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New research in materials science on ScienceOpen

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For the official press release, visit our Press Room, STM Publishing News, and Knowledgespeak.

At the border between chemistry and physics, between basic and industrial research, materials science draws inspiration from interdisciplinarity. It embraces a myriad of scientific disciplines—from established fields such as metallurgy and medicine, to ongoing research in nanotechnology and computer science—to develop countless products and technologies for a more comfortable and sustainable future. How ever we categorize it, discovering and engineering new materials to meet our modern challenges is crucial to our competitive technological global society.

How are ScienceOpen users working with materials science content on the platform? Researchers have started collections on silicon thin film solar cells, electron channelling contrast imaging (ECCI), photoluminescent nanomaterials, EU NanoSafety Cluster publications (journal articles), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). We welcome more researcher-led collections in materials science so contact us today for editor status.

To bring together and increase the visibility of the latest materials research, ScienceOpen has joined efforts with Carl Hanser Verlag in a partnership that integrates all of Hanser’s journal content and highlights the International Journal of Materials Research (IJMR) in the ScienceOpen discovery environment in the form of a featured collection.

Hanser’s International Journal of Materials Research (IJMR) publishes original, high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. The journal is edited by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) and co-edited by Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux (SF2M), and Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology (SVMT). All articles submitted to the journal are published in English language.

The ‘International Journal of Materials Research (IJMR)’ features content from the leading experts around the world, covering research topics such as: ‘A simple and economic approach to superhydrophobic films’—showing that these films could resist the external force well and exhibit a durable superhydrophobicity—, ‘Effect of sensitization on tribological behavior of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel’—aiming to evaluate the dry sliding wear of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel as a function of the applied load—, ‘Effect of alumina particles on structural changes in MoS 2 during a ball milling process’—studying the morphological evolution of molybdenite using a ball milling technique—, ‘Two-stage synthesis of ultrafine powder of chromium carbide’—proposing a new method for the synthesis of ultrafine powder of chromium carbide—, and ‘Three-body abrasive wear behaviour of metastable spheroidal carbide cast irons with different chromium contents’—researching the effect of heat treatment and chromium contents (up to 9.1 wt.%) on the wear resistance of spheroidal carbide cast iron (9.5 wt.% V) using optical and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, dilatometry and three-body abrasive testing.

ScienceOpen’s collection of articles promotes this individually published content within the larger context of over 47 million academic articles and records on the platform. Indexing the International Journal of Materials Research (IJMR) with ScienceOpen enhances the discoverability of Hanser’s specialized publications in the discipline of materials science thanks to the customized search engine on the ScienceOpen platform. All articles on ScienceOpen can be sorted and filtered to find relevant research. Furthermore, by using the post-publication peer review feature on ScienceOpen, researchers can keep the scientific debate about their research going long after publication.

Stephanie Dawson, CEO of ScienceOpen, stated “We are excited to add more materials science content to ScienceOpen, particularly as this research is often situated on interdisciplinary borders and between academia and industry.“

This partnership between ScienceOpen and Carl Hanser Verlag contextualizes the ‘International Journal of Materials Research (IJMR)’ within the broader research environment on ScienceOpen for the purpose of enhancing the visibility and impact of scientific research in the field of materials science.

ScienceOpen Supports Chinese Journals for Globally Inclusive Open Science

Suzhou, China

See below for the Chinese language translation.

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!

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.

New featured collection: Trace Elements and Electrolytes

Ever wondered about the relationship between mental strain and Magnesium loss? Or questioned whether there is more to transdermal absorption of magnesium than make-believe? Maybe you have heard that effort, performance, and recreation need can be predicted by metabolic markers including electrolytes?  If you would like to find answers to the many questions related to trace elements and electrolytes, look no further than the brand new online collection of articles published by Dustri-Verlag on ScienceOpen: Trace Elements and Electrolytes.

ScienceOpen and Dustri-Verlag, a German publishing house specializing in medical literature, are happy to announce that the first 39 articles from Dustri’s international English-language journal Trace Elements and Electrolytes have found a new form of representation in the collection of the same name. Embedded in the ScienceOpen platform, you can filter these articles by publication date, title, discipline and much more, as well as sort your results by Altmetric score, view count, citations, date, relevance, and rating.

Dustri’s Trace Elements and Electrolytes is a quarterly journal that publishes reviews and editorials, original papers, short communications, and reports on recent advances in the entire field of trace elements. This journal accepts papers on experimental findings if they bear a close relationship to human diseases. It also publishes correspondence (letters to editors) and current information, including book announcements. Managed by Jörg Feistle, Trace Elements and Electrolytes is the official organ of “Society of Magnesium Research”, Germany, and the German Working Group “Trace Elements and Electrolytes in Radiation Oncology” AKTE Germany.

ScienceOpen and Dustri-Verlag believe that Trace Elements and Electrolytes, a collection of carefully curated peer-reviewed scientific articles, will be helpful to all researchers studying trace elements and electrolytes. We invite you to discuss and engage with its diverse content through the many tools our interactive platform has to offer or to help spread the word on social media about scientific topics such as Boron’s potentially essential role in the metabolism of the connective tissue of the biological bone matrix, the role of serum zinc and copper levels in predicting malignancy in differentiated thyroid cancers, or how the levels of homocysteine and zinc could be an important parameter in the follow-up of hypertension.

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Oceans and Human Impact

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In recognition of World’s Oceans Day, ScienceOpen hosted a special article collection published by nonprofit Annual Reviews that address the topics of marine pollution, human impact and environmental stewardship, and marine species’ adaptation. The Oceans collection aims to raise awareness about the grave consequences of plastic debris in our oceans and the overall impact humans have on the marine environment.

Plastics contamination was first reported nearly 50 years ago, following the rise of commercial plastics production. According to ‘Plastics in the Marine Environment’ by Kara Laveder Law, global plastics production surpassed 300 million metric tons per year in 2014. Plastic debris has been detected worldwide in all major marine habitats. In her article, Law presents a framework to evaluate the current “understanding of the sources, distribution, fate, and impacts of marine plastics”. In a similar vein, ‘Plastic as a Persistent Marine Pollutant’ by Boris Worm et al. discusses how marine plastics work their way into the food web in the first place. This article further presents the complex toxicology of plastic particles on marine life and how plastic can transfer up the food chain. Worm et al. offer solutions to the current crisis by suggesting a Global Convention on Plastic Pollution as a collaboration between “governments, producers, scientists, and citizens”.

In Kenneth R. Weiss’ interview with environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck—one of the co-authors of Plastic as a Persistent Marine Pollutant’—we discover that the pileup of plastic debris is more than ugly ocean litter. Jambeck argues that plastic gets consumed by marine organisms, which can be detrimental for both wildlife and humans:

 “Even though plastics are hard materials, at the microscopic level they absorb persistent organic compounds. Persistent organic pollutants like DDT, PCBs, flame retardants and fabric treatments have an affinity for plastic. Plastics act like sponges, soaking them up.”

According to Jambeck, humans consume this polluted plastic by eating whole animals such as oysters and clams. This is an unavoidable consequence of ocean plastic pollution since long-chain polymers found in plastic “don’t really biodegrade”. Jambeck urges for the reduction of plastic production and new ways to deliver products with less waste.

Living Coral Reefs by Cyrene, Flickr, CC BY-SA

As if plastic debris was not enough of a problem, oceans face acidification and climate change which, as argued by  Kenneth R.N. Anthony in ‘Coral Reefs Under Climate Change and Ocean Acidification: Challenges and Opportunities for Management and Policy’, is a cause of carbon emissions in industrialized countries. This is a major issue for coral reefs as climate change drives ocean warming, which in turn impacts biological and ecological reef processes, triggers large-scale coral bleaching events, and fuels tropical storms. Ocean acidification contributes to the decay of coral reefs by slowing reef growth, altering competitive interactions, and impairing population replenishment. The role of the coral microbiome in coral resilience, acclimation and environmental adaptation is addressed in detail in ‘Insights into the Coral Microbiome: Underpinning the Health and Resilience of Reef Ecosystems’ by Bourne, Morrow and Webster.

In the light of Plastic Free July, a global movement for a world without plastic waste, we hope this collection will help spread the word about the current state of the oceans and urge everyone to act and contribute to saving the oceans. According to Elissa Pearson et al., one of the best ways to do so is by participating in awareness-raising campaigns on social media. Read ‘Can We Tweet, Post, and Share Our Way to a More Sustainable Society? A Review of the Current Contributions and Future Potential of #Socialmediaforsustainability’ and decide for yourself whether social media can contribute to the sustainability goal. If you agree, we look forward to taking the discussion on oceans to ScienceOpen’s social media platforms!

Oceans is available online for free through July 31, 2018 and always available at subscribing institutions.

Beyond the Journal: ScienceOpen and the Microbiology Society Launch Collaboration on New Cross-Disciplinary Collections

For formal press release, see our Press RoomKnowledgespeak and Information Today, Inc.

 

ScienceOpen and the Microbiology Society are pleased to announce a collaboration on new ways to showcase cross-disciplinary research. The ScienceOpen discovery environment provides state-of-the-art technological infrastructure to promote exciting new initiatives from the Society’s journals.

Interdisciplinarity is key for the Microbiology Society in reaching a wide range of researchers, from microbiologists, clinicians, epidemiologists, social scientists and policymakers to physicists, chemists and engineers. In line with their mission to advance the understanding and impact of microbiology by connecting communities worldwide, the Society is exploring new ways to package digital information, from pop-up journals to mini-review formats, to bring diverse researchers together to solve global problems.

ScienceOpen has created a flexible “Collection” product to highlight publisher content within the larger context of academic research – with over 43 million articles and records on the site. The Microbiology Society is taking advantage of the full scope of interactive features available to researchers on ScienceOpen. As well as promoting the Open Access journal Microbial Genomics, the Society is using ScienceOpen to promote cross-disciplinary products that draw on articles from multiple journals, such as the new pop-up journal on antimicrobial resistance X-AMR, the Microbiome collection created in conjunction with the British Society for Immunology, and the Microbe and Virus Profiles created in conjunction with top microbiologists and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, both of which offer concise reviews for experts and beyond.

Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing at the Microbiology Society, believes “As publishers, we have to reach out to researchers on the platforms they use, rather than expecting them to come to us. ScienceOpen offers us an opportunity to do that. The new Collections offering is a great supplement to the journal promotion tools on the platform, and we’ve particularly appreciated being able to curate collections that draw on content from multiple journals and even multiple publishers”.

CEO of ScienceOpen, Stephanie Dawson, said “We are excited about these new collections that go beyond the journal. As a discovery platform ScienceOpen is uniquely situated to help advance cross-disciplinary research. We aim to support publishers in reaching new audiences and authors in this space with our Collection product.”

A range of aggregated collection- and article-level metrics will provide enriched usage statistics to track the success of these experiments in ScienceOpen’s continuously expanding research database.

About ScienceOpen: ScienceOpen, founded in 2013 in Berlin and Boston by Alexander Grossmann and Tibor Tscheke, is a freely-accessible, interactive discovery platform for scholarly research. From smart, multidimensional search to research collections and open peer review, it offers a full spectrum of options to effectively find and share research results.

About the Microbiology Society: The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe, with a worldwide membership based in universities, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

Speeding up Research with Preprints

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The “Preprint” allows researchers to openly share their results with peers at an early stage and still publish the final version in the peer-reviewed journal of their choice. From the start, ScienceOpen has supported preprints and their essential role in speeding up science by integrating arXiv preprints in the physical sciences on the platform. We now include over 1.4 million arXiv records on ScienceOpen. In our new release we have added even more preprints to the mix, with a focus on the biomedical sciences.

Preprints in the biological and medical sciences were kickstarted by the founding of bioRxiv in 2013, and by the advocacy organization ASAPBio in 2015 and have taken off rapidly since then. Now on ScienceOpen we have added records for over 20,000 bioRxiv preprints to our discovery environment, together with the capacity to include records from other preprint servers such as PeerJ Preprints, Preprints.org and ChemRxiv. Up next are all the great preprint servers on OSF Preprints. We are working hard!

Preprints have the advantage of being rapidly and freely accessible. However, they have not undergone a peer review process and must be read with a more critical eye. Preprints are, therefore, clearly flagged on ScienceOpen. During his physics PhD, ScienceOpen co-founder Alexander Grossmann and his colleagues went first to the arXiv for the newest results to build upon and shape their thinking. They knew it was unfiltered and not peer reviewed, but they were often already at the next step in their research by the time the final version was published. Many features on ScienceOpen were created with this kind of speed in mind.

Preprints in context on ScienceOpen

Search preprints on ScienceOpen

To help the researcher find preprints within the context of the published literature, searches on ScienceOpen can be filtered to view only preprints or may exclude preprints to concentrate only on peer-reviewed literature. Current sources for preprint records are directly from arXiv or from Crossref.

Further, ScienceOpen offers a full suite of tools to peer-review and curate preprints. Our peer review system was developed together with our extensive editorial board to ask broad but pertinent questions across all disciplines. Article reviews, after the model of book reviews, are published with the author’s ORCID and get a Crossref DOI to ensure discoverability. Found a preprint that you are interested in, but want an expert opinion? Invite a reviewer! On every article page researchers can either review an article themselves or invite an expert colleague to do so with the click of a button.

ScienceOpen Collections also allow editors to add preprints to their collections to stay right at the cutting edge and open up a discussion. Preprints can be exchanged for the full publication at a later date.

Preprint in a ScienceOpen Collection

ScienceOpen Collections were conceived as topical selections of articles created by experts – by and for the researcher community with no costs involved. Adding preprints to the mix can increase the speed and lower the cost of the flow of information. Apply today!

If a preprint is missing from our platform, you can easily add it by uploading the DOI via the “Request article” function on your user dashboard. As author you are also welcome to add a lay summary, thumbnail image, keywords and disciplines to increase the discoverability of your work within the ScienceOpen environment and beyond.

At ScienceOpen we are committed to supporting the research community. For the past year we have had an increasing number of requests to add particular preprints from a range of services. We are happy that we could add this feature to our discovery environment. Your feedback is always welcome feedback@scienceopen.com!

Spring Competition: Review an Article on ScienceOpen & Enter a Drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet!

 

This Spring, we are organising a little competition for all you researchers! Review an article on ScienceOpen before the end of April, and we will enter you into a prize drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

  • Open Peer Review on ScienceOpen

ScienceOpen counts currently more than 40 million articles including 3.7 million open access articles as well as more than 1.4 million preprint articles. All these articles are open on ScienceOpen to a fully transparent review process: open identities, open reports, and open interaction on the platform (see our precedent blogpost here).

At ScienceOpen, we believe that “Open Science” is not just about sharing research data. For us, “Open Science” aims to make research and underlying data accessible in order to inform and allow researchers communities to take part in discussions regarding their field, increasing overall participation and relevant inclusion of different perspectives.

Open peer reviews are also crucial in this current context of rapid development of open science and digital scientific communication. If the openness of scientific contents is a first victory for the advancement of research and innovation, open peer review still needs to be embodied in this practice to establish its full credibility and full benefit. (Picture: CC0 1.0)

  • What does reviewing on ScienceOpen bring concretely to reviewers?

→ Reviews are published under Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY (4.0) and will receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from Crossref. This makes them fully equivalent to any Open Access publication, and they can be cited or integrated further into platforms like Publons, Impactstory, or ORCID.

→ As open access publications indexed on ScienceOpen, reviews are public and can be found easily on the platform using the filter “Content type”: “Review”. For a more precise search, this filter can be used for example in combination with the title of an article.

 

 

→ Reviewing articles on ScienceOpen is a great way to show the reviewer’s involvement in his/her research field and his/her appreciation for researchers who have dedicated their time to providing a research resource to their community.

  • Ready, set, go!

The only requirement to write a review on ScienceOpen is to be registered with ORCID (already done with a ScienceOpen profile) and have at least five publications assigned to the ORCID account (with which you reach ScienceOpenExpert status). If you do not meet these requirements but would still like to review a paper, contact us.

To enter the drawing, all you need to do is:

→ Log in to ScienceOpen

→ Explore our Content, our Collections

→ Choose any article in your field and click “Review article”.

You can also “Invite someone to review”. This video will help you in getting started.

 

 

We look forward to your reviews & will announce the winner on April 30th, 2018!

Good luck!

 

International Women’s Day at ScienceOpen

The International Women’s day was created in 1910 and it is still celebrated today to remind us that women and men still don’t have the same rights: lower salary with equal skills, lower access to education… and the recent events regarding sexual harassment remind us more than ever that violence against women is one of the most widespread violation of human rights on the planet.

Regarding women in Science, the day for International Women and Girls in Science was only created three years ago and was celebrated on the 11th of February. According to the United Nations, women are still underrepresented in the various fields of science: “A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world.”

Let us remember that between 1901 and 2017 only 49 women got a Nobel Prize, of which 4 are in physics (<2%), 2 are in chemistry (<4%), and 12 are in medicine (~11%).

“In fact, according to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%. UN

As a woman and an ex-researcher myself, my feeling regarding this day is divided between the strong need to highlight and recognise globally the unacceptable inequalities and unfairness between men and women—and the fear to be reduced only to my gender.

For me “being a woman” and particularly “being a woman in science” can’t be used as a criterion of competence in the same way that “being a man” or “being a man in science” can’t be used as one either. I would even say that I find it as contemptuous to be excluded because I am a woman as to get privileges only for this reason, too.

I think it is important that this day stays a way to discover and recognise the ability of women in different fields in regard to their creativity, intellectuality and their others various qualities in the same way as for men.

 

Women’s collections on ScienceOpen

For ScienceOpen, this day can be used as another day to promote collections and make research known. So, let’s introduce scientific women who are involved in various research fields—not only since today but for years!—and who created 25 researcher collections on ScienceOpen to share with you these years of research:

You can also consult the new collection: Women in Science, created recently on ScienceOpen by Annual Reviews as a tribute for scientific women: This collection was created to “recognize some of the experts that have contributed to Annual Reviews’ journals.”

 

Women working at ScienceOpen

I cannot finish this post without introducing myself and some of my colleagues at ScienceOpen. I am Sarah Rioton and I am French. I started to work as Research Communities Manager at ScienceOpen in January. Before, I did chemical engineering studies at CPELyon and then a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. After my studies, I decided to leave France to settle down in Germany. My experience in research made me conscious of the value of communicating scientific knowledge, and I found a good opportunity to do that with ScienceOpen! I think that the respect of rights equality is a daily duty and I don’t want to be defined as a “woman in science” but as a researcher as I was, or as a manager in research communication as I am.

Let’s introduce now Stephanie Dawson who is the chief executive officer at ScienceOpen, and my colleague Nina Tscheke who handles customer integration and sales support. We work every day to make the research more visible and accessible to everyone with ScienceOpen:

CEO Stephanie Dawson grew up in northern California and studied Biology at Yale University. She then worked at the labs of Susan Parkhurst at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle WA and Ralph Rupp, at the MPG Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Tübingen, Germany before changing fields and getting a PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington under Jane Brown. From 2001-2012 she worked in various positions at the academic Publisher De Gruyter in Berlin in the fields of biology and chemistry in both journals and book publishing. In 2013 she joined the ScienceOpen management team.

Nina Tscheke provides Customer Integration and Sales Support. After having dwelt in the sphere of literary and cultural studies, with special attention to critical race theory, gender, and minority studies and having helped introduce several generations of students at the JLU into the very field it was now time for her to move on and beyond the academical field. She was delighted to have found a new place/opportunity with ScienceOpen where she can further help in accumulating and disseminating the global knowledge while at the same time providing access and a networking platform for all.

 

 

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