Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow: five altmetric sources observed over a decade show evolving trends, by research age, attention source maturity and open access status | SpringerLink

The study of temporal trends in altmetrics is under-developed, and this multi-year observation study addresses some of the deficits in our understanding of altmetric behaviour over time. The attention surrounding research outputs, as partially captured by altmetrics, or alternative metrics, constitutes many varied forms of data. Over the years 2008–2013, a set of 7739 papers were sampled on six occasions. Five altmetric data sources were recorded (Twitter, Mendeley, News, Blogs and Policy) and analysed for temporal trends, with particular attention being paid to their Open Access status and discipline. Twitter attention both starts and ends quickly. Mendeley readers accumulate quickly, and continue to grow over the following years. News and blog attention is quick to start, although news attention persists over a longer timeframe. Citations in policy documents are slow to start, and are observed to be growing over a decade after publication. Over time, growth in Twitter activity is confirmed, alongside an apparent decline in blogging attention. Mendeley usage is observed to grow, but shows signs of recent decline. Policy attention is identified as the slowest form of impact studied by altmetrics, and one that strongly favours the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Open Access Altmetrics Advantage is seen to emerge and evolve over time, with each attention source showing different trends. The existence of late-emergent attention in all attention sources is confirmed.

Q2O: Closing the gap between questionable and open research practices using a metacognitive tool | NWO

“Unfortunately, however, so far there’s still limited evidence on the efficacy of open research practices to minimize questionable research practices. These two related practices might involve different cognitive processes. Can we close the gap between QRP [questionable research practices] and ORP [open research practices] using metacognitive interventions, which have been shown to improve behaviour calibration in educational settings?  The main goal of our Q2O Project is to gain insights into why researchers may commit questionable research practices, and how we can decrease these practices through metacognitive reasoning, and to what extent Open Science can help reduce those questionable research practices.’ …”

Publishers Want to End How Libraries Lend Books Online | by Andrew Bauld | EveryLibrary | Feb, 2023 | Medium

“When the pandemic began and schools and libraries around the country were forced to close their doors, teachers and librarians were at a loss over how to get digital books into the hands of young readers and their families.

The problem was so drastic that the Internet Archive (IA), a nonprofit digital library, declared a National Emergency Library (NEL) lending program. With more than a million digital books in its Open Library collection, the IA temporarily suspended its usual limit on lending digital copies one at a time during this unprecedented period.

While the move was heralded by many readers, schools, and libraries, others weren’t so happy. Several well-known authors blasted the program as “piracy.” Then, two months after it began, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and John Wiley & Sons sued the IA, alleging “willful mass copyright infringement.”

Now over two-and-a-half years later, arguments have been fully briefed in the district court, but what began as a dispute over the NEL has grown into a much more complex fight over copyright law, the lending of digital books, and the future of libraries….”

Core Router Update | The OA Switchboard I

“On the first working day of 2023, we shared our plans for the coming year. Building on the successes and lessons learned from 2022, we reconfirmed that our overarching focus will continue to be on:  authoritative data from source; interoperability of existing systems; and, connecting the dots of existing PIDs.


With this in mind, our first development iteration of 2023 involves a core router update, which is built on feedback from our participants.

Research institutions asked us to further develop the existing ‘auto-cc’ feature, that delivers alerts and metadata on publications from non-corresponding authors via a P1-PIO message (Public Information Only). What is now added, with today’s release, is the feature to also deliver these alerts and metadata in case of non-primary affiliations. This means that if an author has more than one affiliation in the version of record, and the institution is not the first affiliation listed, they now also receive a copy of the P1-PIO message….”

Data-Driven Approaches to Design your OA Strategy

“This practical evidence-based webinar is suitable for those within research institutions, funders and academic publishers.

Register today for this webinar to learn and contribute to the discussion.

Open Access (OA) ambitions are continuously being developed, implemented and evaluated by different stakeholders in our ecosystem. There is increased appreciation that transparency and (meta)data are needed to support the broader transformation to OA, and for the design of distinct OA strategies. The required infrastructure and tools exist and continue to advance, and standardised data are increasingly available.

In this webinar our speakers will discuss from their own experiences how they use solid facts and figures to monitor and manage policy and deal compliance, and how we all are getting better at decision-making and strategy-design through quality data….”

Scholarly Communications Work: On the Ground Perspectives

“This anonymous survey is for people who are or have been engaged with scholarly communications work on a daily basis within academic libraries in North America. The study will examine the range of experiences of people who work in these roles, with or without the designation “scholarly communications” in their title, to better understand the contributing factors to low morale, burnout, and attrition that can arise for scholarly communications workers. If you are no longer working in a scholarly communications role, please respond from the perspective of your most recent position….”

BiCIKL continues to update project outcomes in own collection in RIO Journal |

“The dynamic open-science project collection of BiCIKL, titled “Towards interlinked FAIR biodiversity knowledge: The BiCIKL perspective” (doi: 10.3897/rio.coll.105), continues to grow, as the project progresses into its third year and its results accumulate ever so exponentially. 

Following the publication of three important BiCIKL deliverables: the project’s Data Management Plan, its Visual identity package and a report, describing the newly built work?ow and tools for data extraction, conversion and indexing and the user applications from OpenBiodiv, there are currently 30 research outcomes in the BiCIKL collection that have been shared publicly to the world, rather than merely submitted to the European Commission.

Shortly after the BiCIKL project started in 2021, a project-branded collection was launched in the open-science scholarly journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO). There, the partners have been publishing – and thus preserving – conclusive research papers, as well as early and interim scientific outputs….”

100 million to National Growth Fund project for future-proof living environment

The Dutch government has announced that the National Growth Fund will allocate 60 million euros and 40 million euros conditionally to the project ‘Future-proof Living Environment: Transition to Emission-Free, Circular and Climate-Proof Building and Infrastructure’. The proposal was submitted by a consortium of 130 parties from the government, market and science. Part of the proposal is a collaboration between the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (University of Twente) and the Faculty of Religion and Theology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), in particular the Amsterdam Centre for Religion & Sustainable Development (ACRSD).

Symplectic celebrates 20th anniversary of serving the global research community – Digital Science

“Symplectic – a Digital Science company that provides technology solutions to research organisations and their funders – is now celebrating 20 years of powering the global research ecosystem.

Founded initially by four friends studying theoretical physics at Imperial College London – John Fearns, Daniel Hook (who is now Digital Science’s CEO), Marko Ivin, and Philip Parkin – Symplectic has gone on to develop flexible solutions that help universities, institutions and funding organisations on every continent to achieve their research goals.

With its flagship products Symplectic Elements (a research information management system, enabling institutions to showcase their expertise, equipment and facilities) and Symplectic Grant Tracker (a grants management platform for research funding organisations), Symplectic’s deep industry expertise and team-led approach has attracted a global client base of more than 180 organisations worldwide….”

Chefs de Cuisine: Perspectives from Publishing’s Top Table — Jasmin Lange

Robert Harington talks to Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill, in this new series of perspectives from some of Publishing’s leaders across the non-profit and profit sectors of our industry.

The post Chefs de Cuisine: Perspectives from Publishing’s Top Table — Jasmin Lange appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Going Open Access: An Editorial Perspective Tickets, Mon, Mar 6, 2023 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

“Learn more about the process of flipping a journal to open access. Join us for a webinar with the editors of Quantitative Science Studies as they share what the process was like, what they wish they’d known before they started on this process, and how open access publishing has benefited their journal.

QSS is the official open access journal of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics. It publishes peer-reviewed, theoretical and empirical research on science and the scientific workforce. The MIT Press worked with the editorial board and office of QSS to flip the journal from the traditionally published Journal of Informetrics in 2019….”

Chefs de Cuisine: Perspectives from Publishing’s Top Table – Jasmin Lange – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Knowledge is best shared openly, it’s the most impactful and our preferred mode of publishing research. The present-day reality in the fields we publish in, however, is a different one. While open access is by far the fastest growing business model, the vast majority of our revenues is still generated by paid access models such as subscription or outright purchase. We push to be more open, and we need to push harder to make sure the “openness gap” between Humanities/Social Sciences (HSS) and STM is not widening. Customers are increasingly aware of the negative impacts caused by the slower transition of HSS and are supportive of establishing sustainable models that work for all fields of research. This is a good development and Brill has benefited from this development in recent years. In 2023 we will get close to having published 1,200 gold OA books; what our small OA team has achieved together with our editorial department, makes me very proud.”

UCL Open Science Conference 2023 – tickets now available! | UCL Open@UCL Blog

“We are pleased to announce that the annual UCL Open Science Conference is now Open for booking!

This year we are going fully hybrid and invite you to join us for free 10am – 4.00pm on 24th April, either on campus in Bloomsbury or online for a day-long conference with the theme: Open Science and the Case for Social Justice….”

Join the conversation: Building the Open Global Data Citation Corpus – YouTube

“Wellcome Trust and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Partners with DataCite to Build the Open Global Data Citation Corpus

Aggregated references to data across outputs will help the community monitor impact, inform future funding, and improve the dissemination of research DataCite is pleased to announce that The Wellcome Trust has awarded funds to build the Open Global Data Citation Corpus to dramatically transform the data citation landscape. The corpus will store asserted data citations from a diverse set of sources and can be used by any community stakeholder. This webinar is the virtual kick-off and shows a conversation between DataCite, Wellcome Trust, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, EMBL-EBI, COKI, OpenAIRE, and OpenCitations. For more information, please read this DataCite blog post:…”