SCONE October 2020

Information and updates supporting the creation, dissemination, use, and preservation of the research data, creative works, and other scholarly outputs that weave together the fabric of your research. Read more about SCONE. For more information about the blog, or to provide a guest post, please contact, David Scherer, Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant,

Scholarly Communication at CMU

October Open Access Week KiltHub Deposit Contest
To celebrate International Open Access Week 2020, figshare will be running its annual upload competition during Open Access, which will take place between 12am BST on 19th October until 11:59pm BST on 25th October (and you get an extra hour on Sunday the 25th as this is when the UK's DST ends!). Figshare will be offering prizes for institutions who upload the most items and researchers who upload during Open Access week. Researchers will be entered into a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift vouchers, distributed virtually. Figshare will also be making a $500 donation to Resourcing Racial Justice, an organization that supports individuals and communities working towards racial justice. The winning figshare for institution client will win 100TB added to their AWS allocation.

Dimensions Transitions to Shibboleth
Beginning in November, CMU will be transitioning access to Dimensions Plus from IP-range based to SSO via Shibboleth. Current users will be contacted by David with directions on how to save their saved search settings and current export library search queries.

Open Access Deposits from Elements to KiltHub
Elements users can now review their publications within their publications list for potential deposit to KiltHub. Elements will utilize the information from their publications records to review their author rights information against the Sherpa/RoMEO plug-in, informing them whether they can make their publication open access, which version can be deposited to KiltHub, and if any other requirements, such as an delay of access embargo or particular reuse license, will be required. The current integration between Elements and KiltHub only allows for the deposit of publications and other scholarly works. Data deposits will still need to be done through the main KiltHub interface. A forthcoming user guide will be available on the CMU Elements Support Portal

Forthcoming Scholarly Communication Workshops
There are still a number of forthcoming workshops focused on Scholarly Communications. These workshops are offered each semester on a variety of topics – are designed to help attendees learn a new skill, deepen their understanding of a specific topic, or gain exposure to an unfamiliar technology, tool, or technique.

All workshops are available at no charge and are open to Carnegie Mellon University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Workshops will be delivered virtually, via a Zoom link emailed to participants before the session. Seating is limited and registration is required.

  1. Publishing Openly: Understanding the CMU Publishing Agreements and Applying for Funding to the CMU Article Processing Charge Fund
    7:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, October 29, 2020

  2. Understanding Copyright and Preventing Plagiarism: Utilizing iThenticate Plagiarism Prevention Tool
    7:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, November 5, 2020

  3. An Introduction to Symplectic Elements at CMU
    7:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, November 12, 2020

  4. Using Overleaf at CMU: The easy to use, online, collaborative LaTeX editor
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020

For a complete list of workshops and to register online, visit If you're not able to attend a specific workshop, but would like to learn more about the topic, please feel welcome to contact us. Librarians and subject specialists are also available to schedule additional workshops for classes, or facilitate one on one meetings.

Dimensions October Webinars
On October 21 Dimensions will be offering a customer-only webinar. This webinar will provide a general use-case based overview to users as well as provide product updates from January to date. This webinar is being offered at three different times:

Scholarly Communication in the news

OAPEN Foundation Launches New Open Access Books Toolkit
Recently announced in collaboration with Springer Nature and the University of Glasgow, the OAPEN Foundation has launched a new open access (OA) books toolkit for researchers and academic book authors. This free toolkit helps authors to better understand open access for books, open access publishing, and a number of resources to inform authors on publishing openly and guidance on the open access book publishing process.

Clarke & Esposito's The Brief - Issue 27
The October issues of the Clarke & Esposito Brief (#7: Lion Tamer?) is now available. Topics covered in this month brief included:

  • A preprint on arXiv presents the number of open access journals and other publication venues that have vanished due to the lack of sustainable business models or continued access for content post-publication. 
  • The European Research Council announces as the latest funder to pull out of Plan S. 
  • An update on the copyright infringement case between the Internet Archive and a group of trade publishers. 
  • A summary on the launch of the Initiative of Open Abstracts (I4OA), which launched at the annual OASPA conference

The full issue can be read here. Those wishing to subscribe to The Brief can do so here. Additionally, The Brief can now be found as a Twitter Feed, the Briefer Yet.

Report from the Springer Nature - ResearchGate Pilot
Earlier this month Springer Nature and Researchgate presented a summary report of their pilot project, 'Researchers at the centre: Content discoverability, visibility, and access.' In March 2019, ResearchGate and Springer Nature entered into a partnership that would push open access versions of SpringerNature publications of the ResearchGate platform. The study examined author interviews and the usage daa of the pilot content to examine a long-term partnership on sharing open content.

Recording of NISO Webinar, 'Demonstrating the Return On Investment: The Library's Role and Contribution'
On Wednesday, September 09, NISO held a webinar, 'Demonstrating the Return On Investment: The Library's Role and Contribution.' The archived recording is now available and can be accessed with the following details:

Please note that the above password is case-sensitive and includes all special characters.

Dimensions and Google BigQuery
Recently announced, The vast amount of research information data contained within Dimensions is now available for analysis on Google BigQuery. This new integration allows for dynamic, flexible integration of data with external platforms, and BI and visualization tools. Its speed and flexibility make it ideal for custom analytics, AI applications, automated reports and dashboards. On Thursday, October 08, Dimensions will be hosting a webinar to share more details and examples of how Dimensions can be used on Google Big Query. Those interested in the webinar can sign up here.

Dimensions makes Webinars On-Demand
Dimensions has recently made available a number of their webinars on-demand. This new directory of webinars features all of the free webinars provided by DImensions. These webinars range in topics from analyzing research in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, How to use Google Sheets to find academic experts, to how Dimensions can support researchers and research strategy/compliance initiatives. The full list of on demand webinars can be found here.

Federated Access in the Pandemic
In a guest post on The Scholarly Kitchen, Head of Library Systems at Boston College, Eimly Singley, presents the efforts at Boston College to convert access to their collection from IP-based access to Federated Access during the Pandemic when they saw that access to their materials went down because of users bypassing traditional library access pathways. Singley concludes with a call for libraries and publishers to work together to improve the facilitation of access rather than interrupting the scholarly conversation.


Open Access Updates

September Elsevier Agreement Publications
The following articles were made open access through our CMU-Elsevier Agreement in September:

  1. Lori Holt, Faculty, Psychology, 'Nevertheless, it persists: Dimension-based statistical learning and normalization of speech impact different levels of perceptual processing,' Cognition.
  2. Shivram Kashyap Sridhar, Student, Materials Science and Engineering, 'Statistical variations in predicted martensite variant volume fractions in superelastically deformed NiTi modeled using habit plane variants versus correspondence variants,' International Journal of Solids and Structures.

  3. Noa Marom, Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering, 'Genarris 2.0: A random structure generator for molecular crystals,' Computer Physics Communications.

  4. Luke Lavin, Student, Engineering and Public Policy, 'Dynamic operating reserve procurement improves scarcity pricing in PJM,' Energy Policy

  5. Vladislav Ayzenberg, Post Doc, Psychology, 'The relations among navigation, object analysis, and magnitude perception in children: Evidence for a network of Euclidean geometry,' Cognitive Development.

  6. Gregory S. Rohrer, Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering, 'Influence of orientation and ferroelectric domains on the photochemical reactivity of La2Ti2O7,' Journal of the European Ceramic Society.

  7. Curtis Meyer, Faculty, Physics, 'The Central Drift Chamber for GlueX,' Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A.

  8. Marc De Graef, Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering, 'Deformation state extraction from electron backscatter diffraction patterns via simulation-based pattern-matching,' Scripta Materialia

  9. Raghavendra Venkatraman, Post Doc, Mathematical Sciences, 'Quantitative stability for the Heisenberg–Pauli–Weyl inequality,' Nonlinear Analysis

  10. Jeffrey Anderson, Student, Engineering and Public Policy, 'Reducing carbon dioxide emissions beyond 2030: Time to shift U.S. power-sector focus,' Energy Policy

  11. Robert Miller, Faculty, Tepper, 'Bidding frictions in ascending auctions,' Journal of Econometrics.

A summary of all CMU-Elsevier agreement articles supported in FY '20-'21 can be found here.

September ACM Agreement Publications
There were no articles to report during the month of September.

A summary of all CMU-ACM agreement articles supported in FY '20-'21 can be found here

September PLoS Agreement Publications
There were no articles to report during the month of September.

A summary of all CMU-PLoS agreement articles supported in FY '20-'21 can be found here.

September CMU APC Funded Articles 
The following articles were approved for funding by the CMU APC Fund in September: 

  1. Andrew Gellman, Faculty, Chemical Engineering, 'Chiral Separation of rac-Propylene Oxide on Penicillamine Coated Gold NPs," Nanomaterials.

  2. Kris Dahl, Faculty, Chemical Engineering, 'Lamin microaggregates lead to altered mechanotransmission in progerin-expressing cells,' Nucleus

  3. Rosalyn Abbott, Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, 'Adipose Tissue Fibrosis: Mechanisms, Models, and Importance,' International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

A summary of all CMU APC Fund articles funded in FY '20-'21 can be found here.

For more information about the blog, or to provide a guest post, please contact, David Scherer, Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant,