Weekly digest: the latest news on issues important to Open Pharma

Amy Williams

Including a report on new CLUE recommendations, Springer Nature’s ORCID trial, thoughts on the latest peer-review scandal and the dog who edits journals

Preprint: Cooperation and Liaison between Universities and Editors (CLUE) via bioRxiv

Authored by leading figures in the field of publications best practice, this preprint suggests ways in which the relationship between institutions and editors could be improved.

Nature embraces ORCID via The Scientist

Springer Nature have announced they are launching a 6-month trial mandating the use of ORCID identifiers by researchers submitting manuscripts to their journals.

The dog who edits journals via Perth Now

This is the simultaneously funny and frightening story of Dr Olivia Doll, the Staffordshire terrier who sits on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed medical journals.

Preprint servers via Research Preprints

This blog site, created by Martyn Rittman, Director of Preprints.org, contains an open-source database with information on various preprint repositories and a forum for discussion on the use of preprints in the world of scientific publishing.

The birth of Project Cupcake via The Scholarly Kitchen

This is an article about the newly launched Project Cupcake, which aims to challenge the way in which the service provided by publishers to researchers is evaluated.

Peer review hoaxes via the Inside Higher Ed blog

In the wake of the publication this week of the hoax paper ‘The conceptual penis as a social construct’, this piece examines what stories like these really tell us about peer review today.