Monthly Archives: January 2020

The full-service paper mill and its Chinese customers

(24 Jan 2020)  An investigation by Elisabeth Bik, Smut Clyde, Morty and Tiger BB8 reveals the workings of a paper mill. Its customers are Chinese doctors desperate for promotion. Apparently even journal editors are part of the scam, publishing fraudulent made-up science. Read the full story here.  

January 27, 2020 10:06 am

New in NLM Digital Collections: fully-digitized manuscript collections

(17 Jan 2020) The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the release of its first fully-digitized manuscript collections in NLM Digital Collections. Complete with finding aids—detailed research guides to assist individuals in exploring and understanding these archival materials—this initial release of six manuscript collections encompasses more than 43,500 pages and represents a milestone in […]

January 27, 2020 9:59 am

EBSCO Information Services partners with

(21 Jan 2020) A new strategic partnership between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and is designed to support the research ecosystem. Researchers, publishers, and academic institutions will benefit from a research workflow that is open, connected, reproducible and interoperable. EBSCO’s investment in highlights the importance of supporting services that extend and connect the publication of […]

January 27, 2020 9:52 am

Google’s Dataset Search is officially out of beta

(23 Jan 2020)  Announcement from Google: Based on what we’ve learned from the early adopters of Dataset Search, we’ve added new features. You can now filter the results based on the types of dataset that you want (e.g., tables, images, text), or whether the dataset is available for free from the provider. If a dataset […]

January 27, 2020 9:37 am

ProQuest’s TDM Studio service transforms text and data mining with efficiency, flexibility and power

(23 Jan 2020) Researchers will now be able to uncover new connections and make new discoveries using ProQuest’s TDM Studio service, a pioneering end-to-end solution for text and data mining. TDM Studio puts the power of text and data mining directly into the researcher’s hands, from their initial idea to their final output. With this new […]

January 27, 2020 9:31 am

Myanmar: rare documents displayed at National Library

(15 Jan 2020)  An exhibition of rare documents was recently held at the National Library last week to help publicise the institution’s new location. “The exhibition provided a glimpse into the country’s past through rare documents and publications, and also served as a wonderful way to get people to visit the National Library’s new location,” […]

January 27, 2020 9:26 am

Taiwan-Israel Sinology center opens at Tel Aviv University

(9 Jan 2020) A sinology research center was inaugurated on Thursday (Jan. 8) at Tel Aviv University, Israel, in a collaboration between the university and the National Central Library (NCL) in Taiwan. The center is the first such facility sponsored by Taiwan in the Middle East, according to NCL. It will boast a collection of 214 publications […]

January 27, 2020 9:16 am

CMAJ drops paywall

(14 Jan 2020) Starting today, all new Canadian Medical Association Journal content is now freely available online, with older material becoming available on March 1, 2020. Previously, CMAJ research articles, editorials and news stories were freely available, and other content including commentaries and practice articles were only fully available after one year. Dr. Andreas Laupacis, editor-in-chief of the journal, says […]

January 27, 2020 9:08 am

ACM signs new open-access agreements with leading universities in US

(23 Jan 2020) ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, entered into transformative open access agreements with several of its largest institutional customers, including the University of California (UC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Iowa State University (ISU). The agreements, which run for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020, cover both access […]

January 27, 2020 9:02 am

HKU is hiring Medical Librarian

(21 Jan 2020)  The University of Hong Kong is hiring – Medical Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian I) Ref.: 499539 Work type: Full-time Department: University Libraries (40100) Categories: Professional & Management Applications are invited for appointment as Medical Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian I) in the University Libraries (Ref.: 499539), to commence as soon as possible, on […]

January 22, 2020 1:18 pm

Clarivate Analytics to acquire Decision Resources Group

Deal expands Life Sciences services and solutions portfolio to enable customers worldwide to accelerate life-changing innovations and improve patient outcomes and access Accretive to earnings in 2020 with opportunities for significant revenue and cost synergies Clarivate reaffirms standalone 2020 financial outlook Clarivate to host conference call today at 8:00 AM ET to discuss transaction (17 […]

January 21, 2020 9:36 am

Library & Archives NT, Australia is hiring Collection Management Archivist

(16 Jan 2020) Library & Archives NT is a new organisation created by bringing together the NT Library and the NT Archives Service, and one which is devoted to collecting, preserving and sharing the rich and unique history of the Northern Territory. We collect a vast range of materials – books, photos, newspapers, government records, organisational […]

January 21, 2020 9:31 am

US government report reveals landscape change of research output between US and China

(17 Jan 2020)  A new report from the National Science Board identifies changes in the US’s global R&D investment and output, as well as in the country’s science and engineering workforce in recent years. The United States’s scientific and engineering output has shrunk relative to that of the rest of the world, a new series […]

January 20, 2020 3:15 pm

Eight publishers to volunteer pricing info in pilot study for transition toward transparent OA

(14 Jan 2020) To help transition toward transparent open access (OA), eight journal publishers, including SpringerNature, PLOS, and Annual Reviews, will share anonymized pricing information with a limited group. This is part of a test of a transparency template proposed today in a report commissioned by cOAlition S, a group of funders leading a push […]

January 20, 2020 2:59 pm

Researchers’, subjects’, and students’: Ruth’s Rankings 2019 leftovers

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the impact of “hyper-authorship” on rankings? Who is the best researcher in the world? What is the best Asian university in the field of Plant and Animal Science? What region now leads the world in the PISA reading scores? 1 – Multiple Authorship Clarivate Analytics released the report “Multi-authorship […]

January 20, 2020 2:30 pm