Scholarly communications selected links from March, 2017

Unpaywall is a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox created at ImpactStory; it seeks free-to-read versions of articles. Unpaywall uses OpenDOI so must have a DOI. The Open Access Button is another tool to add to your toolbox; it works differently. It has a few new features and improvements. More information:

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 (instead of 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:

Deceptive (aka predatory) publishing:

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!

About the author

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