"Truth in Science Publishing: A Personal Perspective"

Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 8th, 2016

Thomas C. Südhof has published "Truth in Science Publishing: A Personal Perspective" in PLoS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Scientists, public servants, and patient advocates alike increasingly question the validity of published scientific results, endangering the public's acceptance of science. Here, I argue that emerging flaws in the integrity of the peer review system are largely responsible. Distortions in peer review are driven by economic forces and enabled by a lack of accountability of journals, editors, and authors. One approach to restoring trust in the validity of published results may be to establish basic rules that render peer review more transparent, such as publishing the reviews (a practice already embraced by some journals) and monitoring not only the track records of authors but also of editors and journals.

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[Scholarly Communication] Librarian at University of Texas at Arlington

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 8th, 2016

The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be the primary liaison to UTA faculty on emerging issues of scholarly publication and provide legal expertise to faculty, students and colleagues within University Libraries on intellectual property issues related to scholarly communication. . . .This position serves as an advocate for new and emerging practices in scholarly communication at the University, including playing a role in shaping policies and support for the creation, delivery, and preservation of original digital scholarship produced at UTA. The librarian in this position leads fair use education and outreach to faculty and provides guidance to all members of the UTA faculty and students on issues related to scholarly publishing, including author rights, open access (OA) publishing, and current and emerging publishing trends.

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"Relative Citation Ratio (RCR): A New Metric That Uses Citation Rates to Measure Influence at the Article Level"

Posted in Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on September 8th, 2016

B. Ian Hutchins et al. have published "Relative Citation Ratio (RCR): A New Metric That Uses Citation Rates to Measure Influence at the Article Level" in PLoS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Despite their recognized limitations, bibliometric assessments of scientific productivity have been widely adopted. We describe here an improved method to quantify the influence of a research article by making novel use of its co-citation network to field-normalize the number of citations it has received. Article citation rates are divided by an expected citation rate that is derived from performance of articles in the same field and benchmarked to a peer comparison group. The resulting Relative Citation Ratio is article level and field independent and provides an alternative to the invalid practice of using journal impact factors to identify influential papers. To illustrate one application of our method, we analyzed 88,835 articles published between 2003 and 2010 and found that the National Institutes of Health awardees who authored those papers occupy relatively stable positions of influence across all disciplines. We demonstrate that the values generated by this method strongly correlate with the opinions of subject matter experts in biomedical research and suggest that the same approach should be generally applicable to articles published in all areas of science. A beta version of iCite, our web tool for calculating Relative Citation Ratios of articles listed in PubMed, is available at https://icite.od.nih.gov.

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Communications Specialist at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 7th, 2016

Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Communications Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Promote Texas Digital Library membership, services, and programs through planning and execution of dynamic and effective marketing and communications strategies. Work with other outreach staff to facilitate growth of the TDL membership, maintain active consortial community, elevate TDL visibility

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Wellcome Trust: "Why We Have Set Publisher Requirements"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 7th, 2016

The Wellcome Trust has released "Why We Have Set Publisher Requirements."

Here's an excerpt:

An analysis of the 2014-15 Charity Open Access Fund (COAF), which includes Wellcome funding, revealed that 30% of Wellcome and COAF member articles for which an APC was paid didn't comply with our open access policies. . . .

To try to address this issue we're now setting out requirements stating what we expect from publishers when an APC is levied. Publishers that cannot commit to providing these services will not be eligible for funding from us to cover APCs for Wellcome-funded research.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at William Paterson University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 7th, 2016

William Paterson University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Library Information Systems, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will establish a new institutional repository at William Paterson University, provide leadership in advancing the infrastructures that support digital collections, coordinate the planning, implementation and monitoring of digital projects, and collaborate with various Library departments to configure and implement systems that contribute to a successful project.

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"Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability"

Posted in ALA, Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 7th, 2016

Nathan Hall et al. have published "Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability" in College & Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This investigation explores scholarly communication business models in American Library Association (ALA) division peer-reviewed academic journals. . . . Through an analysis of documented procedures, policies, and finances of five ALA division journals, we compare business and access models. We conclude that some ALA divisions prioritize the costs associated with changing business models, including hard-to-estimate costs such as the labor of volunteers. For other divisions, the financial aspects are less important than maintaining core values, such as those defined in ALA's Core Values in Librarianship.

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Digital Preservation Librarian at Pennsylvania State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 6th, 2016

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Librarian will play a lead role in developing an effective and achievable strategy to establish a cohesive digital preservation program ensuring the long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format. This position will be responsible for the design, implementation, and management of policies and workflows, including identifying best practice standards, audits, and quality control processes for the long-term protection and access to digital materials of all types, both created and acquired by the University Libraries.

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State of the Art Report on Open Access Publishing of Research Data in the Humanities

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on September 6th, 2016

Stefan Buddenbohm et al. have self-archived State of the Art Report on Open Access Publishing of Research Data in the Humanities.

Here's an excerpt:

This report gives an overview of the various aspects that are connected to open access publishing of research data in the humanities. After the introduction, where we give definitions of key concepts, we describe the research data life cycle. We present an overview of the different stakeholders involved and we look into advantages and obstacles for researchers to share research data. Furthermore, a description of the European data repositories is given, followed by certification standards of trusted digital data repositories. The possibility of data citation is important for sharing open data and is also described in this report. We also discuss the standards and use of metadata in the humanities. Finally, we discuss best practice example of open access research data system in the humanities: the French open research data ecosystem.

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Japan Digital Scholarship Librarian at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 6th, 2016

Harvard University is recruiting a Japan Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Japan Digital Research Center (JDRC) of the Fung Library at Harvard University seeks an innovative and collaborative information professional to serve as its Japan Digital Scholarship Librarian. This position is best suited for an individual with a strong interest in a range of activities in digital scholarship, including building new digital collections, developing services in support of research, teaching, learning, and managing digital projects, including collaborations with faculty and University library staff.

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"Supporting Scholarly Communication: Considerations for Library Leadership"

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on September 6th, 2016

Irene M. H. Herold has published "Supporting Scholarly Communication: Considerations for Library Leadership" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Starting from the question of what library leaders can do, I approach the topic of supporting scholarly communication from three perspectives: mentorship, effective partnerships, and the leadership role. I reviewed past columns from a leadership perspective. I also asked some of my "thought leader" colleagues what they saw as important trends and considerations.

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Discovery and Resource Management Systems Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 2nd, 2016

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a Discovery and Resource Management Systems Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Discovery and Resource Management Systems (DRMS) Coordinator. The DRMS Coordinator provides leadership and vision in the management, support, integration and administration of the Libraries' suite of discovery and information management systems.

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