Scholarly Publishing Round-Up October 2017

Scopus, open access books and the new Open Science Framework at Washington University are topics of the October Round-Up.


Are you interested in learning more about Scopus, our largest citation database of peer-reviewed literature? Becker Library is offering an introductory session on Scopus and its many tools available for users.  

  • Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
  • Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 214
  • Noon to 1 pm.

Registrants are encouraged to bring their laptops. Limit of 30. Please register to ensure seating.

Can’t make the in-person training?  Try a Scopus tutorial or contact us for a customized training session.  

Scopus recently released a new Content Coverage Guide. As follows is the section from the guide regarding MEDLINE citations:

Scopus also includes OLDMEDLINE content published between 1949 and 1965. For the majority of MEDLINE titles, Scopus has agreements with the publishers directly and receives the content from them. There are around 450 titles for which Scopus has permission to cover and that MEDLINE supplies directly to Scopus. In Scopus these titles are referred to as “MEDLINE sourced.”  (Source: page 23 of the Content Coverage Guide)


Publishing in Open Access Books

Have you received an email solicitation from an open access book publisher inviting you to contribute a chapter or serve as an editor for a book? If yes, start by reviewing other books published by the publisher and consider the following:   

  • Are the books and book chapters of scientific rigor? Is editorial quality evident among the books and book chapters?
  • Is the publisher a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)? OASPA approved members have been through a rigorous application review process and adhere to OASPA's Code of Conduct.
  • Is this a publisher you would want your work associated with?
  • Do you think your work will reach the intended audience?
  • Have your colleagues published works with this publisher? Do you recognize the authors and editors as credible experts in your field?


Open Science Framework

Open Science Framework, a free and open source project management tool which facilitates faculty, graduate student, and researcher collaborations across all disciplines (humanities, social sciences, medicine, and natural sciences), is now available for Washington University users. Users can select the institutional log in route. For more information, see:  Open Science Framework for Washington University.



Chiu K, Grundy Q, Bero L. ‘Spin’ in published biomedical literature: A methodological systematic review. PLoS Biology.  2017 Sep 11;15(9):e2002173.

Taichman DB, et al. Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials: A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. PLoS Med. 2017 Jun 5;14(6): e1002315.

Moher D, et al. Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement. BMC Med. 2017 Sep 11;15(1):167.

Chan AW, et al. Association of Trial Registration With Reporting of Primary Outcomes in Protocols and Publications. JAMA. 2017 Sep 11.

Measuring Up, a special report featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education included three articles reviewed methods for quantifying the output of academic departments.

Questions? Contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter