighting the growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for such publications, a study team said. The team, comprising researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Nagoya Gakuin University, said the study results showed […]

November 14, 2018 8:00 pm
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SAGE Publishing launches MentorSpace, a how-to hub for research methods

(9 November 2018) SAGE Publishing announces the launch of MethodSpace, a new free-to-access online community space that allows users to tap into the wisdom of those who have executed a specific aspect of the research process and want to share their knowledge with others. The site is a place for users to connect, share insights, […]

November 14, 2018 2:19 pm
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Wiley Digital Archives and the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers partner to digitize millions of pages of unique primary source content

(12 November 2018, Hoboken, N.J.) John Wiley and Sons Inc. is pleased to announce its newest Wiley Digital Archives partner, the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG). The partnership between Wiley and RGS-IBG, one of the world’s largest and most active scholarly geographical societies, is a new endeavor in a continuing […]

November 14, 2018 2:13 pm
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Towards more consistent, transparent, and multi-purpose national bibliographic databases for research output

(13 November 2018) National bibliographic databases for research output collect metadata on universities’ scholarly publications, such as journal articles, monographs, and conference papers. As this sort of research information is increasingly used in assessments, funding allocation, and other academic reward structures, the value in developing comprehensive and reliable national databases becomes more and more clear. […]

November 13, 2018 7:50 pm
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University of Sydney hiring Digital Curation Manager

(13 November 2018) The post provides specialist advice and expertise, including technical understanding, on the long-term management and curation of digital collections, including research data, and develop guidelines, procedures and training to ensure digital content created or curated by the Library is managed, described and formatted in ways that provides long term meaningful access for […]

November 13, 2018 7:44 pm
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$1 million gift will create two Taiwan studies endowments at UCLA Asia Pacific Center

(9 November 2018) The UCLA Asia Pacific Center has received a gift of $1 million from the J. Yang and Family Foundation that will help permanently sustain the UCLA Taiwan Studies Program. Of the total, $750,000 will create the J. Yang and Family Foundation Taiwan Studies Endowment and $250,000 will establish the J. Yang and […]

November 13, 2018 4:44 pm
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The world’s largest collection of Buddhist texts is now available online

(11 November 2018) Thanks to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and the Internet Archive, the world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature is now available online. Dedicated to preserving and sharing Buddhist scholarship, the BDRC has archived over 15 million pages of Buddhist works since it was founded in 1999. Now, thanks to its collaboration […]

November 13, 2018 4:37 pm
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Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

(13 November 2018) Some people like to characterize science as a religion. In this formulation, scientists are the modern equivalent of medieval theologians. They hand down precepts and dogmas that we take on faith, because there’s no way for laypeople to keep track of all the exciting study results flooding out of laboratories every day. But […]

November 13, 2018 1:39 pm
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Get The Research: Impactstory Announces a New Science-Finding Tool for the General Public

(12 November 2018) Impactstory recently announced a new tool in development. Called, “Get The Research” and aimed at serving the general public rather than an audience of scholars and specialists, it promises to provide a new level of accessibility (in multiple senses of the term) to published scholarship. Scholarly Kitchen chef Rick Anderson asked Impactstory cofounder Jason […]

November 13, 2018 10:51 am
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UNESCO launches Observatory of Killed Journalists, tracking actions taken to punish crimes against media practitioners

(6 November 2018) On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November, UNESCO launched the Observatory of Killed Journalists. The Observatory is an online database providing information on the status of judicial enquiries into each killing of a journalist or media worker recorded by UNESCO since 1993, based on information provided by […]

November 10, 2018 12:34 pm
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The NDL announces the launch of an English-language user interface to the WARP

(2 November 2018) The NDL has launched an English-language user interface to its Web Archiving Project (WARP) on November 2, 2018. The entire user interface—including the search interface, help page, and FAQ—is now available in English. WARP has been collecting and preserving websites since 2002. The entire archive of websites is available for viewing on […]

November 10, 2018 12:30 pm
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AAP, researchers, deeply concerned about Plan S

(8 November 2018) Earlier this week, a group of nearly 750 researchers from around the world published an open letter expressing serious concerns with Europe’s controversial Plan S. Announced on September 4, 2018, and scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, Plan S would regulate private sector publications that report on publicly funded research, […]

November 10, 2018 12:25 pm
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A librarian perspective on Sci-Hub: the true solution to the scholarly communication crisis is in the hands of the academic community, not librarians

(9 November 2018) Sci-Hub is a pirate website that provides free access to millions of research papers otherwise locked behind paywalls. Widespread dissatisfaction with scholarly communications has led many to overlook or dismiss concerns over the site’s legality, praising its disruptive technology and seeing justification in the free access it affords people all over the […]

November 10, 2018 12:19 pm
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You can now convert handwritten text on the ReMarkable

(8 November 2018) ReMarkable just unveiled a brand new system that converts handwritten text into standardized typed text. The new writing engine just works in the notes app, not PDF files or ebooks. For the best results, before you go about converting your text, you should specify which language your notes are written in through […]

November 9, 2018 10:16 am
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ProQuest announces the development of Rialto

(6 November 2018, Ann Arbor, MI.) ProQuest is commencing the development of the Rialto service, a ground-breaking approach to unify selection and acquisition in academic libraries. Through benchmark analytics, recommendations, and a comprehensive marketplace with content of all types – books, ebooks, video and more — from many sources, libraries will have the tools to […]

November 7, 2018 8:24 pm
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