The Open Scholarship Initiative
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Knowing the impact of your research is important, particularly for career advancement, funding applications, and demonstrating the reach and significance of your work. Because impact can be measured in many ways, we take a holistic approach at Elsevier, analyzing metrics at the journal, researcher and article levels so researchers can be recognized for multiple forms...
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Being asked to be a “Vision Speaker” leaves me only slightly less queasy than being called a “thought-leader” (what an awful phrase that is!), but there I was in Albuquerque this past June, kicking off the annual NASIG conference.  Fortunately, I was in good company. Heather Joseph, from SPARC, opened up day 2, and James...
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Academics, it’s often said, don’t play well with others. But that cliché doesn’t apply to all of us. Humanists may derive their practices from the myth of the solitary genius laboring in the garret, but the laboratory sciences are justly known for their culture of collaboration. Bench scientists, as they’re also called, are socialized into...
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.entry-header More often than not, on any given day, someone sends me a link to an article detailing 1) why it is academic science needs more funds and 2) all the ways the system rewards the wrong behaviors and 3) why 2 is a result of 1.   Here’s the latest example: http://www.vox.com/2016/7/14/12016710/science-challeges-research-funding-peer-review-process What is missing...
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Key points Post-publication peer review (PPPR) has not achieved its promise and potential. Few articles receive PPPR – even those in high-profile journals. PPPR is difficult to find and needs to be linked to the original article. Academics require recognition if they are to contribute their time to PPPR. Improving PPPR would improve the scholarly...
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Part 5: A perspective on Open Access in Germany I am very pleased to introduce the fifth article in this series of snapshots of the progress towards open access around the globe. Authors Norbert Lossau, Birgit Schmidt and Margo Bargheer from the University of Goettingen have written a definitive summary of progress towards open access...
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Scholarly communication is at a cross road of new technologies and publishing models. The analysis of almost two decades of use of preprints and repositories in the HEP community provides unique evidence to inform the Open Access debate, through four main findings:1.Articles submitted to an Open Access subject repository, arXiv, receive 5 times more citations...
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June 30, 2016: The UC Pay-It-Forward Project has concluded and the final report is now available. The project’s bibliography is also available. Data files are available from the UC Dash data repository. The previous version of the final report is here July 22, 2016: The UC Pay-It-Forward Model Calculation Tool (MCT) is an excel-based for...
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Scholarly publishing has been in a state of transition for several decades now, driven by the rapid evolution and expectations of our digital society, the explosion and specialization of research over this period of time, and importantly, a concerted effort—led in large part by the open access movement—to make more of the world’s research information...
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Abstract Repositories are a vital tool in modern information management and a key component of preser­vation and long-term availability. They are not well-suited, however, to the current chal­lenges posed by our information-rich society and the multitude of stakeholders involved in the modern scholarly publishing system. Strengthening repositories and standardizing preserva­tion processes are critically important. This...
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