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Inclusion of ecological, economic, social, and institutional considerations when setting targets for fisheries

For the week of 24 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

ICES Journal of Marine Science has published, Inclusion of ecological, economic, social, and institutional considerations when setting targets and limits for multispecies fisheries. "This study reflects on the available published literature as well as new research presented at the international ICES/Myfish symposium on targets and limits for long term fisheries management. We examine the inclusion of ecological, economic, social and institutional objectives in fisheries management, with the aim of progressing towards including all four objectives when setting management targets or limits, or both, for multispecies fisheries."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $1,250.34.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Blueprints of Effective Biodiversity and Conservation Knowledge Products That Support Marine Policy

For the week of 17 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Blueprints of Effective Biodiversity and Conservation Knowledge Products That Support Marine Policy. "Here, we identify seven characteristics of a selection of online biodiversity and conservation knowledge products that contribute to their ability to support policy- and decision-making in the marine realm [...]. These characteristics include: a clear policy mandate; established networks of collaborators; iterative co-design of a user-friendly interface; standardized, comprehensive and documented methods with quality assurance; consistent capacity and succession planning; accessible data and value-added products that are fit-for-purpose; and metrics of use collated and reported."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $698.50.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

An adaptable toolkit to assess commercial fishery costs and benefits related to marine protected area network design

For the week of 10 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

F1000Research has published, An adaptable toolkit to assess commercial fishery costs and benefits related to marine protected area network design. "We conducted a case-study on the economic impact of different MPA network design strategies on the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) fisheries in Canada. The open-source R package that we developed to analyze this case study can be customized to conduct similar analyses for other systems."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $1,027.60.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Navigating the seascape of ocean management: waypoints on the voyage toward sustainable use

For the week of 3 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

OpenChannels (yup, that's us!) has published a new manuscript from Steven Katona, Johanna Polsenberg, and several other co-authors on, Navigating the seascape of ocean management: waypoints on the voyage toward sustainable use. "The purpose of this paper is to assist policy makers, marine managers and those considering careers in this area by providing a short history of ocean management, its conceptual foundation, frameworks for modern management and examples of its application at different scales."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $966.25.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Changes to the Lit Update and results from the recent survey

For the week of 27 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

First and foremost, a very big "thank you" to all of you who responded to the survey we sent around a few weeks ago soliciting feedback on this service. We really appreciate it! If you're interested in the full results of the survey, particularly around how subscribers handle access to pay-walled content, Nick has written a blog about this: Publish your work behind a paywall? Put up a preprint, or it won’t get read.

You'll notice a few changes based on that survey starting with this week's Literature Update.

  • Our tags/categories are now more tightly defined. We removed about a dozen tags, grouping them together with closely-related topics. We also provided unique tags for a few new categories that didn't fit well within the old system. We'll continue to add/remove tags over time, and we very much appreciate feedback on them. Overall, you should notice less repetition of content amongst tags.
  • To aid in the process of finding freely-available versions of pay-walled content, we’re now providing a link to the preprint or postprint of articles we find, where such a copy exists. We'll mark content with preprints/postprints with the "preprint" prefix in these updates.
  • Based on your requests, any submissions of pay-walled content to the Literature Library from authors (i.e. content we don't find on our own) must be accompanied by a valid link to a preprint or postprint. If you want our help in advertising your work, people need to be able to read it without paying a fee. If you don't know how to go about this process, Nick gives a primer in his blog. He's happy to help, too.
  • We've added a special listing of Freely-available Literature that allows you to browse only the content in the Literature Library that doesn't require a fee to read. Pay-walled content with preprint or postprint links will appear in this listing, in addition to open access content.
  • While many of you were very happy to see the costs next to pay-walled literature in these updates, a few respondents pointed out all the dollar-signs may be inadvertently causing these updates to be marked as spam or junk-mail. As such, we're now highlighting just the total cost at the top of the updates, and marking pay-walled content with the "subscription" prefix in these updates. Hopefully this will help.

Those are all the major changes for now. If you have any questions about these changes or the survey, please email Nick at nwehner [at] openchannels.org. We'll be back to the normal system of highlighting research in this area next week. (Also, many thanks to Victoria Martin for being our postprint guinea-pig!)

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $814.30.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Does Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists?

For the week of 20 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Environmental Communication has published a new paper, Does Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists? Results from a Randomized National Survey Experiment. "We conducted a randomized controlled experiment to test public reactions to six different advocacy statements made by a scientist—ranging from a purely informational statement to an endorsement of specific policies [...] Our results suggest that climate scientists who wish to engage in certain forms of advocacy have considerable latitude to do so without risking harm to their credibility, or the credibility of the scientific community."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $1,396.80. Please note that Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) does not allow individual articles to be purchased; it requires a €4,955 annual subscription which was not included in our calculation.

P.S.: Thanks to everyone who has already completed our survey to help us improve these updates! If you haven't already taken the survey, it's only 5 questions and should only take 2-3 minutes to complete. You can take the survey here. We really appreciate it!

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Rapid emergence of climate change in environmental drivers of marine ecosystems

For the week of 13 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Nature Communications has published a new paper, Rapid emergence of climate change in environmental drivers of marine ecosystems. "Here we address the question of how rapidly multiple drivers of marine ecosystem change develop in the future ocean. By analysing an ensemble of models we find that, within the next 15 years, the climate change-driven trends in multiple ecosystem drivers emerge from the background of natural variability in 55% of the ocean and propagate rapidly to encompass 86% of the ocean by 2050 under a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $823.00.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Designing coastal conservation to deliver ecosystem and human well-being benefits

For the week of 6 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published a new paper, Designing coastal conservation to deliver ecosystem and human well-being benefits. The authors used the western Lake Erie basin as a test-case "to develop a spatially-explicit conservation plan that identifies the most efficient locations for conservation actions to meet ecological goals while sustaining or enhancing human well-being values". Interestingly, they found "most concentrated areas of importance also are centered on lands that are already conserved, reflecting the lower costs and higher benefits of enlarging these conserved areas rather than conserving isolated, dispersed areas."

Also, we missed this when it came out in November, but for those of you in the data-portal business, be sure to check out: Best Practice Guide to Engage your Coastal Web Atlas User Community.

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $489.15.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

Methods for calculating Protection Equality for conservation planning

For the week of 27 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published a new paper, Methods for calculating Protection Equality for conservation planning. The authors "illustrate the [Protection Equality] metrics with two case studies: coral reef protection across countries and ecoregions in the Coral Triangle, and representation of ecoregions of six of the largest countries in the world. Our results provide repeatable transparency to the issue of representation in [Protected Area] networks and provide a starting point for further discussion, evaluation and testing of representation metrics."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $468.50. Please note that Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) does not allow individual articles to be purchased; it requires a €4,955 annual subscription which was not inlcuded in our calculation.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

The Sunken Billions Revisited: Progress and Challenges in Global Marine Fisheries

For the week of 20 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

First off, I have two important announcements to make:

1) I'm pleased to say we have a new addition to the OpenChannels Team, Allie Brown. You can thank Allie for finding and sharing the bulk of the content on OpenChannels these days. If there's any information you want to be sure gets shared, please feel free to contact her at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

2) We're now including the (estimated*) costs of acquring the full-text of articles behind publisher pay-walls. In addition, we'll report at the top of each Literature Update the total cost of purchasing one copy of each paper in the issue. The total cost to purchase each pay-walled article in this issue comes to (drum-roll please...) USD $790.45. Which, you can quote Nick as saying: "this is wholly unacceptable."

*We'll say estimated because it's possible the publisher could change the price in the time between when we add the item, and we email it out here. Though, that's highly unlikely.

Now, onto the literature!

The World Bank has published a new report, The Sunken Billions Revisited: Progress and Challenges in Global Marine Fisheries. "The primary objective of this study is to reinforce the messages of the 2009 publication and to catalyze calls for accelerating and scaling up the international effort aimed at addressing the global fisheries crisis. The analysis reveals economic losses of about $83 billion in 2012, compared with the optimal global maximum economic yield equilibrium."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

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