Scholarly communications selected links from April 2018

What Happens When Science Just Disappears? There are a lot of blog posts about this WIRED story. I remember when we first had online journals, then online-only journals, many scholars were afraid of this happening. And indeed, there have been cases of online journal articles disappearing, especially when the publishers did not take any responsibility for preservation or when journal titles were sold from publisher to publisher. I’m so glad there is a fairly positive ending to this particular story.

Fake acceptance letters, a new scam?: Paper Accepted…Unless the Letter Was Forged, By Angela Cochran in The Scholarly Kitchen. Related to this, Beall’s list of predatory journals and publishers is back online and being updated again (anonymously); more info on Science blog post, Predation, by Derek Lowe.

Open Science Training Handbook is now available with chapters on peer review, reproducibility, open educational resources, and more. This book is for teachers to show how to spread these ideas of open science most effectively. It is published on GitBook so comments are welcome. Give feedback by touching any paragraph and then click on the plus sign appearing next to that paragraph.

About the author

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