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March 18, 2021 — 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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The Scholarly Kitchen Responds to the University of California's OA Agreement With Elsevier

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe writes the following in “The Biggest Big Deal” for The Scholarly Kitchen:

The University of California (UC) announced … a four-year arrangement with Elsevier that is the biggest transformative agreement in North America by article count as well as financial spend. This agreement achieves UC’s goal of an integrated contract for reading access and open access publishing. It will be a test of both the financial sustainability and the financial desirability of the multi-payer model. …

The base of the agreement is a capped payment by the libraries for open access publishing, which starts at $10.7 million in the first year and grows by 2.6% per year. Under the agreement, approximately 4,400 articles will be published open access annually. This will grow to approximately 4,700 when publishing in Lancet and Cell titles is enabled in year three of the agreement. It is worth noting that this can be enabled earlier at UC’s discretion. Reading access for Elsevier’s subscription journal content is included at no additional expense. …

For Elsevier, then, this agreement means that they re-gain a substantial portion of the revenues they had lost when UC canceled its subscription in 2019. …

Other universities and their libraries will be scrutinizing this newest agreement. Will it unleash a flood of transformative agreements among major US institutions? Will UC thereby establish the multi-payer institutional model as the US counterweight to the European and Asian national deals?

For more information, read the blog post.

Kudos Releases Report on COVID-19's Impact on Scholarly Communication

Kudos published “Brave New World: Scholarly Information After COVID,” a study that gives publishers, societies, and other publishing stakeholders data and insights about how COVID-19 has affected scholarly communication. It also provides coverage of emerging opportunities and recommendations for strategic and tactical responses.

Findings include information on “the extent of budget cuts within institutions and libraries, such as which content types are most likely to be affected, how cancellation decisions will be made, what actions on the part of publishers are most likely to protect subscriptions, and how Open Access strategies and budgets will be affected.” In addition, the report offers “useful data around submissions, turnaround times, and preprints. More broadly, there are results and recommendations around researchers’ attendance at events. …”

The study’s contents come from combined surveys of more than 10,000 researchers and more than 600 librarians, as well as a review of 100-plus announcements, reports, articles, and other materials from funders, universities, libraries, and researchers.

For more information, read the blog post.

ISSN Adds New National Centre for Ukraine

ISSN shared the following:

The ISSN International Centre is pleased to announce the opening of the 91st National Centre in the ISSN Network in Kyiv, Ukraine. … [T]he ISSN National Centre for Ukraine is our newest registration agency under the authority granted by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO, to the ISSN International Centre. The National Centre is hosted by the State Scientific Institution ‘Ivan Fedorov Book Chamber of Ukraine’. …

Dr. Mykola Senchenko, the Director of the Book Chamber of Ukraine, said ‘The opening of the national ISSN center in Ukraine is a significant event for our state, which also celebrates the 30th anniversary of its independence. Many thanks to the ISSN International Center team for their high professionalism, close cooperation and good attitude along the way.’

For the past 40 years, the ISSN International Centre (ISSN IC) has coordinated the activities of the ISSN National Centres in member countries that now total 91 and span five continents. The ISSN IC is responsible for maintaining and publishing the ISSN International Register and products such as the ISSN Portal, the subscription database of ISSN metadata records.

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SAE International Unveils MobilityRxiv Preprint Server

SAE International launched MobilityRxiv, a free preprint server and sharing service for English-language preprints covering the mobility and transportation field. Authors can upload and share works that have not yet been peer-reviewed or considered for publication, and users can browse, download, and cite papers based on each one’s license.

“From urban air mobility to micromobility, the industry is quickly expanding to a number of different sectors. SAE MobilityRxiv was developed to provide the industry with a free and open space to engage in a public dialogue that will ultimately enhance knowledge and advance mobility,” says Frank Menchaca, SAE International’s chief growth officer.

For more information, read the press release.

Patron Point Platform Introduced in Ireland and the U.K.

Patron Point has expanded to public libraries in the U.K. and Ireland. Its marketing automation platform is compatible with all popular library management systems (LMSs) and third-party library data sources (ebook vendors, reservation systems, etc.). “With this aggregated data, the system has a wide range of uses within the library from sending targeted email communications to customers, sending reading recommendation newsletters promoting the library’s collections, signing up new library cardholders, turning the traditional, LMS-generated notices into cross promotional branded emails and so much more.”

Patron Point is also available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more information, read the press release.



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