Key appointments at F1000

F1000 has announced key appointments within its ranks. The Wellcome Trust’s former head of evaluation, Liz Allen, has joined the organisation as director of strategic initiatives. The Wellcome Trust is one of the world’s largest biomedical research charities, where Allen developed infrastructure to support research governance, progress monitoring and impact assessment, and shape funding

Ruth Francis

Figshare to display Altmetric badges

Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, has announced that research outputs deposited on its platform that have received attention online will display Altmetric badges. The attention data for datasets, videos, images, code and other alternative research outputs will be presented within the Figshare platform, and users will be able to access a collated record of all of the comments, shares and discussion relating to an item with a single click.

programme evaluations to support research strategy. Bev Acreman, former vice president of marketing and sales for open research at Springer Nature, has been appointed commercial director and started in April. At Springer Nature Acreman’s role included a focus on collaborating with Chinese funders and universities to build a solid infrastructure and understanding of open access. Prior to that, she headed up the commercial division at the first open access publisher, BioMed Central, where she built up its international sales, marketing and customer service teams. Finally, Ruth Francis has been installed as communications director for the organisation.

F1000 (the Faculty of 1000) is a community of more than 10,000 biomedical experts who help scientists to discover, discuss and publish research.

The data for individual research outputs is gathered by Altmetric in real-time from thousands of non- traditional sources including public policy documents, mainstream news and social media, online reference managers, post-publication peer-review forums, and other online forums such as F1000 and Wikipedia.

Mark Hahnel, founder of

Figshare said: ‘There are currently more than 6,000 citations of research outputs deposited on Figshare, but citations are a notoriously slow indicator of impact. Altmetric data gives immediate feedback on attention from non-traditional sources. ‘Not only will this significantly enrich the Figshare user experience and improve content discovery, but it will offer additional context and insight into the sharing and reuse of research outputs – advancing a new era of data level metrics.’

Jisc buys extensive ProQuest archive

Jisc, the provider of digital solutions to UK research and education institutions, has purchased a second collection of 50 titles from ProQuest’s Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) resource on behalf of all UK universities, colleges and research councils.

The collection of 50 additional titles adds to the existing collection already provided by Jisc to its members. These titles will be available as part of an agreement between ProQuest and Jisc, where Jisc enables institutions to have access to these archives at no additional cost to its members.

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The selection spans multiple disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, with the earliest content dating back to the 19th century. Key elements from the collection include: l Rich content of particular relevance for UK researchers (e.g. Scottish Studies Review, Welsh History Review), titles from Commonwealth countries (e.g. Queen’s Quarterly [Canada], Australian Journal of French Studies, Jamaican Historical Review) alongside publications with international scope; and

l Core journals such as general linguistics, international

education and more specialist journals serving growing sub- disciplines e.g. Foundation (devoted to science fiction) and Signal (children’s literature). Liam Earney, director at Jisc Collections, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to offer these 50 new journal titles to our member institutions. By expanding the material included in ProQuest Historical Archives through terms that reflect current and future academic practice we hope to facilitate research at scale and enable practitioners to use primary and secondary sources in a variety of teaching and learning materials.


Both Figshare and Altmetric are part of the Digital Science stable, which also includes ReadCube, Overleaf and Symplectic. Daniel Hook, managing director of Digital Science, said: ‘This is a great example of how our portfolio companies are working together to maximise the benefits of their technologies for researchers. Encouraging further exploration of research metrics is central to everything Altmetric does, and this collaboration with Figshare surfaces the online engagement and discussion surrounding alternative outputs on a scale we’ve not seen before.

‘Digital Science is continually working to ensure our tools are interoperable with widely-adopted platforms and tools.’ l The next print edition of Research Information will feature a wider article on metrics and altmetrics.

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