March 2021

This monthly installment features information on accessing Dimensions through the new Shibboleth integration, access credentials to a recent NISO webinar for CMU faculty, staff, and students, a series of posts on the cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy, upcoming CMU Scholarly Communication workshops, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund. 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

Off-Campus Access to Dimensions Now in Place
As of Friday, February 05, CMU users can now create an account in Dimensions and access it off-campus thanks to the CMU Shibboleth authentication method. CMU users can create an account in Dimensions when they log into the platform for the first time. Users should click on ‘Login' and then enter their CMU email address ( in the first entry box labeled, ‘Enter your email.' Users will then be asked to enter their CMU Shibboleth Web Login credentials. Anyone with questions about accessing or using DImensions should contact David Scherer and Matthew Marsteller.

Forthcoming Scholarly Communication Workshops
The University Libraries still has a number of forthcoming workshops focused on Scholarly Communications this Spring. These workshops are offered each semester on a variety of topics, and 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. Being Recognized: Managing your Author Identity and Improving your Research Communication Skills
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Thursday, March 11, 2021

  2. Getting Started with the KiltHub Repository
    12:00pm - 1:00pm Thursday, April 01, 2021

  3. Understanding Copyright and Preventing Plagiarism: Utilizing iThenticate Plagiarism Prevention Tool
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Thursday, April 29, 20211

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.

Carnegie Mellon University Offers Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Cambridge University Press have entered into a three-year read and publish agreement that allows researchers to publish in Cambridge's suite of journals without incurring article processing charges (APC). The agreement is implemented from January 1st, 2021. Under the agreement, Carnegie Mellon's corresponding author will have an opportunity to publish their research open access in Cambridge University Press journals over these three years and will not be charged any APC. The University Libraries will be charged an annual fixed flat rate over the three-year term. More information about the CMU-Cambridge University Press Agreement can be found on the CMU Open Access Agreements Portal.

NISO Webinar Recordings to "Content Presentation: Diversity of Formats" Now Available
Below are the details to access the archived recordings of the NISO webinars from February. 

Forthcoming NISO Webinar:"Building Trust: Credibility of Content"
Below are the details for a forthcoming free webinar hosted by NISO. 

  • Wednesday, March, 10: "Building Trust: Credibility of Content"
    • Meeting Link: 
    • The Zoom system will ask for your name and email address when you enter the platform. This information is for reporting purposes only so that NISO can track who has actively participated in the event.
Scholarly Communication in the news

What's Next for Open Science — Making the Case for Open Methods
In a recent publication on the Scholarly Kitchen, Editorial Director of Journal Policy for Oxford University Press, David Crotty, discusses how the scientific community is understanding how an enormous amount of value is not being captured or preserved in the documentation of research workflows and methods, and that further transparency around research methodologies is necessary via the adoption of open methods. Crotty further states that clear standards, ideally modeled upon the FAIR Principles already in place for open data, should be modeled, developed, and funders and publishers have an opportunity to be leaders in this effort to further drive public trust and increase accurate reproducible research. This publication was based on a presentation David recently delivered at the recent NISO Plus 2021 event.

cOAlition S's Rights Retention Strategy: What it is, Understanding it,  and what stakeholders have to say
During the month of February, a series of articles and interviews were published via the Scholarly Kitchen on the PanS Rights Retention Strategy. The Rights Retention Strategy (RRS) ensures that researchers who have been funded by a cOAlition S Organisation will always be able to honour their funders' Open Access (OA) policy. In her February 17 article,  Lisa Hinchcliffe discusses the RSS, explaining what this policy is and how it functions within the Plan S compliance framework. Additionally, Robert Harrington - Associate Executive Director of Publishing at the American Mathematical Society (AMS), speaks with an array of expert stakeholders in a two part (Part 1, Part 2) publication on their differing views about the RRS and Creative Commons licensing. 

Those wishing to know more about the Plan S Rights Retention Strategy should read, '4 things you should know about the Rights Retention Strategy and the Journal Checker Tool,' which is provided by cOAlition S. 


Open Access Updates

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

  1. Conrad Tucker, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, 'Node Classification using Kernel Propagation in Graph Neural Networks,' Expert Systems With Applications.

  2. Jessica Zhang, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, 'Topology optimization of phononic-like structures using experimental material interpolation model for additive manufactured lattice infills,' Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

  3. Jonathan P Caulkins, Faculty, Heinz, 'Radical technological breakthroughs in drugs and drug markets: The cases of cannabis and fentanyl,' International Journal of Drug Policy

  4. Jeffrey Anderson, Grad Student, Engineering and Public Policy, 'Transitioning to a carbon-constrained world: Reductions in coal-fired power plant emissions through unit-specific, least-cost mitigation frontiers,' Applied Energy

  5. Alan Russell, Faculty, Chemical Engineering, 'Organophosphate detoxification by membrane-engineered red blood cells,' Acta Biomaterialia

  6. Gary Fedder, Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 'Interfacial delamination and delamination mechanism maps for 3D printed flexible electrical interconnects,' Extreme Mechanics Letters. 

  7. Dennis Prieve, Faculty, Chemical Engineering, 'Determination of the zeta potential of planar solids in nonpolar liquids,' Journal of Colloid And Interface Science

  8. David Offner, Faculty, Mathematical Sciences, 'Long path and cycle decompositions of even hypercubes,' European Journal of CombinatoricsI

  9. Ana Lucia Caceres, Grad Student, Engineering and Public Policy, 'Hydropower under climate uncertainty: Characterizing the usable capacity of Brazilian, Colombian and Peruvian power plants under climate scenarios,' Energy for Sustainable Development

  10. Jay Whitacre, Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering, 'Inhomogeneous aging of cathode materials in commercial 18650 lithium ion battery cells,' Journal of Energy Storage.

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

February ACM Agreement Publications
No ACM data was reported in time for the publication of this issue of SCONE. Data will be added to the issue once made available.

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

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

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

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

  1. Alireza Chamanzar, Grad Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 'Neural silences can be localized rapidly using noninvasive scalp EEG,' Communications Biology

  2. Joshua Uyheng, Grad Student, Institute for Software Research, 'Characterizing network dynamics of online hate speech during the COVID-19 pandemic,' Applied Network Science

  3. Anne Robinson, Faculty, Chemical Engineering, 'Critical molecular and cellular contributors to tau pathology,' Biomedicines

  4. Tzahi Cohen-Karni, Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, 'Intracellular action potential recordings from cardiomyocytes by ultra-fast 2 pulsed laser irradiation of fuzzy graphene microel,' Science Advances.

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,