Member News & Announcements, September IO 2022

Partnerships & Collaborations

Aries Systems and Ripeta Partner to Increase the Quality of Research Reporting
Aries Systems Corporation, Voting Member, Press Release, August 17, 2022

Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions provider for the scholarly publishing community, and Ripeta, a part of Digital Science & Resource Solutions, are pleased to announce their partnership to enhance the quality of scientific research prior to publication.

This partnership will make publishing better science easier for publishers and editors worldwide.

Automated quality reporting throughout the submission workflow helps publishers determine the accuracy of research at a faster pace. To support this, Aries Systems and Ripeta have partnered to integrate ripetaReview, an automated quality check platform, with Editorial Manager® (EM), the leading manuscript submission and peer review tracking system. This collaboration offers publishers the opportunity to automate and scale the assessment of manuscripts for quality research, professionalism, and reproducibility directly within Editorial Manager.

Jisc and American Psychological Association sign agreement to support open access publishing of UK research
American Psychological Association (APA), Voting Member, News Announcement, August 15, 2022

The American Psychological Association has signed an agreement with Jisc offering participating UK authors capped open access publishing in its journals.

Anna Vernon, Jisc’s head of portfolio, content licensing, said the agreement is the result of careful review and deliberations with its members and APA. She added:

“We are thrilled to offer the sector an agreement that will benefit psychology-based researchers to achieve 100% open access publishing in 88 APA-published journals within the APA PsycArticles portfolio."

EBSCO Information Services and Ex Libris Integrate Serials Subscription Renewal Process between EBSCONET® Subscription Management and Alma
EBSCO, and Ex Libris, Inc., Voting Members, Press Release, August 11, 2022

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Ex Libris (part of Clarivate) have partnered to support libraries by integrating the serials subscription renewal process between EBSCONET® Subscription Management and Alma, the library services platform from Ex Libris. The development work between EBSCONET and Alma significantly improves internal workflows for mutual customers by reducing the need to update multiple systems.

EBSCONET organizes subscription-related tasks for serials and simplifies the subscription management process, from acquisition to renewal. Alma is a cloud-based library service platform, unifying the management of print, electronic, and digital materials in a single interface. With the collaboration efforts between EBSCO and Ex Libris, mutual customers can now configure a fully customizable integration profile and deliver automatic updates to Alma purchase order lines as they renew orders in EBSCONET. This technical advancement provides significant time savings and other benefits for libraries.

Taylor & Francis enters its first transformative agreement in the western U.S. with Montana State University
Taylor & Francis Group, Voting Member, and Montana State University,  L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, August 10, 2022

Making the deal the first of its kind for Taylor & Francis in the western United States, the academic publisher announced today that it recently signed a three-year transformative agreement with Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana.

MSU faculty, staff, and students will have unrestricted access to content published during the contract period beginning this year through 2024. At no cost, affiliated authors can elect to publish their articles in Taylor & Francis journals offering open access. In general terms, a transformative agreement is the contract between an academic publisher and an institution evolving the traditional, subscription-based, pay to read model to the pay to publish model.

SAGE Publishing Partners with The Wikipedia Library to Grant Journal Access to Wikipedia Editors
SAGE Publishing, Voting Member, Press Release, August 9, 2022

SAGE Publishing is pleased to announce a partnership with The Wikipedia Library to provide Wikipedia editors full-text access to SAGE’s more than 1,100 journals beginning immediately. The partnership will connect peer-reviewed research to those outside of academia for greater societal understanding and increase research connections.

“We believe that the research in our journals provides the evidence and expertise needed to inform sound policy decisions among decision-makers and promote critical thinking for all,” said Bob Howard, Executive Vice President of Research at SAGE. “Knowing that Wikipedia is a first stop of discovery for the public, students, and even researchers, this partnership will extend the visibility and impact for the work in our journals, including in the social and behavioral sciences which have been at the core of our publishing program since our founding.”

Research Efforts

NLM Leverages Its Information Resources to Improve Access to Monkeypox-related Literature and Research
National Library of Medicine (NLM), Voting Member, News Announcement, August 9, 2022

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is working to accelerate the global monkeypox response through initiatives that expand access to scientific literature, sequence data, clinical trial information, and consumer health information related to monkeypox.

NLM’s efforts follow on declarations by the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary of the ongoing spread of monkeypox virus as a public health emergency. NLM is responding to the call to action by the White House Office Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and science and technology leaders from more than a dozen other nations to make monkeypox-related research and data immediately available to the public.

Open Access, Open Science

Humanities Commons network to expand to new STEM-focused commons
Michigan State University Libraries, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, August 22, 2022

Humanities Commons, an online open-source platform hosted and sustained by Michigan State University and used by thousands of humanities scholars and practitioners around the world, was awarded a three-year, $1,249,282 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Commons that focuses on STEM.

Led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of digital humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University, Humanities Commons facilitates communication and collaboration among humanities scholars and practitioners, enabling them to engage in discussions and to share articles, presentations, and other scholarly materials. Members also create online professional profiles to connect with others and to share their work more broadly.

JHU Libraries Supports Open Access Books Through MIT Direct to Open
Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries, L.S.A./Voting Member, Blog Post, August 19, 2022

JHU Libraries is excited to support MIT Press’s Direct to Open initiative, which funds the open access publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed books through the collective contributions of libraries all over the world. MIT Press has announced they will be able to offer all 80 of their 2022 scholarly monographs and edited collections as open access for anyone to read.

JHU Libraries is committed to working alongside other institutions to create an open, accessible, and sustainable scholarly communications future. We celebrate Direct to Open as an excellent example of a collaborative open funding model created within the scholarly community.

CCC Now Offering Subscriptions to the JAMA Network and The New England Journal of Medicine Through RightFind
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), and JAMA and The JAMA Network, Voting Members, Press Release, August 9, 2022

CCC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, is now offering subscriptions to select publishers including the JAMA Network and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) through CCC’s advanced content workflow solution, RightFind, to meet the needs of researchers in organizations with fewer than 500 employees.

Originating as a pilot program with Wiley, the Publisher Subscriptions through RightFind service lets these organizations switch from on-demand individual article purchases to enterprise subscriptions for prominent journals.

Thought Leadership

Registration is Now Open for the 2022 CRKN Conference
Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Voting Member, News Announcement, August 4, 2022

Registration is now open for the 2022 CRKN Conference: Strength in Community! Join us from October 3-7 (virtual thematic sessions) and from November 1-2 (members-only workshops in Montreal) for exciting and thought-provoking conversations about the strength of community and the future of digital scholarship in Canada. We are also holding a pre-conference virtual Intro to CRKN session on September 28 for those who want to learn more about our organization and mandate in advance of the conversations at the conference.

There are two separate registration pages: one for the virtual thematic sessions and one for the in-person members-only workshops. Those who wish to attend both virtual and in-person events MUST register for both.

Libraries, Collections, & Archives

NLM to Host Data, Health, and the Digital Humanities: Shared Horizons II
National Library of Medicine (NLM), Voting Member, News Announcement, August 24, 2022

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will host Data, Health, and the Digital Humanities: Shared Horizons II (DH2), a series of all-virtual programs and a scholarly book supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant awarded to Virginia Tech, all collaborative outcomes of the NLM/NEH partnership to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives.

DH2 will assess the last decade of burgeoning biomedical-driven humanities scholarship, chart its increasingly interdisciplinary future, and address new challenges and opportunities for advancing the humanities and its intersections with data and subjects of individual, community, and global health.

McGill University Library Map Collection Now on Canadiana
McGill, University, L.S.A. Consortium Member (Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)), News Announcement, August 24, 2022

CRKN is pleased to announce that approximately 22,000 digitized Canadian maps have been added to the Canadiana Collection in partnership with McGill University Library. In addition to being publicly accessible on, the digitized maps will also be preserved in the Canadiana Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR). These digital maps and data support longitudinal historical research and may be of interest to cross-disciplinary researchers studying land use and environmental change over time, including industrial development, urban studies, climate change, and more.

The maps, digitized by McGill University Library, are from the 1:50,000 scale National Topographic Series and date from 1905 to 2012. The maps depict in detail ground relief (landforms and terrain), drainage (lakes and rivers), forest cover, administrative areas, populated areas, transportation routes and facilities (including roads and railways), and other human-made features such as buildings, power lines and dams. The collection includes both colour and grayscale maps.

New Digital Resource on the History of Slavery at UGA
University of Georgia Libraries, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, August 22, 2022

On These Grounds: Slavery and the University of Georgiaa new digital resource available through the Hargrett Library, highlights the role of slavery on campus and the lives of the enslaved as documented in University Archives, Digital Library of Georgia, and other Libraries resources. This project is part of a nationwide collaboration for universities to identify and describe records of slavery on their campuses and was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This resource builds upon the research developed by faculty involved in the History of Slavery at UGA Project (HSUGA), a multidisciplinary, community-centered project that seeks to uncover stories of the enslaved African Americans who labored on campus from its founding to 1865.