Thursday, January 28, 2016

New research data management report from OCLC Research

If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable
by Ricky Erway and Amanda Rinehart
January 28, 2016

Report (PDF)

Data management underpins current and future research, funder mandates, open access initiatives, researcher reputations and institutional rankings. While it is widely recognized that data management support is necessary, recognition that it requires sustainable funding is slower in coming. Even as the community is beginning to understand the costs, it must begin to address how data management might be funded. This brief report provides an overview of seven funding strategies and their standing in the US. Circumstances in seven other countries are described in the appendix.

·         Because some research data is a valuable university asset, institutions should build ongoing funding into their base budgets to provide resources to the units responsible for managing that asset.
·         The seven funding strategies include obtaining institutional budgetary support, adding to grant budgets, charging data depositors, charging data users, establishing an endowment, using existing funding for data repository development and making do with existing budgets.

·         Another option is to outsource to external data repositories, although many make no effort to meet digital preservation standards.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New SPARC website - January 2016

Setting the Default to Open

SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.

Why Open Matters

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for December 2015

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for December 2015

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 = 8134 (views=5676, downloads=2458)

Breakdown By Item

Top Ten Articles Viewed and Downloaded - December 2015

Item Year ---- Number of Requests ---- Total Added to
Title Published Views Downloads Requests "My Items"
Effects of a combination of beta carotene and vitamin A on lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. 1996 64 21 85 0
Sinusoidal heart rate pattern: Reappraisal of its definition and clinical significance 2004 63 6 69 0
Genetic influences on human brain morphology 2015 68 0 68 0
Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory 2011 27 38 65 0
Flattening of the interventricular septum (D-shaped left ventricle) in addition to high right ventricular tracer uptake and increased right ventricular volume found on gated SPECT studies strongly correlates with right ventricular overload 2005 58 0 58 0
M. Butterfly Meets the Great White Hope 1992 44 14 58 0
Zombies--A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness 2013 46 9 55 0
Safeguarding gene drive experiments in the laboratory 2015 27 25 52 0
Corporate social responsibility as a source of employee satisfaction 2012 17 29 46 0
The Economics of Autocracy and Majority Rule 1996 33 10 43 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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Publishers to Require ORCID Identifiers for Authors

A group of seven publishers today announced that, during 2016, they will begin requiring authors to use an ORCID identifier (iD) during the publication process. The American Geophysical Union (AGU), eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) will join the Royal Society – which already (as of January 1, 2016) requires its authors to include iDs at submission – in making this commitment.

ORCID iDs are persistent identifiers for people. Using an ORCID iD ensures that researchers can be easily and correctly connected with their research activities, outputs, and affiliations. Over 200 research platforms and workflow systems collect and connect iDs from
researchers: grant application and publishing systems, association management systems, and university CRIS and other research information systems.

Over 1.8 million researchers globally have registered for an iD, understanding the value a digital name provides in enhancing discoverability and reducing their reporting paperwork.  Some funders have started to require ORCID iDs as part of the grant proposal process, and in a recent survey researchers indicated strong support for similar requirements by publishers.

According to Mark Patterson, Executive Director of eLife, one of the three original organizations behind this initiative: “There is a pressing need to improve the way researchers are evaluated. ORCID helps by providing a unique ID for an individual which makes it easier for researchers to gain recognition for all of their research contributions. eLife is very happy to be part of this initiative aimed at encouraging broader adoption of ORCID.”

Veronique Kiermer, Executive Editor of PLOS, another of the original organizations, adds: “PLOS is committed to providing due credit to all researchers who contribute to the work we publish and we see ORCID as an essential means to achieve this.”

While Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director at the Royal Society - the third organization - says:

“We recognize the great potential value of ORCID to the research system. We believe that publishers have a key role in promoting systems that provide support to researchers and to science.”

Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID, also welcomes this
initiative: “This action by publishers will help improve discoverability - and ultimately recognition - for researchers, and also means that publishers will use best practice for implementing
ORCID: a win for everyone.”


ORCID ( is a community-driven non-profit organization that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications.  ORCID maintains a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and provides open and transparent processes for connecting ORCID iDs with persistent identifiers for people, organizations, and research activities and outputs.  Connecting these identifiers can improve the research and scholarly discovery process, reduce reporting burdens, increase the efficiency of research funding, and support sharing and collaboration within the research community.  For more information contact Laurel Haak, ORCID Executive Director, at

Alice Meadows
Director of Communications, ORCID