Is Infrastructure Consolidation the Next Step? CCC Acquires Ringgold

In the light of CCCs acquisition of Ringgold last week, three Chefs, Phill Jones, Roger Schonfeld, and Todd Carpenter reflect on the motivations for the move and its implications for PIDs and organisational identifiers.

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Guest Post – New Winds from the Latin American Scientific Publishing Community

Ana Heredia and Eloisa Viggiani discuss the founding of the Latin American Association of Scientific Editors, and focus on the use of metrics and the role of the region’s scientific journals in research evaluation.

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Guest Post — Research Integrity: Ensuring Trust in Global Research   

A look at developments in research integrity, and the attempt to build a universal culture of ethical and responsible practice in research as well as systems within the overall research ecosystem for such a culture to flourish.

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How Do We Make Research Assessment More Responsible? – A Multi-stakeholder Discussion

A report on the SSP Publisher-Funder Task Force’s meeting of senior researchers, university administrators, funders, publishers, and representatives from other organizations on the topic of Responsible Research Assessment for the 21st Century.

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The New Clarivate Science: A Second-Order Consequence of Open Access

Today, Roger C. Schonfeld argues that Clarivate’s acquisition of ProQuest, which was completed last week, is another second-order consequence of open access.

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Guest Post: Scholarly Book Publishing Workflows and Implications for RIM Systems

The ability to harvest and reuse publications metadata at scale is good for STEM journal articles but poor for monographs, with significant implications for RIM systems. Why is this so? 

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Guest Post — Introducing Demographic Questions during Manuscript Submission at the American Psychological Association

Katie Einhorn, Steph Pollock, and Nick Paolini discuss APA’s efforts to collect demographic information during manuscript submission. In this interview, they share what they did, why, how, and what this means for other publishing organizations.

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Hacking a Top Journals List: A Collective Approach to Developing Metrics?

A hackathon for the Financial Times Top 50 journals list is underway for those who want to shape how metrics are developed. An interview with Andrew Jack.

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Unpacking The Altmetric Black Box

Article Attention Scores for papers don’t seem to add up, leading one to question whether Altmetric data are valid, reliable, and reproducible.

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More Unintended Consequences: How the Plan S Transformative Journal Route Favors Larger Incumbent Publishers

For smaller and independent publishers, the Transformative Journal route to Plan S compliance seems like a viable option. At least until you see the reporting requirements.

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Journal Citation Indicator. Just Another Tool in Clarivate’s Metrics Toolbox?

Can Clarivate deliver on a single, normalized measurement of citation impact or did its marketing department promise too much?

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Guest Post – Starting a Novel Software Journal within the Existing Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem: Technical and Social Lessons

The Journal of Open Source Software was designed from scratch using the principles of open source and software design practices. This has both advantages and disadvantages, particularly with respect to elements of the traditional scholarly publishing ecosystem.

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Experiences Behind the Data: Making Human Sense of Pandemic Usage Reports

As publishers and librarians draw conclusions from the last year of usage data, we must look to qualitative analysis to round out the picture of the human conditions behind the quantitative trends.

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