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Newsletter on Publishing, Archiving & Literature

Standard Evaluation Protocol 2015—2021 There is a new Standard Evaluation protocol for Research Assessments in the Netherlands.The new protocol was presented to Minister Jet Bussemaker on March 21, 2014. The SEP Protocols are used for the Peer Review of scientific institutions and universities. An assessment according to the SEP 2015 - 2021 consists of an external evaluation conducted once every six years and involving a self-evaluation report and a site visit, and an internal midterm review midway between two external review. The basic principles of the SEP are: * research quality * relevance to society * viability (the extent to which the unit is equipped for the future).

“ ..with this we give credit to the motivation and essence of science: curiosity to why and how things are as they

are ...” - Jet Bussemaker

In view of the former SEP there is a shift in focus from productivity to relevance. Both relevance to science and relevance to society are taken into account. The relevance is considered of the products of research like the books, journal articles, datasets, designs and such; the use of these products in citations , software tools, use of infrastructure to inform scientist and other target groups. And as a third dimension the relevance is considered from the acknowledgements from science and society. Above that the protocol gives attention to research integrity and the measures the institutes take to ensure scientific integrity. Special attention is given to the supervision of PhD’s, in the way they perform, the thesis they write and the destination they choose after obtaining their PhD.

In This Issue

At NIOO we try to account for the performance of the institute every year, according to the SEP, so that in time of our Peer Review (due in 2018) we are fully prepared. Read the press release (in Dutch) or the full SEP

Standard Evaluation Protocol

KNAW Evaluated

Cost of Academic Publishing

Pilot Dutch DVN

Library as Flexible workplace

Journal Evaluation

Citations & Downloads

Read SEP and know what are the evaluation criteria

Cost of Academic Publishing

KNAW evaluated on 3 function

KNAW Evaluated An external committee installed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to evaluate the functioning of the KNAW, has presented its findings. The committee has taken a critical look at the KNAW's three main functions: 1.. Forum: KNAW has a role as forum, voice and conscience ("het forum, geweten en de stem") of science. KNAW elects prominent scientists from all disciplines as members, KNAW organizes debates, meetings, symposia etc. on scientific topics and KNAW offers awards and subsidies to stimulate certain research. 2. Advisory body: KNAW has a task to advise the government on "science for policy & policy for science". 3. Managing institutes: KNAW manages 17 research institutes; the NIOO is one of the largest.

2 Years ago Tom Gowers, a mathematician, started a campaign – The Cost of Knowledge against the high cost of academic journals esp. from Elsevier. He wrote a declaration and up now, 2 years later Tom Gowers notices that not much has changed. And he decided to make a study into the costs of academic publishing. He asked UK universities what they paid Elsevier for their licenses and came to an overview table, that showed great discrepancies. To his surprise Elsevier included a clause into the license that forbid universities to talk about their expenditures. And thus he tries to start a discussion on how to reduce the costs of academic publishing.

More independence State minister Sander Dekker presented the committee's conclusions to Parliament on Wednesday 9 April. The committee's final report includes a number of practical recommendations. One of these is that the KNAW's larger institutes - including the NIOO - should be given more autonomy over areas such as finances and personnel.

Initial reactions The KNAW's board says in an initial reaction to the report that it is not planning

to adopt all of the committee's recommendations. The report is in Dutch and can be downloaded as an attachment to this article, as can the initial reaction from KNAW to the report. Further information on the KNAW website..

Pilot Dutch DVN For archiving data we still use the platform offered to us by VLIZ. We have been looking for new ways of hosting our data repository and we found the dataverse network (a Harvard initiative) suitable to our demands. In The Netherlands there is a combined action to use the dataverse network in a cooperated way: the Dutch Dataverse Network. From May 2014 this network will be managed by DANS. We participate in this network and this year we will test Dutch DVN with some of the datasets with consent of the researchers involved.

Michelle Brooke concluded in a blog post about the cost of academic publishing that apart from the 14,5 million GPB 19 UK universities paid to Elsevier, they also paid for APC (author processing charges) for -Gold- Open Access journals. It is not clear how much money is involved in that, but from the more than 1 million GBP the Wellcome Trusts spent to APC for Elsevier journals 95 % was for subscription journal.

In The Netherlands Wouter Gerritsma made an attempt to quantify the cost of Open Access compared to the cost of subscription journals. He concluded that Gold Open Access would costs about 10 million Euro extra for The Netherlands. The discussion on the cost of academic publishing will con-

Journal Evaluation There are 2 tools for the evaluation of scientific journals. Both tools depend on the reviews by researchers themselves. The first tools covers all journals, the second tool just covers journals for Open Access. 1. Scirev 2. QOAM

Ad 1. Scirev is an initiative from two researchers from the Radboud University in Nijmegen. They started a website that compared journals based on their peer review. They look at the duration and to the quality of the peer review.

Links from Web of Science to Google Scholar and v.v. As promised with the update of Web of Science on January 12, 2014 Thomson Reuters now have implemented the links to and from Google Scholar.

In Google Scholar you can see in the result page a direct link to the record in Web of Science and in Web of Science you can see on the Full record page a link to the full text via Google Scholar.

Library as Flexible workplace The Library room 1.120 will be redecorated. The idea is to create a more flexible workspace for students and guests. In order to achieve this the bookshelves will be placed on top of the existing shelving systems against the walls in the back and on the side.

Ad 2. QOAM is the second initiative hosted by the Radboud University and Surf. They were searching for indicators for an accreditation system for Open Access Journals. And they ended up with the website QOAM. On the QOAM website researchers can review Open Access journals and give them credits for criteria such as: Editorial information, Peer review, Governance and Process and a score for the personal evaluation of the reviewer. Thus each journal gets its Journal Score Card.

There will be one double shelving system row standing separately and one will go the archive in 1.158. This will be the shelves with what remained of our old printed journals, i.e. the journal issues that are not online yet.

Preview of the library as a flexible workplace

Citations & Downloads Highest cited NIOO publication from 2014 (total 50 pubs) is: Charmantier, Anne, and Phillip Gienapp. "Climate change and timing of avia breeding and migration: evolutionary versus plastic changes." Evolutionary Applications 7, no. 1 (2014): 15-28. Times Cited: 4

Top use of journals in 2013:

* number of pubs = number of articles NIOO published in this journal in 2013 * IF 2012 = impact factor 2012 * references from NIOO Pubs = number of citations to articles in this journals from the 2013 NIOO publications * downloads = number of articles that people at NIOO downloaded from this journal in 2013

Contact Us Give us a call for more information about our services . Drop by to check out or borrow a print book, or to sit and read or study. Come and use the smartboard for small consultations or the sonic chair for private watching web lectures.

NIOO Library and Information Services Room 1.120 (library & flexible workspace) tel: 40586 Room 1.121 (library personnel) tel:40587 06-23199593 In total there were 177 NIOO Publications with 9.674 references for which 48.465 downloads were made from 1.466 different journals.

Books & Journals

Jorik Booij

TRIAL: Springerreference In Springer Reference large reference works are published article by article before the "live" publication on the ebook platform. Please let us know what you think of Springerreference.Is it worthwhile for NIOO to invest in these articles in progress?

Marianne van der Heijden

New Books Saskia WoutersenWindhouwer

For the List of New Books and the List of Online Journals please check intranet. Read, work, check, consult and inform yourself in the library!

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