Articles and posts from Information Today; the Huffington Post; Inside Higher ED; and NPR.
- eLife, a New Scholarly Communication System. This article in Information Today reports on the debut of eLife claiming that “it is different enough from the traditional mode of scholarly communication that merely calling it a new journal does not really do it justice. The eLife Initiative is funded and overseen by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, all major research funders. According to the site, “Their goal is to develop an initiative in research communication whose primary motivation is to serve the interests of science, and to catalyse widespread improvement of the current system for disseminating and sharing of new research findings…”
- How the Internet Changed Science Research and Academic Publishing, Creating the New Research Economy. This piece in the Huffington Post celebrates the incredible impact that the Internet has had in is thirty year history but notes that “nowhere has that impact been felt more so than in science research and academic publishing, especially during last 15 years of transition from hard copy to electronic files and the more recent emergence of networked science.” And then goes on to provide the evidence.
- Bibliometrics and Academic Mobility. This post on the Inside Higher ED website recounts how “researchers at Elsevier, the academic journal publisher, have used bibliographic data to identify trends in scientific mobility and collaboration across 17 countries. Tracking unique author IDs, they documented authors’ movements from one country to another and identified rates of co-authorship between scientists from different countries…”
- Libraries And E-Lending: The ‘Wild West’ Of Digital Licensing? We learned about this NPR post from InfoDOCKET. It’s the text of an “All Things Considered” segment discussing ebooks and public libraries that features an interview with Brian Kenney, the current director of the White Plains (NY) Public Library and the former editorial director at Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book. It also provides a link to a podcast of the interview as well as a number of interesting comments.