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2012 JCR Available – Journal Citation Reports

June 21st, 2013 by Mary Wood

Access to the UCD Libraries’ 2007 – 2012 JCRRTR2OIQX

Thomson Reuters releases the 2012 Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Journal Citation Reports is published annually in two editions:
JCR Science Edition
contains data about more than 8,000 journals in science and technology.
JCR Social Sciences Edition
contains data about more than 2,600 journals in the social sciences.

The year that you select is the JCR year. All of the data that you see for journals and subject categories come from journal data published in that year.
For example, if you select JCR Science Edition 2012, and you search for a particular journal, you will see the 2012 data for that journal, including:

Number of articles published in the journal in 2012
Number of citations to that journal from articles published in 2012
Impact Factor calculated from 2012 data, and so

Concerns with impact factor:
New record: 66 journals banned for boosting impact factor with self-citations, 19 Jun 13  Nature News Blog
Impact, more about research and less about factor, 21 June 13 BMC Blog
Alternative to the journal impact, 3 June 13 KTH
San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), 16 Dec 12
Demise of the impact factor, 8 June 12 LSE Blog

Amer Assoc Univ Professors (AAUP) endorses FASTR

June 21st, 2013 by Mary Wood

After reading in the Chronicle about the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) concerns regarding MOOCs and intellectual property, I wondered where the AAUP stands on open access.

A quick search identified a recent post by Peter Suber:

The American Association of University Professors endorses FASTR

AAUP June 13, 2013 Capitol Hill Day

NIH Data Sharing Repositories

June 20th, 2013 by Mary Wood

from Blogadillo via B Abbott :

NIH Data Sharing Repositories

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently made available of list of data sharing repositories. The NIH Data Sharing Repositories is a searchable list of NIH-supported data repositories that accept submissions of appropriate data from NIH-funded investigators.  Also included are resources that aggregate information about biomedical data and information sharing systems.

NIH Data Sharing Policies provide a list of data sharing policies in effect at the NIH, including policies at the NIH, IC, division, and program levels that apply to broad sets of investigators and data.

Repository list and policies were developed by NIH Trans-NIH BioMedical Informatics Coordinating Committee (BMIC), established in the Spring of 2007 to improve communication and coordination of issues related to clinical- and bio-informatics at NIH.

Data sharing is becoming an important aspect of scientific research with benefits that are not just limited to the scientific community.  Data sharing provides more effective use of NIH resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication of data

Updated – UC Open Access Publishing Policy

June 13th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Academic Senate Forum

UC Open Access Publishing Policy – Final Expedited UC-wide

View more information about the Open Access Policy Proposal

The University Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) has proposed a new Open Access Publication Policy for University of California. This proposal has been reviewed in various forms over the last couple of years, most recently fall quarter 2012. The Davis Division of the Academic Senate has been asked to expedite a final review responding on behalf of the Divisional Academic Senate in July 2013. Once again, the primary policy goal is “to increase the availability and impact of research produced by the University of California, without adding new costs or undue burdens on the faculty.” We will use forum comments and standing committee responses to inform a single Davis Division of the Academic Senate response to the final review.

The Academic Federation has been asked to contribute comments via the forum, as well.

Please forward all feedback through the web forum or a standing committee of the Academic Senate by June 30, 2013.

BD2K: Data Catalog Request For Information

June 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood

In December 2012, NIH launched its Big Data to Knowledge BD2K Initiative

The NIH has launched a new effort to address how best to manage and utilize the large amounts of biomedical data that new technologies can generate and seeks information and relevant materials that will help inform their internal discussions…


On June 6, 2013, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) issued a Request for Information (RFI):
Input on Development of a NIH Data Catalog

Purpose: This Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit comments and ideas for the development and implementation of an NIH Data Catalog as part of the overall Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative.

From June 10 News From NN/LM PNR

The NIH BD2K initiative is considering the development of a biomedical Data Catalog to make biomedical research data findable and citable, as PubMed does for scientific publications. Such a Data Catalog would make it easier for researchers to find, share, and cite data, as well as the publications and grants that they are associated with. A Data Catalog is distinct from a data repository, but would help make data in such repositories more easily findable and citable in a consistent manner. In addition to supplying core, minimal metadata to ensure a valid data reference, it is envisioned that a Data Catalog would include links out to the location of the data, to the NIH Reporter record of the grant that supported the research, to relevant publications within PubMed or journals, and possibly to associated software or algorithms.