The Challenges of COVID-19 for Early Career Librarians

A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.

Last week John Vsetecka offered his perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on early-career scholars. In today's post, we learn what's been like for early-career librarians from Laura Rocco, outreach and engagement librarian at California State University, Stanislaus.

The Challenges of COVID-19 for Early Career Librarians

Crowd-sourcing reviews


The Scholarly Kitchen blog has a discussion of a new method that some journals are using to collect reviews of scientific articles.  The system relies on a large number of expert reviewers who are invited to "crowd" review a manuscript and can submit their comments much more rapidly than under the old system.

The comments are also of interest.  Commentators noted the way that this promotes discussion and collegiality; one of them thought it would be worth trying the same method with book reviews.

Warning: pseudo-academic journals ahead


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a public service announcement stating that "Foreign intelligence services have been known to use websites, including pseudo-academic online journals, to disseminate articles with misleading or unsubstantiated information." 

To prevent this, they recommend seeking information from "trustworthy sources". 

Now all we need is a way to identify which sources are untrusworthy--something some of our best academic minds have been struggling with for a long time.

Preserving twenty-first century scholarship


Below is an excerpt and link from an article about the efforts of the Internet Archive to preserve research that was published in defunct open access journals.  It is entitled  "The Internet Archive Has a New Tool to Save Research Papers From Vanishing" by Samantha Cole for the Vice Media website, Sep 17 2020

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