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Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme and ResearchGate announce new cooperation to make it easier to navigate the legal sharing of academic journal articles

(19  April 2018, New York/Stuttgart) In a cooperation agreement announced today, three publishers and ResearchGate will work together on the sharing of articles on the scholarly collaboration platform in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers. The agreement ultimately involves publishers who want to help and support content sharing and believe that working with ResearchGate, the largest professional network for scientists and academics, is one of the important means to achieving this.

As part of the agreement:

  • ResearchGate and publishers will cooperate in educating users about their rights in relation to copyright-protected content by providing users with more and better information about how and when they may share their journal articles on the network
  • ResearchGate will continue to promptly remove copyright-infringing content when alerted by publishers
  • Publishers will get better visibility into the usage of new content on the platform that was originally published in their journals

This agreement is the culmination of discussions between publishers and ResearchGate announced last autumn. It shows that cooperation on the sharing of publisher content can be found and demonstrates the commitment from all parties to ensuring researchers are able to access and share high quality scholarly research responsibly.

The full announcement is here.

Wolters Kluwer Health broadens global reach of Ovid Discovery with expanded multi-language search offerings

(17 April 2018) Wolters Kluwer Health announced today an expansion of local language search capabilities in Ovid® Discovery that lets clinicians quickly and easily search evidence-based guidelines and other medical resources in German, Chinese, and six other languages.

Clinicians now have a single point of entry to search across a healthcare institution’s information resources in eight languages. Ovid Discovery lets users enter a simple search and retrieve results from their organization’s library and electronic health record (EHR) system as well as up to 100 million other biomedical resources on the Ovid platform.

“Improving outcomes and standardizing clinical practice with evidence-based protocols and best practices is an objective shared by healthcare organizations worldwide,” said Jayne Marks, Vice President, Global Products, Health Learning, Research & Practice at Wolters Kluwer. “Wolters Kluwer is committed to reducing barriers to effective decision-making in patient care and medical research by providing easier access to clinical tools and trusted content in a user’s local language.

In partnership with Pschyrembel, German clinicians and researchers can now search Ovid in their native language and receive results in German and English. Clinicians and researchers in China can also search in their native language with integrated Simplified and Traditional Chinese dictionaries from UpToDate®. “Native language searching is particularly important in countries like China, where an estimated 52 percent of physicians and 87 percent of nurses are not proficient in English, the language in which more than 80 percent of all scientific research is published,” said Marks.

Ovid Discovery also includes language dictionaries and controlled vocabulary thesauri in Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. Native language search capabilities promote increased use of an institution’s resource library. Clinicians can be more effective with faster and more accurate searches for the evidence-based and peer-reviewed information they need to make better-informed treatment and care decisions.

To learn more about Ovid, please visit

The announcement is here.

Gale makes off-campus access to scholarly content seamless and easy with Google’s CASA

(10 April 2018, Farmington Hills, Mich.)  Gale, a Cengage company, has made it easier for academic researchers to access its scholarly content anytime, anywhere. Through a new partnership with Google Scholar, Gale has integrated Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) into its Academic OneFile periodical database, ensuring users seamlessly experience uninterrupted access to its authoritative content, from any off-campus location or device.

CASA is an enhanced authentication service that builds upon Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links service. Without CASA, Subscriber Links in Google Scholar search results are based on IP authentication. This is great for on-campus research, but falls short for remote access, becoming a frustrating experience for users. With CASA integration, remote researchers have the same Subscriber Links and unrestricted access to Gale content as on-campus researchers, from anywhere in the world.

Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar said: “CASA builds on Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links program which provides direct links in the search interface to subscribed collections for on-campus users. With CASA, a researcher can start a literature survey on-campus and resume where they left off once they are home or travelling, with no hoops to jump through. Their subscribed collections are highlighted in Google Scholar searches, enabling them to access articles in exactly the same way as on-campus researchers.”

CASA is a free service and academic libraries that are included in Google Scholar Subscriber Links will automatically take advantage of the service when accessing Gale resources.

“As researchers become more mobile with less ties to a physical library and more students are taking online courses, they face far too many barriers to gaining remote access to library resources,” said Liz Mason, Senior Vice President of Product at Gale. “CASA empowers learning by making it easier for researchers to successfully access our scholarly content no matter where they are. Our CASA integration builds on our remote access strategy and initiatives, including Single Sign-On from G-Suite, Office 365, Clever and ClassLink, enabling us to better connect learners to libraries.”

The full announcement is here.

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) introduces EmpowOA

(18 April 2018) The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) has introduced the EmpowOA programme to provide scholars and librarians working in the humanities with tools, spaces and cogent arguments. With EmpowOA, OLH will 1) strengthen libraries’ collective power, 2) strengthen the powerful advocacy network of scholars who edit and write for their journals, and 3) support the growing community of humanities scholars and librarians.

For more information on the programme visit

Read the full announcement here.

Winning combination for collaboration on plagiarism: SMU Libraries and Student Council of Discipline (SCD)

By Mei Tan*

(17 April 2018) Plagiarism in higher education is a reality that will not go away any time soon.   In Singapore Management University (SMU) Libraries, we observed that there had been an increase in requests for plagiarism workshops in recent years.   We also realised from the onset that conducting library workshops on plagiarism would not be sustainable in the long-run.

The Library looked into creating a standalone online course on SMU’s learning management platform (Desire2Learn) on the topic of plagiarism with the intention of making it accessible not just to undergraduates but postgraduate students as well.   Moreover, this vision was consistent with the University’s pedagogical goal of enhancing and transforming learning experience through blended learning.   Although the online module was created to be an entity on its own, it was also complemented by library workshops and by research consultations for more individualised assistance.

With the help of an e-Learning vendor, the online content (previously delivered in PowerPoint slides) was transformed into new learning objects making the topic much more interactive and animating.   Subsequently, the revised version of Avoiding Plagiarism through the APA Style was rolled out to all first years enrolled in the mandatory Programme in Writing and Reasoning (PWR) in the fall of 2017.

Although the project was successful in many ways, we saw a need to get the content “out” to the relevant stakeholders rather than wait for them to come to us.   Hence, the Library decided to come up with a marketing and communication outreach plan.   One of our more innovative approaches was to work with a student group called the Student Council of Discipline (SCD).   These students, appointed by the SMU Provost, together with the Dean of Students’ office, work with the school community to uphold SMU’s core value of integrity.   We saw the potential in collaborating with SCD and the likely impact this partnership would have on SMU community as a whole.

This alliance saw us coming together for the very first time to hold a joint poster design competition centred on the topic on academic integrity.   Participants were encouraged to explore and use content from Avoiding Plagiarism through the APA Style for their posters.   A link to this online module was hosted on the library website to give easier access to the participants or to anyone who may be interested in using our online resources.

We had a total of 35 entries.   In many ways, we were heartened by the participation rate as the initial call for submissions only yielded 5 responses.   To gauge the success of the collaboration based on the number of submissions would be a little too short-sighted in my opinion.   For the most part, I felt that the poster competition was a success because at the end of the day, the collaboration generated interest and greater publicity among SMU students about Avoiding Plagiarism through the APA Style.   To top it off, both sides (i.e. Library and SCD) felt that it was a good collaboration and will most likely revisit this again in the conceivable future!

*Mei Tan is a Librarian at Singapore Management University (SMU) Libraries

Introducing semantic experiences with Talk to Books and Semantris

(13 April 2018) With Talk to Books, Google provides an entirely new way to explore books. You make a statement or ask a question, and the tool finds sentences in books that respond, with no dependence on keyword matching. In a sense you are talking to the books, getting responses which can help you determine if you’re interested in reading them or not.

Google is also providing Semantris, a word association game. When you enter a word or phrase, the game ranks all of the words on-screen, scoring them based on how well they respond to what you typed. Again, similarity, opposites and neighboring concepts are all fair-game using this semantic model. Try it out yourself to see what Google means! The full details are here.

2,000 virtual reality panoramas of world architecture

(13 April 2018) Have you ever wanted a better understanding of how an artwork or architectural detail was originally intended to be viewed?

Artstor’s Virtual Reality Panoramas are a wonderful option for viewing works in situ–no travel required. These 360-degree panoramas of world architecture allow you to navigate the interiors of cathedrals, mosques, palazzos, libraries, castles, and more. Using Comparison Mode, you can study artworks alongside panoramic views of the spaces in which they are installed.

These 360-degree views, formerly called QuickTime Virtual Reality files, were recently converted to HTML5, a format that works in all modern browsers.

View the entire collection of panoramic images by searching Artstor for “virtual reality panoramas.” You can then search within your results for specific locations, or use the filter panel on the left to narrow your results by geography.

The announcement is here.

India’s new four-tier system to counter plagiarism meets with mixed responses

(13 April 2018) The Indian government recently announced the drafting of a policy, which includes a four-tier system, to penalize researchers engaging in academic plagiarism. This announcement has elicited mixed responses among researchers, some applauding the country’s first attempt to hold researchers accountable for research misconduct, some viewing it skeptically, and some others declaring it inaccurate. Read on to find more details. The policy is yet to be approved by the Human Resource Development Ministry, which responsible for the development of human resources in India.

Plagiarism has been identified as a persistent problem in Indian research, but the country had not adopted a systematic approach to tackle it up until now. For the first time, the University Grants Commission of India (UGC), a statutory body that manages higher education, is taking formal steps to regulate the issue. has the description of the four tiers.

Continuing the Partnership: IGI Global representatives visit China

(10 April 2018) For over 30 years, IGI Global has partnered with industry-leading Chinese researchers and prominent institutions to provide more than 8,500 contributions to IGI Global publications. As a part of IGI Global’s commitment to its valuable Chinese stakeholders, Nick Newcomer, Director of Marketing, and Josh Witman, Business Manager, visited China to meet with IGI Global’s longstanding partners including the China Educational Publications Import & Export Corporation (CEPIEC), the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), International Center for Informatics Research (ICIR), iGroup, and Chinese National Publications Import and Export Corporation (CNPIEC).

In addition to visiting partners, Newcomer and Witman visited Chinese institutions including Beijing Jiaotong University. Thanks to close collaborations with leading Chinese institutions, such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, University of Science and Technology of China, IGI Global is able to provide quality vetted academic content throughout China.

Read this news in full here.

SCOAP3 celebrates the publication of its 20,000th open access article

(13 April 2018) Since its start in 2014, SCOAP3 has supported the Open Access publication of 20,000 articles. All articles are released under a CC-BY license and are openly accessible on publishers’ websites and the SCOAP3 repository for further distribution. SCOAP3 makes all articles immediately Open Access at no cost or burden for authors thanks to the support of its more than 3,000 members from 43 countries.

SCOAP3 started operation in January 2014 by transitioning several key journals to Open Access. With the recent addition of three journals published by the American Physical Society, it covers almost 90% of all High-Energy Physics journal publications. You can find more details on the SCOAP3 business model, and its financial success in a recently published article.

If you want to become part of the largest Open Access operation to date, please contact us.

The announcement is here.

Top ten reasons to love a library

(12 April 2018) Did you know that Americans check out more than 2 billion items each year from their public libraries? It’s true! Over 68% of the people in this country have a library card. In celebration of National Library Week here in the United States, Turnitin has crafted the Top Ten Reasons to Love a Library.

At number 10: Some of the greatest minds in history live there. Shakespeare, Austen, Park, and Neruda all have a place on our library shelves. By simply wandering the stacks and taking a look around, you’re sure to be inspired.

9. Quiet is cool. You can find your focus in a variety of silent spots and peaceful places without fear of noisy distractions.

Click here for the Top Ten countdown.

Plagiarism and robotics

(11 April 2018) Though humans have sought ways to automate common tasks for thousands of years, the science of robotics is still a fairly new field. The term “robot” was coined in 1920 by playwright Karel Capek and the first industrial robots began to make their appearance in the 1950s.

However, despite its young age, robotics has become one of the most important fields of research. When combined with artificial intelligence, it has the potential to revolutionize nearly every aspect of our lives.

But, for all of the importance of robotics, there has been, surprisingly, very little conversation about plagiarism and copying in the field. Conversations about plagiarism and citation in robotics are complicated not just by the relative newness of the field, but by the nature of robotics itself.

On the research side of things, robotics operates much like any other field. Researchers, when publishing papers, are held accountable to plagiarism policies of the publications to which they are submitting.

To that end, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society has a set of guidelines that has become a widely-used standard for dealing with plagiarism in robotics research.

The Turnitin blogsite has the full article by Jonathan Bailey.

Japan is facing a digital manga piracy crisis

(11 April 2018) Digital manga sales are on the rise in Japan. For the first time ever the digital format has overtaken print, but there is a looming crisis when it comes to piracy. One of the most notorious manga pirate websites in Japan drew a whopping 174 million visitors in the month of March, making it the 25th busiest website.  The government has their hands tied, if they try and launch an anti-piracy campaign they will have to name the sites, which might do more harm than good.

goodEreader has the full story.

Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies launch global awards to celebrate inspirations for women in science

(9 April 2018, London | Melville, New York) With women making up less than a third of the world’s researchers and facing barriers to pursuing long-term careers that lead to senior positions in science, Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies have launched two global awards today that seek to put a spotlight on both exceptional achievements of female scientists and those working to promote greater inclusiveness.

The inaugural Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and for Innovating Science, in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, will recognize inspirational early-career female researchers and those who have worked to champion women and girls’ participation in science. The Inspiring Science Award honors female scientists who have excelled in scientific discovery and have completed their PhD within the last ten years. The Innovating Science Award recognizes an individual or an organization that has led a grassroots initiative to support increased access to, or interest in, STEM subjects for girls and women around the globe.

The announcement in full is here with a link to the nomination process.