Scholarly communications selected links from February, 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 substantially in research management and analytics businesses” from The Strategic Investments of Content Providers, a blog post by Roger Schonfeld, discussing this strategy among “content providers” such as Elsevier, Ebsco and Proquest.
– in When is a Publisher not a Publisher? Cobbling Together the Pieces to Build a Workflow Business, Roger Schonfeld discusses the shifting role of publishers from content to support of scholars’ workflows
– “the acquisition fits with Elsevier’s strategy to help researchers throughout their careers” from The most comprehensive source of altmetrics joins Elsevier – Plum Analytics

Science journals permit open-access publishing for Gates Foundation scholars: The provisional agreement may set a precedent for other funders and journal publishers [Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21486] The Gates Foundation has negotiated and paid so that authors funded by the Gates Foundation may “publish their research under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) in Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Science Advances, Science Immunology or Science Robotics. This means that the final published version of any article from a Foundation-funded author submitted to one of the AAAS journals after January 1, 2017 will be immediately available to read, download and reuse.” Generally this news has been greeted with applause. Thoughtful comments around this story discuss whether other important journals which still do not offer a CC-BY option will follow, about whether the Gates Foundation is paying too much, and about whether Science journals will have less expensive subscription fees (or “double-dip” that paid open access content).

Free webcast about proposed $100M digitization proposal at Internet Archive, available to WU folks since WU Libraries is a SPARC member; March 2, noon-1pm – preregistration required: SPARC Rapid Reaction Webcast: The Internet Archive’s $100M Digitization Proposal SPARC will host a one-hour rapid reaction webcast with Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, to discuss their 100&Change proposal and how libraries can get involved.

The Changing Landscape of Peer Review, by Brian Halley in Chronicle of Higher Education, February 05, 2017; about changing practices in humanities and social sciences scholarship; refers to Best Practices for Peer Review: AAUP Handbook, April 2016.

Springer ebook added this month as part of one of our ebooks packages: Scientific Scholarly Communication: The Changing Landscape, by Pali U. K. De Silva, Candace K. Vance. (Fascinating Life Sciences) This is a nice, historical overview, probably especially useful to people who are new to these concepts.

An update Elsever journal access in Germany from last month, (Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals): German scientists regain access to Elsevier journals: Publisher restores access as negotiations for a nationwide licence continue, Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21482

ReadCube article sharing programs from publishers: Springer Nature announced a program late last year and Wiley announced a similar pilot program this month. I think this blog post by Ryan Regier,- Open Access: The Half-Revolution Continues, describes much of my discomfort with these programs, that such sharing is read-only with limitations and not a true substitute for access, open access or even access to an author version in a repository.

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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