Springer Nature zensiert Wissenschaft in China

Springer Nature blockiert den Zugriff auf ca. 1 % der herausgegebenen Artikel innerhalb Chinas. Es handle sich dabei um Artikel mit kontroversem Inhalt wie z.B. Taiwan, Tibet oder Menschenrechte, so die New York Times. Springer Nature selbst erklärt dazu, dass hier kein Fall von Zensur vorliege, schließlich seien die Artikel außerhalb Chinas verfügbar.

Dazu Glyn Moody auf Techdirt.com:

According to Springer, it is not really censoring articles in China, because people outside can still read them. That insults both Chinese researchers, whom Springer clearly thinks don’t count, and our intelligence.

Laut Moody hatte Cambridge University Press unter Druck chinesischer Zensoren ebenfalls Artikel für den Zugriff aus China geblockt, dies aber nach kurzer Zeit wieder rückgängig gemacht, da eine Sperre der akademischen Freiheit widerspräche. Wem diese Freiheit am Herzen liegt und eventuell regelmäßiger Springer-Nature-Autor oder Herausgeberin ist, könnte den Verlag kontaktieren und zur Prinzipientreue ermuntern. Um noch einmal Moody zu zitieren:

If Springer fails to do the same, researchers will be justified in concluding that, unlike CUP, it does not uphold that principle of academic freedom. In which case, they may decide to publish their future work elsewhere.

[via Glyn Moody und Archivalia]


Nature Communications bald nur noch Open Access

Aus einer Pressemitteilung der NPG zu Nature Communications:

Nature Communications is to become the first Nature-branded open access only journal.

Standardlizenz wird CC BY 4.0, aber auch andere CC-Lizenzen werden verfügbar sein. In der Mitteilung wird auch auf einen “kleinen, aber signifikanten” Vorteil hinsichtlich der Zitationshäufigkeit von OA-Publikationen hingewiesen:

A report by the Research Information Network recently found that there is a significant benefit for article views and downloads, as well as a small but significant citation benefit to publishing open access in Nature Communications.

Publishing frontiers: The library reboot

In der aktuellen Nature-Ausgabe schreibt Richard Monastersky über den Wandel bibliothekarischer Tätigkeit durch Open Data:

At Johns Hopkins and many other top universities, libraries are aiming to become more active partners in the research enterprise — altering the way scientists conduct and publish their work. Libraries are looking to assist with all stages of research, by offering guidance and tools for collecting, exploring, visualizing, labelling and sharing data. “I see us moving up the food chain and being co-contributors to the creation of new knowledge,” says Sarah Thomas, the head of libraries at the University of Oxford, UK.

Ebenfalls interessant:

  1. Advocacy: How to hasten open access
  2. Licence restrictions: A fool’s errand

Und weitere Artikel und Kommentare dieser Ausgabe zu “Data Reuse”, Open Access und den Wandel des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens.

Altmetrics in VuFind

Vor vier Tagen ging es hier um Altmetrics in Primo. Kollege Kinstler aus der VZG las dies und hat in sehr kurzer Zeit (besten Dank!) eine unkomplizierte Umsetzung für VuFind gefunden und in unserem (nicht öffentlichen) Testsystem umgesetzt. Und zwar ganz einfach mittels der von Altmetric.com angebotenen Badges. Die sehen beispielsweise so aus:

Diese Darstellung ist doch etwas klobig, daher haben wir uns im Echtsystem für eine etwas dezentere 1) Die Konfiguration lautet: class=’altmetric-embed’ data-badge-popover=’top’ data-hide-no-mentions=’true’ Variante entschieden. Im kurzen Filmchen sieht man, wie es momentan aussieht:

Beispiele können hier eingesehen werden:

Und wer nicht weiß, was das alles soll: hier geht es zum Altmetrics-Manifesto.

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1. Die Konfiguration lautet: class=’altmetric-embed’ data-badge-popover=’top’ data-hide-no-mentions=’true’

LOD: data.nature.com

Nature Publishing Group releases linked data platform

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) today is pleased to join the linked data community by opening up access to its publication data via a linked data platform. NPG’s Linked Data Platform is available at http://data.nature.com.

The platform includes more than 20 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements, including primary metadata for more than 450,000 articles published by NPG since 1869. In this first release, the datasets include basic citation information (title, author, publication date, etc) as well as NPG specific ontologies. These datasets are being released under an open metadata license, Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which permits maximal use/re-use of this data.

NPG’s platform allows for easy querying, exploration and extraction of data and relationships about articles, contributors, publications, and subjects. Users can run web-standard SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) queries to obtain and manipulate data stored as RDF. The platform uses standard vocabularies such as Dublin Core, FOAF, PRISM, BIBO and OWL, and the data is integrated with existing public datasets including CrossRef and PubMed.

“NPG is delighted to be able to surface data on published articles from Nature and many other journals, going back to 1869,” said Jason Wilde, Business Development Director, NPG. “Linked data is an important next step in the evolution of scientific publishing and, over the coming months, we hope to be able to expose more meta-data on our content to enrich the semantic web.”

Linked data refers to the publishing of structured data that is linked to other related data. It allows users to query, explore and link data from datasets across the web. NPG joins governments from around the world and other organizations including the British Library, the New York Times and the Open University, in providing a linked data platform.

The platform complements other services NPG provides for developers, but incorporates a wider audience. It has been built in collaboration with information and publishing solutions specialist The Stationery Office (TSO) to support scaling.

More information about NPG’s Linked Data Platform is available at http://developers.nature.com/docs. Sample queries can be found at http://data.nature.com/query.

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How many research papers are freely available?

Beneath this ferment, the proportion of research papers freely available is slowly and steadily creeping upwards. The chart shows the proportion of papers indexed on the (largely biomedical) PubMed repository each year that are now freely accessible: in 2009, it’s above 28%. (Some of this literature is not immediately available at the time that it is published, because of journal policies that impose embargo periods on when material can become free). Those numbers are even more impressive than a study last year which found that around 20% of research papers published in 2008 were freely available on the internet.

Mehr im Nature-Blog.

Igor: Literaturverwaltung in Google Wave

Googles Wave in Kombination mit einer Nature-Erweiterung namens Igor: Igor – a Google Wave robot to manage your references.

Google Wave is a new open source project from Google that holds a lot of promise as a platform for scholarly communication. It’s a little bit like email but allows for collaborative document editing, versioning and real time conversation within groups – check out Cameron and Martin’s archives for more.

Igor is a proof of concept Wave robot that allows Wave users to pull in citations from Pubmed or their libraries on Connotea and CiteULike as they type.

Mehr Infos gibt es im Nature-Blog.

Update: Video entfernt, es kann nur noch auf der Vimeo-Seite direkt angesehen werden.

Nature Online Video Streaming Archive

Die Zeitschrift Nature macht in ihrem Newsletter auf ein neues Angebot aufmerksam, das Nature Online Video Streaming Archive.

Sit back… relax and Enjoy

Enjoy streaming videos featuring discussion, analysis and
interviews with leading scientists as they share their discoveries.

Video streaming is fast, easy to use and in high quality.

Watch the Moray eel’s mobile set of Jaws grasp its pray, see how
researchers slow light to a halt in one box and eject it into another
or discover how two new moons for Pluto were found using the Hubble

This year Nature continues to provide you with groundbreaking streaming
video on the biggest scientific projects. Click here to acess the
online video streaming archive.

Die wenigen frei verfügbaren Videos sind standesgemäß von sehr hoher Qualität (wie z.B. dieses namens “Language & Evolution”), allerdings fehlen jegliche Vernetzungs- und Verbreitungsfunktionen. Es gibt weder Kommentare, noch eine Embed-Funktion für Blogs etc. SciveeTV bietet demgegenüber schon wesentlich mehr Videos und Funktionen.