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March 19, 2019 — 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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Gov404 Tracks Changes to Federal Government Websites

Jon Campbell writes for the Sunlight Foundation, “Today the Web Integrity Project (WIP) released Gov404: The Web Integrity Project’s Censorship Tracker. Gov404 is a new tool tracking removals of online resources and reductions in access to content on federal websites, uncovered through our work and the work of others. We hope Gov404 will be a useful resource for researchers and journalists exploring how the federal Web is being altered, sometimes in response to policy shifts, and sometimes not. We’ve highlighted some of the most important trends we’ve found in our Gov404 release post.”

He continues, “In addition to collecting and aggregating reported changes, Gov404 is valuable as a resource that supplements already existing reporting. Items listed in the Tracker might: 1) add granular detail to reporting another organization has done; 2) expand the scope of reporting by another organization; or 3) document unreported changes.”

For more information, read the article.

Cengage Unlimited Adds Free Use of Evernote Premium

Cengage partnered with Evernote to give Cengage Unlimited subscribers 6 months of free access to Evernote Premium. With the premium access, students can capture information, organize it, and share it with others from a single platform.

“By partnering with Evernote, we’re delivering greater value to Cengage Unlimited subscribers and providing seamless access to the tools students already use to enhance their learning experience,” says Judah Karkowsky, SVP of corporate and business development at Cengage.

Craig Klemp, senior director of partnerships at Evernote, says, “Together with Cengage, we are hoping to provide note-taking and productivity solutions to students and teachers around the country. Cengage has been an invaluable partner as Evernote grows its education ecosystem and contribute[s] to students’ ongoing success.”

Cengage Unlimited also offers free access to services from Kaplan, Quizlet, and Chegg.

For more information, read the press release.

Kudos Offers Featured Images for Profiles and Shareable PDFs

Kudos has introduced featured images to its service. Authors can add a photo to their publication profile in Kudos by searching the free Unsplash database of stock photography, which is now integrated with Kudos. The image can be abstract or thematically tied to an author’s work, and it is displayed alongside the plain-language summary and title for a work. Featured images are also available for Kudos’ Shareable PDFs.

“[I]mages are more readily recalled, so being able to capture people’s attention with an image can help make your work not only more engaging and attractive, but also more memorable. Feedback from authors during our testing phase for this new feature has confirmed that not only is it quick and easy to add an image to your work—it’s also something that researchers really value being able to do,” says David Sommer, chief product officer and co-founder of Kudos.

For more information, read the blog post.

eLife Unveils Open Source Platform for Submissions and Peer Review

eLife joined forces with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) for the first release of Libero Reviewer, an open source submission and peer-review platform that supports eLife’s editorial process. Other organizations can use the components of this solution as is or adapt them to meet their requirements.

According to eLife, “This first release takes the form of a wizard that guides an author through submitting their work for initial assessment by eLife’s board of Senior Editors and integrates with the journal’s existing peer-review software, eJournalPress (eJPress). It follows the same mobile-first mentality that was incorporated into the design of eLife’s publishing platform Libero Publisher, making it easier to navigate the system while on the move.”

eLife and Coko are currently doing design work on releases for the rest of the editorial process, with rollouts planned for the next several months.

For more information, read the press release.

The Authors Guild Works Toward Better Copyright Terms

An article from the Authors Guild notes that “when the U.S. Supreme Court was deciding Fourth Estate v., … the Authors Guild organized a group of artists’ rights organizations to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief, encouraging the Supreme Court to take the ‘application approach,’ instead of the ‘registration approach.’ Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has just come down—unanimously—against the ‘application approach,’ and has instead held that a lawsuit can only be brought after the Copyright Office has registered the copyright.

“The Authors Guild continues to believe that seven months, much less a year or more, is too long to wait to bring a suit. We have argued that the fee for expedited registration should be waived or drastically lowered if needed to start a litigation. Because books generally are (and should be) registered within three months of publication, it is not usually a concern for books, but it is a concern for freelance articles, which few writers regularly register. We hope to correct that with the Copyright Office’s new group registration for freelance articles.”

For more information, read the article.

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