STM newsletter - August 2017 update

Alastair Horne
Opinion - Academic Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Alastair Horne, in association with the London Book Fair, on Wiley's content sharing, Annette Thomas' promotion, and further news from the STM world

Wiley extends content sharing initiative after successful pilot
Wiley has announced that it will extend its content sharing initiative, piloted from January this year across 180 of its journals, and powered by ReadCube, across its portfolio of more than 1,700 titles. Authors and subscribers, along with selected media outlets, will be able to generate shareable links to free-to-read full-text versions of articles. Over the course of the four-month trial, more than 7,000 links to articles were shared globally by subscribers to Wiley Online Library.

ReadCube and its Digital Science stablemate Altmetric have also announced an agreement with the American Academy of Pediatrics to integrate Altmetric badges into their journals platform and index their collections through the ReadCube Discover program. Meanwhile, Digital Science's research data management software company Symplectic has been gained its first institutional client in Africa, Durban University of Technology.

Thomas advances at Clarivate
Annette Thomas, former chief scientific officer for Springer Nature, has been appointed chief executive officer of Clarivate Analytics' scientific and academic research division, four months after joining the board of the research insights and analytics organisation. Thomas played a key role in the company's recent acquisition of peer review start-up Publons, shortlisted for next month's ALPSP innovation awards. The winner will be announced at the ALPSP's 10th anniversary conference, to be held at Noordwijk in the Netherlands from 13 to 15 September.

Publons has also announced the shortlist for a new award, to be announced on 19 September as part of the annual Publons Peer Review Awards. The Sentinel Award celebrates "outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review", and the eight-strong list comprises the American Geophysical Union, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), F1000Research, Irene Hames, Kyle Martin and Gareth Fraser, Michèle B. Nuijten (for the StatCheck project), ORCiD, and Retraction Watch.

New chemistry preprint server powered by Figshare
The American Chemical Society has launched a fully-functioning open beta of its new chemistry preprint server ChemRxiv. Powered by Digital Science company Figshare, the venture has received strategic input from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the German Chemical Society, and several other scientific publishers and not-for-profit organisations. At the time of writing, the server currently hosts 13 preprints; a governance and scientific board is being constituted, and a publishing manager recruited.

Other news
A new initiative aiming to simplify and accelerate the process of resubmitting an article to a different journal after rejection by the journal to which it was initially submitted has been announced. Project MECA - Manuscript Exchange Common Approach - is working to develop a common approach to transferring manuscripts and peer review data that can be adopted across the industry. Participants include Clarivate Analytics, Aries Systems, eJournal Press, HighWire, and PLOS. And De Gruyter has adopted River Valley Technologies' online proofing platform ProofCheck for its online-only journals, replacing its previous PDF-based workflow.


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