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Weekly News Digest

September 8, 2011 — 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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HighWire Introduces Five-Star Article Rating Feature on SAGE Open

With the recent launch of the peer-reviewed research journal, SAGE Open, and its new, interactive article rating feature, HighWire Press once again demonstrates its support of independent scholarly publishers with a tool designed for open access (OA) publications. This new feature, five-star article rating, gives readers the opportunity to weigh in on the quality and impact of a particular article in a transparent open community forum.

As a supplement to the basic peer review that is practiced by the rapid publication process for open access journals, article-level comments and ratings offer real-time feedback from readers, allowing them to contribute publicly in the scholarly journal discussion. Over time, as the article accrues comments and ratings, the combined scores will become more and more meaningful as a metric to evaluate its importance and quality.

SAGE Open, a new publication created to support OA publishing in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities, allows colleagues to share their insights about the quality of papers online. In order to rate an article, contributors must be a registered user of SAGE Journals Online.

“The HighWire platform provides a series of enhanced features to give readers greater power to determine the significance of articles published,” said Tom Rump, HighWire’s managing director. “Along with usage metrics, commenting, subject categories, and recommendation services, article ranking is a means to leverage the insights of the larger community, connecting the outside world with the content inside the paper.”

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Source: HighWire Press

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