ATG News You Need to Start the Week

openaccessEU to set publicly funded research free for open access;   *University of Cincinnati Plans to Launch New Academic Press, Supported by UC Libraries;  *The Waterstones eBook Store is Closing;   *97% of Research Library Searches Leak Privacy… and Other Disappointing Statistics;   *UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage for Long-Term Preservation;   *Overleaf and Oxford University Press announce new partnership; and *American Chemical Society announces support to Dutch Universities’ Open Access goals.

TeleRead reports that “the European Union has decided that “all scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020,” because “EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data.” This marks a wholesale defeat for the various claims and rationales of the scientific publishers who have sought to keep publicly funded scientific research behind their paywalls…”

According to infoDOCKET “the University of Cincinnati announced the formation of a new academic press. With a dual publishing focus on social justice and community engagement, the mission of the University of Cincinnati Press is to cultivate and disseminate scholarly works of the highest quality for the enhancement of the global community…

The operations of the Press will be located in and supported by the University of Cincinnati Libraries. “The new Press will serve as a major component of the emerging scholarly publishing ecosystem hosted by UC Libraries in partnership with others,” said Xuemao Wang, dean and university librarian…”

According to GoodeReader Waterstone’s eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo. The UK bookseller made the announcement on their main website and via email to their customers. This is the third major company to strike a relationship with Kobo.

Eric Hellman claims in his blog Go to Hellman that “72% of the ARL libraries let Google look over the shoulder of every click by every user, by virtue of the pervasive use of Google Analytics. Given the commitment to reader privacy embodied by the American Library Association’s code of ethics, I’m surprised this is not more controversial…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “The UNESCO PERSIST Project, an initiative of UNESCO, ICA, IFLA and other partners, for enhancing the sustainability of digital heritage, has now launched the UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation. The aim of the Guidelines is to provide an overarching starting point for libraries, archives, museums and other heritage…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports thatOverleaf has announced a new partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP). OUP is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Through this partnership, authors submitting to OUP’s Biostatistics journal will have access to the Overleaf collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool.

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “the American Chemical Society’s Publications Division (ACS) and VSNU, in its role representing Dutch universities and participating research institutions, have reached an agreement whereby open access publishing arrangements will be a part of the subscription licensing contract between the US-based professional society and the Dutch institutions… “

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