Monthly Archives: April 2019

Measuring university impact – A rankings innovation

(16 Apr 2019)  The University Impact Rankings 2019 published by Times Higher Education is a novel initiative that has captured global attention because it aims to measure the extent to which universities are working towards fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. This ranking is the first launch product Times Higher Education, or THE, has under the […]

April 30, 2019 8:58 am

Clarivate Analytics introduces Simplified Chinese user interface for its Cortellis suite of life science intelligence solutions

(29 Apr 2019)  China has become the second largest and fastest emerging market for the bio-pharmaceuticals industry, making it essential for drug developers in the region to access complex information in their native language.1 Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today introduced a Simplified Chinese user […]

April 30, 2019 8:56 am

Fears over Singapore’s ‘fake news’ proposal

(25 Apr 2019)  Academics fear global reach of new Singaporean legislation could result in censorship of international academic journals. New Singaporean legislation that is set to ban “false information” online hosted anywhere in the world poses a “severe threat” to academic freedom across the globe, scholars have warned. Earlier this month, the country’s government introduced a […]

April 30, 2019 8:50 am

‘Books for Tomorrow’ to ignite humanity for death row inmates

(28 Apr 2019)  The Books for Tomorrow initiative was launched on Tuesday at Jentera Law School, Central Jakarta. The initiative aims to collect books for death row inmates in prisons across Indonesia, including Nusakambangan Penitentiary in Central Java. Data from Amnesty International reveal that there are more than 300 death row inmates in Indonesia, the ninth-highest […]

April 29, 2019 9:13 am

China holds event commemorating World Book and Copyright Day

(23 Apr 2019)  An event commemorating the 24th World Book and Copyright Day was held in the National Library of China (NLC) Tuesday. The event was jointly held by the NLC, the Library Society of China (LSC) and, a news reading platform, as well as the national library circle, according to an NLC statement. More […]

April 29, 2019 9:08 am

Copyright in the Asia-Pacific Region: the right rules for libraries?

(27 Apr 2019)  The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is organising three regional seminars to understand how far copyright rules meet the needs of libraries around the world. The first one starts on Monday in Singapore, looking at the Asia-Pacific. IFLA will be there. Copyright is crucial to the work of libraries, as it shapes the […]

April 29, 2019 8:53 am

COAR Repository Toolkit

(26 Apr 2019) The COAR Repository Toolkit is now updated with new resources. Visit the Toolkit to access the best practices and educational resources including websites, guides, videos, infographics and others. The Repository Toolkit was launched in the fall of 2018. The aim is to provide repository managers with best practices and educational resources to support […]

April 29, 2019 8:49 am

The “impact” of the Journal Impact Factor in the review, tenure, and promotion process

(26 Apr 2019) The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) – a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in a journal – has been widely critiqued as a measure of individual academic performance. However, it is unclear whether these criticisms and high profile declarations, such as DORA, have led to significant cultural […]

April 29, 2019 8:46 am

HighWire’s Rejected Article Tracker granted US patent

(25 Apr 2019) Scholarly publishing technology provider, HighWire, has been issued a patent for the algorithm and design which underlies the HighWire Vizor Rejected Article Tracker. Granted on April 9 2019 by the United States Patent Office, the algorithm was developed by John Sack as lead inventor, working with a number of co-inventor colleagues, to […]

April 29, 2019 8:44 am

European University Association releases 2017-2018 EUA Open Access Survey results

(23 Apr 2019)  The fourth edition of the EUA Open Access Survey Report tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field. The latest survey was conducted in 2017-2018 and focuses on Open Access to research publications, research data management and […]

April 26, 2019 9:24 am

EDUCAUSE released Horizon Report – 2019 Higher Education Edition

(23 Apr 2019)  EDUCAUSE is proud to continue the tradition of excellence begun by the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) work on the Horizon Report. The report serves as a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policy makers, and technologists. This report profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments […]

April 26, 2019 9:18 am

First panda-themed library opens in Sichuan, China

(23 Apr 2019)  A giant panda themed library opened Tuesday in a primary school in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The panda library, the first of its kind across China, contains over 23,000 books, of which over 2,000 are related to pandas. Read the full story here.  

April 26, 2019 9:10 am

National Diet Library, Japan is now accepting applications for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries

(22 Apr 2019)  The NDL is now accepting applications from overseas institutions for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries. Patrons at libraries subscribing to this service will be able to search and browse digitized versions of the more than two million books, periodicals, rare books and old materials that comprise the NDL […]

April 26, 2019 9:07 am

China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage

(22 Apr 2019)  Sina, which had 462 million active users on Weibo at the end of 2018, was chosen as first partner for the initiative because of its enormous trove of data. The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion public posts on Weibo, the country’s popular Twitter-style microblogging site, as part of an […]

April 24, 2019 9:10 am

Norway and Elsevier agree on pilot national licence for research access and publishing

(23 Apr 2019)  The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research and Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today agreed to a pilot national license, providing Norwegian researchers with access to global academic research while making Norwegian research accessible through open access publishing. The agreement is the result of close cooperation between […]

April 24, 2019 9:04 am