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HighWire Press' John Sack, to host Keith Gigliello of the American Society of Hematology in first webinar on article-level insights and strategic publishing decisions
- 26 Jul 2016

John Sack, Founding Director, HighWire Press, and Keith Gigliello, Senior Manager, Digital Publications, American Society of Hematology, will discuss delivering the answers to questions that publishing teams and editorial boards ask and what curiosity can uncover with article level metrics in a webinar on August 9. The webinar 'How to discover article-level impact and strategic insights with Impact Vizor' is scheduled for 12pm EDT on August 9, 2016. Free registration is available at: http://bit.ly/29vXY43.

Today, better, faster access to newer article-level metrics and alternative metrics (ALMs) can provide more insight into publishing programs and inform strategic decisions. For example, understanding how rapidly after publication research articles are cited, downloaded, saved, or shared can help publishers to understand how their articles, sections and journal programs resonate with different audiences and attract new audiences.

Publishing and editorial decisions can be informed, verified, and evaluated with evidence from article-level performance analysis. John and Keith will discuss how effective visual analysis can not only replace time-consuming data manipulation, but enable publishers to not miss important insights, and identify opportunities progressive publishers and editorial boards are looking for.

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Submissions now open for iConference 2017
- 22 Jul 2016

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is now accepting submissions for iConference 2017, the twelfth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary information society.

iConference 2017 is scheduled for March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. The theme of this first-ever Asia-based iConference is 'Effect . Expand . Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community.'

Authors and organisers can now submit materials using the secure submissions website. The official proceedings will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). The submissions deadline is September 16, 2016.

iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Korea's Sungkyunkwan University Library&Information Science and Data Science Department. The 3,500-year-old city of Wuhan represents a combination of ancient culture and modern living, and conference participants are assured a memorable and rewarding experience.

The iConference will include peer-reviewed papers, posters, workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium.

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COAR announces first session in COAR Webinar and Discussion Series
- 20 Jul 2016

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the first session in the members-only COAR Webinar and Discussion Series. Scheduled for July 28, this session aims to provide information about the latest trends and topics in open access and repositories.

The first session will feature Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Preservation Services at Cornell University and Program Director for arXiv (and member of the COAR Executive Board).

As part of its 25th anniversary vision-setting process, the arXiv team conducted a user survey in April 2016 to seek input from the global user community about the current services and future directions. The survey received 36,000 responses, representing an overwhelming number of arXiv's diverse community of users.

Rieger will present the key findings of the survey and discuss the potential implications for the future of the arXiv service and more generally for institutional repositories. The session will be of interest to both discipline-based and institutional repository communities, because it provides insight into potential future functionalities and services for repositories.

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Peer Review Week 2016 scheduled for September 19-25
- 19 Jul 2016

The second Peer Review Week will be held from September 19-25, 2016. It is an increasingly global event bringing together diverse individuals, institutions, publishers and organisations committed to sharing the central message that robust peer review, whatever the particular model, is critical to science communication.

This year's theme is 'Recognition for Review', and will explore all aspects of how the experts involved in the peer review process - in publishing, grant review, conference submissions, promotion, tenure, and more - deserve validation.

Planned activities include virtual and in-person events including webinars, videos, interviews and social media activities. These are designed to improve understanding of the principle of peer review and how it is practiced within the scholarly community.

Plans and events for Peer Review Week will be announced via the Peer Review Week website in the coming weeks. If you are planning an event and would like it to be featured on the Peer Review Week website, please send a brief description of the event to PRWeek@aaas.org, using the subject line "Peer Review Week".

Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the vital role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. The week brings together individuals, institutions and organisations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.

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NISO Open Discovery Initiative Update presented at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
- 14 Jul 2016

The NISO Open Discovery Initiative Update took place on June 27 during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The session was co-sponsored by ALCTS, the Library and Information Technology Association, and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager, University of Michigan Library, introduced the goals of the presentation to provide an update on recent activities of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), including its work to promote conformance statements from discovery vendors and content providers, the impact of the ODI process on libraries, and the current state of interoperability among libraries, discovery platforms, and content providers. Varnum presented historical context for the inception of the ODI Working Group (2011-2014): an ALA Annual meeting (New Orleans 2011) about emerging web-scale discovery services (Summon, Primo Central, EBSCO Discovery Service, and to a lesser degree, WorldCat). These discovery services are on a continuum of single-index services that ingest metadata and full-text content, including licensed as well as locally created content from library collections and catalogs, to federated search tools that provide access to other indices.

A major goal of the ODI Working Group was to foster transparency throughout the process. Libraries should understand where content served to their users, for example, comes from. Assurance of a baseline for ingested metadata and of "fair linking" from discovery services to publishers' content can ensure that discovery service providers who are also content providers, for example, are not preferencing their own content above the content that other publishers provide. The ODI recommended practice was published in 2014 (NISO RP-19-2014, or 'the Report') as a technical recommendation outlining data elements to be exchanged and includes recommendations for data formats, method of delivery, usage reporting, frequency of updates and rights of use. Varnum explained that adoption of the recommended practice serves to mitigate technical and legal issues that might hinder broader participation by content providers or potential discovery service creators.

Varnum reviewed the sections of the Report, highlighting key areas of each. Next, he presented the recommended practices for content and discovery service providers, respectively. Conformance with the recommended practices assures that content providers supply discovery service providers with core metadata elements, and that when enriched content (e.g., Abstracting&Indexing (A&I) data such as subject headings, full-text, abstracts) is supplied, libraries will benefit by having access to this information. Discovery service providers should implement ODI protocols to ensure fair linking, such that when the same content is available through multiple platforms (a primary publisher and an aggregator, for example), results are not based on bias toward particular content providers. When content and discovery service providers arrange for direct links to content, bypassing the link resolver, libraries should be able to elect choices for linking, in priority order.

Additional recommendations include annual disclosure statements by discovery service providers as to their business relationships in order to assure service neutrality; and use of existing standards to facilitate data exchange between both parties. Recommendations on usage statistics are intended to provide content providers and libraries with information facilitating improved services and decision making. For example, content providers should be informed as to the number of searches leading to their content, and libraries should be informed as to the number of visitors and searches per month.

Following the publication of the Report, a Standing Committee was formed with four goals: promote the Open Discovery Initiative; provide support for content and discovery service providers; provide a forum for ongoing discussion among all of the stakeholders; and provide a forum for ongoing work including revisions to the recommendations and best practices. Varnum introduced the Standing Committee members in a presentation slide, noting that five represent libraries, five represent publishers, and three represent the major discovery service providers (EBSCO, ProQuest/Ex Libris, and OCLC, or "the big three"). He followed with a review of the self-check conformance lists (Appendices B and C of the Report) and a discussion on the topic of why all of the stakeholders should care about the information given in the conformance statements. Libraries need assurance that the depth and breadth of their holdings are exposed to their users. Content providers need assurance that their content is exposed, making serendipitous discovery of additional content via their platforms possible. Discovery service providers can assure content providers that none are favoured over the others; reduce the cost of ingesting metadata by adopting existing technological standards; and more consistently provide relevant results. Shared technology also allows for new content and discovery service providers to more easily enter the arena.

The Standing Committee's current initiatives include A&I Services outreach, library advocacy, conformance statement support, and discovery service outreach.

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