George Monbiot and Science Publishing
In today’s Guardian George Monbiot has written a piece on scientific journal publishing. STM has responded with the following letter to the editor:
There is a delicious irony that George Monbiot’s piece against publishers being paid appears in The Guardian where every download has a pop-up note for donations. Publishing isn’t free, as The Guardian’s publishers know, it also isn’t research. Much research worldwide is indeed paid for by governments on behalf of the public but funding that research is not the same as paying for publication. Funding pharmaceutical research doesn’t mean free drugs, and paying for the Olympics in London didn’t mean free tickets. Subscription science journal publishing was invented by Henry Oldenburg in 1665 (not Robert Maxwell in the 20th Century) and today provides an ever growing raft of services: secure online platforms for 100% of science journals, an article interlinking system that works, abstracting and indexing, more content available to more people than at any point in human history. Could things be better? Of course, but that requires investment, and that requires payment.
Yours faithfully, Michael A Mabe, CEO, STM
Paywall: The Movie
Paywall: The Movie raises a range of interesting points about scholarly publishing. It states that access to research in poorer nations was an issue to be resolved so we would like to draw attention to an important initiative. Over the last 14 years the STM Association has supported the Research4Life collective, a partnership of five UN Agencies, Yale and Cornell University Libraries and the STM publishing community. The Research4Life initiative makes content from nearly 20,000 journals, 69,000 books and 120 other information resources available to 118 of the world’s poorest nations. Research4Life is acutely conscious of the need for local support in the use of these resources which it delivers through its training programmes, and is also aware of the need to not overwhelm local publishing initiatives within the countries served. There are numerous testimonials to be found on the Research4Life web-site illustrating the huge value that this philanthropic initiative has garnered.
STM Statement on DSM Vote in European Parliament STM has issued a statement following today’s vote on the DSM package in the European Parliament.
STM statement on Plan S
On 4th September 2018 'Plan S: Accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications ' was launched. STM has issued a statement on the plan which can be read here.
New RA21 webinar available
A new webinar is available that provides an overview on the RA21 (Resource Access for the 21st Century) project. Ideal for those that are new to RA21 as well as 'old hands' - this 50 minute video provides both an update and detailed look at the current state of play of the user experience. You can view the webinar here.
STM statement on the increase of unethical and deceptive journal practices
Over the coming 12 months, STM will take a leading role in industry initiatives aiming to both lower the uptake of sub-standard journals, as well as to promote trustworthy, high quality publications that ensure the long-term integrity of the scientific record. Read the full statement here.
Content for Education Campaign launched
Industry bodies representing writers, literary translators, visual artists, journalists and publishers together with collective management organisations have come together to call on European policymakers to future proof educational practices by not allowing for the unremunerated and unlimited copying of published content. Read about the campaign here.
STM Board Elections 2018
STM 2018 Board Election results are now available here.
STM urges funders to retain hybrid open access as an option in the future
Hybrid open access options were introduced almost from the very start of the open access movement and play an important role in the transition. STM publishers urges funders and other institutions to continue to support authors’ academic freedom to select the journal of their choice by continuing to allow payments for hybrid OA articles. The position paper can be found here.
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.
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 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/blockchain-could-help-combat-mistrust-scientific-process.
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.
STM welcomes these new members in 2018: Power System Technology Press, Scienceroot, SPUR Infosolutions, Atlantis Press, Kindai Kagaku Sha Co., Ltd., BioExcel Publishing, Trans Tech Publications, Impelsys Inc., IntechOpen, the Journal of Zhejiang University, Qingres, Code Ocean, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ITHAKA S+R, Begell House and Pagemajik
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.
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: www.howcanishareit.com/shared-journey.
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
www.howcanishareit.com 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.
It is with much sadness that I have to report the death of Karen Hunter on 31 May 2018, a leading member of the STM community for many years and a valued and respected colleague when I worked at Elsevier and latterly at STM.
On the horizon - STM hot topics
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STM launches Tech Trends 2022
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STM Report – Chinese Summary
Read a summary of the 2015 STM report, now available in Chinese
STM launches Tech Trends 2022
STM has launched the latest version of its popular annual TechTrends series. The 2022 edition entitled ‘Entering the AI Era, Creative Humans & Smart Machines’ depicts a segmented human brain which highlights the different impacts and opportunities that artificial intelligence has for the world of scholarly communication and STM publishing.
Inside the brain, human brain tissue merges with circuit boards. Outside, there is a myriad of new developments and challenges across the research and science ecosystem that STM publishers are facing. The overall theme which the illustration conveys is that by applying artificial intelligence techniques, humans and machines can work collaboratively to jointly enhance many information and communication processes.
Tech Trends 2022 is kindly sponsored by IEEE
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