ATG News You Need to Start the Week 8/8/16

by | Aug 8, 2016 | 0 comments

news tree-pixabayHarvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) Publishes Report on Converting Subscription Journals to Open Access;   *NEH Announces Winners of “Chronicling America” Challenge.  *OhioLINK launches upgraded Electronic Journal Center;  *Arkansas joins 15 US State Archives using Preservica to Safeguard its long term digital records;    *Supporting Sci-Hub vs. Explaining Sci-Hub;  *Publons partners with BMJ Open to recognise reviewers;   *PRE and AAAS launch new survey aimed at safeguarding and advancing the integrity of scholarly peer review;   *Access-to-Own ebook acquisition model now available on ProQuest Ebook Central Platform;  *

According to infoDOCKET “the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive literature review on strategies for converting subscription journals to open access…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces the six prize recipients of the Chronicling America Data Challenge. This nationwide competition garnered high-quality entries that used digital humanities to explore and exhibit untold stories found in the Chronicling America database…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “OhioLINK has officially launched its significantly upgraded Electronic Journal Center (EJC), giving OhioLINK students, faculty and researchers enhanced access to avast, rich array of high-quality research journals…” 

Also according to Library Technology GuidesArkansas has just become the latest US State Archives to select Preservica to ensure the long-term protection and accessibility of important state records. Arkansas State Archives has chosen Preservica Cloud Edition for long term preservation and safe-keeping of its state’s significant electronic records of lasting value…”

Inside Higher ED reports that Thomas H. Allen, president of the Association of American Publishers, last month sent a letter to librarian Gabriel J. Gardner’s  boss at Cal State to complain about a presentation Gardner made on his research related to Sci-Hub and similar repositories of pirated papers … Gardner and Cal State say that the letter distorts his research …”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Publons, a website and free service for researchers to share, discuss and receive credit for peer review of academic publication, has partnered with BMJ Open, one of the world’s premier open journals, to recognise the critical work their reviewers do defending science and research…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “in preparation for the Peer Review Week, scheduled for September 19 – 25, the Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are teaming up to collect some new, useful data from the community. Data from this survey will be used to highlight key issues surrounding the perception of peer review among authors, editors, and readers – including how peer review is communicated, and how reviewers are trained and supported…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “ProQuest has announced that its … Access-to-Own ebook acquisition model is now available, enabling libraries to offer access to diverse content while applying spending on short-term loans to title ownership. Access-to-Own empowers libraries to build quality ebook collections based on the real needs of their users.


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