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 (Time may increase to 90 minutes) 

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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.

Chair: Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothesis

Biography: Heather Ruland Staines, Ph.D., is Director of Partnerships at Hypothesis. Her previous roles include Director ProQuest Global Content Alliance and VP Publisher Content Strategy, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), and Global eProduct Manager, Springer SBM (now Springer Nature). She began her career as a book acquisitions editor for Praeger Publishers.
Heather is a frequent participant in industry events, including SSP, Charleston Library Conference, ALPSP, Force11, STM, and more. She serves on the COUNTER Board, NISO’s Transfer Standing Committee, NASIG’s Digital Preservation Task Force, and the STM Association’s Futurelab. She earned a Ph.D. in Military History from Yale University.
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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.
Karen Yook photo

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