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Future Science Group and scite partner to display supporting and contradicting citations on publications

(17 Oct 2019) scite, a deep learning platform that allows anyone to see how a scientific report has been evaluated by subsequent studies, and Future Science Group (FSG), a publisher focused on breakthrough medical, biotechnological and scientific research, have partnered to provide scite analytics to the readers of BioTechniques, an FSG journal.

Each BioTechniques article now displays a badge indicating how many times the article has been supported, contradicted, or mentioned in the scientific literature. Clicking on the badge brings the reader to a report that includes citation contexts and the ability to quickly select citations that support or contradict the article. As a result, the readers of BioTechniques can now evaluate published research much quicker and with more confidence.

scite’s analytics are currently based on 420M citation contexts that have been extracted from 12M scientific publications and cite 31M articles, with the company aiming at processing all scientific publications.

Phil Garner, CEO of Future Science Group says, “scite has found a novel way to make citations more informative and we’re happy to partner with them to help identify and promote reliable research. We will use the results from this pilot to determine how we can expand scite analytics to other journals in our portfolio.”

Josh Nicholson, co-founder and CEO of scite adds, “We’re happy to be working with Future Science Group and the BioTechniques team. BioTechniques has a long track record of publishing innovative and important methods in life sciences. As a recent PhD grad myself I understand how difficult it can be to track down the right protocol and make sure it is reliable. By making variations in methods across groups more discoverable and helping researchers identify which are most reliable we think this partnership marks an important milestone towards making research more reliable.”

The press release is here.


Self-Publishing increased by 40% in 2018

(16 Oct 2019)  Self-publishing grew by a rate of 40% in 2018 and it will not slow down anytime soon. The combined total of self-published print books and ebooks with registered ISBNs grew from almost 1.2 million in 2017 to more than 1.6 million in 2018. Digital books accounted for 8% of all self-published titles.

Read more from Good e-Reader here.


Think. Check. Submit. looks forward to collaboration on new research programme

(17 Oct 2019) A new research programme at Texas Tech University in the US, funded by the US National Science Foundation, aims to “[prepare] STEM scholars and other key stakeholders to navigate a scholarly publishing terrain that presents more options than ever before, but also greater ethical pitfalls”.

The STEM Training in Ethics of Publication Practices (STEPP) programme, led by Amy Koerber, Professor in Communication Studies at the university, will research the challenges of dubious publishing practices and develop training materials to help researchers in making informed publishing choices. The programme is expected to run for three years from January 2020.

As part of the STEPP programme, Think. Check. Submit. will be involved in piloting the training modules and making them available to a diverse global audience. The AuthorAID project, from Think. Check. Submit. committee member INASP is also inputting into this work.

The international Think. Check. Submit. survey in late 2018 revealed a strong demand from both researchers and librarians for guidance about where to publish and the need for further educational resources and wider reach for the initiative. We welcome the opportunity to input into the new STEPP programme and the resulting training materials to ensure that they contribute effectively to addressing the many challenges faced by researchers globally in navigating the process of publishing their research.

The news is here.


China: National library, Huawei to promote smart library

(18 Oct 2019) The National Library of China and Huawei signed an agreement Friday to promote innovative digital applications in libraries and public cultural services.

Both sides will explore new forms of smart digital libraries and promote the integration and innovation of public digital cultural projects.

They also promised to combine their resources to jointly contribute to the inheritance and promotion of fine traditional Chinese culture.

Efforts will also be made to cultivate innovative talent with integrated ability in the culture and technology sectors, according to the agreement.

XinHuaNet has the news.


NIU Libraries receives $610,000 grant for Southeast Asia Digital Library

(2 Oct 2019)  NIU (Northern Illinois University) Libraries has been awarded a four-year grant of $610,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation to enhance the Southeast Asia Digital Library (SEADL), a collaborative project of the Association of Asian Studies’ Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA), an association of Southeast Asia librarians and member institutions across the United States. NIU’s award is part of a $1.2 million multi-year grant the foundation awarded to CORMOSEA, with Ohio University as the principal investigator.

More information on how the budget will be used, see here.


Cambodia: Nationwide e-Library the answer for ‘remote education’

(17 Oct 2019)  In a public forum last Friday entitled ‘Innovations for Cambodia’s Shared Prosperity’, Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) proposed an innovation to improve education quality in the country by developing a nationwide e-Library.

The nationwide e-Library is mainly to cast a wider net of learning facilities for youth, particularly the young schooling population in remote areas.

More from the full text here.


Vietnam joins the Hague Agreement and prepares to amend its IP Law

(3 Oct 2019) On October 1, 2019, Vietnam filed an instrument of accession to join the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Geneva Act of July 2, 1999). The Hague Agreement will officially take effect in Vietnam on January 1, 2020, three months after the filing date of the instrument.

Certain provisions of Vietnam’s Law on Intellectual Property (IP Law) and its guiding legislation will need to be amended or updated to be compatible with the Hague Agreement, as well as other recently joined or signed treaties like the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). While waiting for these amendments, Vietnam has announced that the provisions of the Hague Agreement will be directly applied for both international design applications designating Vietnam and international design applications originating from Vietnam.

In mid-September the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) also posted for public comments a draft proposal for amendment and supplementation of the IP Law, including some provisions that will facilitate applicants of international applications under the Hague Agreement. It is expected that the draft amended IP Law will be finalized and submitted to the National Assembly for approval in 2021.

More details can be found here.


Grants now open to support Research4Life training activities

(23 Sep 2019)  About the grant: 

The deadline to submit proposals is December 1, 2019. Individuals or organizations can apply. Find details and apply online.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has established the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants for 2016 to 2021. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, up to five awards per year will support HINARI/Research4Life training activities that promote the use of the programs’ scientific research resources in emerging/low income countries.

Applicants are not required to be members of the MLA.

The grants will benefit the users in the eligible countries as these individuals will obtain skills to effectively and efficiently use the HINARI/Research4Life resources and become a training resource for their institutions or country.

This grant is an expansion of the Elsevier Foundation funded Librarians without Borders®/E-library Training Initiative that has conducted HINARI/Research4Life training activities and developed/updated training material since January 2007. The MLA objective is to develop a community of librarians that will continue to support HINARI/Research4Life training and related development of instructional material.

Examples of possible proposals include:

  • Conduct workshops either as co-teacher with current E-library Training Initiative coordinator or at an institution where the applicant/organization has ties or currently is employed
  • Organize and teach Research4Life distance learning courses for specific audiences
  • Organize a regional U.S. based workshop for information specialists interested in HINARI/Research4Life activities and/or researchers, faculty or students from institutions that have linkages with Research4Life registered organizations.
  • Create a new training module, distance learning course or training video or develop other distance learning formats.
  • Increase mechanisms for promoting/marketing of HINARI & Research4Life programs and their training resources
  • Develop measurement tools regarding outcomes of training activities

For further information including eligibility, terms, and application checklist please visit the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants website.

The original news can be found here.


Webinar: from open science to inclusive science

(17 Oct 2019) EIFL and OpenAIRE are celebrating Open Access Week 2019 (21-27 October) with a series of webinars highlighting OpenAIRE activities, services and tools, and reaching out to the wider community with relevant talks.

  • Webinar topic and presenter: From Open Science to Inclusive Science, presented by Paola Masuzzo (independent researcher and data scientist).
  • Date and time: Friday, 25 October, 2pm (CEST)
  • To register: Please register for the webinar via this form.

The webinars are organized and hosted by EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator, Gwen Franck. Find out about other webinars in the series here.

The original announcement is here.


CRL and JSTOR partner to make South Asian materials openly available online

(16 Oct 2019) CRL has partnered with JSTOR to make collections from the South Asia Open Archives openly available on JSTOR at

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) is a rich and growing collection of historical and contemporary sources covering the arts, humanities, and social sciences, in English and South Asian languages, from and about South Asia. SAOA has been made possible through a collaborative grassroots initiative of U.S. research libraries and partners from South Asia and has grown out of the work of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), which has been preserving rare and endangered South Asian materials since 1967. Administered by CRL, SAOA digitally preserves and makes freely available all of its content. It is enriched by substantial contributions of content, as well as human and material resources from a community of libraries, research centers, archives, and other institutions. A launch event for the SAOA digital collections will be held on October 18, 2019, during the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI.

The partnership making SAOA collections available on JSTOR is part of a new initiative that enables libraries and consortia to host their primary source collections on the platform. This arrangement leverages the JSTOR infrastructure to make content openly accessible to millions of researchers who use JSTOR, where it becomes searchable alongside the books, journals, and other primary source materials on the platform.

Greg Eow, president of CRL, emphasized the importance of this partnership between CRL and JSTOR: “The launch of SAOA underscores our commitment to enhancing the diversity of research materials on South Asia as well as to fostering open access models for digital content that ensure the widest possible global audience.” According to SAOA Executive Board member David Magier, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Collections and Research Services at Princeton University, “SAOA breaks new ground. It’s such an exciting example of how far international collaboration can take us in a non-commercial project to curate and bring out essential and unique content for free global access in support of research and teaching: the highest ideal of the library community.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with SAOA and CRL to expand access to these important open access materials for the global research and learning community,” said Kevin Guthrie, president of ITHAKA, JSTOR’s parent organization. “Students and scholars need access to primary source materials to do great original work. This joint effort will not only make that process more convenient, but will introduce researchers to content they didn’t even know existed, thereby opening up gateways to new knowledge.”

The South Asia Open Archives contains more than 350,000 pages of content, and will continue to grow. It includes important Colonial-era administrative and trade reports, as well as newspapers dealing with themes of caste and social structure, social and economic history, women and gender, and more. SAOA Executive Board Co-Chair Aruna Magier, Librarian for South Asian Studies at NYU, said, “It is gratifying to have a structure in place that lets us work with scholars to understand their particular research interests, and then pursue partnerships with libraries and archives that hold the resources to fulfill those needs, preserving the fruits of this work and sharing them freely with the world.”

The press release is here.


New Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to be appointed to the National Library Board

(15 Oct 2019) The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) announced today two leadership changes – Mr Lee Seow Hiang’s appointment as Chairman of the National Library Board (NLB) with effect from 1 January 2020; and Mr Ng Cher Pong’s appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NLB effective 1 December 2019. Mr Lee will succeed Mr Chan Heng Kee as NLB’s new Chairman. Mr Ng will succeed Mrs Elaine Ng, who will take on a senior leadership position in the public service. Mrs Ng will relinquish her CEO/NLB appointment on 1 December 2019.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang 李绍贤 is the Chief Executive Officer of the Changi Airport Group. Best known for driving the development of the iconic “Jewel”, Mr Lee is concurrently, amongst others, Deputy Chairman of Changi Airports International Pte Ltd, Director of Jewel Changi Airport Holding Pte Ltd and Chairman of Changi Foundation Board. He holds the appointment of President of Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Regional Board and is a Member on the ACI World Governing Board. He also sits on the Boards of NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd and SMRT Corporation Ltd. From 1989 to 2005, Mr Lee held various appointments in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Ministry of Defence, with his last appointment being Deputy Head of Air Operations in HQ RSAF. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Principal Private Secretary to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr Lee was awarded the SAF (Overseas) / President’s Scholarship in 1989 and the SAF Postgraduate Scholarship (General Development) in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Mr Ng Cher Pong 黄子鹏 has been the founding Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore since October 2016. He is also concurrently Deputy Secretary (SkillsFuture) in the Ministry of Education. SkillsFuture Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Education, which drives and coordinates the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement. Mr Ng joined the Administrative Service of the Singapore Civil Service in 1996. He had served in various capacities across many Ministries and government agencies such as the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. He spent the last 10 years being involved in the education and training sector. He graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK in Electrical Engineering, obtained his Master in Business Administration from INSEAD, France and attended the Advanced Management Programme in the Harvard Business School.

The full announcement is here.


Web of Science Group relaunches Master Journal List of 21k journals

A new way to browse, search, and explore the only complete authorized list of journals in the Web of Science index

(16 Oct 2019) Today the Web of Science Group launched the enhanced Master Journal List, with new, improved functionality and a better user experience for the 320,000+ researchers, librarians and editors who visit the freely-available online list each month. The list is the go-to place for researchers to explore which journals are included in the Web of Science, and to help them identify suitable publishing destinations for their research.

Keith Collier, Vice President of Product Management, said: “We’re proud of the Master Journal List, which is a completely free to use, definitive resource for journals in the Web of Science. But we’re also always looking for ways to innovate, so we have listened to the feedback from users and acted on it to vastly improve their experience.

“We want to better support researchers by connecting them with the most influential and impactful journals in a seamless way to make their lives easier. Going forward, we will continue to act on the feedback of the research community and proactively look for ways to improve our products.”

The improvements include:

  • New Journal Profile Pages: Independent and impartial data and metrics for more than 21,000 journals across thousands of global publishers. The new Journal Profile pages include information on Web of Science coverage, journal metrics (including the most recent Journal Impact Factor), average time from submission to publication (where available), open access information, and peer review information.
  • Improved search: Filter searches by collection, category, country, language, publication frequency, open access, and a range of journal metrics to quickly find the best results.
  • Integrated Manuscript Matcher tool: This will help researchers find the best match for their manuscript, combining AI-powered technology with Web of Science Core Collection-indexed data from more than 21,000 journals across thousands of global publishers.

In addition, users now have the option to limit a search on the Master Journal List to just journals included in the Web of Science Core Collection (journals that demonstrate high levels of editorial rigor and best practice, amongst the most influential in their field.) Those with access to Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports can further explore literature published by the journal, and more detailed metrics to determine if it is a good fit for their research.

The announcement is here.


The Second wave of preprint servers: how can publishers keep afloat?

(16 Oct 2019)  Preprint servers have been growing explosively over the last ten years: over 60 platforms are currently available worldwide, and the sharing of research outputs prior to formal peer-review and publication is increasing in popularity.

A guest post recently published on Scholarly Kitchen considers how publishers are responding to recent growth in the uptake of preprints. Read it in full here.


Million-page science collection to be digitised

(14 Oct 2019) The not-for-profit technology provider for research and education, Jisc, and the publisher Wiley, are to digitise a one-million-page collection on the history of science.

The collection will largely comprise content from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), now the British Science Association (BSA). Universities in the UK will also be able to put their collections forward for inclusion in this digital archive, provided that the content complements the BAAS archive and meets practical and logistic considerations.

The collaboration is the first to offer universities a chance to influence what material is digitised by a commercial publisher.

Paola Marchionni, head of digital resources for teaching, learning and research at Jisc, said: ‘Digitising specialist archives is a costly enterprise and, over the last few years we have been exploring new business models to support digitisation of collections.

‘This deal is a first for Jisc and Wiley and was struck in response to our members’ concern over the cost of content and the desire to democratise access to all institutions, no matter what their size or income. We are hoping this project will pave the way for similar alliances with other publishers and collections in the future.’

Through the partnership, the resulting digital collection will be free to all UK universities and colleges and, once the licences to the content expire, will be made available openly and globally password-free. Scholars and teachers will be able to freely access materials dating roughly between 1800 to the 1970s via the Wiley Digital Archives platform. The history of science collection will be available from March next year, giving access to primary source material that might otherwise have been hard to access, and difficult to use.

Jay Flynn, chief product officer at Wiley Research, added: ‘We are thrilled to be working so collaboratively with Jisc, the British Science Association, and leading UK universities to add a new collection to the Wiley Digital Archives program. Wiley Digital Archives allows researchers to peer into the science of the past to create scholarship for the future. This partnership will help the BSA and UK universities to unlock their content for a larger research audience through our global platform and expand access into educational settings at the same time. Wiley Digital Archive’s built-in text and data mining tools will increase discoverability while adding context to this powerful content.’

Katherine Mathieson, chief executive at the British Science Association, said: ‘The British Science Association is delighted to have the opportunity to share its extensive archives of the history of science with researchers across the world. Currently these papers are only available to scholars who can travel to the archives kindly looked after by the Bodleian Library at Oxford.

‘This transformative partnership will extend access to many more researchers. These papers show that from the very beginning, scientists wanted to share their knowledge with everyone. We continue to realise this vision today through our work with communities and schools which supports our vision of a world where science is seen as a fundamental part of society and culture.’

The press release is here.


An Alternative route: cooperation leads to better conditions for Australian libraries

(14 Oct 2019) A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alternatives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows.

IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more.

Fulltext can be viewed here.