Wednesday 26 June 2019

Making the Case for Embracing Micropublications: Are they a way forward for scholarly publishing?

Date and time

Wednesday 26 June. Online.
16:00-17:00 BST, 11:00-12:00 EDT, 17:00-18:00 CEST, 08:00-09:00 PDT 

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Albert Einstein said “an academic career, in which a person is forced to produce scientific writings in great amounts, creates a danger of intellectual superficiality”. In 2019, researchers have been working with the pressures of “Publish or Perish” for decades. The default response is to question the value of microPublications that are produced as a result. But what about when microPublications are carefully defined; peer review is stringently completed; and they enable publishers to more efficiently produce the “longer story” research articles with pre-validated research outputs? Are there largely unknown opportunities and values to be gained quickly? Can microPublications enable synthesizing and distilling of information and integrate this information in established repositories to create a more meaningful and greater corpus of knowledge - dare we say, global knowledgebase?

We will hear from scientific curators with new roles as editors of microPublications, and a publisher who encourages this new publishing genre.

Who should attend

Publishing executives, editors, librarians, funders, researchers

Chair: Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships, MIT Knowledge Futures Group

Biography: Heather is Head of Partnerships for MIT Knowledge Futures Group, building open source infrastructure for publishers and libraries. Her previous roles include positions at Hypothesis, Proquest, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the COUNTER Board of Directors, the STM Futurelab, Society for Scholarly Publishing, the NISO Transfer Standing Committee, the NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force, two OPERAS working groups, and the ORCID Trust Working Group. She has a Ph.D. in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University. Heather Staines photo


Daniela Raciti, Scientific Curator for Wormbase and Managing Editor, Micropublication Biology
Daniela is a Managing Editor for microPublication Biology and a Curator for WormBase at the California Institute of Technology. Daniela graduated from the ETH Zurich with a PhD in developmental biology. She has worked on curation of biological data for over a decade. Her expertise includes the genetics and molecular biological analysis of model organisms; literature curation and curation automation; and ontology development. With microPublication Biology she advocates for direct incorporation of peer-reviewed single experimental observations into established biological repositories.
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Karen Yook, Scientific Curator for Wormbase and Managing Editor, Micropublication Biology
Biography: Dr. Karen Yook is a Managing Editor for microPublication Biology and a Curator for WormBase at CalTech. Karen earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Utah. After Post Doctoral research, Karen became a curator at WormBase, the authoritative repository for genomic and genetic data of the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. As a researcher and curator Karen has a unique perspective of how much research never gets into the public domain --being left out of a publication or stuck behind paywalls. With microPublication Biology she is working to get all publicly-funded data vetted and into the open.
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Abstract: A significant proportion of useful biomedical research output is not published in a timely fashion -- or ever -- because of the pressure to publish complete narratives. In addition, the effort, and hence cost, of curation at archival repositories can be inhibitory to getting these data into publicly-funded community knowledge bases. We are capturing these ‘lost’ data through both publishing the findings as micropublications in a new online journal, microPublication Biology and depositing it into archival repositories. Our platform encourages researchers to share data in a metadata-driven fashion by giving them credit for participation through a citable publication that is peer-reviewed. microPublication Biology presents a welcome alternative in scholarly communication, expanding both the nature of published data as well as engaging more members of the science community in the publication process, i.e. undergraduate students/junior graduate students as authors and senior graduate students/postdocs as reviewers. Starting with articles focused on nematode biology, microPublication Biology has expanded to other model organism communities such as Drosophila and Xenopus, giving authors the opportunity to publish experimental observations that would otherwise remain invisible to the public – stand-alone results, negative results, experimental replications and so on. When accepted after peer-review, manuscripts are published online, and atomized data is delivered directly to the authoritative database for each community (i.e., WormBase, Flybase, Xenbase), ensuring fast integration with biological knowledge bases for deep data integration and public discoverability. microPublication Biology maximizes efficiency in data curation and accessibility of research findings according to findable, accessible, interoperable, and reproducible (FAIR) data principles.  
Tracey DePellegrin, Executive Director, Genetics Society of America Tracey DePellegrin picture

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