Scholarly communications selected links from November 2016

ORCiD Open Researcher and Contributor ID: Wiley, Royal Society of Chemistry and American Chemical Society now require authors to provide their ORCiD when they submit articles. They join many other publishers which have signed the ORCiD Open Letter. More info in press releases: Wiley and Royal Society of Chemistry/ American Chemical Society. Having ORCiD part of the workflow associates ORCiD with DOI at creation, so automatic updates in scholars’ ORCiD records become possible. There are other advantages too. I’m happy to answer questions about ORCiD or you can look at the ORCiD website or

Open Peer Review: Keeping Up With… Open Peer Review, good overview of this issue, part of the ACRL Keeping up with… column. There’s more about ongoing experiments with peer review at

Open Educational Resources: Washington University in St. Louis syllabi are included in the Open Syllabus Explorer. Of course, most readings are NOT open but the syllabus itself can be a useful educational resource. See also article about the project in Nature: Mining the secrets of college syllabuses: The creators of the Open Syllabus Project hope that sharing data can both improve and reward teaching, by Anna Nowogrodzki. Nature 539, 125–126 (03 November 2016) doi:10.1038/539125a.


What should you do if a paper you’ve cited is later retracted?, by by Alison McCook, from Retraction Watch; several editors and scholars were interviewed.

Interesting opinion: Why science news embargoes are bad for the public, by Ivan Oransky, a co-founder of Retraction Watch. “In short, whatever benefits embargoes may have, they’re just not worth it.”

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