Scholarly communications selected links from May, 2017

Preprint news:
– paleorXiv [an open source platform for Paleontology preprints, developed in collaboration with the Center for Open Science] Now open for [prelaunch] submissions!
LawArXiv is now included in the OSF Preprints Search.
– Elsevier enters preprint arena: Introducing BioRN, an SSRN network; you must create a free SSRN account to add, access or interact with items on BioRN. Although (see below) there may be reasons to avoid Elsevier products; it’s up to you.
Ten simple rules to consider regarding preprint submission, PLOS Computational Biology, May 4, 2017
Should we cite preprints?; Jon Tennant reviews several issues and concerns about preprints.

LSU libraries’ law suit with Elsevier has been in the news and has potential implications for most university libraries:

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science series has finished for the year. These 50-60 minute presentations have been archived on YouTube. I recommend John Ioannidis on Reproducibility; this is a nice overview of Ioannidis’ publications over the years. Several of the recent lectures have been less technical than earlier ones; titles include Ethical Issues in Data Science, Why Data Sharing & Reuse Are Hard To Do? and Open Science.

Selecting a Journal for Publication – New Online Guide and Presentations Available from Becker Medical Library. [Mentioned, along with several other stories, in Scholarly Publishing Round-up May 2017, from Becker Medical Library.] WU Libraries has a Getting Started: Where to Publish guide also and Subject Librarians are happy to help with these issues.

OpenCon 2017: OpenCon 2017 to be held in Berlin, Germany on November 11-13; Applications Open June 27 “OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2017 is at the center of a growing community of thousands of students and early career academic professionals from across the world working to create an open system for research and education.”

Open Educational Resources (OER):

  • Happy Birthday, Open Textbook Network, which recently celebrated its 5th birthday! There’s a lot to celebrate, including the Open Textbook Library being visited an average of 65,000 times per month and the library celebrating its 1,000th textbook review. MOBIUS, a Missouri library consortium, has now joined Open Textbook Network; since WU Libraries is a member of MOBIUS we are supporting Open Textbook Network also.
  • The Department of Education Open Licensing Rule is now in effect for U.S. Department of Education grant-funded educational resources. More info.
  • Connect OER, links to Campus Profiles about OER activities at campuses across North America

Article sharing: I thought this was interesting, Science publishers try new tack to combat unauthorized paper sharing: Rise in copyright breaches prompts industry to discuss ways to allow ‘fair sharing’ of articles [Nature 545,145–146 (11 May 2017) doi:10.1038/545145a] This mentions that “Elsevier is currently suing Sci-Hub, a site that shares millions of paywalled research papers.” More on that: Elsevier Wants $15 Million Piracy Damages from SciHub and Libgen.

UnPayWall Although I did blog about this in March, enough people have forwarded information to me about this new tool that I suspect many did not see the post. I use this tool, almost daily, and it does work beautifully sometimes. Interlibrary Loan is very efficient these days, often providing a PDF within 24 hours, but there is really no reason not to download the tool and sometimes get immediate access to a free-to-read version? Why Unpaywall will be a game-changer | Review of Unpaywall [Chrome & Firefox browser extension].
    – Science Open has some new tools for finding open access articles when you are not looking for some specific paywalled item. More: A number of freely available tools can help you improve your literature review routine and stay on top of published research.

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