Scholarly Publishing Round-up November 2019

Learn more about the revised version of NCBI My Bibliography, a look at 150 years of scientific works from Nature, and a new policy on preprints from Nature Springer.

A new version (version 3.0) of NCBI My Bibliography was launched in May and includes a new interface. Features include a color-coded view of compliance status, filtering by compliance status, and functionality on your phone.

Several changes are noted:

  • The Display Settings option has been replaced with two options: Sort and Filter.
  • A Compliance Status bar displays at the top of the My Bibliography page.
  • There are different colors for display of compliance status for citations: Red, Blue, Green and Gray.
  • The gold and silver padlocks have been replaced with blue locks. Users need to hover over the blue padlocks to determine how funding was associated with a citation.
  • The “Other Citations” collection is no longer available. Users now have the option to tag individual citations as private or public.

For more information on the revised My Bibliography, check out the new My Bibliography guide from Becker Library.


A new analysis released by Nature in celebration of the journal’s 150th anniversary reveals that a scientific paper today is inspired by more disciplines than ever before. See Nature’s reach: narrow work has broad impact and the interactive graphic that displays the citation map. Also related, is an analysis of how contributors and content have varied over the decades: 150 years of Nature: a data graphic charts our evolution.


Springer Nature has announced a new policy to encourage preprint sharing.

“. . . .we are now pleased to announce an updated policy encouraging preprint sharing for Springer Nature journals. This intends to remove ambiguity on two important points. First, we now make it clear that authors may choose any licence for preprints, including Creative Commons licences. Licensing choice will not impede consideration at a Springer Nature journal, but authors should bear in mind that it could affect sharing, adaptation and reuse of the preprint itself.”



Johnson R, Chiarelli A. The Second Wave of Preprint Servers: How Can Publishers Keep Afloat? The Scholarly Kitchen. October 16, 2019.

Piwowar H, Priem J, Orr R. The Future of OA: A large-scale analysis projecting Open Access publication and readership. bioRxiv 795310; doi:  “Given existing trends, we estimate that by 2025:  44% of all journal articles will be available as OA, and  70% of article views will be to OA articles.”

Cukier S, Lalu M, Bryson GL, Cobey KD, Grudniewicz A, Moher D. Defining predatory journals and responding to the threat they pose: a modified Delphi consensus process. medRxiv 19010850; doi: “In bringing together an international group of diverse stakeholders, we were able to use a modified Delphi process to inform the development of a definition of predatory journals and publishers. This definition will help institutions, funders and other stakeholders generate practical guidance on avoiding predatory journals and publishers.”