Weekly digest: FNLM webinar blog, OA books and scholarly metadata

Jo Gordon

To read:

In pursuit of trusted information: the trials and tribulations of public access via Open Pharma | 3-minute read

Equitable public access to research is an essential part of the open science movement and a core principle of Open Pharma. This Open Pharma blog post, written by our very own Amber Tear, discusses the latest webinar from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), which explores the benefits and practical challenges of implementing public access to published research. This article summarizes the key themes from the hour-long event and outlines the opinions of the multidisciplinary experts in public access who took part.

Taylor & Francis open access books initiative supported by Jisc via Taylor & Francis | 3-minute read

Open Pharma Supporter Taylor & Francis has announced a new collaborative funding pilot called Pledge to Open. This open access books initiative, run in partnership with Jisc and other international partners, aims to publish 70 books on a broad range of global issues, including climate change, mental health, women’s rights and race. All higher education institutions in the UK can take part and support one or more of the seven interdisciplinary themed collections, each of which is planned to comprise 10 frontlist research books. If funding targets are met, the books will be published open access for everyone to read, download and share. Collections for this initial pilot will be: 1) climate change, 2) green renewable energy, 3) pandemics, 4) populism and extremism, 5) race and racism, 6) wellbeing and mental health, and 7) women’s health and women’s rights.

To watch:

The State of Scholarly Metadata in 2023: Industry Insights from Around the Globe via Copyright Clearance Center | 45-minute watch

Join co-hosts Jamie Carmichael (Senior Director of Information and Content Solutions at Copyright Clearance Center [CCC]) and Deni Auclair (President and Chief Executive Officer at Media Growth Strategies, LLC.) for this webinar discussing the findings of an in-depth, survey-based review on metadata management titled The State of Scholarly Metadata: 2023. Guest speakers joining Jamie and Deni include international representatives such as Randy Townsend (Director of Publishing Operations at PLOS) and Ana Heredia (Affiliate Senior Associate at Maverick Publishing Specialists). As well as the review, the panellists also discuss the challenges and pain points in implementing and maintaining consistent and accurate metadata at each stage of the research process They also highlight the need for international consensus and standardization of metadata, including solutions that move away from manual data entry. You can read the full State of Scholarly Metadata: 2023 review here or view the interactive report.

To listen to:

Podcast on accessible conference presentations via ISMPP InformED | 10-minute listen

In this International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) InformED podcast, guest host Mary Gaskarth (Head of Medical Services at CMC Affinity) is joined by Emily Messina (Medical Writer at CMC Affinity), a co-author of an ISMPP 2023 award-winning poster titled Are conference presentations accessible? Emily discusses practical and evidence-based suggestions to help make congress presentations more accessible to all attendees. Recommendations include using an accessible template, only including clear core messages, and utilizing captions and audio narratives alongside posters.

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