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Create Web GIS App with ArcGIS (workshop series)

Date: 30 Oct 2017
Time: 14:30 to 15:30
Venue: Lee Wee Nam Library, Level 3, Stargate

A Web GIS app combines data from different sources and location-based information. Learn to create your very own app from scratch with ArcGIS where you can integrate sophisticated features with simple, intuitive controls to visualize and analyze spatial data.

Click here to register.

Lawsuit against ResearchGate over alleged copyright infringements

ResearchGate, a popular networking and publications sharing site, has been accused of making millions of copyrighted papers freely available.

While Elsevier, the American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer are preparing to send takedown notices to ResearchGate, they have admitted that this approach “is not a viable long-term solution”. Hence, Elsevier and ACS have decided to take legal action against ResearchGate.

More information can be found on Dalmeet Singh Chawla’s news article on sciencemag.org

Singapore Celebrates Open Access Week 2017

Did you know …
1. There more than 10K open access journals and over 2.6 million OA articles indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals
2. There are more than 4 million OA theses indexed in Open Access Theses and Dissertations
3. The total of OA publications in Institutional Repositories of A*STAR, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Management University exceed 120K

Embark on your Open Access journey by taking part in activities happening here in Singapore,

  • Raising your research visibility with open research data: presentations and panel discussion on 24 Oct, 9.30am to 11.30am, organised by Nanyang Technological University and National Institute of Education libraries. Click here for registration and details.
  • Open Access (OA) publishing- books and journals articles: a talk organised by National University of Singapore Libraries, Oct 24, 2pm to 4pm. This talk will cover types of open access, costs of OA publishing, funders’ mandates, etc. As seats are limited, please register early.


Check out other Open Access Week events taking place around the world here.

Characteristics of dodgy journals: what to look out for?

How to avoid the risk of submitting your research article to a journal of questionable repute? How to differentiate predatory journals from bona fide ones?

Shamseer et al. (2017) analysed numerous predatory journals, open access journals and subscription-based journals and have identified 13 evidence-based characteristics of questionable journals. Some of them include spelling and grammatical errors on journal websites, promises of rapid publication, manuscripts are submitted via email, boast of a bogus impact factor, contact email address is non-professional, etc.

In addition, we recommend that researchers use the “think, check, submit” checklist to help them select where to publish their works. It is a straightforward three-step process which is supported by organisations such as INASP, STM, OASPA and publishers such as Springer Nature and BioMed Central.

If you have questions regarding the legitimacy or reputation of a journal or publisher, please contact library@ntu.edu.sg

Shamseer, L., Moher, D., Maduekwe, O., Turner, L., Barbour, V., Burch, R., Clark, J., Galipeau, J., Roberts, J., Shea, B. J. (2017). Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Medicine. DOI 10.1186/s12916-017-0785-9

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. Updates: Institutional Membership was renewed in 2017.

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
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.