Scholarly Publishing Round-up August 2021

Learn more about the new Web of Science interface, the ORCID Trust Program series and the recent release of the 2021 Journal Citation Reports.

Clarivate Analytics recently released the 2021 edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This year’s edition includes more than 20,000 journals from 113 countries across five continents and 254 research categories in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

The Web of Science database from Clarivate Analytics has an updated interface and new tools such as the Author Impact Beamplot which shows the citation performance of an author’s entire publication list in a single view. Web of Science is now updated daily (instead of five days a week), authors can also submit corrections for Author Records, and Citation Alerts can be created to track when a publication is cited by future publications

The Peer Review Taxonomy will be formalized as an ANSI/NISO standard. The taxonomy was developed by a working group of publishers and STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers. The taxonomy provides standardized terms to describe peer review practices. It provides inclusive language for peer review, for example using the term double anonymized to describe a review process where the author is masked to the reviewer and the reviewer is masked to the author. The current version of the taxonomy (version 2.0) is being piloted by several publishers.

Trying to figure out the results returned for your search in Google? Google launched a new feature, “About This Result Panel,” to provide information as to the results and how to improve your search. See Learn More-and Get More-From Search.  The About this Result panel displays by selecting the three dots next to each result.

NIH has updated their FAQs and instructions for the Other Support section in the new NIH Biosketch format. See: Additional Clarifications to Biosketch and Other Support Policies Now Available for more information.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of ORCID’s Trust Program and ORCID is celebrating this milestone with a series of blog posts in the Five Years of the ORCID Trust Program series. These blog posts highlight ORCID’s commitment to balance priorities of researcher control and data quality within profiles, while adhering to its longstanding values of openness, trust, and inclusivity. As ORCID supports user generated content, concerns surrounding the creation of fake or deceptive content are relevant to maintaining ORCID’s trustworthiness.

To further acquaint users with the ORCID Trust Program, ORCID recently introduced the concept of “trust markers” in an ORCID record so that users can judge the veracity and trustworthiness of information in ORCID records themselves. As the series continues, ORCID outlines its trust markers and informs users on how to get the most out of their ORCID records.


Aviv-Reuven S, Rosenfeld A. Publication patterns’ changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal and short-term scientometric analysis. Scientometrics. 2021 Jun 23:1-24. doi: 10.1007/s11192-021-04059-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34188333; PMCID: PMC8221745.

Woolston C. Lightning talks: science in 5 minutes or less. Nature. 2021 Jun;594(7864):S49-S51. doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-01674-9. PMID: 34163060.

DePaul A. Scientific publishers expedite name changes for authors. Nature. 2021 Jul 21. doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02014-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34290420.

Clark J, McFarlane C, Cleo G, Ishikawa Ramos C, Marshall S. The Impact of Systematic Review Automation Tools on Methodological Quality and Time Taken to Complete Systematic Review Tasks: Case Study. JMIR Med Educ. 2021 May 31;7(2):e24418. doi: 10.2196/24418. PMID: 34057072.

Murphy F, Bar-Sinai M, Martone ME. A tool for assessing alignment of biomedical data repositories with open, FAIR, citation and trustworthy principles. PLoS One. 2021 Jul 9;16(7):e0253538. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253538. PMID: 34242248; PMCID: PMC8270168.

Roberts K, Alam T, Bedrick S, Demner-Fushman D, Lo K, Soboroff I, Voorhees E, Lu Wang L, Hersh WR. Searching for Scientific Evidence in a Pandemic: An Overview of TREC-COVID. J Biomed Inform. 2021 Jul 7:103865. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2021.103865. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34245913; PMCID: PMC8264272.