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Move-It-Forward workshop invites applications to participate
The University of California, Davis, has received funding from the Mellon Foundation to convene a meeting of publishers who are actively exploring and/or engaging in transitioning their journals from subscriptions to open access. The event ("Move-It-Forward"), to be held June 21-22 in Oakland, aims to identify practical, short-term methods and targets for moving existing closed-access scholarly journals to open access model. Read more and apply to participate here.

Supporting quality information: Libraries and publishers dialogue 
Libraries and publishers both play an essential role in the production of, and the provision of access to, creativity and knowledge. In their pursuit of this goal, we are affected by the same trends are many of the same concerns. The 35th meeting of the international organisations representing publishers and libraries in London on 9th March saw agreement on a number of these priorities. Read the press release here.

STM launches survey on Project TAPAS 

We ask all STM members to please participate in our survey on project-TAPAS - just click this link.
Project-TAPAS was started during 2017 within STM to explore a standardised approach to the responsible sharing of articles via a separate DOI-link. The TAPAS working group reported back to the STM Board about this in October 2017. On 21 February STM organised a webinar to inform and educate STM members about the current TAPAS proposal. In case you had to miss the webinar, you can view it on our Project Tapas page.


Scholarly Publishing in Europe and China (12 - 13th April 2018)
The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University and Ingenta Connect are running a two-day symposium which looks to focus on building collaborative networks between academic publishing houses in China and the west. It will bring together experts and delegates in order to understand more fully each other’s needs and explore solutions and opportunities for future collaboration. For more information visit the symposium website.

Myth busting: Five commonly held misconceptions about RA21 (and one rumor confirmed)
RA21 aims to promote a modern, standards-based access management system that preserves patron privacy & control. It is important to dispel some myths about RA21 so we can move on from the outdated world of IP-authentication. Read the full article on the Scholarly Kitchen.


The Times Higher Education writes how Blockchain ‘could help combat mistrust in scientific process’, see
The article is based on a special Blockchain session at this year’s APE conference in Berlin, Academic Publishing in Europe, held from 15 – 17 January. The Blockchain session as sponsored by STM. See also the STM page on Blockchain.


New Members
STM welcomes these new members in 2018: Power System Technology Press, Scienceroot, SPUR Infosolutions,  Atlantis PressKindai Kagaku Sha Co., Ltd. and BioExcel Publishing


STM position paper on Text and Data Mining
STM published a position paper on Text and Data Mining: Building a healthy and sustainable knowledge ecosystem for Europe. The document can be found here.


Ralph Youngen of ACS appointed as third Co-chair of RA21
Ralph Youngen of ACS has accepted an invitation to become the third co-chair of RA21, joining Chris Shillum of Elsevier and Meltem Dincer of Wiley. Ralph has been a strong advocate for RA21 throughout the project, engaging external  communities through numerous presentations as well as supporting collaborative efforts within the project itself. His direct involvement in the Corporate Pilot, the P3W Pilot and the cross pilot UX and security / privacy work will stand him in good stead to help take forward this important initiative. For further information on RA21, the joint STM and NISO initiative, visit the project website.


STM Recommendations on the next EU Framework programme

STM prepared its recommendations relating to Open Access/Open Science to the next European Framework Programme FP9. The document can be found here.


Special grant for Blockchain in Research and Scholarly Publishing
Digital Science has released a landmark report titled: Blockchain for Research - Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication. The report offers a perspective on blockchain technology and how it could impact scholarly communication and research. It also features views from global industry experts on how future technologies in the scholarly arena will be impacted by blockchain technology. In support of this new technology, Digital Science is offering a special Catalyst Grant of up to $30,000 / £25,000 specifically aimed at blockchain technologies in the scholarly arena.

Read STM’s summary post on Blockchain.
Read the full Blockchain report.


STM and ResearchGate
The Association has written to ResearchGate, the scholarly collaboration network (SCN), to make an offer to work with the platform collaboratively to bring the site into compliance with copyright. Read more here.


A Shared Journey
As part of STM's How Can I Share It? initiative, an infographic on the publication process and article sharing has been developed. The infographic shows how the production of a paper is a journey that involves a variety of individuals and organisations, from researchers and reviewers to editors and publishers. It also highlights the sharing options which are available to researchers at various stages of the process:


AAP overview on Sci-Hub and scholarly publishing
AAP have produced a short summary outlining the activities of Sci-Hub and their effect on the scholarly publishing community. You can read the summary here


Scholarly publishing process infographic available
A new infographic highlighting the value which publishers bring to the publishing process is now available via AAP


How Can I Share it? Discover how sharing can be simple and seamless has launched in beta version to provide practical information to help share subscription articles quickly and easily.


Revised voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks released
Following the completion of STM's community-wide consultation, a revised version of the principles has been released. The SCN webpage includes the new principles, an explanation of the changes made and details of the project working groups' next steps. Visit the SCN page here.


Swets Liquidation – Members Only
STM maintains an information service on the bankruptcy proceedings of Swets Information Services BV and its group companies which is available to members.


STM North America

STM is committed to support its members in North America. Click here to for your North American key contacts, support and information to support your publishing house.

Visit the STM North America webpage

STM launches Tech Trends 2021

Tech Trends 2021 is inspired by the quote of Heinz Pagels, American physicist: “The world changed from the determinism of a clock to the contingency of a pinball machine.” So come and play the silver ball on our pinball machine infographic.

With Trust and Integrity at the very heart of the machine (the scholarly publishing today), the machine has many features which add value to the work of publishers. But, be careful not to hit the wrong sections and lose your ball and value entirely!

More on Tech Trends 2021
See the Tech Trends 2021 infographic
Beyond the Book podcast: STM’s Pinball Wizzards
Read the Article in The Scholarly Kitchen

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