UC Talks Continue, with Faculty Contributions Front and Center

In a letter on Tuesday, [UCLA] campus officials asked faculty members to consider declining to review articles for Elsevier journals until negotiations ‘are clearly moving in a productive direction.’ The letter also asked professors to consider publishing research elsewhere, including in prestigious open-access journals.

Ellis, L. (2018). In Talks With Elsevier, Reaches for a Novel Bargaining Chip: Its Faculty. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: https://www.chronicle.com/article/In-Talks-With-Elsevier-UCLA/245311

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Casey Fiesler’s Tech Ethics Curricula Spreadsheet

Casey Fiesler from UC Boulder (US) has improved the (in some circles) well-known Tech Ethics Curricula spreadsheet, including useful tabs to sample Codes of Ethics grouped by field:

Besides simply the number of classes represented here, I think another point this data makes well is how spread across disciplines these classes are. About 50 are taught in computer science departments, but the rest come from information science/studies, communication, law, philosophy, and others.

Fiesler, C. (2018). Tech Ethics Curricula: A Collection of Syllabi. Retrieved from: https://medium.com/@cfiesler/tech-ethics-curricula-a-collection-of-syllabi-3eedfb76be18

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Interesting…

…from a report on the ITHAKA Next Wave 2018 conference:

Gen Z students don’t want the same things from college their Millennial predecessors did. Elite colleges will be just fine, but mid-tier campuses without defined niches will face extinction. And Elsevier, the for-profit scholarly communications giant that many librarians and researchers love to hate, will never go away.

Howard, J. (2018). Elsevier Faces Tough Questions About Its Business Model During Library and Publishing Conference. EdSurge. Retrieved from: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-12-03-elsevier-faces-tough-questions-about-its-business-model-during-library-and-publishing-conference

 

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University of California Takes Strong Stand on Elsevier Negotiations

The University of California (UC) system is taking a strong stand in their negotiations with Elsevier, as communicated by an open letter published on November 28:

The UC’s efforts to shift its relationship with Elsevier will have implications beyond our University. Indeed, it is part of a global movement to break down paywalls for scholarly journals and to create a more open system of sharing knowledge, facilitating research, and enabling greater global equity of access to knowledge. Much of the action to date has been in Europe, but North American institutions, which represent 42% of Elsevier’s revenue, need to get involved. Because the UC accounts for nearly 10% of all US publishing output and has sizable subscription contracts, we are in a position to lead towards a more open and sustainable scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Smith, M. (2018). Potential Changes to UC’s Relationship with Elsevier in January 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.library.ucdavis.edu/news/potential-changes-to-ucs-relationship-with-elsevier-in-january-2019/

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European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): Federated Model; Latest Documents

All signs point towards the development of the EOSC in a federated manner, with an emphasis on FAIR data standards:

Latest EOSC developments

Two key documents published on 20 November 2018 provide additional detail:

 

 

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On the Regulation of Science, with the US EPA as an Example

The most recent issue of Science features an analysis of the intersection of governmental legislation and scientific inquiry, providing also a brief synopsis of accountability in “science bureaucracies” in the US.

Highlighting recent legislation related the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the article concludes by encouraging scientists to remain aware of how regulation potentially influences the research process:

To ignore attempts by politically elected and appointed individuals to dictate how science should be conducted is to betray the very essence of science.

Remote access for NTK patrons

Wagner, W., Fisher, E., & Pascual P. (2018). Whose science? A new era in regulatory “science wars.” Science 09 Nov 2018: 636-639.

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Offical Pages for Plan S

Just for the record, here are the official Science Europe pages for Plan S.

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IFLA Kuala Lumpur: Introducing 16th IFLA ILDS Conference, Prague, 9-11 October 2019

The NTK team was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to introduce the IFLA resource sharing community to Prague, site of the 16th IFLA ILDS Conference, 9-11 October, 2019.

Details about the conference will be announced shortly and will be made available on the conference website.

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ResearchGate Sued in the United States

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/04/publishers-accuse-researchgate-mass-copyright-infringement

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Historians of Economic Thought Illustrate Problems of Journal Rankings for Small Fields

Alberto Baccini, Professor of Economics at the University of Siena, points out difficulties posed for smaller academic disciplines, using the example of three history of economic thought journals now excluded from Journal Citations Report (JCR):

There are dozens of open science experiments to overcome the rigidities of scientific communication imposed by large international publishers and companies that produce citation indices. A small community could easily cooperate to take some of these paths, instead of shutting themselves in the blockhouse to defend the citation indices of their journals in national and international rankings.

This event could also be an opportunity for the small scientific community of historians of economic thought to take a firm stand against evaluation practices based on the ranking of journals.

Full article:

Baccini, A. (2018). Boycott the Journal Rankings. Institute for New Economic Thinking. https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/boycott-the-journal-rankings

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