Fresh Research, Delivered: How to Set up Preprint Alerts – ASCB

“How do you keep up to date on the literature in your field? If you rely exclusively on PubMed alerts, you might be missing out on the very freshest science: preprints, which are manuscripts that have yet to undergo journal peer review. Since PubMed is only for peer-reviewed literature, we have to find them elsewhere.

While preprints are still a relatively new phenomenon in biology, there are currently several servers that host them, the most significant being bioRxiv, PeerJ Preprints, and the quantitative biology section of arXiv. A few preprints can also be found in other places like figshare and SJS. And while it’s not strictly a preprint server, F1000Research’s articles awaiting peer review are also worth keeping an eye on.

You could search each of these sites independently, a task that will only become more and more burdensome if new preprint servers emerge. Fortunately, there’s a better way.

Several free search tools currently index biomedical preprints: Google Scholar, PrePubMed (no affiliation with PubMed), and search.bioPreprint. You can also use some of these services to let relevant preprints come to you by setting up email alerts. Here’s how:…”

How big was OA Week this year? How comprehensive is OATP?

“The Open Access Tracking Project (+OATP, @oatp) uses social tagging to generate real-time alerts to new OA-related developments — and it aims to be comprehensive. In the six months leading up to this year’s OA Week period, its primary feed published an average of 788 items per month. 

The OA Week tsunami began in September, peaked in October, and tapered off in November. In those three months to date (up to Nov 22), the same feed averaged 1,097 items per month. 

Of those 3,300 items, 376 or 11% were explicitly about OA Week itself, and tagged with oa.oa_week….”

The State of Open Data: Report Provides New Insights into the Global State of Open Data #stateofopendata – Digital Science

“Today, Figshare released the results of its global survey of 2,000 researchers in a report that assesses the global landscape around open data and sharing practices.

“The State of Open Data” – Figshare’s report and survey finds 80% of researchers value data citation as much as, or more than article citation.

This report has been supported by Digital Science and the survey was conducted in partnership with Springer Nature. It highlights the extent of awareness around open data, the incentives around its use, and perspectives researchers have about making their own research data open.”

Last night the Open Access Tracking Project passed the milestone of 50k items

“Our new milestone means that we’ve tagged 50,000 new OA developments in the past 7 years and 8 months, for an average of 26 items every day.

Is your source of OA news that comprehensive? If not, consider subscribing to our primary feed, which is available in seven formats: RSS, Atom, JSONP, Email, Twitter, Google+, and Pushbullet. If you don’t want to subscribe to anything, just bookmark the HTML edition and read it like a blog, with the most recent items at the top. (Unfortunately the Twitter and G+ feeds are abridged for technical reasons. All the others are unabridged, and the most popular unabridged version is the email version.)

BTW, if you follow me as an individual, even in part for OA-related news, then subscribe to some version of the primary OATP feed as well. I don’t aim to be comprehensive on my personal blog and Twitter accounts. But OATP does.

To make sure that OATP covers new OA developments in your area (your field, nation, region, or language), consider becoming a tagger.