Caught My Eye 6/6/13

Publishers Propose Public-Private Partnership to Support Access to Research is a piece by Jennifer Howard in the Chronicle of Higher Education that reports on the formation of CHORUS (the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States).  In the article, CHORUS is described as “a publisher-run partnership” that would employ “existing infrastructure to identify and provide free access to peer-reviewed articles based on publicly supported research.”  However, the article also notes that some are openly suspicious and see the proposal as “very much of a restatement of the status quo” in which “publishers will still continue to control the sole point of access to publicly funded articles.”  (We also posted  Kent Anderson’s Joining a CHORUS, Publishers Offer the OSTP a Proactive, Modern, and Cost-Saving Public Access Solution in Scholarly Kitchen in News & Announcements 6/4/13 .  And for those of you who can’t get enough on this Association of American Publishers initiative another article appearing in Inside HigherED by Ry Rivard  How To Provide Open Access? offers additional insight.)

  • Jennifer also wrote another piece in the Chronicle that is well worth a look. The Rise of ‘Altmetrics’ Revives Questions About How to Measure Impact of Research highlights a development that we suspect may become a standard operating procedure; faculty submitting altmetrics as evidence of research impact as part of their tenure packet.  In this article, Jennifer records the efforts of Stephen B. Roberts, an assistant professor at the University of Washington who “listed how many people viewed his laboratory’s blog posts, tweeted about his research group’s findings, viewed his data sets on a site called Figshare, downloaded slides of his presentations from SlideShare, and otherwise talked about his lab’s work on social-media platforms.”  While the article notes that interest in altmetrics is growing fast and publishers and start-up companies are hurrying “to develop altmetric services,” the concerns of critics and skeptics are given equal voice.  All in all this article offers a thorough, well balanced and informed discussion of an issue that is not going away any time soon.
  • Mendeley and librarians building bridges to make academic researchers more social and more productive.  Admittedly this interview on Elsevier’s Library Connect website is a tad self serving but many will be interested in what William Gunn, Mendeley’s Head of Academic Outreach has to say about  Mendeley and social networking. He also gives his take on why librarians are such a key audience for Mendeley as he “talks about the librarian’s role in teaching researchers to use Mendeley and how librarians themselves are using Mendeley to connect with colleagues with similar professional interests.”   But don’t just take our word for it.  Read the interview and/or check out the videos at http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/multimedia”.

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