Member News & Announcements, May IO 2020

News from NISO Members

Libraries and Archives

Library of Congress Needs a Few Citizen DJs: Public Can Demo New Online Music-Mixing App to Celebrate Library’s 220th Birthday
Library of Congress, Voting Members, Press Release, April 24, 2020

Citizen DJ is an open-source web-browser application created by Library of Congress 2020 Innovator in Residence Brian Foo in partnership with LC Labs. Using some of the Library’s free-to-use audio and moving image collections, Citizen DJ enables users to select short samples to create their own beats and sound mixes. By using the tool, musicians, students, researchers and curious citizens alike can discover items in the Library's vast collections that they likely would never have known exist.

The sound collections available in Citizen DJ were specially curated by Library staff, and all of them are free-to-use with no special permission needed to create songs for personal or commercial purposes. While some of the sounds are over 100 years old and others come from the past decade, all of them are unique, compelling and in many cases hold deep historical and cultural relevance. The sounds come from musical performances, theater productions, interviews, speeches, oral histories, ambient sound recordings and many other holdings in the Library’s collections. 

Celebrate the Library's 220th Birthday with the LOC Collections App
Library of Congress, Voting Member, News Announcement, April 22, 2020

To celebrate the 220th anniversary of its founding, the Library of Congress today announced the release of the LOC Collections app, the premiere mobile app that puts the national library’s digital collections in the hands of users everywhere.

In addition to providing an easy, accessible way to search and explore the Library’s growing digital collections, LOC Collections allows users to curate personal galleries of items in the Library’s collections for their own reference and for sharing with others. Items currently featured on the app include audio recordings, books, videos, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, notated music, periodicals, photos, prints, and drawings.


KAUST Signs Multi-Year Transformative Agreement with AIP Publishing
AIP Publishing LLC, Voting Member, News Announcement, April 16, 2020

AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce that they have signed a multi-year “Read and Publish” agreement with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

KAUST is the first university from the Middle East region to sign a multi-year transformative agreement with AIP Publishing. As a result of the agreement, university-affiliated corresponding authors whose articles are accepted for publication in any of AIP Publishing’s hybrid journals (subscription-based titles that offer an open-access option) will be made open access without any article processing charge (APC). Members of the KAUST community will continue to have access to all AIP journals content for which they hold subscriptions, as well as the new journals scheduled to launch during the agreement’s term.

Taylor & Francis Welcomes New Guidance From cOAlition S
Taylor & Francis Group, Voting Member, Press Release, April 16, 2020

Taylor & Francis welcomes the new guidance from cOAlition S on transformative arrangements for Journals. cOAlition S have clearly listened to feedback from the community, and we thank them for this. It is encouraging to see more feasible conditions in the revised guidance, particularly that the threshold for converting journals to a full OA model has been increased in line with this feedback. This will certainly assist us as we look to transition journals to a full OA model in line with the cOAlition’s guidance.

We note the cOAlition’s point that funding will only be offered on hybrid journals until the end of 2024, but hope the cOAlition will support those journals that convert to a full OA model after this point. As publishers we cannot commit to annual growth rates because as an industry we do not set demand, rather we serve it. We will however continue to drive the growth of OA in our journals through researcher advocacy and via transformative agreements with libraries and consortia.

IOP Publishing Signs Open Access Publishing Agreement with CERN
IOP Publishing, Voting Member, News Announcement, April 16, 2020

Researchers from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, can now publish open access with IOP Publishing at no cost, after the two organisations struck a new ‘publish and read’ agreement.

The agreement enables authors from CERN to publish open access in 42 of IOPP’s journals, with no barriers and no article publication charges (APCs) for qualified articles at the point of publication.  Articles will be published under an open licence (CC-BY), allowing authors to retain copyright.

IOPP already has 10 similar agreements in place worldwide, with further contracts to be announced soon.

Springer Nature and Swissuniversities Reach Understanding on a New Transformative Agreement
Springer Nature, Voting Member, Press Release, April 15, 2020

Springer Nature has reached an understanding on a new transformative read and publish deal with swissuniversities.  Both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding; the final agreement will be concluded between Springer Nature and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries this summer.

Once signed, the agreement will enable all corresponding authors affiliated with the Swiss academic and research institutions participating in the agreement to publish open access (OA) in Springer Nature’s portfolio of over 2,200 hybrid journals, making this primary research immediately and freely accessible from the point of publication. In addition, it will give researchers access to all published research on SpringerLink.

Open Access, Open Science

CAB Direct Reaches New Milestone with 13 Millionth Bibliographic Record Added to Database
CABI, Voting Member, News Announcement, April 28, 2020

The total number of bibliographic records in the CAB Abstracts and Global Health databases has reached a new landmark with the 13 millionth record being added to the growing database. Both databases are accessible via CAB Direct – the most thorough and extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences.

The latest addition, an article about bovine coronavirus entitled ‘Detection and molecular characterization of BCoVs (bovine coronavirus) circulating in central China based on the full-length spike gene’, joins the vast array of resources available in open access documents or held in the unique CABI full text repository.

Arcadia Grant Supports the Publication of Open Access Monographs
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), L.S.A. Member, Blog Posting, April 14, 2020

The MIT Press is pleased to announce the publication of its first open access (OA) monographs on the MIT Press Direct platform. Supported by a generous grant from the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, the project is part of a larger initiative to explore alternatives to the traditional market-based business model for professional and scholarly works on specialized subjects.

In 2019, the MIT Press received a three-year $850,000 grant from the Arcadia Fund to perform a broad-based monograph publishing cost analysis and to develop and openly disseminate a durable financial framework and business plan for OA monographs. As part of the project, the Press will also undertake a pilot program to implement the resulting framework for scholarly front and backlist titles.

OUP and American Physiological Society Announce New Open Access Journal
Oxford University Press, Voting Member, News Announcement, April 2020

Oxford University Press (OUP) and the American Physiological Society (APS) are delighted to announce that the new journal, Function, is now accepting submissions. Function will provide an open access multidisciplinary home for cutting edge research describing major advances in basic, translational and clinical science that significantly broaden the physiological understanding of biological function.

“Function will publish research results in the broad area of biological function that are rooted in a physiological basis,” Petersen explained. “The opportunity to curate top science in this broad and important area of biological function is truly exciting. We have also assembled a renowned group of international researchers and Nobel Laureates to help drive our editorial mission and provide a fast, top-tier peer review process for our authors. Function invites studies from the global physiology community that demonstrate real novelty, have been rigorously executed with reproducibility in mind and represent a step-change in knowledge. A physiological or pathophysiological perspective will also be essential.”

Financials, Mergers and Acquisitions

Wiley Provides Business Update for COVID-19
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Voting Member, News Announcement, April 9, 2020

HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWA)(NYSE:JWB), a global leader in research and education, is providing an update regarding business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subsequent to Wiley’s reporting of third quarter 2020 results on March 4, the global economy has experienced a sudden and unprecedented downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wiley’s financial position is fundamentally strong and the Company will continue to benefit from its leadership positions in research and education.

AAP January 2020 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Up 3.7%
Association of American Publishers (AAP), Voting Member, News Announcement, April 7, 2020

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for January 2020 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (consumer publications), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses.

Total sales across all categories for January 2020 rose 3.7% as compared to the first month of 2019, reaching $1.1 billion.

Infrastructure and Platforms

Clarivate Enhances Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence with New Site Selection Analytics
Clarivate Analytics, Voting Member, Blog Posting, April 20, 2020

Clinical trial planning platform enables researchers to pinpoint best sites to support trial protocols and patient recruitment needs

The enhanced solution allows clinical development and operations professionals to make more confident decisions around trial design, site selection and validation with a single point of access to continuously updated and curated protocol, biomarker, patient segmentation, endpoint, and site data. Clinical operations professionals can better position trials for success leveraging intuitive analytics, simple search capabilities, targeted data filters and content indexing. In addition, Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence is designed to seamlessly integrate with the broader Cortellis suite of life science solutions to enable data-driven decisions across the entire development and commercialization lifecycle.

Emerald Publishing Displays Altmetric Data to Enhance User Experience and Boost Internal Communications
Emerald Publishing Group, Voting Member, Press Release, April 7, 2020

April 07 2020, London, UK: Launched in July 2019, Emerald Insight, Emerald Publishing’s digital research platform, will now display Altmetric Badges on individual article pages, demonstrating Emerald’s commitment to helping their authors realize broader impacts and demonstrate the attention they deserve for their work. Altmeric Badges also provide additional context to Emerald content readers, uniquely showcasing evidence of article-level engagement.

In addition to Altmetric Badges, Emerald Publishing has also subscribed to Altmetric Explorer for Publishers to help make day-to-day editorial and marketing decisions. Attention data is collated and updated in real time within the Explorer – meaning Emerald Publishing will start to get feedback on their publications (as well as competitive ones) on a daily basis.

Knowledge Management

Call for Nominations Extended: Conference Planning Committee
Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Voting Member, News Announcement, April 8, 2020

CRKN is extending the call for nominations for the Conference Planning Committee (CPC). The CPC is a new committee, established by and reporting to the CRKN Board of Directors, and providing updates to the Content Strategy Committee and Preservation and Access Committee, as needed. The deadline to submit a nomination for the CPC has been extended until Monday, April 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

The CPC will provide leadership to develop, plan, and implement all programming aspects of the annual CRKN conference. The CPC will ensure the programming of the CRKN conference represents the interests and needs of CRKN members and stakeholders and that it champions diverse participation and representation. The CPC also oversees the CRKN conference Code of Conduct, and along with representatives from the CRKN Board and staff, acts as the CRKN conference Code of Conduct Committee.

Global Impacts

Distribution of AIP Publishing Printed Journals Paused
AIP Publishing LLC., Voting Member, News Announcement, April 3, 2020

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, AIP Publishing is pausing the distribution of printed journals from April 3, 2020 until further notice.

We have made this decision in response to increasing restrictions in global distribution networks, and to customer requests to hold delivery while they are working remotely.

We apologize for this temporary disruption in service. We expect to distribute all held issues as soon as global distribution networks are again running smoothly. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update you when we are able to resume delivery.