Author affiliations, and the ability to link them to publications and other scholarly outputs, are vital for numerous stakeholders across the research landscape. With the launch of the Research Organization Registry (ROR) in 2019 (which Crossref has helped to develop), the landscape is changing. ROR IDs are an opportunity to make affiliation details easier for publishers to use and easier for those who rely on this data.
The Limitation Initiative is Harmful to Education, Research and Innovation
The ETH Board, swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation, Innosuisse – the Swiss Innovation Agency, and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences reject the Limitation Initiative. They organised a joint press call in order to state their views on the Limitation Initiative and affirm the importance of research cooperation with Europe.
Are Children Able to Continue Learning During School Closures?
In response to the unprecedented educational challenges created by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90 per cent of countries have implemented some form of remote learning policy. This UNICEF factsheet estimates the potential reach of digital and broadcast remote learning responses, finding that at least 463 million students around the globe remain cut off from education, mainly due to a lack of remote learning policies or lack of equipment needed for learning at home.
Blockchain, the Amazing Solution for Almost Nothing
Blockchain technology is going to change everything: the shipping industry, the financial system, government … in fact, what won't it change? But enthusiasm for it mainly stems from a lack of knowledge and understanding. The blockchain is a solution in search of a problem.
In an open letter to the European Commission and the European Research Council, the President of CESAER emphasises the full support for open access to scientific publications and the implementation of Plan S in Horizon Europe
Trump administration bars FDA from regulating some laboratory tests, including for coronavirus
The Trump administration this week blocked the Food and Drug Administration from regulating a broad swath of laboratory tests, including for the coronavirus, in a move strongly opposed by the agency. The new policy stunned many health experts and laboratories because of its timing, several months into a pandemic.Some public health experts worry defective tests could end up on the market, but others cheer the change, saying it is long overdue.
A Conversation with a data integrity specialist who works to keep published images honest
Kaoru Sakabe is academic publishing’s version of an in-house detective. In 2017, she and editors at the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) conducted a pilot study looking for image manipulation in accepted papers. When 10% of papers came back with a possible issue, the team was shocked.
Open Access Transformation in Switzerland & Germany: A Synopsis of Agreements with Wiley, Springer Nature & Elsevier
Since Germany has been trying for years to reach such a contract with Elsevier, it is worth comparing it with the two transformative contracts with Wiley and Springer Nature in Germany, which were reached and coordinated by Project DEAL.
Drivers of Article Processing Charges in Open Access
This study sheds light on the various determinants of Articel Processing Charges in Open Access. The results strongly support the hypothesis that academia runs the risk not to take advantage of the cost-reducing opportunities inherent to digitization via a hybrid oa-strategy.
Switzerland will soon vote on whether to cancel the agreement on the free movement of persons, thus terminating the well-established Bilateral Agreements with the EU. Only by networking fully with its European neighbors and the world in general, can the high standards the Swiss hold for themselves be maintained.
UNC-Chapel Hill Reverses Plans for In-person Classes After 130 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill abruptly decided it will no longer hold in-person classes on campus after about 130 students tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week since classes began.
Mining and Analyzing Patron's Book-Loan Data and University Data to Understand Library Use Patterns
The purpose of this paper is to study the patron's usage behavior in an academic library. This study investigates on pattern of patron's books borrowing in Khunying Long Athakravisunthorn Learning Resources Center, Prince of Songkla University that influence patron's academic achievement during on academic year 2015-2018. The study collected and analyzed data from the libraries, registrar, and human resources. The students' performance data was obtained from PSU Student Information System and the rest from ALIST library information system. WEKA was used as the data mining tool employing data mining techniques of association rules and clustering. All data sets were mined and analyzed to identify characteristics of the patron's book borrowing, to discover the association rules of patron's interest, and to analyze the relationships between academic library use and undergraduate students' achievement. The results reveal patterns of patron's book loan behavior, patterns of book usage, patterns of interest rules with respect to patron's interest in book borrowing, and patterns of relationships between patron's borrowing and their grade. The ability to clearly identify and describe library patron's behavior pattern can help library in managing resources and services more effectively. This study provides a sample model as guideline or campus partnerships and for future collaborations that will take advantage of the academic library information and data mining to improve library management and library services.
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Responses to 10 Common Criticisms of Anti-Racism Action in STEM
Table of Contents 1. "There is no evidence of racism in STEM."2. "Don't politicize STEM! Stick to the science, not social issues."3. "I'm not a racist, so I don't need to do anything."4. "I only hire/award/cite based on merit; I do not need to consider race."5. "There just aren't as many BIPOC who want to…
Does the Queen Bee Phenomenon Still Exist in Academia?
Successful women in male-dominated contexts don’t always support women in early career stages. An international team of scientists show that this phenomenon is linked to the difficulties they encounter in the workplace.