Scholarly communications selected links from late summer, 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 Community Across Disciplines: nutrition, mind, paleo, sport, library & information science, and Indonesian science | Another post about this with some interesting numbers by platform: The Center for Open Science, Alternative to Elsevier, Announces New Preprint Services Today
Interesting personal post which my resonate with a few students and faculty: Bye bye, academia.edu and ResearchGate – hello PsyArXiv! (Katie Corker in Science of Psych blog)
Nice overview, but a bit out-of-date with all the new preprint sites: STEM Preprint Repositories: Where Are They Now?, overview blog post on Inside Science Resources
ACS and Elsevier launch Chemistry preprint sites; unfortunately I don’t expect either will be included in OSF Preprints Search:
    — ChemRxiv Beta now open for submission; press release from American Chemical Society
    — ChemRN launches on SSRN; Chemistry research community now has a dedicated network on SSRN — ChemRN (Elsevier press release)

Thesis Commons launched on Open Science Framework and already hosts more than 50 theses and dissertations. WU graduate students may use this as a way to distribute their work, if they wish, in addition to Open Scholarship and Proquest Dissertations & Theses (Proquest). More WU information.

Peer Review Week will be Sept. 11-17, 2017. This year’s theme is #TransparencyInReview There are already several webinars and other events announced during that time. What Does Transparent Peer Review Mean and Why is it Important?, post on The Scholarly Kitchen.
Also related to peer review news, last month Publons was purchased by Clarivate Analysis: Web of Science owner buys up booming peer-review platform

Open access:
The State of OA: A large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.3119v1 There has been a lot of discussion about this preprint published in PeerJ. Here is a sample:
    — Half of papers searched for online are free to read Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2017.22418 which features a very nice infographic: state of OA infographic
    — This is quite a long interview with one of the authors, Heather Piwowar, discussing the data: The State of Open Access: Some New Data on Open and Shut.
    — Open Access On the Rise: Study, another interview published in The Scientist

OA in Germany: Vogel, G., & Kupferschmidt, K. (2017). A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing. AND Germany seeks ‘big flip’ in publishing model. Science 357(6353):744–745. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.357.6353.744 | Discussed by Timothy Gowers: Is the German DEAL negotiation with Elsevier good news or bad news? [Gowers was a mover behind the Cost of Knowledge Elsevier boycott in 2012+]

Elsevier Acquires bepress, post on The Scholarly Kitchen | Elsevier press release: Elsevier acquires bepress, a leading service provider used by academic institutions to showcase their research | Chronicle of Higher Education article: Elsevier Is Becoming a Data Company. Should Universities Be Wary? This was uncomfortable news to several universities and libraries who are trying to do less business with Elsevier, so there has been much discussion. Ask or search if you’d like more posts about this. Both WU repositories, Open Scholarship and Digital Commons@Becker, use the bepress/Digital Commons platform.

The Retraction Watch Retraction Database is now available in BETA format.

UCL Press has published its first “BOOC”(Books as Open Online Content): Academic Book of the Future, resulting from a two-year AHRC-funded research project exploring the future of the academic book. More content will become available in the coming months. There is so much at this site it is a bit overwhelming; if you are interested, I recommend you take just a bit at a time!

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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