ATG’s Caught My Eye – 5/19/20

by | May 19, 2020 | 0 comments

  • UC Berkeley Library makes it easier to digitize collections responsibly with novel workflows and bold policy Libraries and other institutions that want to “reproduce materials and publish them online for worldwide access” will welcome this post. It provides a link to the UC Berkeley Library’s newly released responsible access workflows. These workflows were developed to help sort out complicated legal and ethical questions, enabling the responsible digitizing of collections. As the post notes, this “stand to benefit not only UC Berkeley’s digitization efforts, but also those of cultural heritage institutions such as museums, archives, and libraries throughout the nation…”

  • Open-access science funders announce price transparency rules for publishers Nicholas Wallace, writing in Science, explains and provides background on the new price transparency rules announced by “cOAlition S, a group of 22 international organizations, European national research agencies, and foundations, which will take effect in July 2022″. He discusses the two different set of transparency criteria that have been developed. Mr. Wallace then talks about the differences between the two and why some publishers may prefer one over the other.

  • Three online tools aimed at improving preprints – This post in Nature Index notes the increasing prevalence of preprints, particularly in COVID-19-related papers, and highlights the accompanying concerns about quality. It then goes on to list and discuss “three online platforms aimed at helping researchers produce better preprints, and a fourth one in the making.” Initially, the focus is on preLights, which is aimed at the Biology research community; then the discussion moves to Review Commons, which focuses on life sciences and biomedical sciences researchers; and lastly, PREreview which is intended for early-career researchers. The platform they mention that is in development is called Early Evidence Base which will “highlight selected experimental results from preprints related to COVID-19.

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