PLoS One output drops again in 2016

(5 January 2017) The world’s largest open access journal got a little smaller in 2016. Last year, publication output in PLOS ONE dropped by more than six-thousand research papers, from 28,106 in 2015 to 22,054 in 2016–a decline of about 22%. Since its peak in 2013, the journal has shrunk by 30%. Article output in other PLOS journals has […]

January 6, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

(23 December 2016) Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a license. Nature.com has the story.

December 28, 2016 - 1:16 pm

New metrics from Elsevier will make journal assessment more complete and transparent

CiteScore metrics are calculated using Scopus data for over 22,200 journal titles in 330 disciplines. The largest discipline is General Medicine, with 1,549 titles. (8 December 2016)  In response to academia’s call for metrics that provide a broader, more transparent view of an academic journal’s citation impact, Scopus has developed a set of metrics that […]

December 9, 2016 - 3:52 pm

IOP Publishing partners with Altmetric to improve author services

(21 November 2016) IOP Publishing has announced a new partnership with Altmetric and Digital Science, to provide its authors and readers with a deeper understanding of how published research is being used and discussed. Authors and readers will be able to view the online attention surrounding each publication via the Altmetric badges embedded into article […]

November 23, 2016 - 10:09 am

Springer Nature and journal editors team up in project for developing countries

(21 September 2016, Heidelberg | New York)  A new initiative started by Springer’s journal Environmental Earth Sciences will enable people in developing countries to gain access to safe drinking water. For every review completed for a paper in the journal in 2017, Springer Nature will donate one household water filter – on behalf of the […]

September 23, 2016 - 10:53 am

Journals Online Management Meeting in Sri Lanka

(30 August 2016) INASP has announced the Second Journals Online Management Meeting 2016 will be held from 31 August to 2 September 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting will be officially opened by Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson and Dr Thamara Dias, Acting Director General of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. “The meeting […]

September 1, 2016 - 7:41 am

Annual Reviews special article collection: Sustainable Food Options

Complimentary online access now through 31 October 2016 (24 August 2016) This collection of highly cited articles written by invited experts provides perspectives on environmental, health, and socioeconomic issues and their interactions relating to food sustainability. Comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge is necessary to feed our world while maintaining ethical standards in the treatment of animals, […]

August 24, 2016 - 11:37 am

Working together to ensure the future of the digital scholarly record

(14 August 2016) EDINA and the ISSN International Centre have published Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record. This statement outlines the actions now required to tackle the evolving challenges of preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of digital scholarship. View the statement here. Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record addresses […]

August 17, 2016 - 10:42 am

Brill partners with ScienceOpen to put linguistics research into context

(4 August 2016)  Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is pleased to announce a pilot with research network ScienceOpen. As of September 2016, three of Brill’s Linguistics journals will be indexed on the ScienceOpen platform. This includes adding of article-level metadata, reference analysis and linking back to Brill’s Books and Journals platform. By indexing journals with […]

August 6, 2016 - 8:08 pm

The Karger journal program and price list 2017 are available

(4 August 2016, Basel, Switzerland) Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers announces the 2017 prices for journals, collections and packages. Next year’s journal program comprises 105 biomedical titles, including 20 open-access journals. 2017 will see the launches of four new titles, of which two will be open access and two subscription based. Apart from a few […]

August 5, 2016 - 7:24 am

The all new Taylor & Francis Online

(3 August 2016) On August 9th 2016, Taylor & Francis Online will relaunch with a new design, fully responsive interface, and significant functional improvements for researchers, readers, and learned societies. The online journal platform has been redesigned in response to user feedback, resulting in a more intuitive, readable, and clutter-free interface that displays as intended […]

August 4, 2016 - 1:36 pm

Transforming libraries in Myanmar: The e-Library Myanmar Project

(23 July 2016)  Myat Sann Nyein who has been a librarian in Myanmar since 1985 describes the challenges and success of the e-Library Myanmar Project implemented by EIFL. It began with the universities of Yangon and Mandalay and now stands at seven partner universities. 166,000 students and 4,000 academic staff at these seven now have […]

July 25, 2016 - 8:00 am

Increasing numbers of UK academics now utilise university online capabilities

UK wide survey examines the attitudes of practitioners within higher education and cites the growing importance of online libraries to academics (15 June 2016) The 2015 survey of academics, jointly commissioned by Jisc and RLUK and conducted by research organisation Ithaka S+R, was launched today and has revealed a substantial increase in the way academics […]

July 1, 2016 - 5:58 pm

What do mathematicians think about their journals? Peer review quality tops list of stated issues

(22 June 2016) Cameron Neylon (Curtin University), David Michael Roberts (University of Adelaide) and Mark C Wilson (University of Auckland) have conducted a large-scale survey of what mathematicians think of their scholarly publishing options and what improvements are required. Covering topics like open access, peer review and editorial processes, the survey findings reveal some fascinating […]

June 25, 2016 - 1:22 pm

ACS journals most cited

(18 June 2016) The 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) from Thomson Reuters reaffirm that ACS journals are again the most cited and/or impactful in 14 scientific categories, including 6 core chemistry categories. Key highlights from the data include: ACS journals are #1 in Impact Factor or citations in 6 core chemistry categories: Analytical, Applied, Inorganic & […]

June 19, 2016 - 8:42 am