Preprint Servers

„Colleagues —

You may have seen these interesting posts about preprints on Scholarly Kitchen yesterday and today:


We took this as an opportunity to articulate the status and direction of OSF Preprints and the branded services it supports with a blog post:

We’d appreciate your comments as always, and your sharing it in your social networks. Also, it offered the occasion to describe the ongoing effort to build moderation workflows on the service, and to announce some of the new partners that will be offering preprint services using the open infrastructure:

LawArXiv — A partnership of Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA), Mid-American Law Library Consortium (MALLCO), NELLCO Law Library Consortium Inc. (NELLCO) and Cornell Law Library
MarXiv: Marine Affairs Research and Education will offer a preprint service for the ocean sciences.
SciELO: SciELO’s preprint service will extend their substantial support of scholarly publishing in Latin America, Portugal, Space, and South Africa.
PaleoArXiv: A community of researchers has organized to offer a preprint service to the paleontology community.
MindArkīv: The Mind & Life Institute will operate MindArkīv to foster preprints in the contemplative sciences.
FUSF: The Focused Ultrasound Foundation will operate a preprint service to accelerate sharing of research related to their funding mission.

Hope you find this discussion useful.


Rusty Speidel
Marketing Director
Center for Open Science“ (SCHOLCOMM-L)

Source: Biology preprints over time

Chaucer hitteth the Web

It has been a warm few days in London and at the British Library we feel that Spring has sprung. Spring is, of course, a time when it rains sweet rain and little birds stay up all night singing amorous songs. Or so Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343–1400) would have us believe. And we see no reason to doubt that this is what happens. So, to celebrate the arrival of Spring, we have digitised one of our manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s collection of pilgrims‘ stories, The Canterbury Tales.

If Books Could Talk

7 videos on the provenance of rare books. „If Books Could Talk is a collaboration between History Corps, a digital public history project from the History Department at the University of Iowa, Special Collections, and the Rita Benton Music Library from the University of Iowa Libraries.“

Altmetrics and Archives

„Altmetrics are an alternative to traditional measurement of the impact of published resources. While altmetrics are primarily used by researchers and institutions to measure the impact of scholarly publications online, they can also be used by archives to measure the impact of their diverse online holdings, including digitized and born-digital collections, digital exhibits, repository websites, and online finding aids. Furthermore, altmetrics may fill a need for user engagement assessments for cultural heritage organizations. This article introduces the concept of altmetrics for archives and discusses barriers to adoption, best practices for collection, and potential further areas of study.“

Kelly, Elizabeth Joan (2017) „Altmetrics and Archives,“ Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 4, Article 1.
Available at: – New portal for Finnish scholarly Open Access journals? is a new portal for Finnish scholarly Open Access Journals provided by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies“ ( via OATP). This is Fake news! isn’t available Open Access because viewing the PDF is only possible with a login. And you need to see the PDF because the e-text is lacking the German UMLAUTE (ä, ö, ü). It is not clear if the text on the page is the whole text of the article, but in the case of (2016) it is clear that only the abstract is free. „Virittäjä“ is a subscription journal.

Not free also:

Free e.g.

Some journals are Open Access, some not.

Wikidata: the new hub for cultural heritage

The data are incomplete, but these are the early days of an ongoing and ambitious project to share data about cultural heritage—all of it.

by Dr Martin Poulter, Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford

via Twitter:

[Edit 23.01.2017] s.a.: Zukunftswerkstatt: ZW-Tool – Crotos

Secrecy and Society: OA-Zeitschrift (–> Secrecy Studies)

Secrecy and Society

is an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed open access journal that analyzes, critiques, and evaluates dimensions of secrecy in society. The journal explores secrecy as the intentional or nonintentional concealment of information at the intersections of theory,  definition, language, praxis, and culture. Secrecy and Society also reports affiliations with censorship, confidentiality, privacy, surveillance, and forms of secrecy in the human-built and natural  worlds.

Ein Ziel ist: Establishing a distinct field of knowledge characterized as Secrecy Studies.

Secrecy and Society is an interdisciplinary journal that encourages scholarship on the problem of secrecy as either the intentional or nonintentional concealment of information. We acknowledge that ‘‘secrecy is a property of information’’ (Scheppele 1988, 12) as well as recognize the critical importance of the ‘‘professional secret, confessional secret, military secret/political secret, the secret police, the secret in novels, etc., all the semantics of the secret’’ (Derrida & Ferraris 2001, 75).

Secrecy and Society also peers into the ‘‘secrecy process,’’ described by Tefft (1980, 37) as the ‘‘tensions and/or conflicts between the secret holder (holders) and outsiders that necessitate concealment.’’ As secrecy conceals “potentially embarrassing disclosures, forbidden acts, illegality, inefficiency, evasion of responsibility, and corruption” (Simmel 1950), the secrecy process is of “potential value in examining practices and rituals of secret societies (Tefft 1992, 181), and those groups and organizations that rely on the secrecy worker.