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German The future of scholarly books is open (access), reveals a Springer Nature survey - 19 Jun 2019

A global Springer Nature survey of more than 2,500 academic book authors provides in-depth insights into perceptions of open access (OA).

The majority of book authors support the idea that all future scholarly books should be open access (OA). This is one of the key findings of a new white paper presented by Springer Nature at the OAI-11 conference at CERN this week. Based on the responses of 2,542 book authors who were surveyed by Springer Nature in February and March 2019, the white paper provides a global view of book authors’ attitudes towards OA. The survey looks at researchers’ motivations for publishing a book, and analyses the parameters and key drivers which influence academics to publish OA or not. The white paper also identifies major obstacles to OA publication which book authors still face: from a lack of awareness of OA publishing options and low funding, to concerns about how OA books are perceived. The white paper is freely available for download.

Other key findings note that pro-OA attitudes are stronger among junior researchers, researchers based in Europe and Asia, and previous OA book authors. Ethical reasons (equality in access) and reaching a larger audience are identified as key motivations for choosing OA for books. Majority of authors want more financial support from funders for OA book publication. Gold OA is the most preferred policy for OA books. Reputation of publishers matters less to OA authors but is still the deciding factor for publication.

The findings reflect the views of OA and non-OA book authors alike: out of the 2,542 participants, 407 authors had previously published at least one OA book, 2,037 authors had not published an OA book, and 98 authors did not know whether they had published an OA book previously.

The results also show that the lack of funding still seems to be a major barrier for book authors who want to publish OA. The white paper therefore advocates for funders to provide more support for OA books, and also recommends that the scholarly communications community explores a variety of alternative routes for OA book publishing.

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Netherland Elsevier unveils the International Center for the Study of Research - 19 Jun 2019

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has launched a groundbreaking new Center tasked with examining and advancing the evaluation of research across all fields of knowledge production.

The International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) will work closely with the research community to review and develop the use of qualitative and quantitative metrics of research evaluation to create a more transparent and robust approach to research assessment.

The mission of the ICSR will be to encourage the examination of research using arrays of metrics and qualitative and quantitative methods, rather than favoring one-size-fits-all approaches. Through its work the Center will seek to further the understanding of the sociological and technological factors that underpin the conduct of modern research, providing a forum for debating research evaluation alongside testing new hypotheses and fresh ideas.

The Center will draw on the interconnected disciplines of research evaluation, bibliometrics and scientometrics, science of science, science and technology studies, and the science of team science.

The ICSR's advisory board members are taken from all corners of the academic world and are experts in research metrics, indicators and research assessment practices.

The ICSR Advisory Board is charged with providing expert input on developing, characterising and validating new and existing research metrics, indicators and research assessment practices; advising on the selection of independent, external studies on topics within this scope to be supported; and ad-hoc assessment and guidance on other matters of relevance to the ICSR.

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UK Research4Life participants gain access to Digital Science’s Dimensions Plus - 19 Jun 2019

Digital Science has announced a collaboration with Research4Life which will give all Research4Life participants access to Dimensions Plus. Dimensions will allow participants to explore the research landscape and the connections between publications, grants, clinical trials, patents and policy documents.

Research4Life is a public-private partnership which aims to reduce the knowledge gap between industrialised and developing countries by providing free or very low-cost access to scientific and professional information to institutions in more than 120 countries.

Dimensions is a cutting-edge research insights platform designed to break down barriers to access and discovery. It brings together over 100 million publications, $1.3tn of grants, 455,000 clinical trials, 38 million patents, 420,000 policy documents, and their associated metrics.

More than 9000 institutions have access to the five programmes of Research4Life – Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI. Users include researchers, academics, students, clinicians, health workers, extension agents, economists, government departments and policymakers. Up to 175 publishers are now participating in Research4Life, providing access to up to 22,500 journals, 81,000 books, and 120 other information resources.

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Italy University of Verona selects Ex Libris’ Alma Library Services Platform and Primo Discovery Solution - 19 Jun 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Verona has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The university will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system (ILS).

The library team at Verona currently has numerous separate workflows, which causes complexity in the management of their work processes. The situation is further complicated by the library’s use of additional software for link resolution and resource recommendations, and the need to support and maintain such software.

Alma and Primo will provide the university with a unified platform that will make it easier for users to search the library’s resources and for staff members to follow up on personalised resource recommendations. The integrated, shared workflows that will become available through the platform will streamline operations at Verona and reduce data redundancy, while the advanced analytics and benchmarking features will help the library’s managers make better-informed decisions.

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US Bureau de cooperation interuniversitaire to move Quebec university libraries to WorldShare - 19 Jun 2019

The Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), a coalition of Québec universities, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as the library services platform for 17 of its members.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a cloud-based library services platform with WorldCat as its foundation that allows library staff to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and provide their users with improved access to the library's collections and the world's knowledge.

The selection of WMS followed a rigorous evaluation process that spanned more than a year. Among the BCI objectives for this innovative project: create a network with a single, shared platform for participating Québec university libraries; provide flexibility for individual institutions to maintain their identities; use the shared platform to expand cooperation among member libraries; and enhance the end-user experience through a merged union catalog within a bilingual environment.

OCLC and BCI have agreed to jointly develop a unique feature that will improve the searching experience of bilingual and multilingual users through a combination of tools using artificial intelligence, automated translation and the use of controlled vocabulary, such as the Répertoire des vedettes-matière (RVM). This new concept will prevent users from having to repeat the same searches in other languages to retrieve records.

Together, the coalition of Quebec university libraries holds 10 million print and electronic titles. The BCI partnership comprises French and English academic libraries. They will manage records in one union catalog for a bilingual community, circulating material among all partnership libraries when they go live with WMS.

BCI's move to WMS builds on several recent large-scale OCLC cooperative initiatives in Canada. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is now using WorldShare Management Services as its platform to manage its library services and two authority files (French Names and Canadian Subject Headings). LAC went live with WMS, locally named Aurora, in December 2018. LAC is also using WorldCat as the foundation of Canada's new National Union Catalogue, Voilà, launched earlier in 2018. The University of Winnipeg (December 2018) and McGill University (May 2019) also recently started using WMS.

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Bulgaria Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Scientific Society’s journal, Pharmacia, moves to Pensoft’s ARPHA platform - 19 Jun 2019

Pharmacia, the open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Scientific Society, has moved to the fast-expanding portfolio of scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft. The journal’s 2019 inaugural issue and the first since the realisation of the new partnership is already live on the journal’s new website.

Pensoft’s signature open-access scholarly publishing platform ARPHA has given Pharmacia a complete makeover, including a modern and user-friendly interface in addition to a long list of high-tech perks, meant to ensure that published articles are easy to discover, access, cite and reuse by both humans and machines all over the world.

Furthermore, all users of the journal’s system: authors, editors and reviewers alike, are to greatly benefit from ARPHA’s integrated approach to the publication process. This means that once submitted each manuscript will go through the whole cycle: from review and copy/layout editing to publication, dissemination and archiving without leaving ARPHA’s collaboration-focused online environment.

One of the interesting features now available in Pharmacia is the article-level metrics available as the result of the partnership between ARPHA and the revolutionary discovery and analytics tools Dimensions and Altmetric. By searching through millions of research articles, grant applications, clinical trials, as well as policy documents, news stories, blogs and social media posts, they allow for each article’s references and citations in both the academic and the public sphere to be monitored in real time.

Continuing its tradition, the journal welcomes original research and review articles, preliminary and short communications (notes) on a wide range of topics within the pharmaceutical and related sciences. In addition, the journal also publishes conference reports, biographies and book reviews. Articles in Pharmacia are published in English and subjected to single-blind peer review.

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