- Unpaywall FAQ
- Find Open Access Articles Faster with UnPayWall from ProfHacker
- 5 services to help researchers find free full text instantly & a quick assessment of effectiveness, compilation post which compares Lazy Scholar button, Google Scholar button, Open Access button, Extensions based on https://oadoi.org/ service, such as Unpaywall, and other tools.
- Of course, another tool that almost always works fairly quickly is Interlibrary Loan!
The Gates Foundation is serious about wanting the work it funds to be openly available and reusable in the world. Last month they announced successful negotiations with Science and other AAAS journals to allow publication with a CC-BY license which AAAS previously did not allow. Gates’ newest announcement is a new journal option for open access sharing by its researchers to be called Gates Open Research. Another funder, the Wellcome Foundation, did the same thing with Wellcome Open Research.
New look for DOIs: You may begin to see DOIs displayed and linked differently soon on Internet sources, style guides, databases, etc. The new format is https://doi.org/10.xxxx/xxxxx (instead of http://dx.doi.org/10.xxxx/xxxxx.) More info: Revised Crossref DOI display guidelines are now active and DOI Display Guidelines Update (APA Style Blog).
DataRescue WU will be an all-day event hosted by Washington University Libraries for the WU community on April 14. To register or for more information please see DataRescue WUSTL.
ORCiD: During March, ORCiD [Open Researcher and Contributor ID] got its 3,141,593rd ORCID registrant and celebrated its own #PiDay! The number of publishers who require ORCID in their publication workflow is growing also. More information about the benefits for researchers and contributors to create and use an ORCiD is available on our ORCiD topic guide.
If you missed Brian Nosek’s talks this month at Washington University, here are a few links about some of the things he discussed:
- Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines for journals, publishers and funders; [for example, Nature Research and Springer Formally Endorse Guidelines that Promote Transparency in the Process of Science]
- Open Practice Badges to allow researchers to signal when they are using open practices
- Preregistration because the same data should not be used to both create and test a hypothessis
- Registered Reports featuring peer review after the Design stage of research instead of after the Writing stage; currently you can win a $1,000 prize for publishing the results of your preregistered research.
- Slides for Shifting incentives from getting it published to getting it right (talk given March 21)
- Slides for Assembly Series: Improving openness and innovation in scholarly communication
- Opening Science, by Brian Nosek. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbc.g CC-BY 4.0, pp.89-99 IN a brand new open access book: Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science, by Jhangiani R. & Biswas-Diener R. Ubiquity Press, 2017. I may say more about this book after I get a chance to read it.
Deceptive (aka predatory) publishing:
- There have been several news stories about the latest publishing sting which involved getting a fake scholar [called Dr. Fraud or Ms. Fraud in most headlines] included on the editorial boards of some journals. Here are a couple links: Science sting exposes how corrupt some journal publishers are, from STAT, and “Paging Dr. Fraud”: The Fake Publishers That Are Ruining Science, from The New Yorker.
- Predatory Publishing as a Rational Response to Poorly Governed Academic Incentives, post on The Scholarly Kitchen blog
- Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison (BMC Medicine 15:28) identifies “13 evidence-based characteristics by which predatory journals may potentially be distinguished from presumed legitimate journals”
- SCOPUS Dumps OMICS Journals due to “publication concerns,” from The Scientist, March 29, 2017
OA2020 in the US: Some US universities have been Signing the OA2020 Expression of Interest. It involves “repurposing existing funds or infrastructure that previously had been allocated to purchase subscription journals.” Their rationale and “roadmap” are worth reading if you are interested in this. Max Planck Digital Library launched OA2020 to foster “large-scale implementation of free online access to, and largely unrestricted use and re-use of scholarly research articles” by the year 2020.
As I post, we are in the midst of Open Education Week 2017, so expect some more links next month. Meanwhile, there was an interesting post on Scholarly Kitchen: How to Reduce the Cost of College Textbooks and we continue to collect some sources and news on our open access textbook guide. Subject Librarians are happy to assist faculty who want to explore open access textbook options for future classes!