A “Botanist’s Botanist” : The Field Books of Timothy Plowman

Read the full story from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The Field Museum Library has recently digitized and added to the Biodiversity Heritage Library Timothy Plowman’s entire field book collection, which spans his career from 1969, when he worked for the botanical museum at Harvard, through his years as a curator of botany at the Field Museum …

A Confusion of Journals — What Is PubMed Now?

Read the full post from Scholarly Kitchen. What is PubMed? Is it a search engine? A credentialing system? A filter? Is it a publisher? An enabler of open access (OA) publishing? A technology provider? A competitor? Depending on the situation, you can answer each of the above in the affirmative, despite the contradictions many of the …

Wiley launches content sharing across 1,700 journals

Read the full story from Wiley. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Wiley Content Sharing across its research portfolio. The launch follows a successful trial that began in early 2017. Wiley Content Sharing facilitates collaboration by allowing authors and subscribers to share free-to-read full-text articles with non-subscribers. This new functionality will be …

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests

Read the full story in Science. There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous—and, according to a U.S. court, illegal—online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. (See Science’s investigation last year of who is downloading papers from Sci-Hub.) But just how enormous is its repository? That is the question biodata scientist Daniel Himmelstein at the …

US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

Read the full story in Nature. One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub, the Library …

Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch

Read the full story in Nature. The blacklist is dead; long live the blacklist. Five months after a widely read blog listing possible ‘predatory’ scholarly journals and publishers was shut down, another index of untrustworthy titles is appearing — although this version will be available only to paying subscribers.