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Retractions Brown Bag Discussion

Our next scholarly communication brown bag discussion will be about retractions. We hope to talk about how retractions get issued, how researchers find out about retracted articles, what happens to people who are involved in a retraction, and what impact this has on the research lifecycle.

In advance of that discussion, here are a few resources that may help provide some context.

We are also gathering anonymous feedback about retractions. If you have anything to share regarding retractions (even if you haven’t been directly involved) please consider taking the short survey.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, at 12:00pm in PCL Learning Lab 3.

Free events for Open Access Week

Open Access Week is Oct. 22-28th. There will be several free online events taking place that week that anyone can participate in. Here are a few:

Open Textbook Pilot applications open

The Department of Education has announced that proposals are now being accepted for an Open Textbooks Pilot program. They will be awarding between one and three grants up to a total of $5 million dollars.

The priorities for this pilot include:

  • Improve collaboration and dissemination through consortial arrangements
  • Address gaps in the open textbook market and develop solutions that scale
  • Promote degree completion

Inside Higher Ed has an article about the proposal process.

The scope of this program is quite large, and the deadline for submission is August 29th, so interested parties should start working on this right away.

A new way to evaluate research

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada has developed a tool they hope will better measure the quality and impact of research coming out of the global south. They want to ensure that researchers who are working on projects that positively impact their region are evaluated on criteria that make sense. Metrics like citation count and h-index don’t necessarily measure the rigor and usefulness of research.

The IDRC calls this tool Research Quality Plus (RQ+) and it has three parts:

  • Identify contextual factors – political, data, research environment, maturity of the scientific field, and how much the project focuses on capacity strengthening
  • Articulate dimensions of quality – scientific integrity, legitimacy, importance, and positioning for use
  • Use rubrics & evidence – assessments have to be systematic, comparable and based on evidence (both qualitative and quantitative)

You can read more about this tool in Nature or on the IDRC website.

Editors4BetterResearch initiative

Researchers Chris Chambers, Corin Logan, and Brad Wyble have started an initiative called Editors4BetterResearch. They hope to create a database of journal editors who support reproducibility and open science. Right now they are soliciting feedback on their proposal and collecting names of editors who would like to be listed in the database. Their goal is to allow authors who value open and reproducible science to find editors who share their values.

Travel scholarship from UT Libraries

The University of Texas Libraries wants to send you to OpenCon 2018 in Toronto, Canada!

If you are a UT Austin graduate student or postdoctoral researcher with an interest in open access (OA), open educational resources (OER) or open data who wants to help shape the future of research and education at UT, consider applying for a travel scholarship being provided by the Libraries to attend this year’s OpenCon. OpenCon is an academic conference for early career researchers taking place November 2nd-4th, 2018 in Toronto. OpenCon is an excellent opportunity to learn more about open access, open education and open data, to learn how to advocate for these issues, and to network with people from across the globe. It truly is an international conference – since 2014, people from 176 countries have applied to attend! The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, hackathons, and there is usually an opportunity to lobby government officials. The UT Austin scholarship winner will be fully funded to attend the conference.

The scholarship winner will be expected to share what they’ve learned once they return to Austin. We are open to what that engagement may look like – for instance, the attendee may choose to host a presentation upon their return or they may decide to push for more open access in a particular area on campus. Library staff will be available to help coordinate events and meetings, but the attendee is expected to do most of the content planning.

To apply:

Please send a statement (no longer than 500 words) discussing how you might like to engage our campus in open agenda discussions. This statement is not binding, but it is an opportunity to brainstorm ideas that can be further refined later. Submit your statement and resume/CV to Scholarly Communications Librarian, Colleen Lyon, c.lyon at austin.utexas.edu, by midnight on Monday, July 16th. Applicants will be notified with a decision by Friday, August 17th. If you have questions about the conference or about the application process, please contact Colleen Lyon.

MIT and Royal Society of Chemistry

MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a license agreement that is the first of its kind in North America. The agreement will provide access to Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) articles for the MIT community, and will also make all RSC articles authored by MIT researchers open access for anyone to read. You can find more information about this agreement through the MIT Libraries announcement.

OA Week 2018 theme announced

The theme for Open Access Week 2018 was announced earlier this week – Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge. OA Week this year will be October 22nd-28th.

You can find more information about OA Week on their website.

In the past UT Libraries has participated with both online and in-person events. We’ll be participating again this year and will make announcements here over the coming months.