Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs publishing team.
- Ten myths around open scholarly publishing aims to provide a baseline evidence framework for ten for discussions, practices and policies around preprints and scooping, the practice of copyright transfer, the function of peer review, and the legitimacy of ‘global’ database
- Mita Williams writes about consolidation within the publishing industry and identifies four possible futures:
- a workflow of Elsevier products (BePress, SSRN, Scopus, SciVal, Pure)
- a workflow of Clarivate products (Web of Science, InCites, Endnote, Journal Citation Reports)
- a workflow of Springer-Nature products (Dimensions, Figshare, Altmetrics)
- a DIY workflow from a variety of independent sources (the library’s institutional repository, ORCiD, Open Science Framework)
- Kent Anderson’s take on why Sci-Hub’s Business Model Scares him.
- ScienceDirect has started linking to words and phrases within an article to it’s automated topic pages see: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740624X17300473 for an example. (H/P @rmounce)
- Holly Ingram tweets about a lack of awareness for BiorXiv
Reality ✔️. Discovered this week while chairing NIH panel that 50% of panel had no idea what @biorxivpreprint is. Others were skeptical. @cziscience @mbeisen @pollyp1 @superkash and others – We need to work on this. Any ideas?
— Holly Ingraham (@hollyingrahamSF) March 10, 2019
- Of course, it may not be traditional academic players that dominate the future landscape – “Apple News Magazines” details leak: PDF-based, offline reading, both on iOS and macOS.
Podcasts are still a hot trend:
- More on how the Guardian is making its daily news podcast pay
- Alison Weissbrot on How Google Plans To Grab Its Share Of Global Podcast Listeners
Innovation and strategy
- Professor Gary Pisano at Harvard Business School talks about how to construct a strategy, system, and culture of innovation that creates sustained growth and his new book, Creative Construction in this Innovation Leader interview.
- Ola Henfridsson and Joe Nandhakumar write about a new strategy tool for the digital age:
“Digital innovation is at the heart of any strategy in the digital age and to be successful doesn’t stop at a one-off cleverly designed resource. Launching the product or service is just the beginning, it then needs to be attractive enough so it is recombined many times by other users, with new updates and value paths constantly being sought.”
The Royal Society of Medicine’s Medical apps: Mainstreaming innovation event is happening on 4 April. The event will examine the growing role that apps play in healthcare delivery. As apps move from concept to practice using cutting-edge technology, demonstrating efficacy becomes increasingly important, resulting in regulatory and legal issues. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, will talk of the importance of good design in medical apps and how it can improve patient and clinician experience. There will also be a number of presentations from new and established medical start-ups, showcasing the transformative effects these new technologies can have.