Scholarly Publishing Round-Up December 2017

The NIH issued a notice: Statement on Article Publication Resulting from NIH Funded Research on November 3, 2017, that encourages authors to publish in journals from professional scholarly publishing organizations that follow best practices. Some indicators of journals that do not follow best practices are:

  • misleading pricing (e.g., lack of transparency about article processing charges)
  • failure to disclose information to authors
  • aggressive tactics to solicit article submissions
  • inaccurate statements about editorial board membership
  • misleading or suspicious peer-review processes

Mike Lauer discussed the notice in his Open Mike blog: Continuing Steps to Ensuring Credibility of NIH Research: Selecting Journals with Credible Practices. Retraction Watch also blogged about the notice:  Don’t publish in bad journals, please.

This was followed by a statement from The Council of Science Editors, “Predatory or Deceptive Publishers – Recommendations for Caution” that highly encourages authors to carefully research journals to which they are considering a submission.



See Selecting a Journal for Publication for more information.


Another notice issued by the NIH was: Request for Information on Developing Experimental Design "Emoji" Symbols for Use in Scientific Presentations. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invited public feedback regarding the use of emoji icons to represent various aspects of experimental design, data analysis, and rigorous scientific practices.



Are you funded by the Gates Foundation? The Gates Foundation announced the Gates Open Research program. Gates Open Research provides all Gates-funded researchers with a place to rapidly publish any results they think are worth sharing. All articles benefit from immediate publication, transparent refereeing and the inclusion of all source data.

Another new program is the AAAS Science Partner Journals. The Science Partner Journals (SPJ) program was launched in late 2017 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit publisher of the Science family of journals. As a continuation of AAAS' commitment to open access publishing, Science Partner Journal content will publish under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses (CC BY), meaning that Science Partner Journal content will be freely available to all readers upon publication.


Upcoming Classes

NIH Biosketch and NCBI SciENcv

  • Thursday March 1, 2018
  • 12:15 to 1 pm
  • Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 213

Are you preparing a grant application for NIH? Do you want to learn more about SciENcv? This session will review the instructions for creating a biosketch in the NIH format and include a review of NCBI SciENcv, a tool to generate a biosketch.

NIH Biosketch and NCBI SciENcv Registration Link

NIH and Other Public Access Policies

  • Thursday March 15, 2018
  • Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 213
  • 12:15 to 1 pm

Are you preparing a manuscript arising from NIH-funded research? Do you have other sources of grant funding such as the American Heart Association or the Department of Defense?  If so, you may be required to comply with public access policies issued by these organizations. This session will provide an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy and other public access policies including the steps involved with compliance.

NIH and Other Public Access Policies Registration Link


  • Thursday March 29, 2018
  • Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 213
  • 12:15 to 1 pm

Do you need to prepare a tenure dossier for review or a report on departmental performance? If so, SciVal is a resource that can be used to analyze the research performance of individuals, research groups, and other entities. The training session will review the following:

  • Brief introduction to SciVal
  • Modules in SciVal (Overview, Collaboration, Trends and Benchmarking)
  • Using Scopus data for SciVal reports

SciVal Registration Link

Questions? Contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter