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October 13, 2021
The Value of Open-Source Clinical Science in Pandemic Response The Lancet The International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium is a global federation of clinical research networks that work collaboratively to prevent illness and deaths from infectious disease outbreaks. In 2014, we proposed that effective and timely research during outbreaks of emerging infections would benefit from pre-prepared research tools, global collaboration and research-ready clinical networks.
UN Calls for Open Access to Scientific Information on COVID-19 ECNS.cn A United Nations official stressed the need for open access to scientific information, basic science research and innovation on COVID-19 to help reduce the spread of the disease in Africa.
Hubert Gijzen, regional director for eastern Africa at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said that all resources developed on COVID-19 should be made available in a transparent manner.
Publishers Ramping Up Sustainable Efforts IOP Publishing IOP Publishing is launching three new open access journals, extending the publisher’s Environmental Research series. Meanwhile, Emerald Publishing has been recognized for publishing two of the six journals to receive the highest rating from Cabells and St. Joseph’s University’s (SJU) first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Impact Intensity rating.
Virginia Academic Libraries Enter Into Read-and-Publish Agreement AAAS via EurekAlert! Virginia’s academic library consortium, VIVA, and Rockefeller University Press have entered into a Read-and-Publish Agreement. This agreement is the first of its kind for RUP in the U.S. and represents an important milestone in its transition to being fully Open Access.
Studies Find Major Changes in Instructions to Journal Authors Nature To gain insight into changes of scholarly journals’ recommendations, we conducted a systematic review of studies that analyzed journals’ Instructions to Authors. We summarized results of 153 studies, and meta-analyzed how often ItAs addressed: 1) authorship, 2) conflicts of interest, 3) data sharing, 4) ethics approval, 5) funding disclosure, and 6) International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts.
Governments Increase Access to Information about Legislation Information Today During recent virtual meetings, representatives of several government entities showed how they had used the time during the pandemic to increase the public’s access to legislative information. The real takeaway from each online meeting is the degree to which these entities collaborate on projects.