Scholarly Communications

Summer hiatus – how to keep up with scholarly communications news

By Ruth Lewis on May 8, 2017

I’m not planning to post on this blog during June-July 2017. If you miss the news summaries or want to make your own choices, I recommend these sources for keeping yourself informed. These compilations are very much my personal choices about stories, so you may find whole areas of “sc...

peer review 2030 workflow

Peer review in 2030

By Ruth Lewis on May 8, 2017

This report is receiving many comments: What might peer review look like in 2030?, a report from BioMed Central and Digital Science, May 2017, available on Figshare CC-BY. This was a report from a one-day conference in November 2016, SpotOn London. Article titles in the report: Artificial Intelli...

Scholarly communications selected links from April, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on April 29, 2017

Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) was launched on April 6th. It “aims to allow anyone to access science papers’ reference lists and to build analytical services on top of those raw data.” Here are a few stories about this initiative: Initiative aims to break science’s citatio...

Preprints still in the news, April 2017

By Ruth Lewis on April 29, 2017

The Stars Are Aligning for Preprints, summary post in the Scholarly Kitchen by Judy Luther Applied Physics Now in arXiv bioRxiv receives new funding for “sharing new tools in order to speed adoption and dissemination of preprints and optimize communication infrastructure in science;” ...

Participants Help Preserve Information in DataRescueWU Event

By Ruth Lewis on April 19, 2017

Washington University Libraries and the School of Law Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic hosted a data rescue event for the university community on April 14. Recently, a number of data rescue events have been held nationwide, through the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) a...

Scholarly communications selected links from March, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on March 30, 2017

Unpaywall is a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox created at ImpactStory; it seeks free-to-read versions of articles. Unpaywall uses OpenDOI so must have a DOI. The Open Access Button is another tool to add to your toolbox; it works differently. It has a few new features and improvements. Mo...

Scholarly communications selected links from February, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on February 28, 2017

Feb. 14, 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative BOAI15 #ElsevierValentines 2017: A lightly-curated selection of #ElsevierValentines tweets may make you think or smile. Plum Analytics has been acquired by Elsevier – “scientific publishers are investing ...

RIP Eugene Garfield

By Ruth Lewis on February 28, 2017

Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information, Current Contents and Science Citation Index (now Web of Science), among others, died February 26. I was dumbfounded by many colleagues who did not know who he was when I was asking around yesterday so thought I needed to do som...

Preprints news from February, 2017, and why are we interested

By Ruth Lewis on February 27, 2017

I seem to mention preprints nearly every month and this month is no exception: Forecasting the Growth of Preprints in Biology Preprints – what’s in it for me?, post by Isabel Baker consisting of interviews with UK Medical Research Council researchers who have posted preprints Forthcoming open acc...