Scholarly communications links from April 2016

Worth reading: Takeaways from SPARC MORE conference, March 2016. I attended this conference; SPARC Open has done a nice job of distilling some of the big issues. The recordings are a little disappointing since a few are cut off or missing. Some of my favorite presenters:
Danny Anderson, President of Trinity University
Meredith Niles, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont (and former OpenCon attendee)
Jeffrey Spies, Open Science Framework, which he admits should probably be called Open Scholarship Framework – unfortunately this panel is cut off before he finishes and the amazing Erin McKiernan spoke about her expanded Open Pledge
Dick Wilder – keynote – about the open access policy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Recommended: Open Access in Action interview series: Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, April 20, 2016. 22 minutes.

OpenCon news: OpenCon 2016 will be held Nov. 12-14 in Washington DC. “OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2016 is at the center of a growing community with thousands of students and early career academic professionals from across the world.” Applications will open June 6. I encourage “early career” researchers, scholars and librarians to consider this opportunity. The energy I’ve seen come out of the past two events has been amazing! More info and sign up for updates. [Librarians who are interested in this may also want to consider the OpenCon Community Call for Early Career Librarians, May 10 at 11 am; agenda and link to notes from an earlier call.]

The new Impactstory: Better. Freer. you can now join Impactstory free using your ORCiD. Impactstory uses “altmetrics” to help researchers “tell data-driven stories about their work; we’re helping to build a new scholarly reward system that values and encourages web-native scholarship.”

I also saw this from Impactstory: Let’s value the software that powers science: Introducing Depsy. Depsy is “a new tool to measure and reward software impact, and how code and software contributions to research can be rewarded.” It was launched last fall as an effort to track mentions (not precisely citations) for software in the literature. This month there was an OpenCon webcast about Depsy [41 minute demo and q&a], which you may find worthwhile if you are interested in this idea.

Announced this month, OpenVivo is now available to anyone with an ORCiD. VIVO is an important scholar profile system at many universities but it is not a system in use at Washington University. Some of you may recall that there were several VIVO profiles created for medical campus groups in recent years. My guess is that this is just something to watch and know about unless you want to have a VIVO profile, for example if you work with groups of people who depend on Vivo profiles to connect with colleagues, etc. If your ORCiD record is populated, the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) taxonomy implemented in Open Vivo makes an interesting display.

Interesting: Cleaning Up Bad Science – 13 minute episode from The National (Canadian news broadcast) featuring Ivan Oransky (physician, blogger at Retraction Watch), Jeffrey Beall (librarian who publishes predatory publishers list) and Fiona Godlee (physician editor at BMJ)

More Sci-Hub fallout:
You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous, Ryan Merkley in Wired, 4/18/16 “But saying that Sci-Hub is about copyright infringement is like saying the Boston Tea Party was about late-night vandalism.”
Online Piracy of Academic Materials Extends to Scholarly Books, By Goldie Blumenstyk in Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12, 2016 – with comment in Scholarly Kitchen blog: Postscript on Sci-Hub: The University Press Edition
– Fascinating data about where and when downloads from Sci-Hub happen around the world: Sci-Hub stories: Digging into the downloads; the dataset it available on Dryad.
– This article in Science, Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone, and an editorial in the same issue, My love-hate of Sci-Hub, are receiving lots of comments! The Info & Metrics tab in Science will lead you to some of them. Since I am a librarian, I thought the discussion posted by John Dupuis in Confessions of a Science Librarian was especially interesting: Who’s to blame for Sci-Hub? Librarians, of course!

Good News in two important fair use cases In light of those two stories, this seems like a great month to share this blog post also, Fair Use is the Lifeblood of Academia, written by Lisa Macklin, Director, Scholarly Communications Office, Emory University Library.

  1. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Google Books Project | Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use | Google Case Ends, but Copyright Fight Goes On, By Andrew Albanese in Publisher’s Weekly; includes a nice timeline for this case; “The Authors Guild’s battle against Google maybe over in the courts, but the fight will continue in the policy arena.”
  2. Here we go again — new GSU decision an odd victory for libraries In the future, I’m sure there will more about how/if this might affect our current practice regarding course reserves at WU Libraries.

DOE PAGES (Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science) Beta has released 3 short tutorials to help in searching:
Introduction to DOE PAGES (Beta)
Three Types of Content on DOE PAGES (Beta)
DOE PAGES (Beta) Advanced Search
These are helpful and there seem to be a lot of similarities with what I’ve discovered so far about searching NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR). There are still things to learn about these new resources; for example, I’m still unsure whether to count on Google or Google Scholar to find these available versions. Eventually I suspect Google Scholar will find them since it seems to find PubMed Central versions dependably now.

Document from Science Europe: Briefing Paper on Open Access Business Models and Current Trends in the Open Access Publishing System – 12 pages. Nice overview of various ways to make the switch from traditional publishing business models to open access.

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