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Kudos launches solution to illegal sharing of copyright content

(15 November 2017)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the launch of its shareable PDF solution, which helps publishers prevent copyright infringement and reclaim lost usage from sharing of research articles on scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs).

Authors of articles published by the American Thoracic Society, Emerald Publishing, FASEB and The IET can now use Kudos to create summary PDFs of their articles, for uploading to sites like ResearchGate and Academia.edu. The summary PDFs contain links to the full text on the publisher sites, enabling authors to create a record for their work in multiple places, while consolidating and measuring the usage of that work in a single place. Publishers benefit not only from the increased usage, but also from greater insight into which networks are most commonly used, and which have the most active users.

“This is a simple, pragmatic solution to a huge and accelerating problem for many publishers,” said Charlie Rapple, Sales & Marketing Director and co-founder of Kudos. “It’s also a solution that benefits authors – ensuring they can continue to gain from network visibility, without ever having to worry about copyright again. By posting a customized summary, researchers can help a broader audience find and understand their work. And for the first time, through Kudos, authors will be able to track and compare interest in their publications across different scholarly collaboration networks. This is all part of our focus on helping researchers make the best possible decisions as to where to invest their precious dissemination time.”

Future releases will include further workflow integration, enabling shareable PDFs to be created prior to publication, and toll-free links, enabling free readership of content accessed via shareable PDFs.

Shareable PDF examples can be viewed for each publisher:

MIT Press will be the next publisher for whom shareable PDFs will be switched on. The Kudos shareable PDF solution is now available for any publisher who wishes to activate this feature, whether a current Kudos customer or not. If you would like to switch on shareable PDF for your content, please contact charlie.a.rapple@growkudos.com.

Hong Kong University join COPE’s pilot initiative

(15 November 2017) Hong Kong University is now part of COPE’s pilot that will help form a membership package of support and advice for research institutions.

Other institutions already part of the pilot are: CaltechOttawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa, and Queensland University of Technology.

The pilot follows requests from our current membership and from researchers, authors and reviewers to work together in improving integrity in the publication of research. The intention is that COPE in the future can offer consistent support and advice to institutions in handling publication ethics issues.

COPE pilot partners have helped revise the COPE Guidelines for Peer Reviewers and are undertaking research to further understand the needs of institutions.

The announcement is here.

Guidelines for Peer Reviewers Chinese version updated

(15 November 2017) COPE’s Chinese version of the Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers have now been updated. The update reflects invited input from the publication ethics community and institutions in the COPE membership pilot, and replaces the previous translation.

The Chinese and English versions are here.

The Book Stop pop-up library project

The Book Stop Project is a design concept offering a huge potential for community libraries to evolve from monolithic buildings to activated public spaces.

(14 November 2017) The project is the vision of Philippines-based WTA Architecture + Design Studio and has already won several international awards.

WTA says: ‘The Book Stop Project refocuses on the core program of a library as a place for books and reading, a space for human interaction, and a platform for learning. It is a network of mobile spaces spread across the city, each garnering far more foot traffic than the typical library. The Book Stop refrains from trying to reinvent the purpose of libraries. It instead works on rethinking the physical architecture and the distribution system of libraries, emphasizing casual serendipity and ease of access.”

Designing Libraries has the full story.

Visit WTA.

Publishers push ResearchGate harder in copyright battle

(9 November 2017) ResearchGate has moved at least 1.7 million articles to make them less easily available, according to a publishers’ group that sent mass take-down notices against papers they said were in breach of copyright laws.

James Milne, a spokesman for the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, said that the action was a “positive step” by the academic social network but added that the papers still breach copyright and that ResearchGate was allowing them to be re-uploaded into the public domain.

THE has the full details.

Singapore International Foundation launches mobile library in Yogyakarta

(13 November 2017, Jakarta) Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, the 10th ruler of Yogyakarta, on Monday (Nov 13) launched the Words on Wheels (WoW) mobile library programme in the Indonesian city.

The initiative is a partnership between the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Yogyakarta’s Provincial Government Board of Library and Archives (BPAD-DIY), and aims to reach out to at least 5,000 students from 10 schools annually over the next three years.

It will also offer free access to English and Bahasa Indonesia educational materials, IT resources and learning facilities to the students four times a week.

The Straits Times has the full story.

Turkish aid agency provides mobile library to Myanmar

(10 November 2017, Ankara) Turkey’s state-run aid agency has provided a mobile library to a foundation in Myanmar in an effort to boost educational efforts in the country.

In a written statement, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said Myanmar’s Daw Khin Kyi Foundation was given a mobile library equipped with steel shelfs and laptops with internet access.

The Myanmarese foundation, which was found in 2012 started the mobile library project in 2013 to contribute to the education in the country.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, the foundation’s board member, Thant Thaw Kaung, praised Turkey’s assistance in the field of education and said she would be pleased to further cooperate with TIKA.

The mobile library is expected to be installed in northern Kachin State of Myanmar.

The news is here.

A library built with love

(10 November 2017) During a visit to the Anning Children’s Home in Ipoh, Malaysia, about eight years ago, former SMJK Pei Yuan principal Mok Soon Sang was dismayed that its “mini library” was severely wanting. Mok, 75, noted that there were insufficient reading materials and it was also not well equipped.

Wanting to encourage the children there to read more, he then came up with the idea to set up a bigger library that was more comfortable and filled with books.

Fast forward to 2015, his vision materialised and the Mok Soon Sang Library was opened.

Mok said the library started with about 5,000 books in English, Bahasa Malaysia and in Chinese. “Now we have about 15,000 books in topics ranging from education, fiction, non-fiction, Chinese poetry, and encyclopedia sets.

“We are still getting a lot of books from various publishers and the public and we are planning to obtain more bookshelves,” he said.

Read the illustrated article in The Star here.

Hang Seng Management College hiring Associate Librarian

(10 November 2017) The Associate Librarian will:

  • provide leadership in the development of strategic planning and formulation of policies for the library user-centered services;
  • develop and implement innovative approaches for effective scholarly communication,      instruction activities, reference and access services;
  • evaluate and develop library outreach and public services strategies;
  • cultivate strong liaison relationships with faculty to design library instruction classes and develop information literacy programmes in academic curriculum;
  • prepare timely reports, financial and statistical analysis to support decision making; and
  • serve on library-wide committees and lead special projects.

Applicants should:

  • possess a recognized university degree and professional qualification in librarianship (MLS or equivalent);
  • have at least 7 years of experience at supervisory level in academic libraries;
  • have working knowledge in developing scholarly communication programmes, information literacy skills, library services and outreach;
  • have knowledge of library profession trends, theories and best practices for the delivery of innovative user services;
  • have the ability to work independently with initiative as well as a member of a team; and
  • have excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Deadline for applications is 3 December 2017.

The full job description and how to apply is here.

International coalition to help sustain DOAJ and its further development in the coming years

(9 November 2017) SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) today announced that major organizations have recommended to their member institutions to support DOAJ with funding that will enable DOAJ to move towards a new crowdfunding effort and away from its incremental annual contribution system. Under the new model organisations will work towards sustaining DOAJ for the coming 3 years, giving it more stability for the mid-term. This will enable DOAJ to develop a fully comprehensive, longer term development plan for its systems and services.

For a decade the funding of DOAJ has been based on contributions from individual libraries, library consortia and research funders from many countries around the globe. We are extremely grateful for their continuous support and we are looking forward to welcoming many of them as contributors under the SCOSS initiative.

These contributions have allowed DOAJ to develop step by step and thus become one the most important freely available resources for Open Access.

As an initial step, DOAJ will introduce a governance structure that will allow for more active influence from the community on strategic directions for DOAJ.

The new SCOSS funding drive will enable DOAJ to:

  1. Engage in strategic longer term development of the services and systems behind our operations.
  2. Provide adequate resource to cover the large number of applications coming in to DOAJ (currently 500+ per month).
  3. Actively curate its list thereby keeping the index more up to date and relevant.
  4. Enable publishers to update their own journal information, keeping records relevant.
  5. Continue efforts to assess and include journals from the Global South to make DOAJ even more comprehensive on a global scale.
  6. Continue our advocacy work directed at influencing decision makers to support a transition to open access for local language journals.
  7. Implement functionality that will allow DOAJ to actively harvest article-level metadata from the 10,000 journals that are currently indexed. Currently more than 70% of the journals are providing (parts of) their article-level metadata (aproximately 2,700,000 records) and are      exposing these via the OAI-PMH service and our API.
  8. Enhance the DOAJ metadata via collaboration and integration with relevant organizations, enriching the metadata records with DOIs, integrated article-level metrics (ALMs), ORCID IDs etc.
  9. Stabilise and build out the platform that underpins the DOAJ and its database to ensure that it remains fit-for-purpose and operational at least until 2020.

Please contact Managing Director Lars Bjørnshauge – lars@doaj.org – for more information or visit the SCOSS web site for the complete details.

The announcement is here.

Scholarly hub for scholars, not profit

(9 November 2017) A nonprofit scholarly networking and publishing platform is being planned as an alternative to for-profit platforms such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

The platform, called ScholarlyHub, will be member-run, but first its team must raise 500,000 euros ($579,705) to build it.

The project is led by Guy Geltner, a professor of medieval history at the University of Amsterdam, who once was an avid user of Academia.edu, but who said he developed concerns about how his work or metadata collected on him might be used by for-profit companies.

Inside Higher Education has the story.

SIM hiring Library Officers

(8 November 2017) Singapore Institute of Management is hiring a Library Officer, (Digital Initiatives & Services) and a  Library Officer, Library (Marketing and Outreach).

The former will be part of the Digital Initiatives and Services (DIS) team and will assist manage the library’s information systems and processes to deliver quality and reliable library services to the stakeholders. More here.

The latter will be part of the Marketing and Outreach team and will assist manage the marketing and outreach activities to increase awareness and use of SIM Library resources and services and thereby enhance the user experience. More here.

Win € 2000 plus registration and travel to IFLA World Library and Information Congress 24-30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(7 November 2017) Win € 2000 plus registration and travel to IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 24–30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apply for the 2018 IFLA – BibLibre International Library Marketing Award.

The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with BibLibre, Paris, France, has the pleasure to announce the IFLA – BibLibre International Marketing Library Award for 2018.

The IFLA – BibLibre International Marketing Award honors organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen to recognize them for their outstanding achievements and three winners will be selected.

The first and the second winner will receive airfare, lodging and registration for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 24–30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cash awards of €2000, €1000 and €500 respectively, which must be used to further their marketing efforts, will also be awarded to the first, second and third-place winners.

The finalists and winners will be announced in March 2018. The winners will be announced officially during the IFLA WLIC Awards Ceremony.

Deadline: 10 January 2018

Complete details and application form

The announcement is here.

Open access academic books downloaded, discussed and cited far more than traditional books

(7 November 2017, London)  A report from Springer Nature launched today shows there is a tangible benefit to publishing academic books using immediate, or ‘gold’, open access (OA) models. The research found that such books are:

·         Downloaded seven times more: On average, there are just under 30,000 chapter downloads per OA book within the first year of publication, which is 7 times more than for the average non-OA book.

·         Cited 50% more: Citations are on average 50% higher for OA books than for non-OA books, over a four-year period.

·         Mentioned online ten times more: OA books receive an average of 10 times more online mentions than non-OA books, over a three-year period.

As a pioneer of open research, Springer Nature is in a unique position to analyse the real effect of open access on books. Early to introduce open access options across monographs and shorter mid-form research such as Palgrave Pivot and SpringerBriefs, as of October 2017 Springer Nature has published more than 400 open access books on SpringerLink.

Carrie Calder, Business Development & Policy Director at Springer Nature said: “Our report goes further than previous research by presenting the first major comparative analysis of usage data. Now for the first time, we can show that the ‘open access effect’ is real for books.”

She adds: “We see the rise of open research, across books and data as well as journal articles, as important to advancing discovery, but the landscape for open access books is still evolving, with funders and publishers experimenting with different models. We encourage others to build upon the foundation of this report by continuing to assess metrics and authors’ and funders’ perceptions of OA over a longer period.”

A sample of 216 Springer Nature OA books and 17,124 non-OA books was included in the download analysis (using SpringerLink data), and 184 OA books and 14,357 non-OA books in the citations and mentions analysis (using data from Bookmetrix). The report also contains qualitative analysis from authors and funders.

Eelco Ferwerda, Director at OAPEN said: ‘Springer Nature is the first publisher able to clearly demonstrate the ‘OA effect’ for books. I hope it will help authors to appreciate the benefits of open access for research monographs.’

The report finds that increased visibility and a wider dissemination of research are the most popular motivations behind both publishing and funding OA books. There is widespread agreement that readers should not only be able to read publicly-funded research, but should also have equal access to knowledge.

Interviewed authors also stated that a benefit of OA is the ease in sharing books via direct links to encourage a wider readership, especially in regions where readers would not be able to afford a traditional print edition of the book.

Both authors and funders acknowledged feeling insufficiently informed about the implications of publishing books OA, and about how to measure impact, despite bibliometrics tools being at their disposal. There is a clear need for publishers to better communicate the effect of OA on their books.

The report finds a positive correlation between OA books and higher downloads, but acknowledges that causation cannot conclusively be proved. Open access is a relatively new business model for books, and there is at this stage insufficient data to give a complete overview of an OA book’s life. As books have a much longer lifespan than scientific articles, and because citations build up over time, it is not possible to say what the definitive trends are, such as when the overall citation and usage peaks occur during an OA book’s entire lifespan, until further research and analysis has been carried out.

The news is here.

Cathay Pacific and PressReader

(7 November 2017)  Cathay Pacific has been working to improve your travel experience. Its new partnership with PressReader gives you complimentary access to thousands of the world’s best newspapers and magazines whenever you fly with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon. 48 hours before your flight, you’ll be able to browse the PressReader library and save full issues to read on your trip. Wherever you go, you can discover inspiration and information from home and around the world.

Read the announcement here.