"Predator in the Pool? A Quantitative Evaluation of Non-indexed Open Access Journals in Aquaculture Research"

Jeff C. Clements et al. have published "Predator in the Pool? A Quantitative Evaluation of Non-indexed Open Access Journals in Aquaculture Research" in Frontiers in Marine Science.

Here's an excerpt:

Predatory open access (OA) journals can be defined as non-indexed journals that exploit the gold OA model for profit, often spamming academics with questionable e-mails promising rapid OA publication for a fee. In aquaculture—a rapidly growing and highly scrutinized field—the issue of such journals remains undocumented. We employed a quantitative approach to determine whether attributes of scientific quality and rigor differed between OA aquaculture journals not indexed in reputable databases and well-established, indexed journals. Using a Google search, we identified several non-indexed OA journals, gathered data on attributes of these journals and articles therein, and compared these data to well-established aquaculture journals indexed in quality-controlled bibliometric databases. We then used these data to determine if non-indexed journals were likely predatory OA journals and if they pose a potential threat to aquaculture research. On average, non-indexed OA journals published significantly fewer papers per year, had cheaper fees, and were more recently established than indexed journals. Articles in non-indexed journals were, on average, shorter, had fewer authors and references, and spent significantly less time in peer review than their indexed counterparts; the proportion of articles employing rigorous statistical analyses was also lower for non-indexed journals. Additionally, articles in non-indexed journals were more likely to be published by scientists from developing nations. Worryingly, non-indexed journals were more likely to be found using a Google search, and their articles superficially resembled those in indexed journals. These results suggest that the non-indexed aquaculture journals identified herein are likely predatory OA journals and pose a threat to aquaculture research and the public education and perception of aquaculture. Several points of reference from this study, in combination, may help scientists and the public more easily identify these possibly predatory journals, as these journals were typically established after 2010, publishing <20 papers per year, had fees <$1,000, and published articles <80 days after submission. Subsequently checking reputable and quality-controlled databases such as the Directory of Open Access Journals, Web of Science, Scopus, and Thompson Reuters can aid in confirming the legitimacy of non-indexed OA journals and can facilitate avoidance of predatory OA aquaculture journals.

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Digital Art: January’s Colored Pencil Drawings, Oil Paintings, Pastel Drawings, and Pencil Drawings

In January, I transformed photos into colored pencil drawings, oil paintings, pastel drawings, and pencil drawings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are freely available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Oil Painting of Shallow Creek

Digital Colored Pencil Drawing of a Wildfire Near Alameda

Digital Colored Pencil Drawing of Running Horses in Niarada

Digital Colored Pencil Drawing of a Butterfly on a Sunflower

Digital Pencil Drawing of Mont Saint-Michel

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of Cows Grazing in a Wooded Pasture

Digital Pastel Drawing of Amsterdam's Dam Square

Digital Oil Painting of Lake Pukaki

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Web Developer 2 at University of Houston

The University of Houston is recruiting a Web Developer 2.

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Supports a college or department website, including writing HTML documents, creating graphics, digitizing pictures, and inserting audio and video to enhance the look and feel of the website. Coordinates various web projects that uphold the image of the university to a worldwide audience.

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"ACLU Report Urges Cities and Towns to Provide Internet Service as a Utility"

The ACLU has released "ACLU Report Urges Cities and Towns to Provide Internet Service as a Utility."

Here's an excerpt:

The American Civil Liberties Union released a report today calling on local governments to pursue providing broadband to residents to help counteract federal rollbacks of net neutrality and internet privacy protections. . . .

The report includes recommendations for policies that should accompany public internet systems so they are consistent with privacy, net neutrality, and free speech principles. The guidelines include enacting strict anti-censorship rules and establishing clear oversight processes.

The report also outlines ways for municipal systems to serve all residents equally, regardless of neighborhoods' income or racial make-up.

Read the report: The Public Internet Option: How Local Governments Can Provide Network Neutrality, Privacy, and Access for All.

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Metadata Librarian at New York University

New York University is recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

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Under the direction of the Head of Knowledge Access Design & Development (KADD) and in close collaboration with colleagues in KADD, Data Access and Integration (DAI), Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS), and other departments, the incumbent shall:

  • Analyze discovery requirements for digital library projects, identifying and mitigating obstacles to efficient metadata workflows
  • Maintain metadata application profiles and crosswalks to enable data exchange across Bobcat, WorldCat, HathiTrust, DPLA, and other discovery portals
  • Manage local metadata repositories in GitHub

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"IPA-WIPO Publishing Industry Pilot Survey Published"

The International Publishers Association has released "IPA-WIPO Publishing Industry Pilot Survey Published."

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The IPA has initiated a partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO, to help gather global statistics on the book industry. It will be updated and added to each year, enabling year-on-year comparisons and measuring the impact of policy and market changes on the sector. The WIPO-IPA pilot study conducted in 2017 as a first step to a full survey already includes interesting data about 2016 trends.

Read the report: The Global Publishing Industry in 2016: A Pilot Survey by the IPA and WIPO.

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"The Music Modernization Act is a Good Solution for Songwriters. Don’t Combine It with Bad Copyright Bills"

Mitch Stoltz has published "The Music Modernization Act is a Good Solution for Songwriters. Don't Combine It with Bad Copyright Bills" in DeepLinks.

Here's an excerpt:

For the first time in six years, Congress is considering serious changes to copyright law. As you might imagine, those changes are a mixed bag for the public. One bill, the Music Modernization Act, would create a new system for compensating songwriters and music publishers when their songs are played on digital services. It solves a problem recognized by nearly everyone in the music space. And while the bill has some problematic text that needs fixing, it's a good effort.

Unfortunately, the MMA has now been combined with a harmful bill, the “CLASSICS Act,” which would create a new form of pseudo-copyright for recordings from before 1972, adding on new royalties and penalties without giving anything back to the public. And other dangerous bills could get added as amendments: the “CASE Act” and the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.”

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Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship, European Languages Division at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship, European Languages Division.

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Reporting to the Head of the European Languages Division (ELD), the Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship will initiate and lead the ELD's digital projects. As a member of a team of librarians emphasizing collections in the humanities and social sciences in Western European and Slavic languages, this position will play a key operational role by providing collaborative support for the Division's digital initiatives in collections and working with FAS faculty, students and other librarians on planning and developing innovative research and digital tools. This position will provide project management and direction to faculty and students and will have an important role in advancing digital scholarship and digital humanities projects at large within the FAS and beyond at Harvard.

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"Understanding and Supporting Researchers’ Choices in Sharing Their Publications: The Launch of the FairShare Network and Shareable PDF"

Charlie Rapple has published "Understanding and Supporting Researchers' Choices in Sharing Their Publications: The Launch of the FairShare Network and Shareable PDF" in Insights.

Here's an excerpt:

Researchers have for many years had access to new platforms and channels for networking and sharing resources, but the pace of growth in their usage of these networks has substantially increased recently. This has led to full-text sharing on a scale that concerns publishers and libraries, because of the proportion of such sharing that infringes copyright. This article summarizes key findings of a 2017 survey that explored researchers’ awareness of and behaviours in relation to scholarly collaboration networks and other emerging mechanisms for discovering and gaining access to content, along with their views on copyright. The article also describes 'Shareable PDF', a new approach to PDF-based sharing that better enables such sharing to be measured and contextualized, and which has recently been successfully launched with authors and readers.

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Web Application Developer at NC State University

NC State University is recruiting a Web Application Developer.

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Based on its primary project portfolio, this position will provide technical leadership to the NCSU Libraries IT Department for the Python / Django / PostgreSQL development stack. In addition, this position will contribute to the development and support for a variety of projects maintained by this group, many of which are utilized by students, staff, and faculty across the university and which span multiple programming languages, including Java, PHP, and Ruby on Rails.

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"The Open Access Big Deal: Back to the Future"

Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Big Deal: Back to the Future" in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

One obvious problem with the OA Big Deal is that it allows large legacy publishers to lock their high prices into the new OA environment, while marginalising and excluding the new-entrants that were supposed to disrupt the market. Unless something changes, therefore, the affordability problem will only be perpetuated.

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Data Librarian for the Health Sciences at Yale University

Yale University is recruiting a Data Librarian for the Health Sciences.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Through consultation and collaboration, the Data Librarian works to enable faculty, students, clinicians and researchers to leverage data resources to the fullest, providing information on acquisition and management of datasets for biomedical, clinical, and health sciences research. Increases the visibility and usability of data resources through research consultations, workshops and course-integrated instruction, online research guides, and outreach efforts.

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"Data Availability, Reusability, and Analytic Reproducibility: Evaluating the Impact of a Mandatory Open Data Policy at the Journal Cognition"

Tom Hardwicke et al. have self-archived "Data Availability, Reusability, and Analytic Reproducibility: Evaluating the Impact of a Mandatory Open Data Policy at the Journal Cognition."

Here's an excerpt:

Access to research data is a critical feature of an efficient, progressive, and ultimately self-correcting scientific ecosystem. But the extent to which in-principle benefits of data sharing are realized in practice is unclear. Crucially, it is largely unknown whether published findings can be reproduced by repeating reported analyses upon shared data ("analytic reproducibility"). To investigate, we conducted an observational evaluation of a mandatory open data policy introduced at the journal Cognition. Interrupted time-series analyses indicated a substantial post-policy increase in data available statements (104/417, 25% pre-policy to 136/174, 78% post-policy), and data that were in-principle reusable (23/104, 22% pre-policy to 85/136, 62%, post-policy). However, for 35 articles with in-principle reusable data, the analytic reproducibility of target outcomes related to key findings was poor: 11 (31%) cases were reproducible without author assistance, 11 (31%) cases were reproducible only with author assistance, and 13 (37%) cases were not fully reproducible despite author assistance. Importantly, original conclusions did not appear to be seriously impacted. Mandatory open data policies can increase the frequency and quality of data sharing. However, suboptimal data curation, unclear analysis specification, and reporting errors can impede analytic reproducibility, undermining the utility of data sharing and the credibility of scientific findings.

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Scholarly Communication and Open Access Policy Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Scholarly Communication and Open Access Policy Fellow.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Welch Medical Library has a two-year Scholarly Communication fellowship position available. The Fellow will report to the Associate Director of Research Services at the Welch Medical Library and will work closely with the Coordinator of the Office of Scholarly Communication and the Johns Hopkins University Scholarly Communications Group as well as with Welch Library Informationists and staff on a variety of library activities and special projects.

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"If These Crawls Could Talk: Studying and Documenting Web Archives Provenance"

Emily Maemura et al. have self-archived "If These Crawls Could Talk: Studying and Documenting Web Archives Provenance."

Here's an excerpt:

This study examines the decision space of web archives and its role in shaping what is and what is not captured in the web archiving process. By comparing how three different web archives collections were created and documented, we investigate how curatorial decisions interact with technical and external factors and we compare commonalities and differences. The findings reveal the need to understand both the social and technical context that shapes those decisions and the ways in which these individual decisions interact. Based on the study, we propose a framework for documenting key dimensions of a collection that addresses the situated nature of the organizational context, technical specificities, and unique characteristics of web materials that are the focus of a collection.

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"11% of Americans Don’t Use the Internet. Who Are They?"

The Pew Research Center has released "11% of Americans Don't Use the Internet. Who Are They?" by Monica Anderson et al.

Here's an excerpt:

A third of non-internet users (34%) did not go online because they had no interest in doing so or did not think the internet was relevant to their lives. Another 32% of non-users said the internet was too difficult to use, including 8% of this group who said they were "too old to learn." Cost was also a barrier for some adults who were offline—19% cited the expense of internet service or owning a computer

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"Engaging and Supporting a University Press Scholarly Community"

Megan Taylor and Kathrine S. H. Jensen have published "Engaging and Supporting a University Press Scholarly Community" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper we explore how the development of The University of Huddersfield Press, a publisher of open access scholarly journals and monographs, has enabled the sharing of research with a wider online audience. We situate the development of the Press within a wider research environment and growing community of New University Presses (NUPs) where there is an increasing demand for demonstrating research impact, which drives the need for improved analysis and reporting of impact data, a task that often falls within the remit of library and academic support services. We detail the benefits of the University Press Manager role in terms of ensuring professional service that delivers consistency and sustainability. We go on to outline the experiences of engaging with different online spaces and detail the extensive support for student authors. We argue that in order for the Press to support building a strong and engaged scholarly community and provide new spaces for emerging research, continued investment in both platform development and infrastructure is required.

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Manager, Catalogs & Technology Implementation at Ohio State University

Ohio State University is recruiting a Manager, Catalogs & Technology Implementation.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Work closely with the Deputy Director and with library management staff from OhioLINK member institutions in planning, implementing, and managing all central library catalog projects. Primary responsibilities include managerial direction of: all operational areas of OhioLINK integrated library systems (ILS),central site operations, integration of local systems, and assisting with local system implementation; coordination of member access to OhioLINK resources via IP and other authentication methods; management of the OhioLINK OStaff member collaboration site.

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Technology Implementation Specialist at Ohio State University

Ohio State University is recruiting a Technology Implementation Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Technology Implementation Specialist is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of OhioLINK technology services that intersect with member library technology services. OhioLINK’s member libraries implement myriad technology solutions that must integrate seamlessly with OhioLINK's central services.

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Digital Archivist at Boise State University

Boise State University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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The Digital Archivist reports to the Head of Special Collections and Archives and works both individually and collaboratively with a team that includes two Librarian/Archivists, student assistants, and interns.

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"The State of Assessing Data Stewardship Maturity —An Overview"

Ge Peng has published "The State of Assessing Data Stewardship Maturity —An Overview" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Data stewardship encompasses all activities that preserve and improve the information content, accessibility, and usability of data and metadata. Recent regulations, mandates, policies, and guidelines set forth by the U.S. government, federal other, and funding agencies, scientific societies and scholarly publishers, have levied stewardship requirements on digital scientific data. This elevated level of requirements has increased the need for a formal approach to stewardship activities that supports compliance verification and reporting. Meeting or verifying compliance with stewardship requirements requires assessing the current state, identifying gaps, and, if necessary, defining a roadmap for improvement. This, however, touches on standards and best practices in multiple knowledge domains. Therefore, data stewardship practitioners, especially these at data repositories or data service centers or associated with data stewardship programs, can benefit from knowledge of existing maturity assessment models. This article provides an overview of the current state of assessing stewardship maturity for federally funded digital scientific data. A brief description of existing maturity assessment models and related application(s) is provided. This helps stewardship practitioners to readily obtain basic information about these models. It allows them to evaluate each model’s suitability for their unique verification and improvement needs.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Barnard College

Barnard College is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Barnard Library invites applications for a Digital Scholarship Librarian (DSL) to take the lead in creating, facilitating, and coordinating services and programming in the new Digital Humanities Center, opening Fall 2018. Reporting to the Director for Teaching, Learning & Digital Scholarship, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will work directly with the Faculty Director of the Digital Humanities Center and will take a proactive approach to working with faculty, undergraduates, and fellow librarians and staff to collaborate on established digital projects and develop new, sustainable research projects, classroom support, and instruction in digital methods.

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