SCONE July 2021

This monthly installment features information on filling your social interoperability toolbox, the evolving nature of scholarly communication practices post-COVID, the 10-year birthday of CORE, a forthcoming OASPA webinar on Making Data Count, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

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Filling Your Social Interoperability Toolboxs
In the second workshop of the OCLC-LIBER, participants examined and discussed case studies in successful social interoperability. OCLC’s Brian Lavoie summarized the discussion of the second workshop in a recent Hanging Together blog post. Participants noted that social interoperability is centrally focused on “People Skills” and securing buy-in through building relationships and troubleshooting common problems. Participants noted the importance of developing personal contacts and building one’s internal network with a focus towards communication. The first session of the workshop can still be read through the previous summary published in Hanging Together. The final session of the workshop will be summarized in a future posting on the blog. 

Open and Faster Scholarly Communication in a Post-COVID World
In a recent guest post in The Scholarly Kitchen, Director of Open Research Services at Jisc, Liz Bal, discusses the change speed of Scholarly Communication in a Post-COVID world. Bal presents the ways in which the timing for opening access to research articles, associated research data, and the peer-review and publication process have evolved because of the pandemic. Bal further presents how these rapid timing changes have brought the ability for the science community to maintain a level of trust, and an overall focus upon the needs of the reader to light as these changes further shape the future of scholarly communication.

Scholarly Communication in the news

CORE Celebrates 10 Years
COnnecting REpositories (CORE), touted as the world's largest collection of open access research papers, recently turned 10 years old. Started in 2010 as a PhD Student Project, CORE brings together the full text and metadata of research content from repositories from around the world. CORE has become a key component of htthe research ecosystem, providing researchers with a useful API, repository dashboard, and a number of additional services. CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access content worldwide. Further information about CORE can be read in it’s 10 year anniversary announcement.

Pluralism vs. Monoculture in Scholarly Communication, Part 2
After a recent announcement by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science (NASEM), Rik Anderson had previously responsed to the question he had previously posed in The Scholarly Kitchen, “Will the future of scholarly communication be pluralistic and democratic, or monocultural and authoritarian?”.  In this new response, Andersen presents his own proposal for a recommendation to presidents and provosts to examine both open and subscription access publishing models where faculty retain maximum flexibility and to select models that provide the best balance of both local and global benefits.

OASPA Endorses Make Data Count Webinar
In a forthcoming free webinar, the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) will be presenting, “Introducing Make Data Count & Exploring Best Practices for Data Citation. Scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 from 10:30-11:30am EST. This interactive webinar will also allow participants to provide feedback on data citation in their communities in preparation for a future work provided for OASPA members. Those interested in this workshop can register here.

Open Access Updates

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

  1. Chaoyi Zhu, Staff, Materials Science and Engineering, “Determining crystallographic orientation via hybrid convolutional neural network,” Materials Characterization

  2. Anne Robinson, Faculty, Chemical Engineering, “Challenges for design of aggregation-resistant variants of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor,” Biophysical Chemistry

  3. Nathan Kong, PhD Student, “Mechanical Engineering, “The Salted Kalman Filter: Kalman filtering on hybrid dynamical systems,” Automatica.

  4. Shawn Litster, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, “Non-planar platinum group metal-free fuel cell cathodes for enhanced oxygen transport and water rejection,” Journal of Power Sources

  5. Tianshi Li, PhD Student, Human Computer Interaction Institute, “What makes people install a COVID-19 contact-tracing app? Understanding the influence of app design and individual difference on contact-tracing app adoption intention,” Pervasive and Mobile Computing

  6. Tesca Fitzgerald, Post Doc, Robotics, “Abstraction in data-sparse task transfer,” Artificial Intelligence.

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

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

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

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

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

June Cambridge University Press Agreement Articles 
There were no Cambridge University Press Agreement Publications to report during the month of June.

A summary of all CUP agreement articles supported in FY ’20-’21 can be found here.

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

  1. *Sarah Young, Faculty, University Libraries, “Understanding collaboration and term usage dynamics in agricultural buffer strip research: a research weaving protocol,” Ecological Solutions and Evidence.

  2. *Luisa Hiller, Faculty, Biological Sciences, “Pneumococcal Extracellular Vesicles Modulate Host Immunity,” mBio.


* Indicates financial support for this APC provided by The Roger Sorrells Endowed Fund for the Engineering and Science Library, established by Dr. Gloriana St. Clair, dean emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, in honor of her longtime life partner.

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,