Friday, December 1, 2017

Reputation managment: your identity, your story - December 1, 2017

Reputation management: your identity, your story 

Office of Scholarly Communications, California Digital Library

Allegra Swift, UC San Diego

"Having a digital presence beyond your formal academic work can be immensely beneficial. The trick is to take control of that digital presence and ensure that it works to your benefit. Luckily, there is help to be found; publishers, universities, and academic libraries all provide resources to help their academic communities effectively curate a professional, online scholarly identity.

What’s in a Name: Scholarly Identity, Reputation Management

So what do we mean by “scholarly identity” and why should one’s identity be curated? Traditionally, an academic’s reputation, offline or online, was built by publishing in prestigious journals or with important presses, by an affiliation with influential institutions or people, or by presenting at national and international conferences. Your impact was largely measured by the length of your CV and your citation rate. What’s changed? New opportunities for measuring and communicating impact are developing and being incorporated into traditional systems of review. How and with whom your work is communicated has been forever altered. The infrastructure and the expectations are changing."

Monday, October 23, 2017

eScholarship redesign launch - October 23, 2017

UCI Libraries is proud to announce a newly redesigned eScholarship launched Monday, October 23, 2017. 

eScholarship banner

The design changes include features to allow departments and research units to add customizations to their webpages, with additional graphics, links to data in DASH  or other repositories, and an update of research publications.  The new look to eScholarship improves search features across eScholarship, by campus or all material posted by UC authors.  eScholarship provides scholarly publishing and repository services that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.  eScholarship is a service of the Publishing Group of the California Digital Library.

Friday, October 20, 2017

American Chemical Society (ACS) letter to ResaerchGate - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 -- American Chemical Society (ACS) has sent a letter to ACS members about actions taken about author submissions to ResearchGate.

"Dear ACS Author:

I am writing to inform you about important aspects of copyright enforcement  actions that ACS is undertaking with regard to the venture­ capital backed content sharing network, ResearchGate. ResearchGate currently amasses, modifies and illegitimately distributes millions of copyrighted journal articles without permission or licence for its commercial gain. 

We do not take this action lightly and recognize the potential useful role ResearchGate has to play within the scientific communication ecosystem. At present, however, its business practices include the widespread distribution of intellectual property of others that it has illicitly amassed, largely in the form of copyrighted journal articles, in order to promote user traffic to its site in a fashion that undermines the integrity of scholarly publishing.

Attempts by ACS and other societies and publishers to agree with ResearchGate on an approach that would facilitate the sharing of published articles in a copyright­compliant manner have failed. While we recognize that ResearchGate has recently moved from public view a significant number of ACS copyrighted articles it has collected on its site, not all its infringing violations have been addressed. ResearchGate needs to take additional steps to cease its unauthorized use of copyrighted content for its commercial activities. "


Friday, October 6, 2017

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate - 5 October 2017

"Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright.

"The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40 percent of papers on ResearchGate are copyrighted."
"James Milne, a spokesman for the group of five academic publishers, which includes Elsevier, Wiley and Brill, said that the first batch of take-down notices would be sent “imminently”.
“We’re not doing this in any way against the researchers, we’re doing this against ResearchGate,” he told Times Higher Education.  The site was “clearly hosting and happily uploading material that they know they don’t have the licence or copyrights” to, and was “refusing to work with us to solve that problem”, he added."

Friday, September 15, 2017

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for September 2017

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for September 2017

Below is an overview of the number of views and downloads for this month, along with links to your usage numbers from previous months and additional data. We feel that the combination of views and downloads gives a more accurate picture of the interest in and usage of your publications than is reflected in download counts alone, particularly given the enhanced access readers have to your publications prior to download in the eScholarship interface.

UC Irvine Previously Published Works

For this month your total requests = 37181 (views=29779, downloads=7402).

Breakdown By Item

Item Year ---- Number of Requests ---- Total Added to
Title Published Views Downloads Requests "My Items"
Culture and adolescent development 2002 213 48 261 0
Corporate social responsibility as a source of employee satisfaction 2012 200 23 223 0
Climate and atmospheric history of the past 420,000 years from the Vostok ice core, Antarctica 1999 158 58 216 0
Beyond Looking for My Penis: Reflections on Asian Gay Male Video Porn 1999 158 2 160 0
Enterprise Risk Management: Review, Critique, and Research Directions 2015 84 70 154 0
A Practice Theory Approach to Understanding the Interdependency of Nursing Practice and the Environment Implications for Nurse-Led Care Delivery Models 2015 84 68 152 0
Interdisciplinary collaboration: The role of the clinical nurse leader 2015 90 31 121 0
An overview of polymyositis and dermatomyositis 2015 77 42 119 0
Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory 2011 51 54 105 0
Reconceptualizing Organizational Routines as a Source of Flexibility and Change 2003 45 48 93 0

More information about the UC Open Access Policy is available on the 
Open Access Policy pages.

Visit the Implementation Plan to learn more about the timeline for systemwide roll-out of the publication management system.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Film of session from Text and Data Mining symposium - Engineering Department at Cambridge University - August 2017

Blog description of symposium held at Cambridge on Text and Data Mining - Cambridge University

Sometimes the best way to find a solution is to just get the different stakeholders talking to each other – and this what happened at a recent Text and Data Mining symposium held in the Engineering Department at Cambridge. The attendees were primarily postgraduate students and early career researchers, but senior researchers, administrative staff, librarians and publishers were also represented in the audience. This symposium grew out of a discussion held earlier this year at Cambridge to consider the issue of TDM and what a TDM library service might look like at Cambridge.
The day concluded with the group reconvening together for a roundtable (which was filmed) to discuss the broader issue of why there is not more TDM happening in the UK
What was clear was something I have repeatedly observed over the past few years – that the players in this space including librarians, researchers and publishers, have very little idea of how the others work and their needs. I have actually heard people say: ‘If only they understood…’

Dr Danny Kingsley
Head, Office of Scholarly Communication
Cambridge University Library

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Center for Open Science Launches Thesis Commons, an Open-source Platform for Theses and Dissertations

Charlottesville, VA
The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce the release of Thesis Commons, a free, cloud-based, open-source platform for the submission, dissemination, and discovery of graduate and undergraduate theses and dissertations from any discipline. Authors can share their electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) with a quick and easy submission workflow.  Readers can search, discover, and download with a clean and simple interface. Institutions can sign-up for a branded version of the service for their institutional community for hosting ETDs, preprints, or other scholarship.  
Thesis Commons in part of  a rapidly growing community of open scholarly communication services built on an open-source infrastructure called the Open Science Framework (OSF).  As a shared, public good, the OSF dramatically lowers the barrier to entry for communities to introduce and operate services across the research lifecycle such as preprints, ETD repositories, and data or materials archives.  With a planned integration of a peer review service layer, communities will be able to moderate these services directly and operate discipline-specific repositories or journals with a common integrated infrastructure.  
COS aims to facilitate open and accessible scholarly communication services that promote community-driven innovation and customization in the scholarly workflow. “Thousands of researchers at hundreds of institutions are using the OSF to organize, collaborate, and improve discovery of active research projects,” said Matt Spitzer, COS Community Manager. “The OSF also enables open, community-led interfaces for sharing preprints and papers. Institutions are looking for more integrated, open-source services to host their community’s research outputs. By bringing Thesis Commons and institutionally-branded repositories together, we will dramatically improve discovery and reduce preservation costs.”
Thesis Commons has a steering committee of experts and advocates for open scholarship representing institution, library, and researcher stakeholder communities.  Members include Bradly Alicea from the OpenWorm Foundation, Gail Clement from the California Institute of Technology, John Finnell from Los Alamos Laboratory, Amanda French from GWU, Jon Grahe from Pacific Lutheran University, Sridhar Gutam from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Chris Hartgerink from Tilburg University, Thea Lindquist from University of Colorado, Boulder, Gail McMillan from Virginia Tech, Gustav Nilsonne from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet, and Fred Smyth from the University of Virginia.
Thesis Commons is also backed by COS’s preservation fund, which ensures that all data stored on its services would be preserved and accessible for 50+ years in the event of COS curtailing or closing its services. Moreover, because all COS-built software is open-source, other groups could maintain and operate the service in COS’s absence.
For more information on Thesis Commons or to discuss implementation at your institution, please reach out to us here or contact Matt Spitzer at
About Center for Open Science
The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology startup founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The Open Science Framework (OSF), COS’s flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at and
Contacts for the Center for Open Science
Media: Rusty Speidel: | 434-284-3403
Starting a Branded Service: Matt Spitzer: