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ScienceOpen Supports Chinese Journals for Globally Inclusive Open Science

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ScienceOpen and CompuScript/International Science Editing partnership in China

For the formal press release, see our Press RoomSTM Publishing News, and Knowledgespeak.

Chinese researchers face tremendous hurdles in communicating their research results to the rest of the world – from language barriers to internet restrictions and the traditional western bias of the scientific literature.

Confronted with the danger of being left out of the global scholarly communications, Chinese editors often publish in partnerships with publishers outside of China. This often leaves them having to give up control over the content to their global partners. However, to increase the discoverability of Chinese research in wider scientific circles, journals based in China now have new options to reach out to international audiences.

Over their 15-year history in China, CompuScript/International Science Editing—a leading European provider of publishing services to the scientific community headquartered in Ireland—have built a strong local network to help overcome these challenges, providing editorial and technical support to Chinese researchers, editors, and institutions. To support Chinese researchers and publishers and contribute to the mission of global open science, CompuScript/International Science Editing in China and ScienceOpen have partnered up to develop new products tailored specifically for the Chinese market and to utilize the full set of tools ScienceOpen offers for greater discoverability of Chinese research.

With our freely accessible, interactive discovery environment of over 45 million articles and records, ScienceOpen can put Chinese journal content in context with a web of connections to the broader research framework. In combination with CompuScript, we hope to develop new solutions for Chinese journals to increase their impact in the wider scientific community. This project fits perfectly within ScienceOpen’s mission and aspirations to keep expanding the international audience by making research from all around the world globally accessible. At ScienceOpen, we believe diverse research enriches the whole scientific community, advances scientific progress, and positively impacts wider society.

ScienceOpen’s discovery platform offers Chinese academic researchers a great opportunity to promote their research publications and cultivate their peer networks outside China. ScienceOpen also offers huge discoverability opportunities for Chinese language journals that traditionally host inside China but have some English language content, such as abstracts and translated featured articles. Hosting this content on ScienceOpen really brings this work to the global scholarly community in a much more discoverable and open manner. Through our International Science Editing service we have been working with Chinese individual researchers and publishers for over a decade. We all appreciate that free access to knowledge drives creativity, innovation and development and as such we are really excited about the opportunity to promote ScienceOpen to the Chinese academic community.

Morgan Lyons, CEO, CompuScript

ScienceOpen’s partnership with CompuScript is only the latest step in our mission to support Chinese scientific community. The CEO of ScienceOpen, Stephanie Dawson, added that partnering up with “an established service provider to explore the needs of Chinese researchers and journals in terms of reaching new readers and markets” is a great opportunity that will complement some of ScienceOpen’s ongoing successful projects.

One of those successful projects is a ScienceOpen collection featuring the ‘Journal of Radars’ – an Open Access journal jointly sponsored by the Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IECAS), and the China Radar Industry Association (CRIA). ‘Journal of Radars’ is a high-end academic exchange platform, promoting and leading the science and technology development in radar field. It is committed to real and immediate open access for academic work and pursues high-level service and fast publication: the final decision upon submission of a paper will be given within two months and the accepted papers will be published online within one month. These papers are then promoted both by the journal and ScienceOpen to increase visibility among the target readers.

CompuScript partner medicine journals ‘Chinese General Practice’, ‘Family Medicine and Community Health’, and ‘Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications’ are also successfully featured on the ScienceOpen platform and have benefited from discoverability opportunities offered by our platform, both in China and internationally. As Morgan Lyons, CEO of CompuScript, noted: some of the articles in these journals are translated and most abstracts are in English. This multilingual content attracts researchers from outside of China who then have access to the full technical suite of tools on the ScienceOpen platform and can actively engage with the content of these journals. For example, the journal of ‘Chinese General Practice’ (CGP) is the first professional periodical of general practice in China, which broadly advances primary health care, general practice and family medicine in rapid health system reform and development.

With the growing volume of research conducted in China, new solutions are needed to facilitate the exchange of ideas across cultural boundaries. The partnership between ScienceOpen and CompuScript/International Science Editing is a welcome and necessary step in ensuring the discoverability of Chinese scientific research. ScienceOpen and CompuScript are both committed to grassroots solutions supported by cutting-edge technology.

For further information, please contact Haibao Xue, haibao.xue@scienceopen.comhaibao@compuscript.com.

 

ScienceOpen支持中国学术期刊的全球开放

 

ScienceOpenCompuscript/国际科学编辑(ISE)在中国建立合作伙伴关系

 

从语言障碍到部分互联网限制,再到西方传统的科学文献偏见,中国研究人员在将科研成果传播到世界其他地方时面临着很多障碍。

面对被排除在全球学术交流之外的危险,中国期刊通常做法是与国外出版商合作出版。这往往使他们不得不放弃对期刊版权的控制,将版权交给全球合作伙伴。然而,为了增加中国研究在更广泛的科学界的传播度,中国的期刊现在有了新选择,可以更便捷地其内容传达给国际读者。

深耕中国15年,Compuscript/ISE—总部设在爱尔兰的为科学界提供出版服务的欧洲领先供应商,在中国建立了强大的本地学术网络资源。他们为中国的研究人员、期刊编辑和学术机构提供编辑和技术支持。为了支持中国科学家和出版商,致力于全球开放科学的发展,Compuscript /ISE和ScienceOpen达成合作,专门为中国市场量身定制并使用ScienceOpen的全套工具助力中国学术期刊提升国际影响力。

在ScienceOpen免费获取、交互式的发现环境中,有超过4500万篇文章和记录。ScienceOpen可以将中国学术期刊内容与更广泛的研究连接起来。与Compuscript一道,我们希望可以为中国期刊提升国际影响力开发出新的解决方案。这个项目完全符合ScienceOpen的使命和愿望,即通过让全世界的研究在全球范围内可访问,来不断扩大国际受众。ScienceOpen相信多样化、多语种的研究将丰富整个科学界,促进科学进步,并对社会产生更广泛的积极影响。

 

“ScienceOpen的发现平台为中国学术研究人员提供了一个绝佳的机会来推广他们的研究成果,并在中国以外建立同行学术社交网络。ScienceOpen也为中文学术期刊提供很好的平台,这些中文期刊在中国境内主办,但也有一些英语内容,比如英文摘要和翻译后的全英文文章。通过ScienceOpen平台托管这些内容,会以一种更容易被发现和更开放的方式将这些内容带给全球学术界。通过ISE语言翻译润色服务,我们已经与中国研究人员和出版商合作十余载。我们都知道,知识的免费获取推动了创造力、创新和发展,因此,我们对有机会向中国学术界推广ScienceOpen感到非常兴奋。”

 

Morgan Lyons, CEO, CompuScript

“ScienceOpen与Compuscript的合作只是我们支持中国科学界使命的最新一步“, ScienceOpen的首席执行官Stephanie Dawson补充说,”与一家成熟的服务提供商合作,探索中国研究人员和期刊在获取新读者和新市场方面的需求是一个很好的机会,对ScienceOpen一些成功项目也是一个有益补充。”

其中一个成功的项目是由中国科学院电子研究所(IECAS)和中国雷达工业协会(CRIA)联合承办的《雷达学报》(‘Journal of Radars’)。“雷达学报”是一个高端学术交流平台,促进和引领雷达领域的科技发展。它致力于学术工作的真实和及时开放获取发表:投稿后录用与否的决定将在两个月内做出,被接受的论文将在一个月内在线发表。这些论文随后由学报网站和ScienceOpen平台共同推广,提高目标读者的杂志品牌知名度。

Compuscript合作医学期刊“中国全科医学杂志” (‘Chinese General Practice’),‘Family Medicine and Community Health’, 和 ‘Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications’也在ScienceOpen平台上获得成功。正如Compuscript的首席执行官Morgan Lyons所指出:这些期刊上的大多数摘要都是英文的。这种多语言的内容吸引了来自中国以外的研究人员,他们可以使用ScienceOpen平台上的全套技术工具,并积极参与这些期刊内容的讨论。例如,《中国全科医学杂志》是中国第一本全面推进初级卫生保健、全科医学和快速改革发展的家庭医学专业期刊。

随着中国的研究产出越来越多,为促进中国的研究产出及时被国际学术社区了解,ScienceOpen与Compuscript/ISE将不遗余力,开发出新的可执行的解决方案来促进跨文化交流。

Publish your Preprint at ScienceOpen

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You can now publish your preprint directly to ScienceOpen. The discovery platform ScienceOpen will put your work in context and open it up to review with a wide range of author-mediated peer review tools.

Preprints, first draft research manuscripts, have existed almost as long as the Internet. Scientists have been taking advantage of online communication to speed up research for almost 3 decades. ScienceOpen understands the importance of allowing researchers to openly share their results with the scientific community at an early stage in their research. The advantage for researchers is that they get early feedback from peers but can still publish the final version in most peer-reviewed journals of their choosing. To support researchers in fully utilizing the benefits of preprint publishing, ScienceOpen is pleased to launch open and free preprint publishing on our platform! With this beta service, anyone can now upload, publish, and promote their preprint using a free and simple interface with access to a full suite of tools for peer review, constructive discussion through comments, and usage and impact tracking.

We have supported the essential role of preprints in speeding up science from the beginning by integrating arXiv preprints on the platform. Records for over 27,000 bioRxiv preprints in our discovery environment followed suit, along with the capacity to add records from other preprint serves such as Preprints.org, PeerJ Preprints, ChemRxiv, and Open Science Framework repositories. Given our belief in the benefits of preprints in advancing science, it seemed only logical to develop a new feature that will enable all researchers to take advantage of preprints in scholarly research and communications.

How can you publish a preprint on ScienceOpen?

Click on the “submit a manuscript” button on our ScienceOpen Preprints collection page. The simple upload form allows you to link your ORCID ID, add co-authors, declare funding, link to datasets, and more. When you hit “submit”, your preprint will undergo an editorial review to check for completeness and basic scholarly integrity, and will then be published on ScienceOpen with a Crossref DOI, a CC BY 4.0 attribution license, and a preprint flag. It is now open for commenting and review.

What can you do with preprints on ScienceOpen?

ScienceOpen has a preprint filter integrated into our search engine, technologically supporting the scholarly community and the role of preprints in research. That way you can easily discover preprints among our 45 million records. To find the preprints you need, simply click the ‘preprint’ box after selecting the filter to restrict your search to them. Preprints can then be sorted by:

  • Altmetrics
  • Average rating
  • Citations
  • Date of publication
  • View count
  • Relevance

You can bookmark your favorite preprints, add comments, share to social media, recommend them to your peers, and cite. You can export your search results up to 200 citations at a time in EndNote, BibTex, and Reference Manager (RIS) formats for easy integration with other reference management systems.

ScienceOpen offers a full suite of tools to peer review and curate preprints. Article reviews, after the model of book reviews, are published with the author’s ORCID and a Crossref DOI for a high level of discoverability. Any user on ScienceOpen can invite another researcher to formally review any preprint. Currently, researchers need to have 5 publications linked to their ORCID to peer review.

Futhermore, ScienceOpen Collections allow editors to add preprints to their collection. These preprints can later be exchanged for a fully published article. Adding preprints diversifies available research on the topic of the collection. Editors can also easily add a missing preprint from our platform by uploading the DOI via the “Request article” function on the user dashboard. Preprint authors are welcome to add a lay summary, thumbnail image, keywords, and disciplines to increase the discoverability of their research within the ScienceOpen environment and the wider scholarly community.

Starting your own topical preprint repository or overlay journal has never been easier!

As you can see, there are many benefits to publishing and including preprints in the ongoing research. Publish your preprint at ScienceOpen today and let us know what you think about our new feature!

Diverse Approaches to Peer Review

Portrait of Albert Einstein in a museum. Source: pixabay.com

Peer Review Week, Sep 10-15, 2018

Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the role of peer review in maintaining scientific quality. This year marks the event’s fourth anniversary of bringing together researchers, institutions, and organizations committed to the message that good peer review is crucial to scholarly communications. This year Peer Review Week on the topic of diversity aims:

  • To emphasize the central role peer review plays in scholarly communication
  • To showcase the work of editors and reviewers
  • To share research and advance best practices
  • To highlight the latest innovation and applications.
    (Source: https://peerreviewweek.wordpress.com/)

Although peer review itself is not as young as the week-long event organized in its celebration, it is still a relatively new invention. Albert Einstein published his original papers in non-peer-reviewed German journals through 1933, most famously in the Annalen der Physik. Max Planck, one of the journal’s editors of the time, described his editorial philosophy as:

To shun much more the reproach of having suppressed strange opinions than that of having been too gentle in evaluating them.

After moving to the US, Einstein was so shocked that his paper submitted to the Physical Review in 1936 was met with negative criticism that he decided not to publish with them at all. Ironically, the paper in question hypothesized that gravitational waves do not exist. In retrospect, peer review saved Einstein the controversy and the embarrassment that would have ensued if he had published his original article.

Einstein’s anecdotal experience with non-/peer review journals both points to the necessity of peer review in quality scholarly publishing and to the danger of excluding scientific arguments from the academic narrative. ScienceOpen bridges the gap between these two opposite approaches by making both preprints and peer-reviewed scholarly articles accessible through its discovery environment with a unified review framework for researchers to evaluate results.

The “preprint” enables researchers to openly share their results with peers at an early stage and still publish the peer-reviewed final version of their findings in a journal of their choice. To help the researcher find preprints or concentrate only on peer-reviewed literature, searches on ScienceOpen can be filtered to view only preprints or may exclude preprints. We are currently tracking preprints from arXiv, bioRxiv, PeerJ, Preprints.org, ChemRxiv, and the Open Science Framework repositories.

Once a preprint has been published, ScienceOpen offers a full set of tools to peer-review and curate the content. Users can organize and manage the review entirely on their own. Found an interesting preprint, but want an expert opinion before using it in your research? Invite a reviewer! Researchers can either review an article themselves or invite an expert colleague to do so with one click of a button on every article page. Reviewers currently need a minimum of 5 records attached to their ORCID. ScienceOpen encourages everyone to openly participate in this process, thereby contributing to the diversification of expert opinions on a specific topic.

The fact that a paper has been published, and therefore peer-reviewed, does not mean that the research should stop. ScienceOpen enables post-publication peer review across 45 million article records, in the form of final-version comments. Article reviews, modeled after book reviews, are published with the author’s name and should provide orientation and an evaluation of the research for readers. Peer review as an open dialogue between experts actively contextualizes the research into ongoing scientific debates and helps researchers gain a deeper insight into a specific topic.

In order to fully recognize the contribution of reviewers and ensure maximal discoverability for authors, ScienceOpen integrates seamlessly with Crossref and ORCID. ScienceOpen has linked users with ORCID from the beginning. Recently, ScienceOpen has been actively participating in Crossref’s development of peer review content registration. In their recent press release, ‘Crossref facilitates the use of essential peer review information for scholarly communications‘, Crossref emphasized the importance of persistent records for peer review and commended ScienceOpen on successfully implementing metadata that enriches “scholarly discussion, reviewer accountability, transparency, and peer review analysis”. Stephanie Dawson, CEO of ScienceOpen, added that rich metadata is key to discoverability – for research articles, preprints, books, conference proceedings, and now for peer review reports. Crossref is making these reviews easier to identify and find, which translates into “more impact for researchers and publishers”. Anyone can retrieve the data necessary for their integration and analysis. As the Crossref press release concludes, rich metadata helps institutions and researchers build a better picture around the role of peer review in scholarly communications as a whole, not only in terms of identifying and assessing their own contributions.

Peer review is necessary to ensure quality scientific publishing, but it still needs to be honed to the greater benefit of the researcher, the scientific community, and ultimately the whole society. ScienceOpen contributes to this goal by integrating rich metadata, featuring preprints, and enabling post publication peer review. We look forward to hearing additional potential solutions to the diversification of the peer review process for a greater impact during #PeerReviewWeek18!

The British Journal of Pharmacy joins ScienceOpen

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ScienceOpen is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of Huddersfield Press, a primarily open access publisher of high quality research, to promote the British Journal of Pharmacy – a new featured collection of scientific articles in pharmaceutical sciences.

British Journal of Pharmacy is an online, peer-reviewed, open access journal with no article processing charges (APCs). This publication is a product of University of Huddersfield Press’ mission to improve access to scholarly work for the benefit of all by publishing innovative research as open access. The journal publishes research on the latest developments in pharmacy in the form of scholarly papers and critical reviews. Submissions can be accepted from a wide range of pharmaceutical sciences including, among others: pharmacy, molecular pharmacy, drug delivery and targeting, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics, pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, pharmacovigilance, and innovations in teaching pharmacy.

University Press & Marketing Manager, Megan Taylor, said “The University of Huddersfield Press aims to improve access to scholarly research for all – we are looking forward to working with ScienceOpen to make our innovative research available to even wider audiences.”

The new featured collection ‘British Journal of Pharmacy’ brings together articles from the diversity of topics relevant to the field of pharmacy. For example, ‘Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ by Derek G. Waller and Anthony P. Sampson provides a deeper understanding of the principles of drug usage by explaining the basic science behind the clinical application of pharmacological agents. The critical review ‘Going Natural: Using polymers from nature for gastroresistant applications’ by Joao A.C. Barbosa, Barbara R Conway, and Hamid A. Merchant examines natural substances employed in producing gastroresistant products, their shortcomings and potential industrial applications, therein identifying the gaps in our current knowledge to encourage future research. Similarly, ‘Systematic Review of Medicine-Related Problems in Adult Patients with Atrial Fibrillation on Direct Oral Anticoagulants’ by Huda Alewairdhi, Nkiruka Umaru, and Zoe Aslanpour exemplifies the “value of systematic review of medications to inform clinical practice” by identifying the inconclusiveness on major safety end points, including major bleeding, in English language literature on medicine-related problems of direct oral anticoagulants DOACs in the treatment of adults with atrial fibrillation.

Contextualizing pharmacy in Britain as a research field contingent upon global political conditions, the journal features two papers by key opinion leaders about the implications of Brexit on the world of pharmacy. ‘Brexit – What are the potential consequences for pharma patents and SPCs?’ by Jamie Fraser and James Stone addresses the uncertain future of patents and SPCs if the UK fails to reach an agreement with the EU. In ‘Breaking up the band: European regulatory cooperation in a post-Brexit world’ , Virginia Acha argues that—given all the implications of Brexit—the best decision is to maintain cooperation between the regulatory agencies Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) under new structures.

ScienceOpen and University of Huddersfield Press hope that all our users interested in pharmaceutical sciences will enjoy browsing and reading the carefully curated, peer-reviewed, open access articles in our new featured collection British Journal of Pharmacy.