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March 5, 2024 — 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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eLife Takes Stock of Its New Publishing Model

eLife is reflecting on the first year of its new publishing model, which eliminated accept/reject decisions after peer review, in two new articles.

eLife’s New Model: One Year On” states, “On January 31 2023, we launched our new model for publishing, combining the speed and transparency of preprints with the expert scrutiny and evaluation of peer review. We committed to publish everything that we reviewed. We would publish preprints together with public reviews and assessments. By doing so we would reshape the purpose of a journal.”

eLife’s editorial leadership chimed in with “Scientific Publishing: The First Year of a New Era,” writing, “A lot has happened over the past year but, for us, the highlights have been that thousands of authors have put their trust in these new publishing ideas, and that our editors and reviewers have invested their time and energy to make the new system work.”

The ISSN Keepers Registry Signs Up Its First Library in Spain

The National Library of Spain (BNE) joined the Keepers Registry of the ISSN International Centre. “The Keepers Registry is a service that provides a public, global preservation registry of significant digital content of digital-born or digitised journals preserved by archival organisations. The Keepers Registry also provides the statistical basis for alerting libraries, publishers and other interested parties about digital material at risk of being lost. The BNE will regularly provide the ISSN International Centre with metadata about its contents in the Digital Periodical and Newspaper Library to be included in Keepers Registry,” the press release states.

For more information, read the press release.

The Media Education Foundation Creates a Streaming Platform for Its Documentaries

With help from Cadmore Media, the Media Education Foundation (MEF) has launched its own streaming platform for its catalog of educational documentaries. The platform “is designed to enhance the way universities and other educational institutions access and interact with MEF’s catalogue of more than 170 documentary films,” notes the press release. “MEF is one of the nation’s leading producers and distributors of documentary films focused on the social, political, and cultural impact of U.S. mass media. Over the years, MEF has collaborated with some of the foremost media scholars in the world on titles tackling a range of issues related to U.S. media culture, from corporate media ownership to mainstream news coverage of U.S. militarism and war to dominant commercial media representations of race, gender, sexuality, violence, and class.”

“On this new platform, we’ve created a highly curated experience for our users that situates them in an online environment stocked exclusively with educational films. Users can trust that on our platform, they’ll have only the best teaching tools at their fingertips,” says Alexandra Peterson, MEF’s director of marketing and digital strategy.

For more information, read the press release.

Allconnect Examines the Current State of Broadband Access in the U.S.

Allconnect, a free resource for comparing internet service plans, issued the results of a study from the Federal Communications Commission stating that broadband access has increased from 2022 to 2023, but millions of households still don’t have high-speed access. Allconnect breaks down the growth in different states and discusses the status of funding for this access. Key data include the following:
  • The percentage of U.S. households with access to 1000/100 Mbps increased from 26% in 2022 to 40.66% in 2023. 
  • Montana saw the most improvement in 25/3 Mbps speed access from 2022 to 2023.
  • Nevada saw the most improvement in 1000/100 Mbps access over the one-year period: 6.56% in 2022 to 59.06% in 2023.

For more information, read the blog post.

Sage Backs New Feminist Newsletter About Gender Inequality

Sage announced the following:

Sage is financially supporting Gloria Media to launch The Evidence, a bold new feminist newsletter that covers everything you need to know about gender inequality, all in one place. The newsletter, which goes live on March 4, takes the latest in social science research on gender equality from any publisher and makes it accessible and useful to everyone who may need it, whether they’re trying to change their community, their workplace, or the laws of their country. …

Each edition delves into a new facet of gender inequality, and provides inspiration for action by telling the story of a local initiative, project, or policy that effectively addressed the issue illuminated by the research. The Evidence team will comb through the latest findings, insights and breakthroughs in gender inequality research to draw out compelling stories about how we can make the world more equal, from closing the gender pay gap, to sharing the burden of care work, to taking a feminist approach to fighting climate change. 

For more information, read the press release.

Iveda Aims to Make Schools Safer With Its AI-Powered Surveillance Tools

Cloud-based AI company Iveda signed “an exclusive agreement with the Piñon Unified School District, located on the Navajo (Diné) Nation Reservation in Piñon, Arizona, to effectively equip three school campuses with AI-powered surveillance technology. IvedaAI will use data from 11 of the district’s existing cameras to intelligently monitor and alert for unauthorized intruders, smoke and fire, on-campus traffic flow issues, as well as facial and license plate recognition. Deploying IvedaAI, the Piñon Unified School District can be quickly notified, analyze and report situations on campus from video data to help locate, track, and isolate threats in real-time.”

For more information, read the press release.

Dimensions Adds AI-Generated Summaries for Easier Discovery on the Platform

Dimensions, part of Digital Science, added a new AI-driven summarization feature into its web application, which supports users “in their discovery process for publications, grants, patents and clinical trials.” It allows users to “accelerate the identification of the most relevant content for their research questions. The short, concise summaries are available for every record in a given search result list with just one click, quickly providing the user with AI-generated insights to help them discover more,” the news item shares.

For more information, read the news item.

AM Rolls Out Primary Source Collection on Three Centuries of Women's History

AM published a new primary source collection, Women’s Voices and Life Writing, 1600-1968, which focuses on women in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales who were dealing with issues of gender, class, race, disability, sexuality, religion, and more. The collection consists of diaries and oral histories in which women discuss topics such as life experiences, childhood, family life, wartime, immigration, religion, and developments in agriculture and village life.

For more information, read the news item.

APA Implements Policy in Support of Gender-Affirming Care

The American Psychological Association (APA) “adopted a landmark policy affirming evidence-based care for transgender, gender diverse and nonbinary children, adolescents and adults, noting that recent legislative attempts to obstruct access to psychological and medical interventions for such individuals puts them at risk of depression, anxiety and other negative mental health outcomes.”

“The adoption of this resolution reaffirms APA’s dedication to promoting inclusivity, dignity and access to quality health care for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or expression,” says Cynthia de las Fuentes, APA’s president. “It sends a clear message that state bans on gender-affirming care disregard the comprehensive body of medical and psychological research supporting the positive impact of such treatments in alleviating psychological distress and improving overall well-being for transgender, gender diverse and nonbinary individuals throughout their lives.”

For more information, read the press release.

Altmetric Badges Come to HeinOnline Articles

HeinOnline is now integrated with Altmetric, “a tool that follows online attention across news outlets, websites, blogs, social media, and more, tracking thousands of online conversations to uncover the societal impact of scholarly works.” In HeinOnline, an Altmetric badge will appear on an article if it has a DOI and at least one metric from an outside online source, including public policy documents, online reference managers, social media, Wikipedia, patents, and/or blogs.

“These badges are updated daily. Selecting the donut[-shaped] badge brings users to the Altmetric Attention Score page for that article,” HeinOnline shares. “The Altmetric Attention Score for a research output indicates the amount of attention it has received. The score is derived from an automated algorithm and represents a weighted count of the amount of attention picked up for an article. Researchers can set up email alerts to tell them when an article has been mentioned. This allows researchers and authors to track ongoing attention associated with an article.”

For more information, read the press release.

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