Scholarly Communications

Scholarly communications selected links from late summer, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on August 30, 2017

Public access: FASTR Legislation Would Ensure Permanency of Public Access to Scientific Research (SPARC) | Open Access Can’t Wait. Pass FASTR Now (Electronic Frontier Foundation) | Does Reg Review threaten Public Access? (David Wojick) Preprints: Six New Preprint Services Join a Growing Com...


By Alison Verbeck on July 28, 2017

The American Physical Society (APS) and IOP Publishing (IOPP) have signed the ORCID Open Letter, requiring the collection of ORCID iDs in their publishing processes. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a unique digital name, or iD, which ident...

Open Textbook in Physics

By Alison Verbeck on June 29, 2017

I thought you might find this article interesting: The Adoption of an Open Textbook in a Large Physics Course: An Analysis of Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions

Thoughts about Sci-Hub and “easy” access

By Ruth Lewis on June 23, 2017

Sci-Hub has been in the news this month. US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub Nature News & Comment; and publishers “welcome” this, e.g., The Association of American Publishers Welcomes Major Judgment Against “Sci-Hub” Pirate Site and International Publishers ...

Scholarly communications selected links from May, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on May 31, 2017

Preprint news: – paleorXiv [an open source platform for Paleontology preprints, developed in collaboration with the Center for Open Science] Now open for [prelaunch] submissions! – LawArXiv – is now included in the OSF Preprints Search. – Elsevier enters prep...

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;” ...