Inaugural ProQuest Asia Academic Board Meeting in Sanya


I have been serving in other advisory boards as well and these meetings were ususally held in other countries. This year for the inauguaral ProQuest Advisory Board meeting it was in Sanya! It seems all participants of this meeting enjoyed their stay in China. Wonderful city with brilliant food. The hotel is very nice with beautiful ocean view and clean beach, but actually we were having meeting all day in the meeting room and then having dinner together until very late in the evening, not much chance to have fun on the beach.

It is good to know that ProQuest is having more tools which would help librarians dealing with data to showcase its value to the community, also happy to know that ProQuest is having eTextbook service on its platform, while Alexander Street Video would would be helpful in teach as well.

For some of the board members we are just like old friends already as we had met several times in the past years. Happy to meet some new friends in the Asia Pacific area, especially Dr. Ramesh Guar who is a very senior University Librarian from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Dr. Guar very kindly invited me to their coming conference in this November as a speaker. This conference is titled as International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Library and Information Services (ETTLIS – 2017), for more information please visit


Librarians Day and Cambridge University Press Asia Library Advisory Board meeting in Jakarta 2017

CALAB members from different countries and regions in Asia


It is my third time to participate in Cambridge University Press Asia Library Advisory Board. This year it was held in the campus of University of Indonesia. As always it was very nice to meet experts in libraries and publishers from different country and learn from each other. The most interesting thing is that from the talking with people we can see the trends in academic publishing.

The wondeful dance to show Indonesia Culture


University of Indonesia


To me the meeting is also a good chance to learn the culture of Indonesia, the dance before the event has been well enjoyed by all. It is also very impressive that two university staff seriously annouced how to deal with emergency such as in case of earthquake during the meeting though it is very unlikely to happen, but I do appreciate this kind of strict formal procedure. This is something that seems minor but do matter.

The staff is making safty announcement


I always enjoy travel to diffent country and to walk randomly on the streets, listen and observe. Jakarta is a huge city, the inner city is very modern and the outer circle is much more less developed. And it is true that the traffic is very heavy. When I took a taxi from the hotel in Depok where the University of Indonesia is located, it took more than one hour to go to the city centre where the indepedent plaza and national museum is and I took a good nap in the taxi.

National Museum


While the experience in Jakarta airport custom was not good, though I have been told the staff in the custom has been changed for better but to my observation, they are trying to ask people for money while doing their job, especially to Chinese people. While I refused to give any money, I felt very shocked to see this in a custom which ususally would be seen as the showcase window for a country.

I did a presentation titled as “Physical use of the Library how to deal with declining rising trends What the implications are for resource provision” in the CALAB meeting. With my rather “radical” view of the role of the library in the era of Internet, the conversation has been triggered and people started to argue with me and each other. But anyway we all do agree that the library still have a future, the librarians still have a future.

Presented Open Access and Copyright in KFOST in Seoul

On 31 Oct Monday I was invited by Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies to give a presentation on “Registration to Directory of Open Access Journals and its Benefit” to audiences from Korean scientific communities in Seoul.


I was one of the three speakers on that event. The other two speakers are Dr. Anders Karlsson, the Vice President of Strategic Alliance, Global Academic Relations, Elsevier and Prof. Sukyoung Kim.





会议由西交利物浦大学图书馆主办,旨在提高开放获取(Open Access,简称“OA”)在国内的认知度,并为国内开放获取运动的资深专家和实践者、出版社的资深编辑、教授学者以及图书馆馆长等提供平台,分享他们对开放获取领域的新知、趋势、经验和最佳实践。本次活动亦是10月份在全球开展的国际开放获取周活动的一部分。

按照布达佩斯开放存取先导计划(Budapest Open Access Initiative, BOAI)中的定义,开放获取是指某文献在网络公共领域里可以被免费获取,允许任何用户阅读、下载、拷贝、传递、打印、检索、超级链接该文献,并为之建立索引,用作软件的输入数据或其它任何合法用途。这是一种新的学术出版模式和展示平台,为学术与实践、知识与大众的有效对接开辟了新的途径和空间,对于推动开放科研,促进学术出版、知识传播和全民共享意义重大。




开放获取期刊指南(DOAJ)总编辑Tom Olijhoek博士则表示,“开放获取是知识共享,知识是社会发展的引擎,而共享创造了机遇。”


西浦建筑系副教授、西浦国际创新港联合主任Theodoros Dounas博士的演讲聚焦于开放硬件和软件设施对于科研项目的影响。










毕 新 老师,现任西交利物浦大学图书馆馆长兼任DOAJ中国大使及编辑,负责审核全球期刊申请、在中国推广开放获取理念及最佳实践、促进研究人员对于欺诈期刊的认知和防范等。



7月11日,Thomson Reuters集团在其官网发布消息,宣布将知识产权业务和科学信息业务(IP & Science)以 35.5 亿美元的价格出售给 Onex Corp 和霸菱亚洲投资(Baring Private Equity Asia)。这件事情迅速在国内的图书馆界引起了极大的关注。同时,对于SCI等引文指标的关注,也导致了对于JIF(Journal Impact Factors)-期刊影响因子的更多讨论。

而恰恰在这之前两天的7月8日,Nature上发表了一篇文章,名为Beat it, impact factor! Publishing elite turns against controversial metric。该文章介绍,当前社会上和主要期刊的资深专家们都不赞成过分强调期刊影响因子,甚至都不应该再提到这个概念。

Nature 0708


研究者们认为,不谈完全从行业里面消除期刊影响因子的指标,就是消除这些指标的影响也要花上好长的一段时间才行。也有研究者则认为,完全放弃期刊影响因子的想法也应该被谨慎对待,并提出了引用分布的新方法。预印本服务器bioRxiv7月5日的一篇论文, A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions,对于这一新的方法进行了介绍。