Monthly Archives: June 2019

PLOS – academic reviewers to now more easily receive credit for their work

(28 June 2019) PLOS today announced that its collaboration with ORCID now includes credit for reviewers. For more than five years, PLOS authors have used ORCID to make their professional lives easier. Now reviewers at PLOS can take advantage of the same benefits to track their contributions, claim credit, and build up their research profiles. Same ORCID, now […]

June 29, 2019 2:11 pm

Beijing International Book Fair to emphasize children’s books again

(28 June 2019)  From the BIBF director, Liying Lin, “Again the fair is stressing younger readers’ content and, for a second year, will dedicate a separate exhibition area to what it’s branding as the Beijing International Children’s Book Fair by way of “demonstrating the continued strength of children’s publishing in China, with educational titles and […]

June 29, 2019 2:06 pm

Mucus: the body’s unsung hero

The slimy stuff has a surprisingly wide array of beneficial biological functions (27 June 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine)  We know it best as a stringy slime dripping from noses and as viscous, discolored goop hacked up by sickened airways. But it’s so much more than that. Coating the surfaces of guts, eyes, mouth, nasal […]

June 29, 2019 2:00 pm

Springer Nature accelerates its transformative journey with the signing of landmark pure OA deal

(27 June 2019) New agreements agreed this week with the Bibsam consortium in Sweden and Norway’s Unit consortium take the number of Springer Nature’s read and publish deals to ten, putting the publisher firmly on the path to becoming a transformative publisher. In a first for Springer Nature, Bibsam, representing the institutional libraries, and four of […]

June 29, 2019 1:41 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-04: QS 2020 offers little to write about

Which top 10 universities have made the greatest gains in rankings since 2004? Who is number one in Singapore? What Asian country added the most universities from 2019? (24 June 2019) QS received more than enough coverage in April’s Ruth’s Rankings 40, where we analyzed QS 2019 subject rankings and surveys. Now it is June […]

June 28, 2019 3:55 pm

Gay librarian’s suicide in Myanmar outrages LGBT+ community

(27 June 2019)  A gay librarian who was bullied by his colleagues in Yangon posted a final message on Facebook before taking his own life. In his final words, Kyaw Zin Win pleaded not to be reborn in a land of oppressors. Read the full story here.  

June 28, 2019 10:54 am

HighWire supports CSHL, BMJ and Yale to launch medRxiv

(25 June 2019) Scholarly publishing tech provider, HighWire, today announced it is proud to support the founders of medRxiv, by providing the hosting and submissions technology that underpins the new preprint server. medRxiv (pronounced “med-archive”), is a collaboration between its founding organizations, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), BMJ and Yale University. It is a free online archive and distribution service for preprints […]

June 28, 2019 10:38 am

The First annual G20 data scorecard report highlights the research performance of the world’s leading economies

(25 June 2019) The Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group today launched a new report which examines the research performance of the G20 with a visual comparative snapshot for each G20 nation, ahead of the Osaka summit in Japan from 28-29 June.  The Web of Science Group is part of Clarivate Analytics […]

June 27, 2019 4:49 pm

Journals’ plagiarism detectors may flag papers in error

(25 June 2019) Last week, Jean-François Bonnefon, a behavioral scientist at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, tweeted that a scientific manuscript he submitted to a journal had been rejected by a bot. The program had flagged his paper for plagiarism, highlighting the methods, references, and authors’ affiliations. “It would have taken 2 [minutes] for a […]

June 27, 2019 4:38 pm

Australia’s top librarian tells how the National Library fosters a culture of in-house innovation. In two words: ‘radical incrementalism’

(24 June 2019)  Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, director-general of the National Library of Australia, is the nation’s top librarian. She talks to Stephen Easton about the culture of innovation that has allowed the NLA to remain an international leader in its field for decades, relying entirely on its own in-house expertise. Read the full interview from Stephen Easton on […]

June 27, 2019 4:30 pm

Web of Science promises ‘huge improvements’

(20 June 2019)  Web of Science editor-in-chief Nandita Quaderi has hinted at ‘huge improvements’ in the company’s products in coming years. Speaking in an in-depth interview with Research Information, timed to coincide with the release of the 2019 Journal Citation Reports, Quaderi details her early career as a researcher, a pioneer, and now as a […]

June 27, 2019 2:21 pm

Size is not everything according to latest Nature Index annual tables

Major institutions in the US and China dominate the top ranks for output of quality research articles, but a new normalized Nature Index ranking reveals that some smaller institutes are punching well above their weight. (19 June 2019) In the Nature Index 2019 annual tables, released today, the United States is well ahead of China then […]

June 27, 2019 2:14 pm

Open Research in practice: moving from why to how?

(17 June 2019)  From a guest post on Scholarly Kitchen, “…questions about Open Research are also changing — from “why” to “how” — amidst growing awareness that the required skill sets, both technical and social, are not yet part of the standard training programs for researchers” The authors have compiled a list of resources and […]

June 27, 2019 2:00 pm

China Literature and Singtel forge strategic partnership to promote online literature in Southeast Asia

(22 June 2019)  China Literature Limited, a leading online literature platform in China, today announced a strategic partnership with Singapore Telecommunications Limited (“Singtel”), a leading communications technology group in Asia, to collaborate in online literature services and content platform businesses in Southeast Asia. For more details, see the press release here.  

June 27, 2019 1:50 pm

Atypon acquires RedLink®, the data and engagement home for scholarly communications

(21 June 2019) Atypon, the technology leader in the scholarly publishing market, has acquired RedLink®, the provider of key data and insights for academic publishers, libraries, and consortia. RedLink’s portfolio includes Remarq®, the popular article-sharing, commenting, and annotation platform for researchers. RedLink’s data and engagement products, Library Dashboard, Publisher Dashboard, SiteLeads®, and Remarq®, are a natural […]

June 27, 2019 1:44 pm