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June 2018

Talking point

As we reported last month, one of the world’s largest publishers, Springer Nature, was due to float on the stock market on 9 May, but due to low demand was withdrawn. An analysis of the prospectus recently published in the Times Higher Education has identified plans for Springer Nature to link the cost of Article Processing Charges for open access with a journal’s Impact Factor. This is interesting to say the least and indicates a move by large publishers to consolidate payments for open access into an effective new type of Big Deal. This approach also further cements the current flawed academic reward system despite Springer recently signing the Declaration of Research Assessment. The messages the academic/library community are being given are in stark contrast to the messages that were being sent to potential investors. 

Spotlight: where you'll find us in June

Danny Kingsley presenting a paper

Katie Hughes (Open Access Research Advisor) and Georgina Cronin (Research Support Librarian, Betty & Gordon Moore Library) spoke about their presentation 'Popping the Filter Bubble'  at This is not a fake conference at London South Bank University on 5 June.

Dr Agustina Martinéz García (Repository Integration Manager) presented on 'Cambridge's Institutional Repository Apollo and the University's CRIS system' at DuraSpace-euroCRIS Interoperability Event on 13 June.

Clair Castle (Research Data Coordinator) is taking our RDM training on tour for graduate summer school students from various European universities at the University of Strasbourg on 20 June.

Claire Sewell (Research Support Skills Coordinator) is participating in the Dawson Day Conference and speaking on 'Building a Library Research Support Strategy' at the CPD25 event, The Role of the Library in Supporting Research, both on 28 June.
A new look for science? 

Dr Alexandra Freeman, Executive Director, Winton Centre for Risk & Evidence Communication at the University's Centre for Mathematical Sciences, recently braved the eLife Hackathon, despite being a non-coder. Her pitch for reforming scientific publishing won a team of ten followers who started to build Octopus, a website designed to challenge the status quo of how research is read, written and reviewed. Visit the site to find the Octopus Blog where you can learn more and volunteer your coding expertise. 

Octopus Logo, Rosario Villajos 2018, used with permission
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Academic Social Networking sites: a user's guide
Monday 25 June

Katie Hughes and Dr Anne Alexander explore the benefits and pitfalls of academic social networking services, and discuss the difference between sharing papers on a commercial platform such as, and open access publication and dissemination through institutional repositories or non-commercial services.
And finally... data scientist James Le has used the FIFA 18 Complete Player dataset to build his dream formations for the World Cup. Open data for the win (at least in terms of the office sweepstake)!
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