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ScienceOpen launches Open Access hosting services with UCL Press

ScienceOpen is pleased to announce a new hosting partnership with UCL Press, the first fully Open Access university press in the UK, based at University College London. With this, ScienceOpen extends its portfolio of dedicated features for publishers to enhance the visibility and context of their content by adding a suite of full-text hosting services.

All 8 scholarly journals published by UCL Press will be hosted on the ScienceOpen discovery platform and integrated into ScienceOpen’s research network. This will provide a dynamic, transparent and interactive Open Access channel that pushes the boundaries of how we create and communicate knowledge.

“ScienceOpen’s new hosting service is the logical extension of our commitment to putting research in context. With our advanced technology we can ensure that UCL Press articles are found by the right researchers and then give those readers the opportunity to interact with the content in a variety of ways. A range of aggregated journal- and article-level metrics then provide enriched usage statistics for the publisher to monitor impact,” said CEO of ScienceOpen, Dr. Stephanie Dawson.

New features for researchers

Researchers publishing with UCL Press journals will have full Open Access for all of their content. As well as this, all published content will be:

UCL Press plans to experiment with new forms of more transparent peer review that speed up the publishing process and sees the peer review infrastructure on the ScienceOpen platform as ideal to explore post-publication review workflows. All research will be available for continuous peer review, and updated using ScienceOpen’s system of version control.

Peer review innovation

All peer reviews performed on ScienceOpen are:

  • Connected with ORCID for verification and transparency
  • Granted a Crossref DOI for sustainability
  • Assigned a CC BY license for easy re-use

Ian Caswell of UCL Press explained “We were impressed with the open features, post-publication peer review and author promotion tools the ScienceOpen discovery platform provides. UCL Press is grounded in open science and open scholarship, and all scholarly outputs are published open access allowing the widest possible dissemination of knowledge. ScienceOpen seemed a natural fit that will help us achieve our mission and vision. We are very excited to be collaborating with ScienceOpen to host our open access journals and look forward to developing our program.”

Co-founder of ScienceOpen, Tibor Tscheke, said “We are pleased to diversify our range of features for publishers by offering dynamic hosting services on ScienceOpen. This organic and transparent way of communicating research is our vision of how scholarly publishing can be conducted in the digital age.”

Other links and media

ScienceOpen press release (STM Publishing)

UCL Press press release