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May 2, 2017 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Demco Software Studies Reading Recommendation Services

Demco Software released a white paper, “Going the Extra Service Mile: The State of Reading Recommendation Services in Libraries,” which shares findings from a 2017 survey of 330-plus public, academic, school, and special librarians from around the world. According to the press release, the findings include the following:
  • 70% of libraries offer reading recommendations, but 91% have no formal system in place for tracking user satisfaction.
  • Overall, reading recommendations are seen as a key service by library decision makers (90%), staff (94%) and library users (41%) alike.
  • Goals for the service vary, but an overwhelming majority see them as a way to foster greater community engagement (80%) and drive discovery of resources (77%).

For more information, read the press release.

Peer Into the Future of Peer Review

BioMed Central and Digital Science released the report “What Might Peer Review Look Like in 2030?” to share ways the peer review process could improve for future generations of academics. According to the press release announcing the report, “[I]n order to affect real, industry-wide improvements to the peer review process, publishers, researchers, funders and institutions need to be willing to experiment with different models, encourage more diversity in the reviewer pool, utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) and support training and mentoring for peer reviewers.”

The report also features information about the history of peer review, current issues such as sustainability and ethics, and future advances such as preprint servers and AI applications.

For more information, read the press release.

GPO Recruits New Council of Publishing Experts

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) introduced the Federal Publishing Council (FPC), a group of federal employees that will advise GPO on the latest publishing and printing trends, including digital publishing concepts, web content management, and graphic design. Its goals include writing “recommendations to enhance the combined efforts of Federal organizations and the GPO to provide the most efficient, effective, and economical publishing services possible”; acting as “a forum for the exchange of ideas and the examination of mutual concerns among Federal printing and publishing representatives”; and fostering “knowledge-sharing opportunities and disseminat[ing] information relating to training, new technologies, and best practices in Federal publishing.” The FPC replaces the 4-decades-old Inter-agency Council on Printing and Publication Services.

For more information, read the press release.

USPTO Reports Encryption Issue

According to Observer, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) downgraded one of its webpages from a secure, HTTPS connection. The Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) page is a public search tool for finding patent information, and in a blog post, the USPTO explains, “The USPTO’s public facing legacy systems, such as Public PAIR, were not designed to support HTTPS protocol. … Following the agency’s April 11, 2017 deployment of HTTPS to Public PAIR, some public users reported errors accessing Public PAIR. A decision was made to back-out the new HTTPS capability while the agency investigated a resolution to the issue. We expect to implement a fix and restoration of the HTTPS protocol in the next few weeks.”

For more information, read the article.

Publons Academy Teaches the Art of Peer Review

Publons introduced the Publons Academy, a free, online peer-review training course for early-career researchers that will help them practice and master peer review’s core competencies. According to Publons, “Our course is unique in that we put a strong focus on supervision and connection. Your chosen supervisor will mentor you through the course and endorse you as a skilled and practiced reviewer upon graduation. You’ll then be connected with top editors in your field to break into the world of peer review and demonstrate your subject-matter expertise.”

The academy consists of 10 modules that teach researchers topics such as the importance of research questions, the appropriateness of study designs, and the accuracy of methodologies, as well as how to forge connections with editors and with subject experts and how to leverage peer-reviewing experience for fellowship, promotion, and grant applications.

For more information, read the blog post.

Clarivate Analytics Rolls Out New Version of Thomson IP Manager

Clarivate Analytics launched Thomson IP Manager 4.5, the newest version of its intellectual property (IP) asset management platform. It has Microsoft Outlook integration (to simplify email document filing workflow processes), SAML 2.0-based single sign-on capability (allowing users to work across Thomson IP Manager and other SAML-enabled applications), and Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (which automatically dockets USPTO actions and correspondence).

For more information, read the press release.

OCLC Research Bridges the Archivist-IT Professional Gap

OCLC Research published “Demystifying IT: A Framework for Shared Understanding Between Archivists and IT Professionals,” a report in the Demystifying Born Digital series. Designed to help librarians and archivists understand IT professionals so they can collaborate effectively, it describes types of IT providers and their services, the software development process, and more.

“This report is intended as a brief introduction to IT to help digital archivists understand the priorities, techniques and culture of information technology so that they can be the most effective collaborators possible,” says Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research’s program officer.

For more information, read the press release.

bepress Launches New Way to Find Experts

bepress debuted its Expert Gallery Suite, which helps institutions highlight their faculty and research expertise. Unlimited galleries of faculty members and researchers have profiles of their work and achievements as well as impact analytics on who’s viewing their work. According to bepress, “The Expert Gallery Suite makes it easy for groups across campus to connect top faculty with funding and media opportunities that often get missed. It also serves as a way for prospective graduate students and undergraduate research assistants to find faculty mentors in their chosen field.”

For more information, read the press release.

Atypon Implements CHORUS

Atypon’s Literatum platform now “supports CHORUS and enables access while improving the discoverability of funded research,” according to the press release. “Atypon’s unique implementation approach [for CHORUS] eliminates publishers’ need to maintain a separate taxonomy and improves the contents’ discoverability, making it faster and easier for funding agencies to find articles about the research that they funded, and for the public to freely access it after the publisher-determined embargo period.”

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Nature Joins Forces With ORCID

Springer Nature is working on two new initiatives to support ORCID identifiers (iDs): “a trial that will mandate ORCID iDs for corresponding authors publishing in 46 journals from across the whole of Springer Nature” and the inclusion of ORCID iDs in proceedings papers.

At the end of the 6-month trial, which encourages more researchers to sign up for ORCID iDs, Springer Nature will evaluate researchers’ perceptions. Additionally, in Springer’s OCS proceedings submission system, authors can enter and validate their ORCID iDs, which means they are part of the workflow from the beginning.

For more information, read the press release.



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