June 30, 2006

Retooled "Create Change" Site

Adapted from the June 22, 2006 press release:

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ARL (Association of Research Libraries), with support from ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries), today announced the re-launch of the Create Change Web site, a popular resource on scholarly communication issues. The site has been updated to provide faculty with current information, perspectives, and tools that will enable them to play an active role in advancing scholarly information exchange in the networked environment.

The new Create Change Web site (http://www.createchange.org) is based around the idea that the ways faculty share and use academic research results are changing rapidly and irreversibly. By posing the question, “Shouldn’t the way we share research be as advanced as the Internet?? the site outlines how faster and wider sharing of journal articles, research data, simulations, syntheses, analyses, and other findings fuels the advance of knowledge. It also offers practical ways faculty can look out for their own interests as researchers.


The Create Change Web site includes sections on digital scholarship and new modes of communication; examples of change in diverse fields; and ways to stay informed on new developments. It offers tailored guidance for researchers who play many roles in their professional lives – as researcher, author, reviewer, editor, editorial board member, society member, faculty member, or teacher. The site features selected news items; an ongoing series of interviews with scholars from different disciplines; and scores of links to other Web sites and resources.

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June 14, 2006

Nature focuses on peer review

From a press release by Nature Publishing Group, June 12, 2006:

Nature is hosting a web debate on peer review at www.nature.com/nature/peerreview. At the same time, authors submitting papers to Nature can take part in a limited trial of open peer review.

The peer review process requires constant scrutiny by those who administer it. Even publishers with new business models have been reluctant to change the traditional model, which functions well. Nature however, believes the shift to online publishing makes new approaches possible and the online debate and trial reflect this thinking.

The web debate will bring together overviews and opinions on peer review: its quality, value, ethics and alternatives. Join the debate...

The trial will allow open comments on those submitted manuscripts selected for peer review. Authors can opt for their manuscript to be posted publicly. Anyone in the field may post comments, provided they are prepared to identify themselves. The trial will allow Nature's editors to assess the value of including these open comments in their decision-making. The trial runs alongside the usual, confidential peer review process.

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