Hopefully everyone is ready for some longer, sunnier days ahead as we move into mid-March. I know I will be trying not to forget about daylight savings time (unless you live somewhere that doesn’t buy into that whole thing), happening at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. Let us spring forward into some hot topics.
For followers of all things open access (OA), The Royal Society announced this recently that they will launch a new OA journal, Royal Society Open Science, focusing on scholarly research articles in the sciences and mathematics. The new journal promises to publish original, peer-reviewed research without some of the limitations on length and range enforced by other journals.
If you are anything like me and find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the growing body of OA publications and their institutional management, let alone the basic terminology, you may be intrigued by the release of Open Access Workflows for Academic Librarians (OAWAL). OAWAL is a labor of love blog/wiki undertaken by librarians Jill Emery and Graham Stone, and highlights the practicalities surrounding the rapidly expanding world of OA in the academic setting. Emery and Stone include sections on advocacy, workflows, standards (yes!), discovery, and communicating OA opportunities to academic communities, among others. The intent is for this blog/wiki to become a shared repository for librarians to share their own models and experiences with OA management, and the authors welcome our feedback and input. I know I look forward to perusing the site in more detail soon.
Ernest Hemingway is back on our radar (is he ever off the radar?) this week with the release of the delightfully entertaining Hemingway App. Meant to be more of a suggestion guide than a replacement for human editing, the app allows users to write whatever they choose and then makes color-coded suggestions for improvement. I had to test this out, so I plugged this paragraph into the app. Apparently my sentences range from Hard to Read to Very Hard to Read, and I need to watch my adverbs. Warning, this could be addictive.