March 2024 Scholarly Communications Round-up

Learn more about policy changes for Journal Citation Reports, new website pages for the NIH Public Access Policy, and the Papermill Detection service from Wiley. 

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)™

Clarivate Analytics announced a series of policy changes for the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)™ aimed at aligning coverage between the Web of Science Core Collection™ and the JCR, providing more transparency of the data underlying JCR metrics to allow for an inclusive, more holistic way of comparing journals. Journal Citation Reports (JCR)™ includes 9,000 journals from more than 3,000 publishers.

For more information see: 2024 Journal Citation Reports: Changes in Journal Impact Factor category rankings to enhance transparency and inclusivity

New Website for the NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy guidance for publications is now incorporated into the NIH Scientific Data Sharing page under the Public Access Policy tab. The new Addressing Copyright page includes guidance for authors when signing copyright agreements with publishers. There are no changes to the Policy with the migration. For more information see: New Location for NIH Public Access Policy Content and Resources.

Wiley Announces Pilot of AI-powered Papermill Detection Service

The Papermill Detection service includes six tools to identify issues with manuscripts submitted for peer review such as similarity detection, researcher identity verification, detection of AI-generated content, and others. For more information see: Wiley Announces Pilot of AI-powered Papermill Detection Service and the Press Release from Wiley.


Keilholz S. Why I left the editorial board of the prestigious scientific journal NeuroImage — and helped start something new. STAT. February 1, 2024.

Piller C. ‘Damning’ FDA inspection report undermines positive trial results of possible Alzheimer’s drug. ScienceInsider. March 11, 2024.

Gibney E. Chatbot AI makes racist judgements on the basis of dialect. Nature News. March 13, 2024.

Ornansky I. Exclusive: PLOS ONE to correct 1,000 papers, add author proof step. Retraction Watch. March 21, 2024.

Retraction Watch. Papers and peer reviews with evidence of ChatGPT writing. Retraction Watch maintains a list of papers with evidence of content generated by ChatGPT relying on a search strategy developed by Guillaume Cabanac.