SCONE August 2019

Scholarly Communication in the News

Plan S Version 2 and the Cost of Quality
Bern Pulverer, Former Editor-in-Chief of Nature Cell Biology, discusses the potential quality issues of implementing Plan S Version 2. 

Transitioning to a New Peer Review System: From Scary to Successful
Karen Stanwood, Editorial Director, Health Care Books and Journals at SLACK Incorporated, provides details and advice from on the experiences and lessons learned when a journal changes its peer review processes and mechanisms.

Diverting Leakage to the Library Subscription Channel
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Roger C. Schonfield present their analysis of Springer Nature syndicating its content to ResearchGate to to preserve library subscriptions. 

NIH announces Figshare Data Repository
Recently announced, Figshare and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are piloting the launch of a new generalist data repository for NIH-funded researchers to be known as 

Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Q&A from SPARC 
On May 01, education publishers Cengage and McGraw Hill announced plans to merge. This "Question and Answers" article from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provides answers to common questions and updates to what is being done to stop the merger. 

Scholarly Communication at CMU

Viewing Party for OCLC Forum, 'Open Access Tipping Point Public Forum'
On Thursday, August 29 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm,
the University of California (UC) will be hosting an 'Open Access Tipping Point Public Forum' in Washington, DC. The forum will be live-streamed and we will be hosting a viewing party in the Sorrells Library Den. The forum is intended to advance understanding of the value and opportunities associated with negotiating, participating in, and supporting transformative open access agreements for all stakeholders in the scholarly publishing community – including publishers, societies, funders, libraries, and academic authors. Refreshments will be provided. Please visit the LibCal posting to add it to your calendars. 

Fall Campus Rollouts of Elements
This fall Elements is tentatively scheduled to be rolled out to the College of Engineering and CMU-Qatar. More information about Elements, rollouts, and potential spring plans will be presented at the August Unilib Meeting by David and Jason. For more information about Elements, please visit the Elements Support Portal. For questions about Elements, please contact the Elements Support Team at  

July Data on Overleaf
127 CMU Affiliates signed up for Overleaf and 3 CMU Affiliates migrated to a CMU Overleaf Pro Accounts. Liaisons can reach out to David for the names of those who signed up and migrated. More information about our Overleaf Service and offerings can be found on the Overleaf LibGuide

Fall Workshops Now Scheduled
Fall Workshops have been scheduled for Elements, Overleaf, iThenticate, RDM-Scholarly Communications, APC Funding, and KiltHub. The dates and times of each workshop are listed below: 

Open Access Updates

July APC Funded Articles 
The Following Articles were approved for Funding in July: 

  1. Radu Marculescu, Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 'MetaNN: Accurate Classification of Host Phenotypes from Metagernomic Data Using Neural Networks,' BioMed Central Limited
  2. Jingxiao Liu, Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, "Dynamic responses, GPS positions and environmental conditions of two light rail vehicles in Pittsburgh,' Scientific Data
  3. David Creswell, Faculty, Psychology, 'Mindfulness training and systemic low-grade inflammation in stressed community adults: Evidence from two randomized controlled trials,' PLoS One

Summary of FY 19-20 
A Summary of all articles funded in FY '19-'20 can be found here