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Recent publications on scholarly communications topics

October 2020

Characteristics of academic publications, preprints, and registered clinical trials on the COVID-19 pandemic

Summarizing, preprints have gained traction as a publishing response to the demand for prompt access to empirical, albeit not peer-reviewed, findings during the present pandemic.

Powerful US research funder unveils strict open-access policy

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is the second major US funder to mandate that the research it pays for must be free to read on publication.


September 2020

India pushes bold ‘one nation, one subscription’ journal-access plan

Researchers will also recommend an open-access policy that promotes research being shared in online repositories.


Summer 2020

Published evidence on COVID-19 in top-ranked journals: A descriptive study 

Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal 

A Landmark Open-Access Agreement 

Ambitious open-access Plan S delayed to let research community adapt

How swamped preprint servers are blocking bad coronavirus research

All that’s fit to preprint 

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Scholarly Communications Librarianship

Scholarly Communications is a relatively new specialty within academic librarianship. With expertise in academic publishing, copyright, and the digital systems which facilitate communication between researchers, librarians trained in this field can help faculty and students determine the best means of discovering, accessing, and publishing scholarly content. Most Scholarly Communications Librarians are also passionate advocates of open access (OA) publishing, open educational resources (OER), and reforming the inequities and exploitation they see in the current system of scholarly communication. As a result, they often possess a deep familiarity with open licensing, institutional repositories, and the pervasive problem of textbook affordability.

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