Week 19: What’s happening around the scholarly publishing industry

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Week 19: What’s happening around the scholarly publishing industry

As a busy researcher, if you’ve missed important updates from the scholarly publishing industry, we’ve got you covered! Here are the top 5 industry updates for this week.

Journal retracts paper claiming Covid-19 vaccines are unsafe

The research paper titled “SARS–CoV–2 Spike Impairs DNA Damage Repair and Inhibits V(D)J Recombination In Vitro” published in Viruses has been retracted, after five months of expressing concerns over the study’s validity. On investigation, the results and conclusions have been found unreliable as certain crucial experiments were skipped.

You may read the entire news on Retraction Watch.

Growing interest in SDGs as more universities qualified for THE’s impact ranking

This year saw a sharp growth with 1,524 universities qualifying for the ranking assessment conducted by Times Higher Education every year. It indicates a rising interest and increased efforts by universities toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To get listed as a participant, universities are required to submit SDG 17, which is linked to global partnerships, along with at least three other SDGs.

You may read the entire news on University World News.

Discussions between UK universities and Springer Nature to close the OA deal

Authors who have submitted their papers in Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals after April 1, 2022 haven’t been able to utilize UKRI OA funds as per UKRI’s OA policy. These are hybrid journals and not approved by Jisc. The negotiations will aim to get these titles approved by Jisc so that they become a part of the transformative OA agreement.

You may read the entire news on STMPublishing News.

PLOS partners with two African science bodies to accelerate open access in Africa

The Public Library of Science (PLOS), the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) have partnered to promote open access and open science in seven African countries -- Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda, which form the East African Community (EAC). This will boost the adoption of open science in the region and promote the benefits of open access publishing.

You may read the entire news on STMPublishing News.

Wiley takes another step toward responsible assessment

Wiley, one of the world’s leading publishers with around 2,000 journals, has signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA is a global initiative to enhance the quality of research assessment. With this move, improved evaluation processes and better ways to recognize research outputs are expected. This would also mean scholarships for deserving candidates and more opportunities for scholars to flourish.

You may read the entire news on Wiley.

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Published on: May 13, 2022


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