Monthly Archives: July 2019

Preprint: Accuracy of citation data in Web of Science and Scopus

(17 Jun 2019)  From the authors: “We present a large-scale analysis of the accuracy of citation data in the Web of Science and Scopus databases. The analysis is based on citations given in publications in Elsevier journals. We reveal significant data quality problems for both databases. Missing and incorrect references are important problems in Web […]

July 10, 2019 5:35 pm

Read for an hour, make K1000

(5 Jul 2019) In the commotion of the street filled with music and restaurants, one apartment strikes out as strangely calm. Over 20 people are quietly sitting down, reading books. It is not a library but a business company office. The catch? Every Wednesday it turns into a book club from 6 to 7pm – […]

July 10, 2019 11:27 am

Now available: IFLA Annual Report 2018

(8 Jul 2019) Read all about what IFLA achieved in 2018! Each year, IFLA Headquarters compiles its Annual Report which provides a comprehensive overview on our activities throughout the preceding year. The report gives IFLA Members and other interested parties full and transparent details on our activities, achievements and financial performance. Download/view the full report: IFLA Annual […]

July 10, 2019 11:12 am

Access to ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVal open for the Hungarian research community, as EISZ and Elsevier work towards an open access pilot agreement

(4 Jul 2019) Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme (EISZ) and Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent, as they move towards finalizing a new innovative pilot agreement for research access and Open Access publishing in Hungary. As a result, EISZ consortium member […]

July 10, 2019 10:50 am

Factors influencing open access in UK research institutions

(8 Jul 2019)  In order to monitor progress towards a more open research culture, we need to take a snapshot of the situation at different points of time and compare the percentage of Open Access outputs. Recently Digital Sciences published a report on The Ascent of Open Access, which looked at trends in Open Access, funding, […]

July 10, 2019 10:17 am

How can you improve your organization’s data strategy?

(8 Jul 2019)  Faced with changing consumer behaviors toward digital content, news and media companies have to make organizational changes to keep up. This is a complex challenge because making the necessary changes to adapt involves people, processes and technological obstacles. A survey which interviewed executives from 50 leading news and media companies in 16 […]

July 10, 2019 10:03 am

People in Singapore reading more: NLB study

(1 Jul 2019)  According to the 2018 National Reading Habits Study, people in Singapore are reading more books, magazines and newspapers – in both print and digital formats. The trend is in part attributable to the popularity of e-books. Read the full story from The Straits Times here.  

July 7, 2019 9:19 am

The woman bringing the joy of reading to book-starved children

(28 Jun 2019) Australian entrepreneur Rebecca McDonald burst into tears of joy last month. The founder and CEO of Library for All – a digital library for young children in developing countries – had just heard a seven-year-old girl called Lovely in Papua New Guinea read fluently from an e-book on a tablet. Only a year earlier, just […]

July 7, 2019 9:08 am

IFLA survey announcement on LGBT+

(7 Jul 2019) The International Federation of Libraries and Archives (IFLA) is collecting information from libraries around the world on the LGBTQ+ resources, services, spaces, programming, and employee support that they may provide. Responses that your library provides will help the IFLA LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group develop international guidelines for LGBTQ+ library resources, services, spaces, […]

July 7, 2019 8:59 am

NISO Publishes recommended practice on improved access to institutionally-provided information resources

(2 Jul 2019) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources. This NISO Recommended Practice provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and improving the federated authentication user experience, arising from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative. Ralph Youngen, […]

July 7, 2019 8:46 am

Emerald’s new Insight platform goes live

(5 Jul 2019)  Emerald Publishing has announced today that its new Insight digital research platform has gone live, following a significant investment in technology and many months of development in partnership with software development consultancy 67 Bricks. Emerald Insight – the home of over 340 journals, 2,000 books, 1,700 case studies and a growing collection of open […]

July 7, 2019 8:38 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-5: THE Young Universities 2019: where old universities become new universities

(2 July 2019) We covered young university rankings in depth in Ruth’s Rankings 25, in April 2017, and did a brief update in 2018.  The 2019 release includes 3 rankings: Young Universities: 351 universities from THE’s 2019 World Rankings, established from 1969 to the present. World Rankings’ metrics are used but recalibrated. Millennials: 64 universities […]

July 4, 2019 9:38 am

CAS Drives increase in R&D productivity with launch of breakthrough retrosynthesis planner in SciFinder-n

(1 Jul 2019) CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society specializing in scientific information solutions, launched a computer-aided retrosynthetic analysis solution that systematically identifies new pathways to chemical compounds. Now available to all SciFindern users, this next-generation capability is empowering chemistry researchers around the world to rapidly identify, compare and prioritize alternative synthetic pathways. “It’s obvious […]

July 4, 2019 9:08 am

A Comparison of 6 access broker browser extensions Lean Library, Kopernio, Anywhere Access, Libkey Nomad & more

(3 Jul 2019)  Aaron Tay compared 6 access broker browser extensions which help direct users to full text available – both open access versions and those available via institutional edition. Comparisons in business model, access to OA resources, methods of detection entitlements, support of publisher/aggregator platforms, & support of library services are made and opinions […]

July 4, 2019 9:04 am

Merger of major information industry associations finalized

(1 Jul 2019)  The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) are pleased to announce that efforts to merge the two organizations have been successfully completed. The fully-integrated entity consists of more than 250 libraries, government agencies, associations, and content and technology providers. Working together, those stakeholders will […]

July 4, 2019 8:47 am