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Get open-access full-text papers the legal way: Use Unpaywall

Using Unpaywall, anyone can now find freely available full-text of journal articles.

How does it work?
Step 1. Add the Unpaywall extension to your Chrome or Firefox browser
Step 2. When you view a research article (from publisher’s website), look out for the coloured tab on the right of the webpage.
a. Green tab: There is a free, legal full-text. Click on the green tab to read.
b. Gray tab: Unable to find a free legal full-text.

To get started, add Unpaywall extension and try to find full-text of this article:
Hennigar, R. A., Mann, R. B. and Tjoa, E. (2017). Superfluid Black Holes. Physical Review Letters, 118, 021301

Full-text from publisher costs US$25 but Unpaywall finds a free copy uploaded by the authors to arXiv.

Unpaywall was developed by Impactstory, an open-source website that helps researchers share the online impact of their research.

Nucleic Acids Research and Institutional Membership

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) joined Nucleic Acids Research as an institutional member in 2016.

As such, NTU staff / students will enjoy discounted publication charges (APC) for papers accepted in 2016. Publication charge (per article) for member institution is £710 / US$1,385 / €1,065.

If NTU authors are unable to secure discounted publication charges for papers submitted to NAR in 2016, please contact Scholarlycomm@ntu.edu.sg for assistance.

More about NAR:
Nucleic Acids Research has an impact factor of 9.202 (JCR 2015 edition) and publishes results of research into physical, chemical, biochemical an biological aspects of nucleic acids and proteins involved in nucleic acid metabolism and / or interactions.

NIH manuscripts made available for text-mining, and more

As announced in Extramural Nexus, NIH is making over 300,000 manuscripts by NIH-supported researchers in PubMed Central available in a format that allow text analysis.

Users can now download the entire collection of these papers as a package in XML or plain text format. This resource has been developed to allow scientists to analyse these manuscripts, apply the findings of NIH research and generate new discoveries.

For more information, please visit the PMC Author Manuscript Collection website.


Singapore Celebrates Open Access Week 2015

Did you know …

– there are more than 10,000 open access journals

– there are more than 2 million open access theses and dissertations

– local funding agencies such as A*STAR and National Research Foundation have Open Access policies

A*STAR, NIE, NTU, NUS, and SMU have open access repositories

Find out about the potential benefits of OA during Open Access Week (Oct 19 – 25, 2015) by attending one of the talks organised by NIE Library, NTU Libraries, or NUS Libraries:

#OpenAccess publishing in quality journals with no fees! Discover the possibilities … (Oct 20, open to public)

Discover and be discovered! Open access and your thesis (Oct 21, open to public)

Taylor & Francis : How to write journal articles (Oct 21, open to public)

SAGE Publications : Simple guide to writing a journal article  (Oct 22, open to public)

Other ways of getting involved during OA Week include:

– Help to edit Wikipedia’s Open Access-related content by translating information into a new language or adding your knowledge to an article

– Extend the reach of your publication by submitting the accepted versions of your works in your institutional repository

– If you are not based in Singapore, have a look OA Week events that will be taking place around the world. I am sure you will find something happening near you.



Singapore Celebrates International Open Access Week

Join us in celebrating

International Open Access Week, Oct 20-26, 2014

Did you know ….

–  Individual articles can often be made Open Access (OA) by the author, even if they are published in a subscription based journal

–  Most journal publishers (eg. Elsevier, Sage, Springer) allow authors to deposit a version of their articles in an institutional repository

–  Once in a repository, articles can be discovered via Google / Google Scholar, and the full text can be freely accessed

–  Greater access means a larger potential readership, and may lead to more citations

How much do you know about Open Access?

Test your knowledge by taking NTU’s OA Quiz between Oct 20 – 31, 2014, and stand a chance to win an iPad Mini!

Other institutions in Singapore celebrating International OA Week include :

For more information about Open Access Week and OA in general:

  • Open Access Week: A global annual event which aims to raise awareness on the potential benefits of OA.
  • Open Access Directory: A comprehensive and up-to-date wiki on all matters relating to OA.
  • Open Access at NTU: Resources and services from NTU Libraries.
  • ROARMAP: A registry of OA mandates adopted by research funders and institutions around the world (including Singapore).
  • A*STAR OA Policy: Effective from 1 Aug 2013.
  • SPARC: An international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.
  • Richard Poynder’s blog: Poynder has been described as the “chronicler, conscience, and gadfly laureate” of the OA movement. The blog captures his writings and interviews with funding & research administrators, researchers & scientists, and publishers on matters related to OA.

Open Access Journals – take note of predatory OA publishers

As more researchers embrace the idea and attractions of publishing their papers in open access (OA) journals, they are faced with a wide selection of journals to choose from.

Among these OA journals, there are titles that are managed by reputable publishers and others that were recently established and run by unfamiliar publishing houses. Despite the pressure to publish, scholars still need to be highly selective and submit their manuscripts to OA journals of good standing.

There isn’t a prescriptive list of reputable OA journals but there is a list of OA publishers with questionable practices.

Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, has been closely watching the OA publishing scene and have identified a number of dubious or questionable OA publishers. He refers to them as predatory publishers and provided a list of publishers on hisScholarly Open Access blog. In addition, he provided some>criteria for determining predatory OA publishers.
[Update: Since mid Jan 2017, details about questionable publishers are no longer available on Beall’s Scholarly Open Access blog. Catherine Voutier, a clinical librarian at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, has made available the latest edition of Beall’s list, before its disappearance, in her blog post ,
Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers and these are also available from Web.Archive.org]
We strongly recommend that scholars read the reviews, assessments and descriptions provided in his blog, and decide whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards.

Learn more about Open Access & OA Theses

What is Open Access?   It is free, immediate and online access to published scholarly research and articles.

In August 2011, NTU Provost Prof Freddy Boey announced an institution-wide Open Access mandate which requires
1) all staff to deposit their final accepted manuscripts in the institutional repository DR-NTU, and
2) PhD and other research theses, in DR-NTU, to be made open access.

Many universities, eg. MIT, HKU, Caltech, Cambridge, ETH, have also made their theses open access. You can now further your literature review and easily access these OA theses collections and leverage on research done by graduate students in NTU and from other institutions around the world.

Tips on searching for Open Access theses :

a) Search DR-NTU for NTU OA theses,
b) Search OATD.org to extend discovery to freely available theses from other repositories as well.
OATD indexes open access theses from over 800 institutional repositories around the world, including NTU’s. To date, there are close to 1.9 million records in OATD.org.

Contact scholarlycomm@ntu.edu.sg to learn more about open access theses or DR-NTU.

If you need assistance with your research, contact your personal subject librarian.

NISO to develop standards for altmetrics

Type ‘altmetrics’ in google scholar today and it will pull out more than 4,000 records. Interest and discussion in the use of alternative metrics to measure research impact is growing but there is no agreement on what gets measured, what are the criteria used for assessing quality of the measures, etc. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has taken the lead to address these questions and to “develop community-based standards or recommended practices in altmetrics”.

In their June 2013 press release, Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director, stated that “The creation of altmetrics standards and best practices will facilitate the community trust in altmetrics, which will be a requirement for any broad-based acceptance, and will ensure that these altmetrics can be accurately compared and exchanged across publishers and platforms.”

This project is scheduled to complete within 2 years.

altmetrics : how librarians can help prepare faculty?

In their 5 page document, Riding the crest of the altmetrics wave : how librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of research impact metrics, the authors Scott Lapinski, Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem suggest the following :

1. Know the literature : eg. . keep current on the discussion around altmetrics.
2. Know the tools :
3. Integrate altmetrics into library outreach and education

Article-Level Metrics – A SPARC Primer

Curious about altmetrics and want to learn more about it? SPARC recently released a 14 page document, Article-Level Metrics — A SPARC Primer.

Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) is an emerging hot topic in scholarly publishing and this primer aims to give campus leaders and other interested parties an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.

Table of contents :
1. Executive summary
2. Article-level metrics defined
3. Article-level metricxs and open access
4. article-level metrics capture
5. ARticle-level metrics in action (A mention of info providers that have incorporated ALMs in their user experiences, eg. PLOS, Scopus, Nature …)
6. Article-level metrics and the tenure and promotion process (include some recommendations for institutions interested in exploring ALMs)
7. Limitations of article-level metrics
8. Potential of article-level metrics
9. Appendix : Altmetrics tools

Source : www.sparc.arl.org