PubTech Radar Scan: Issue 6



  • Following the acquisition of F1000Research by Informa plc., F1000Workspace has rebranded as Sciwheel and F1000Prime has rebranded as Faculty Opinions.

  • Does awarding Open Data Badges increase data sharing on BMJ Open? Not really. “Badges did not noticeably motivate researchers who published in BMJ Open to share their data; the odds of awarding badges were nearly equal in the intervention and control groups (odds ratio = 0.9, 95% CI [0.1, 9.0]).” The authors note that badges might be more effective if combined with a bundle of other incentives. 

  • Martin Klein and Lyudmila Balakirev have analyzed the resolution of DOIs associated with scholarly resources. The findings highlight the complexity of DOI resolution, “scholarly content providers reply to DOI requests differently, depending on the request method, the originating network environment, and institutional subscription levels”. I wonder how much of this variance is historic and how aware publishers are of what their platform providers are doing here?  

  • Digiday’s piece on what three independent publishers are doing to live to stay alive includes this nugget from Skift Research (travel industry analysis). “...rather than charging for access to its new webinar series, viewers are given the option to pay what they want. One webinar last month on business travel had over 3,000 viewers and while not every attendee paid, the average amount contributed from viewers was $37 per person.”  I think it would be great if this year’s STM Innovations Day could offer a pay what you can option. The meeting costs USD180 for non-members so I assume that it’s only the larger publishers who can pay for their staff to attend, a pay what you can model would open up the meeting to a much broader audience and could bring in some additional revenue for STM.

  • TNPS has picked up some interesting stats from about how Spain’s lock-down is changing reading habits: “Spain’s eBiblio government-operated public library platform has grown 130% since the State of Emergency was declared, picking up over 18,000 new users in three weeks...Bookwire and Libranda are both reporting a 50% increase in digital books engagement, while Kobo says ebooks are up 140% and audiobooks 254%.”


Events and grants

A bit of light relief