SCONE January 2020

Scholarly Communication in the News

Happy Public Domain Day - A Rhapsody in Open
January 01, 2020 marks the second year in a row that works have entered the Public Domain due to the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act (aka the Sonny Bono Act, aka the Mickey Mouse Protection Act). Here are a few lists of short and feature films, songs (Including George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue), and works of literature (including Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda) from 1924 that have entered into the public domain. More about Public Domain Day can be read about here.

Altmetric Releases Top 100 Papers of 2019
Altmetric has released a list of the Top 100 Papers by Altmetric Score. This year's top 100 papers had research themes which include the harsh realities of the world's climate emergency, the importance of vaccinations, the increasing use of artificial intelligence and the health benefits of nature.

Clarke and Esposito Brief #18
The December Clarke and Esposito Brief is now available. The Brief is a monthly email newsletter that serves as a summary of readings and think pieces related to professional communication and scholarly communication. The December brief includes articles on the White House attempting to update the 2013 Holdren Memo, Springer Nature may attempt a second IPO, and updates and news on cOAlition S and Plan S.

Scholarly Communication at CMU

2020 3MT at CMU
Registration for the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is now open. 2020 marks the seventh year CMU has hosted the 3MT competition. Registration for students and judges will be open until Wednesday, February 26, 2020. More information about 3MT can be found at

What does the NIH Figshare Instance mean for Librarians?
A webinar is scheduled to provide an overview of the pilot NIH Figshare instance and help inform librarians on ways to guide researchers who want to use the NIH Figshare instance. Figshare will review the published NIH Figshare Instance - Info For Librarians toolkit as well as some existing examples of datasets that are live on the NIH Figshare instance. As part of the webinar, there will be a dedicated time for discussion to allow for questions and conversation. Register Here.

Altmetric Coffee Break
Altmetric will be hosting a webinar geared towards institutions that license Altmetric Explorer for Institutions, which we do. An agenda for the call will be passed on later in January before the webinar. They are also looking for speakers who have been utilizing Altmetric data to provide a brief 5-10 presentation on your work and usage of the Altmetric data. Register for the webinar here.

NISO Webinar Recording: 'Where Does it Live, Part Two'
NISO hosted a webinar on December 18, 'Where Does it Live? Storing Collections On and Off Campus.' Slides from the roundtable discussion at yesterday's webinar have been uploaded to the NISO Web site. You can review the questions asked of our participants here. You can watch the recording of the webinar here, and access it via the Access Password: NISODec18.

Open Access Updates

Elsevier Agreement Now in Effect
The new agreement between CMU and Elseiver is now in effect. Any CMU author on an Elsevier journal paper who is the corresponding author can now choose to make their article Open Access with a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND License. The agreement applies to articles submitted after January 1st, 2020. Questions about the new agreement can be forwarded to

December APC Funded Articles 
While a few requests to the CMU APC Fund were received, there were no approved APC Fund requests during the month of December.

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