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Weekly highlights – 12 October 2015 – INASP Blog

Weekly highlights – 12 October 2015


Sioux Cumming has received many positive messages in response to the recent introduction of iThenticate software through CrossCheck to editors of journals on the Sri Lanka Journals Online, Bangladesh Journals Online and Nepal Journals Online platforms. Here are three of the comments:

“Thank you so much for your mail and the initiatives you are doing to enhance the quality of the articles published by the journals through the site Sri Lanka Journals online (SLJOL). This is another support INASP is giving to Sri Lanka to uplift the quality of Sri Lankan Journals, thanks once again.”

“Yes, we would be interested in using CrossCheck. In the past we have had one or two articles that we suspected had some issues (re plagiarism) and we checked them manually. Having access to CrossCheck would be useful!”

“We have a major problem with plagiarised articles, especially from foreign authors. All this time we have been using free online plagiarism checkers, which does not allow checking the whole paper but parts of the paper due to word limitations. I believe iThenticate will allow us check the papers more easily and accurately and increase the standards of our journal.”


  1. Updates
  • Julie Brittain will succeed Sue Corbett as Executive Director of INASP from January 2016.
  • There are now 15,000 full-text journal articles free-to-read on Bangladesh Journals Online.
  • Ravi Murugesan has created a Storify of posters from the recent World Association of Medical Editors conference.


  1. Upcoming events
  • Between 12 and 14 October two local experts will facilitate a workshop on e-resources in Vietnam.
  • Sioux Cumming, Andy Nobes and Julie Walker will be accompanied by five winners of JOL grants to the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) including Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Seminar on 12 and 13 October in London.
  • Communications Coordinator Siân Harris will participate in a panel discussion on open access at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 15th October.
  • Sioux Cumming will be travelling to AJOL in Grahamstown, South Africa from 18-22 October in order to participate in the training of interns who will be assessing journals against the Journal Quality Tiers. This methodology will then be used for the JOL journals.


  1. Recent publications


  1. External coverage

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