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Newsletter n°48 October-November 2016




41st Meeting of ISSN Centres’ Directors in Brasilia (7th-11th November 2016)

The 41st Meeting of ISSN Centres’ Directors took place in Brasilia at the invitation of the Instituto Brasileiro do Informaçào em Ciência e Tecnologia, which hosts the ISSN Centre for Brazil.

  >> ISSN IC, October 2016  

Regina Romano Reynolds, Director of the US ISSN centre, gives an insight on the predatory publishing phenomenon

Exploitation of the open access model by unscrupulous publishers can seem a threat to the future of scholarly publishing. But the situation is not  as simple as bad guys vs. good guys. This is rather a natural outgrowth of the ease of publishing on the internet and the rise of OA publishing.

  >> UKSG Insights, November 2016  

ISSN issues debated at 2016 Charleston Conference

Regina Reynolds, Director of the U.S. ISSN Center at the Library of Congress, presented two papers: one about the project the ISSN International Centre and ProQuest are currently engaged in ; the second about predatory publishing practices. For more information

  >> ISSN IC, October 2016  

Guadalajara International Book Fair

ISSN International Centre will attend the 30th Guadalajara International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro) at booth GG26 from 27 to 30 November 2016.  The featured Guest of Honor this year is Latin America.

  >> FIL 2016, November 28-30, 2016, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México  

ISSN Germany to implement a new workflow from December 2016 on

The German ISSN Centre is hosted by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. So far, ISSN have only been assigned by the ISSN German Centre upon requests from publishers. From December 2016 on, requests from publishers will still be processed. Furthermore, library staff employed at the DNB section for Acquisition and Cataloguing will assign ISSN to serials entering national collections via legal deposit. These serials will be recorded by DNB staff in the Zeitschriftsdatenbank, the union catalogue for serials holdings supported by 4,000 libraries across Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Serial records with ISSN will subsequently be retrieved and processed by ISSN Germany before they are provided to the ISSN International Centre via OAI-PMH. This challenging project is led by ISSN Germany in close cooperation with the ISSN International Centre.

For more details, read the paper Projekt  ISSN-Integration by Christian Schütz.


  >> ISSN IC, November 2016  

The ISSN Network represented at the RDA Steering Committee annual meeting in Frankfurt

From November 7th to 11th, 2016, the RDA Steering Committee held its annual meeting in Frankfurt, at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Christian Schütz, Head of German ISSN Centre, reported on the activities of the ISSN Network.

  >> ISSN IC, November 2016  

Publishing Industry


Jisc Collections and Elsevier Sign Landmark UK Agreement

This agreement aims at securing access to research publications and initiating open science collaboration

Jisc Collections and Elsevier signed an agreement which grants a 5-year subscription access to around 1,850 journals on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect e-platform. Furthermore, both parties have agreed to cooperate on several Open Science opportunities, leveraging Elsevier’s technology and analytics capabilities to help make science in the UK more collaborative and efficient.



  >> Elsevier, November 2016  

Recognition for Review: Who’s Doing What?

A feedback from the Peer Review Week organising committee members. Their responses show a clear understanding of the importance of peer review and a firm commitment to supporting more recognition for review in future.

  >> Sage Connection, September 2016  

Retractions from Springer and BioMed Central journals

After receiving allegations of plagiarism confined to two journals, Springer and BioMed Central immediately commenced an extensive investigation across their entire portfolio. A total of 58 articles published across seven journals have been spotted and will be gradually retracted by the joint Research Integrity Group.

  >> Springer, November 2016  



Subject Analysis and Access Section Annual Report

The Subject Analysis and Access IFLA section Annual report, 2016 outlines the Section’s progress and activities for the first semester.

  >> IFLA, November 2016  

Engaging, Linking, and Integrating: New Grants Support Distributed Digital Services for Libraries & Archives

A core concept of the National Digital Platform for Libraries and Museums is that shared digital services and tools can enable libraries and archives across the country to better leverage their resources and meet the needs of their users. Three of the recently announced National Leadership Grants for Libraries projects exemplify how these connective efforts are making an impact. Noticeably, the third grant deals with distributed preservation and descriptive metadata approaches for repositories.

  >> IMLS UpNext blog, October 2016  

Library collections in the life of the user: two directions

How is the changing nature of research in digital environments reshaping the nature of library collections and services in academic and research libraries? Two central directions are given, each a response to the centrality of the user in a network environment. First, the library has an increasing role in managing the research and other outputs of the university (the inside-out collection). Second, the library is facilitating access to a broader range of local, external and collaborative resources organized around user needs (the facilitated collection).

  >> LIBER Quarterly, vol. 26 (4), October 2016  

Foreseeing an Open Source Future With FOLIO

The Open Library Foundation promotes opoen source projects for libraries.

The first project of the Fondation is FOLIO (the Future of Libraries is Open), which is a a community-based collaboration making open source technology available to all libraries. The project aims at developing an open source Library Services Platform (LSP) designed for innovation.

  >> Information Today, November, 2016  

Scholarly Communication


Peer review is in crisis, but should be fixed, not abolished

Traditionally, scientific studies are published in peer-reviewed journals, which require other scientists to evaluate submitted research to determine its soundness for publication. Peer review is supposed to be acting as a stopgap for science that is not sound ; but it has become the slowest step in the process of sharing studies. Rather than simply bypassing peer review and contributing to increase an overloaded system, how could peer review be enhanced ?

  >> The Conversation, November 2016  

Feedback on the 8th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP)

The 8th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) was held in Arlington, Virginia, on the 21st and 22nd September, 2016. Over 160 delegates working in scholarly publishing, librarianship, academia, government, startups, scholarly societies, consultancies and for non-profits, discussed the present and future state of open access.

All of the recordings, slides and posters are available to watch or download via the OASPA website, along with all those from previous years.


  >> OSPA, November 2016  


The campaign helping researchers navigate the scholarly communication landscape

The new campaign provides clear and simple guidance to help researchers make informed choices about their publications. The resources can also be used by librarians responsible for developing researchers’ knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape or disseminated by industry groups working to support researchers in their publishing.

  >> UKSG Insights, November 2016  

Open Access


Defining Open Peer Review: Part Two – Seven Traits of OPR

OpenAIRE works to find a community-endorsed definition of “open peer review” (OPR). OpenAIRE collected 122 definitions of “open review” or “open peer review” from the scientific literature. Iterative analysis of these definitions resulted in the identification of seven distinct OPR traits at work in various combinations amongst these definitions. In this post will be described each of these OPR traits and their proposed advantages and disadvantages, with reference to evidence of their efficacy where available.

  >> OpenAIRE blog, November 2016  

INRA releases official open-access guidelines

INRA, French National Institute for Agricultural Research,  has spent the last years promoting the accessibility of its scientific resources in many ways. The institution formalized its open-access policy in 2016 which involves seven main principles with a two-fold goal. INRA’s commitment to open science goes beyond just providing access to its publications. Its broad policy, which now targets manuscripts and datasets, has two main goals.

  >> INRA, October 2016  

International advances in digital scholarship: the doors are open

The 2016 Jisc and CNI one-day conference brought together leaders from the UK and the US academic and research communities concerned with scholarly communications. A briefing paper and report on the proceedings of the event is available separately but this report is designed to bring together into seven themes the key points from the conference. Further discussions are also reflected in this report about 2 themes: sustaining and using the scholarly record; improving the ability to re-use the scholarly record.

  >> JISC blog, October 2016  

Sustaining OA services for the future

In October, SPARC Europe convened a meeting with high-level stakeholders from the international funding, research and library communities to discuss how to sustain some of the world’s important OA services. New funding mechanisms are being explored. After extensive essential preparatory work led by Knowledge Exchange, best concluded in the Putting Down Roots report, SPARC Europe now wants to explore the feasibility of the proposal and how to put this into action with leading decision-makers and Open Science advocators worldwide.

  >> SPARC Europe, October 21, 2016  



LIBER 2017 Annual Conference: Call for Papers and Posters

Topic: Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age

Call for papers deadline: 12 February 2017

  >> LIBER Annual Conference, Patras, Greece, 5 to 7 July 2017  

Academic Publishing in Europe 12

Topic: Publishing Ethics: Doing the Right Thing — Doing Things Right. The preliminary programme is online.

  >> APE 2017, Berlin, 16-18 January, 2016  

STM Week 2016

Digital publishing, innovations and future trends of scholarly publishing will be the topics of this 3-day event.

  >> STM Week, 6-8 December, 2016  

Semantic web in libraries

Talks and workshops revolve around opening data, linking data and creating tools and software for LOD production scenarios.

  >> SWIB 16, Bonn, Germany, 28-30 November, 2016  

10th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference

On the theme of Bridging the past, present and future of metadata, data and semantic technologies, the implementation of semantic technologies across Open Access Repositories, Digital Libraries, Research Information Systems and Infrastructures will be discussed.

  >> MTSR’16, Göttingen University, Germany, 22-25 November, 2016  

11th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing

The conference will focus on open access, open data and open science in Northern Europe.

  >> Munin Conference, Tromsø, Norway, 21-22 November, 2016  

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