ATG News & Announcements 11/11/16

news-news-news_1280IMLS releases grant guidelines;   *Nature Communications to incorporate transparent peer review following a successful ten-month trial;   *Chinese researchers responsible for ‘fake peer review’ scandals, says study;   *Plum Analytics expands clinical research tracking to include citations in clinical practice guidelines in PubMed;   *In the UK, Jisc Collections and Elsevier Sign Landmark Agreement;  *New Report: “Breakthrough in Archival Access: Googling Through Archives Within Reach” (Full Automatic Archival Access Project);   *NBC’s Tom Brokaw Donating His Papers, Artifacts to University of Iowa Libraries;   *Coursera Creates New Subscription Model; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to District Dispatch “this week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released application guidelines for the 2017 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). This marks the last opportunity for the submission of NLG and LB21 applications in 2017…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Nature Communications is incorporating transparent peer review into the journal on a permanent basis, following a successful ten-month trial. In this scheme, authors are given the option to publish the peer review history of the paper alongside their published research. All papers submitted from January 2016 qualify for this scheme. Since the trial began, around 60% of published authors have actively opted into transparent peer review…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “…researchers, after analysing the growing number of retractions resulting from ‘faked peer reviews’, found that closely three-quarters of articles pulled from academic journals over the past four years came from China-based researchers…

Editors of low-impact journals, where the offending articles were published, were often unable to check the credentials of those recommended peer reviewers or find suitably qualified alternatives, says the paper by Xingshu Qi, Han Deng and Xiaozhong Guo, researchers based at the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Area, in northeast China.


Library Technology Guides reports that “researchers now have an additional way to see the impact of their work in clinical practice by tracking when their research is cited in clinical practice guidelines. Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, has expanded its Clinical Citations metrics in its PlumX Suite to include clinical practice guidelines indexed in PubMed…”


infoDOCKET reports that “The UK’s research institutions and Elsevier signed today a landmark agreement granting academics access to globally-published, high-quality research at costs lower than the industry average. In addition, Jisc Collections and Elsevier have agreed to cooperate on several Open Science opportunities, leveraging Elsevier’s world class technology and analytics capabilities to help make science in the UK more collaborative, transparent, effective, and efficient…”


Citing a press release from the Impact Centre of Competence in Digitisation Blog, infoDOCKET reports “the ability to google through records is within reach, concludes the final report of the project Full Automatic Archival Access (FAAA). This project studied the opportunities to use new digital technologies to make paper based archives searchable at document-level. Four out of five words were correctly recognized by OCR- and NER-software…”


infoDOCKET also notes that Tom Brokaw “former anchor of “NBC Nightly News” is donating papers and memorabilia from his long journalistic career to University of Iowa Libraries.

Mr. Brokaw, who attended UI during his freshman year in 1958–59, made an announcement about the donation Thursday during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show. Brokaw also is celebrating 50 years with the television network…”


Information Today reports that “Coursera introduced a new payment model, Specialization subscriptions, which allows students to purchase access to all content in a Specialization using a month-to-month plan of $39-$89 or an annual plan…”

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