Issue 85

OPEN SCIENCE

Shared Investment in OSF Sustainability. A blog post from the Center for Open Science, detailing their growth and related increase in costs for online storage. Going forward, users will have storage limitations, but there is the possibility to connect external data storage facilities into OSF projects.

OAPEN has released the Open Access Books Toolkit. It provides authors with guidance of open access book publishing. 

Introducing Hypergraph (Beta). A tool that helps documenting and sharing research step-by-step as it happens.

Inclusive Systematic Review Registration Form. A collaborative effort to develop a generic registration form for systematic reviews.

Aries Systems to Offer New Repository API for Flexible Vendor Integrations. The move will enable a smoother integration of repositories with the Editorial Manager submission platform. Dryad, Figshare, Cadmore Media and Mendeley Data are in talks to utilize this feature.

ImpactViz – An OJS plugin for open scientometric information. The app aims to determine the impact of research in a range of categories.

PUBLISHING

India pushes bold ‘one nation, one subscription’ journal-access plan. The country is aiming to have nation-wide deals with subscription publishers. There is no plan to have specific open access deals, and green open access via repositories appears to be their favored solution. It thus looks as if the deal may not improve the accessibility of research coming out of the country.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute joins cOAlition S. The HHMI open access publishing policy starts on January 1, 2022. Likewise, the Templeton World Charity Foundation also joins cOAlition S.

Open Journals has been launched in the Netherlands and Flanders. It is a free-to-publish platform for open access journals in the social sciences and the humanities.

RESEARCH

The FBI has warned that foreign actors are likely to use online journals to spread disinformation regarding the 2020 US elections. It is not new that pseudoscience gets published in predatory journals, or that detractors amplify unsupported research findings to support their own agendas. However, this here is a potential scheme to utilize bogus scientific studies to undermine the trust and integrity of an election.

Redefining the scientific conference to be more inclusive. Eleanor S Armstrong, Divya M Persaud and Christopher A-L Jackson propose a number of steps to improve the inclusion of underrepresented groups in virtual conferences. Published in Physics World.

Building the Mathematical Library of the Future. Mathematicians are training a software tool with their knowledge to use it as an assistant to develop mathematical proofs.

OTHER

Timothy Ray Brown, the ‘Berlin Patient’, has passed away from leukemia. He was the first patient cured of HIV.

Library of Congress Launches New Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Images.