Scholarly communications stories from Jan. 2016: copyright, Wikipedia, open data and more

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has moved and changed their homepage: More: We’ve made a few big changes at SPARC. Links to the old site seem to forward successfully so far. Take a look!

Retraction Watch post which may be useful to many – even if you never make a mistake that is nearly published, it seems to me that being able to discuss it and teach about it is important. What to do when you make a mistake? Advice from authors who’ve been there.

Area library staff and others may wish to Save the Date: A day-long workshop, the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” will be held in Columbia, Missouri on the University of Missouri campus, Thursday, April 14, approx. 9am-4:30pm. More details should be available soon but I thought you might want to pencil this on your calendars.

Copyright stories:
– The Association of College and Research Libraries is celebrating Fair Use Week with a free webinar, February 25, 1-2 pm. Pre-registration is required. More information at The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application. I will share the link to the recording when it is available.
Copyright Week (the last week of January) has produced several interesting posts. Take a look.
– I worked through the new Copyright for Multimedia MOOC during January. I learned a lot about special issues for data, images, music and film. The format, short videos and occasional quizzes, is easy to use and, of course, it’s free except for your time. Time estimate on the class is 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week. Since the course was produced by librarian lawyers at universities, there are many helpful examples from library work and higher education. Highly recommended!

Wikipedia stories:
Wikipedia celebrated 15 years on January 15, 2016!
– Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon planned at Washington University in St. Louis March 5! More information: and Learn how to contribute to this important open access resource.
– OR if Art+Feminism isn’t your interest, perhaps you would want to check on some the Wikipedia Year of Science 2016 initiatives.

Open access/Public access/Open data stories:
– PRO: The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative: incentivizing open research practices through peer review, an opinion piece in R. Soc. open sci. [3:150547 DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150547] is an article about The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative (, a statement that researchers can sign that indicates that after a set, future date—1 January 2017—they will begin to apply certain minimal open research standards (basically openly shared data) to the manuscripts they review.
– A proposal for open data sharing from clinical trial data came out from International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) this month. There has been a lively conversation about data sharing, pros and cons. This blog post includes several relevant links: Research “parasitism” and authorship rights.
– Worth reading: Research integrity: Don’t let transparency damage science, by Stephan Lewandowsky & Dorothy Bishop in Nature 529, 459–461 doi:10.1038/529459a
– I found this interesting: Rethinking Research Data, at 15 minute TedX talk by Kristin Briney, a Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also has a PhD in physical chemistry. Her catch phrase is “data or it didn’t happen.” Thanks to Cynthia Hudson Vitale who tweeted this.

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819