Weekly Highlights April 17 - 24

Apr 17, 2023

Weekly Highlights April 17 - 24

  • Scholarly Publishing (1-5)
    UMD part of the JSTOR deal for Open Access
  • Open Access and OER (6-8)
    Philosophy of Open Science
  • ChatGPT and AI (9-12)
    AI powered search engines
  • Conferences and Events (13-16)

Scholarly Publishing

  1. The research libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) have entered into a multi-year pilot agreement with JSTOR to support Path to Open.  These institutions include:  Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the University of Chicago.
  2. Advancing the culture of peer review with preprints
    "Preprints enable new forms of peer review that have the potential to be more thorough, inclusive, and collegial."
  3. Before reproducibility must come preproducibility
    "Much modern scientific communication falls short of this standard. Most papers fail to report many aspects of the experiment and analysis that we may not with advantage omit — things that are crucial to understanding the result and its limitations, and to repeating the work. 
    The distinction between a preproducible scientific report and current common practice is like the difference between a partial list of ingredients and a recipe. 
    Peer review is hamstrung by lack of preproducibility: referees and editors cannot provide serious quality control unless they are given enough information. 
  4. A high-quality cloned journal has duped hundreds of scholars, and has no reason to stop
    Have you heard about hijacked journals, which take over legitimate publications’ titles, ISSNs, and other metadata without their permission? We recently launched the Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker,
  5. Red flags for paper mills need to go beyond the level of individual articles: a case study of Hindawi special issues
    Organisations known as paper mills charge authors to place fraudulent papers in the academic literature. Publishers have been slow to tackle the problem, but are now starting to devise methods for identifying paper mill products

    Open Access and OER

  6. Philosophy of Open Science
    "In response to broad transformations brought about by the digitalization, globalization, and commodification of research processes, the Open Science [OS] movement aims to foster the wide dissemination, scrutiny and re-use of research components for the good of science and society."

  7. Is the Library Responsible for Open Access Compliance?

    In this moment of success for open access advocacy, @rschon proposes that the academic library should not take responsibility for implementing open access mandates. https://t.co/lSH4Us5T5T via @rschon

    — Joseph Esposito (@JosephJEsposito) April 17, 2023Data Sharing and Curation
  8. A win for open access as Z-library goes physical
    Z-library secured the necessary funds to ensure continued development. Now it's working on a new service offering physical book sharing.

    ChatGPT and AI

  9. AI powered search engines:

  10. Post-plagiarism: Writing in the Age of AI

    a infographic with text explaining the changes in regard of plagiarism in as impacted by AI
  11. University of Washington professors on using ChatGPT in the classroom
    the UW is adopting more flexible strategies, and issued guidance. Higher education institutions elsewhere are also beginning to formulate policies.
    Penelope Adams Moon, director of the UW Center for Teaching and Learning, said ChatGPT is leading educators to rethink their roles.

  12. Webinar: Building AI Applications Based on Learning Research
    This webinar will look at how decades of research help inform efforts to integrate the latest large language models into Khan Academy. You will get a behind the scenes look at how AI features were built into a platform used by millions of learners a year, and hear what is being learned from the rollout of these features to a small group of schools and districts.

    Conferences and events

  13. More than 70 Harvard Faculty Form Council on Academic Freedom, Co-Led by Steven Pinker
    “There is a great temptation on the part of politicians, especially ambitious ones, and businessmen, especially greedy ones, to try to control information and the production of knowledge,” Gyatso wrote in an emailed statement.

  14. This Thursday on the Future Trends Forum: confronting an EdTech dystopia
    This week we're examining a critique of educational technology and how universities can turn it against academic purposes.  On Thursday, April 20th, from 2-3 pm EDT, we'll be joined by professor Matthew Seybold, who recently published "Jason Wingard’s EdTech Griftopia."

    What happens when a university turns #edtech against academics?

    This week the Future Trends Forum hosts @MEASeybold , author of "Jason Wingard’s EdTech Griftopia."

    Join us Thursday from 2-3 pm EDT:https://t.co/PN1ETvgftB#FTTE pic.twitter.com/qZ5HkgwAs8

    — Bryan Alexander (@BryanAlexander) April 17, 2023
  15. The Path to Open approach at a free Library Journal webinar on May 17, 2023.
    Members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the university press community, and JSTOR will be talking about the need for sustainable open access solutions for university press books, the importance of community-wide support

  16. Webinar Scholarly Communication in Crisis: Research Integrity and Open Scholarship: Adam Day, Brian Nosek and Dorothy Bishop discuss Research integrity and ethical standards for publication. Imposter journal: legit journal exist, but title/ISSN/Design near match URL or title used by a fully false organization with no relationship. Hijacked journal: legit journal with changed management or changed editorial policy so that content had drifted from legit to fraudulent. Zombie journal: legit journal ceased (often losing domain name) and title resumed by illegit actor.