Learn more about our keynote address for Open October 2021, the future of annual meetings, a new practice guideline: Communication of Retractions, Removals, and Expressions of Concern (CORREC), and more.
The Evolution of Preprints in the Life Sciences
As part of Open October 2021, please join us for “The Evolution of Preprints in the Life Sciences,” our virtual keynote address from Jessica Polka, PhD, Executive Director, ASAPbio. She will discuss the evolving landscape of preprint servers; their interactions with journals, funders, and scholarly infrastructure; and how innovations in preprint-focused peer review and curation might influence the future of publishing.
- Friday, October 29, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Zoom. To register, please complete the Registration Form.
COVID-19 and the Future of the Annual Meeting Report
The COVID-19 pandemic forced scholarly societies to reimagine annual conference meetings. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ithaka S+R and JSTOR Labs did a sample of 13 scholarly societies and released preliminary findings in their report: COVID-19 and the Future of the Annual Meeting.
Beyond the Pandemic: The Future of the Research Enterprise in Academic Year 2021–22 and Beyond
To understand how institutions were addressing research activities early in the pandemic, and how they continue to adapt and strategize and plan for the future of research enterprise, The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) held roundtable discussions where administrators and senior leaders in libraries, research computing, and information technology from higher-education institutions in the U.S. and Canada shared experiences, challenges, and insights for their preparations for the fall 2021 semester and future research activities. A summary of the themes and trends gathered at the third and final roundtable discussion have been published in a report: Beyond the Pandemic: The Future of the Research Enterprise in Academic Year 2021-22 and Beyond.
New journal: PNAS Nexus
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the launch of a new journal, PNAS Nexus. Published on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and a sister journal to the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), PNAS Nexus is fully open access, broad in scope, and highly selective, with a focus on innovation and rapid publication. PNAS Nexus is now open for submissions, and is seeking high-quality, innovative, and multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary research and perspectives from across the biological, medical, physical, engineering, social, and political sciences. The journal’s first issue will publish in early 2022.
Communication of Retractions, Removals, and Expressions of Concern
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced approval of a Recommended Practice guideline, Communication of Retractions, Removals, and Expressions of Concern (CORREC) Recommended Practice. Retracted research is published work that is withdrawn, removed, or otherwise invalidated from the scientific and scholarly record. Although relatively rare, retracted research—including unsupported or fabricated data, fundamental errors, and unreproducible results—can be inadvertently propagated within the digital scholarly record through citations. The CORREC Recommended Practice is intended to help address this problem, by clearly identifying parties involved in the retraction process, along with their responsibilities, actions, notifications, and the metadata necessary to communicate retracted research. CORREC is an output of both the recent Sloan Foundation-funded project, Reducing the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science (RISRS) and the 2021 NISO Plus conference. CORREC will be consistent with existing guidelines, such as those published by the Council on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Council of Science Editors (CSE).
- For more information see: Schneider, J., Woods, N. D., Proescholdt, R., Fu, Y., & Team, T. R. (2021, July 29). Recommendations from the Reducing the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science: Shaping a Research and Implementation Agenda Project. https://doi.org/10.31222/osf.io/ms579.
- Authors object after Springer Nature journal cedes to publisher Frontiers’ demand for retraction. Retraction Watch. September 7, 2021.
- Serghiou S, Marton RM, Ioannidis JPA. Media and social media attention to retracted articles according to Altmetric. PLoS One. 2021 May 12;16(5):e0248625. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248625. PMID: 33979339; PMCID: PMC8115781.
- ResearchGate Pulls 200,000 Files From its Site, Amid Publisher Pressure. Chemistry World. October 4, 2021.
- Dicks A, Bhatia H, Clemens AW, Locke MC, Mueller EA, Murphy D, Pomper N, Robinson AE, Schoch KM. Improving scientific communication with service, education and career development. Nat Biotechnol. 2021 Oct;39(10):1309-1313. doi: 10.1038/s41587-021-01077-1. PMID: 34621067. This work features the efforts of InPrint, a trainee-based editing service at Washington University.