Virginia Tech Publishing partners with international association to publish engineering open textbook | Virginia Tech Daily | Virginia Tech

“In February 2021, The University Libraries’ Virginia Tech Publishing and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) will publish “Introduction to Biosystems Engineering,” an open textbook for university-level introductory courses in biosystems engineering….”

Transitioning of IET Journals to Wiley [and open access]

“We’re delighted to provide some further information about the transition of IET [Institution of Engineering and Technology] journals from hybrid model to a fully Gold Open Access model.

Further information about final submission dates for 2020 publication will be available on each of our journal sites. For Journals transitioning to Gold Open Access all papers submitted to IET journals after this date will be published under the Gold Open Access model and subject to APCs. Submissions will be processed through ScholarOne, Wiley’s editorial management system, and if accepted, will be published in a 2021 volume of your chosen journal. The journal will be available on the new IET Engineering & Technology Hub on Wiley Online Library.

Current volumes of all IET journals will remain on IET Digital Library until 31st December 2020, at which point they will transfer to the IET Engineering & Technology Hub on Wiley Online Library and will be made free to access. This applies to all articles published in all volumes from 2013 onwards. 

Please read on for further information about the transition of IET Journals to Wiley….”

How data sharing is accelerating railway safety research

“Andre?’s dataset was shortlisted for the Mendeley Data FAIRest Datasets Award, which recognizes researchers who make their data available for the research community in a way that exemplifies the FAIR Data Principles – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. The dataset was applauded for a number of reasons, not least the provision of clear steps to reproduce the data. What’s more, the data was clearly catalogued and stored in sub folders, with additional links to Blender and GitHub, making the dataset easily available and reproducible for all….”

The new open-access African Journal of Engineering & Technology launches, powered by ScienceOpen technology – ScienceOpen Blog

“We are very excited to introduce our new cooperation with the Sudanese Researchers Foundation (SRF). SRF is a Sudanese NGO focusing on advancing scientific research in Sudan and increasing the capacity of Sudanese researchers. ScienceOpen and SRF have collaborated to begin a new journal within the ScienceOpen platform, making it the second journal to be completely powered by ScienceOpen. The support provided by ScienceOpen will include a manuscript submission and peer review management system, production tracking, editorial operation support, open-access hosting, metadata services, and promotional campaigns for SRF’s new journal, the African Journal of Engineering & Technology (AJET)….”

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering (nsf21519) | NSF – National Science Foundation

“In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergent research. When responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), once received the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering.

This solicitation will establish a group of HDR Institutes for data-intensive research in science and engineering that can accelerate discovery and innovation in a broad array of research domains. The HDR Institutes will lead innovation by harnessing diverse data sources and developing and applying new methodologies, technologies, and infrastructure for data management and analysis. The HDR Institutes will support convergence between science and engineering research communities as well as expertise in data science foundations, systems, applications, and cyberinfrastructure. In addition, the HDR Institutes will enable breakthroughs in science and engineering through collaborative, co-designed programs to formulate innovative data-intensive approaches to address critical national challenges….”

Call for papers: IEEE Software Special Issue on Collaborative Aspects of Open Data in Software Engineering – Policy and Research – Open Knowledge Forums

“Happy to announce the call for papers to the IEEE Software Special Issue on Collaborative Aspects of Open Data in Software Engineering.

With this issue, we want to focus on the collaborative aspects of Open Data in software engineering and how these aspects can help – or hinder – practitioners within both private and public organizations to exploit the potential benefits.

Extant research promotes the creation of data ecosystems or collaboratives but is limited in terms of guidelines and support for software engineers. Inspiration can be elicited from the more thoroughly investigated collaborative practices present in Open Source Software communities and Software Ecosystems….”

Dear Colleague Letter

“We would like to inform you about an upcoming major transition for the Journal of Field Robotics.

After 15 years of service, John Wiley and Sons, the publisher has decided not to renew the contract of the Editor in Chief (Sanjiv Singh) and the Managing Editor (Sanae Minick) and hence our term will expire at the end of 2020.

This comes after two years of discussions between new Wiley representatives and the  Editorial Board have failed to converge to a common set of principles and procedures by which the journal should operate. The Editorial Board has unanimously decided to resign….

While this moment calls for creativity and collaboration with the scholarly community to find new models, Wiley is intent on making broad changes to the way that the Journal of Field Robotics is operated, guided mostly by an economic calculation to increase revenue and decrease costs. To do this, they have unilaterally decided to change the terms of the contract that has been constant since the JFR was started in 2005. Wiley has confronted a similar case (European Law Journal) with similar effect— the entire editorial board has resigned in January of 2020….”

Open Access for the future – Zeng – 2020 – Engineering in Life Sciences – Wiley Online Library

“We are very happy to announce that Engineering in Life Sciences will be a full Gold Open Access journal starting January 1st, 2020.

All papers are now freely accessible for everybody to read, directly upon publication.
Authors may share their articles with anyone, on any platform or via any communication channel.
Copyright will remain with the authors under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC?BY) License which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium (provided the original work is properly cited).
With Open Access, visibility is significantly increased and research reaches a larger audience; this usually also leads to increased downloads and citations….”

JTEHM: The EMB Journey to Open Access – IEEE Journals & Magazine

Abstract:  The ultimate goal of engineering in medicine and biology (EMB) researchers is to improve medical care for patients and communities all over the world by providing a collaborative environment for engineer-scientists and clinicians. In order for this collaboration to occur, however, there must be a widely indexed platform that promotes communication among researchers across a spectrum of nations, both economically developed and underdeveloped, and between engineer-scientists and clinicians who are less likely to have access to IEEE Xplore. In response to this need, the EMB Society (EMBS) created the Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (JTEHM), its first Gold Open Access (OA) journal. At its inception in 2012, JTEHM outlined a bold, comprehensive objective: Our unique mission—to bring together scientific researchers, practicing clinicians, and engineers to develop actionable, practical solutions for patients, families, and caregivers—requires open communication and free access