We made it! ScienceOpen reached a major milestone: 50 million article
records in 5 years of making science open! What’s more, this number is
increasing faster and faster as we index more articles. ScienceOpen’s
aggregation engine enables us to track citation genealogies and identify
similar publications from published articles, making it possible to
exponentially push the boundaries of our research discovery environment.
To mark our successful 5-year journey to 50 million records, ScienceOpen CEO Stephanie Dawson talks about the meaning of this milestone for ScienceOpen’s future and scholarly communication in general.
How will we report the results of scholarly research in the future? Probably not on paper. Digital, accessible, machine-readable, reproducible describe the foundations of open science. And, increasingly, the question for funders, publishers, and institutes is becoming: can we influence how research is done by changing the requirements and attributes of the research “paper”?
With the growing opportunities of the digital world, the demand for open access to research articles developed into an open science movement that strives for science to be done in an “open, and reproducible fashion where all components of research are open”. The process of making all aspects of science open, transparent, and interoperable is a huge endeavour and means different things for different communities. ScienceOpen’s commitment to open science has been clear from its foundation: we make science open. Our latest project in the realization of this goal has been integrating ‘BMJ Open Science’ as a new open access featured collection on our platform.
To ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making research publicly accessible, Glossa articles are made available online as soon as they are ready. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Researchers often pay substantial sums to make the results of their research freely accessible to all. But how to let potential readers know that it’s FREE? If no one reads your open access paper, it’s like buying someone a gift certificate that they never use. So, the community has agreed on this solution:
The open access symbol signals to readers that they can expect direct and unrestricted access to published scholarly works. Originally created by PLOS, it quickly gained broad usage on publisher webpages and other sites to identify open access articles. ScienceOpen displays this open access symbol on over 4 million articles.
So how does the open access symbol get there? When a publisher publishes an article, they deposit the article “metadata” – title, authors, abstract, journal, date, URL, etc. with the central DOI service Crossref. Part of the information that they can deposit is a machine-readable Creative Commons open access license. When ScienceOpen imports the metadata information about your publication, it will get an open access symbol if our computers find an open access license associated with it. If a publisher does not deposit license information, we assume that it is not open access. It’s that simple. Continue reading “I paid $$$ – Where is my open access symbol?”
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. Continue reading “ScienceOpen Supports Chinese Journals for Globally Inclusive Open Science”
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”.
“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.” Continue reading “Oceans and Human Impact”
By working with a range of publishers and transcending disciplines, our research network constantly finds new connections for users to explore. This enriched context is based on article-level citation and reference analysis, with each nod, or link, in this network designed to expand the horizons of researchers and help them to discover previously unknown relevant research. Recently, we took the diverse field of Archaeology and integrated it into this mix to see what happens.
Let’s take a look at what all this new research has to offer! They reveal to us the material remains of ancient cultures, historical accounts of past lives, and tell us stories about what is it like doing Archaeology in a modern, digital research environment.
Shouxin Jia, Managing Editor of Journal of Radars said:
ScienceOpen is a high-end academic exchange platform, promoting and leading the science and technology and our co-operation will bring better visibility to developments in the radar field.
The journal is jointly run by the Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IECAS) and China Radar Industry Association (CRIA). Being a high-level academic exchange platform in China’s radar research, the journal covers the most important developments in radar technology in recent years and gives us a picture on the highly diverse modern uses of radars. These include:
These journals fulfil the double challenge of publishing high-quality Open Access research while charging no fees (APCs) to their authors. As such, they provide significant contributions to advancing open scholarship as well as a more democratic science from month to month.
To help these valuable contributions to the scholarly record to become more visible, we offer our winners a Featured Collection for one year for free. Collections are a specialized and customized promotional service to increase the visibility of selected journals within our discovery platform, also used to track and measure usage of research articles.
We are pleased to announce three new journals from across Europe that will be integrated into, and promoted on, ScienceOpen. These are:
Publisher: Hungarian Communication Studies Association
Country of publisher: Hungary
KOME is a theory and pure research-oriented journal of communication studies and related fields. It consists of useful supplements and reasonable alternatives to current models and theories and features theoretical researches that help to understand better, or deconceptualize the understanding of communication and the media.
As an important area in communication, current issues from the field of scholarly communication are also covered.
We asked Dr. János Tóth, Editor-in-Chief of KOME, about why they chose to enter the competition. He said:
We noticed the call when we were uploading the content of our most recent issue to DOAJ. To be completely honest, at first glance we were not sure about how our journal would find its place among your content -most of the indexed journals are from hard science fields-, but the interface looked very appealing, user-friendly, and there were a lot of additional options not seen on competitors’ services. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to reach toward international audiences, and, as someone who can already speak from experience, ScienceOpen seems to be in every respect an intelligent tool capable to help us achieve this goal.
SciPost Physics is a premium-quality, Open Access, peer-reviewed refereed Journal for the general field of Physics.
It aims at providing scientists with a publishing platform in which uncompromising scientific quality meets the highest achievable standards of open accessibility, with a resolutely international outlook.
The Irish Journal of Paramedicine is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, international journal dedicated to advancing and promoting the science of prehospital clinical care, research, education, policy, management and operational delivery.
The Irish Journal of Paramedicine is the official journal of the Irish College of Paramedics, the professional body for Irish prehospital emergency care practitioners.
Here is a little teaser from their selected articles:
A range of article, journal, and publisher level usage statistics to help monitoring the impact of the journal and performance assessment
Research context via reference and citation extraction. Embedding articles into our citation and recommendation network through references adds a new dimension to research context and thus grants the journal content the privilege of better visibility and higher citation frequency.
If you run a free to publish Open Access journal, participate in the competition today and get indexed on ScienceOpen for free! You can find the application form here.
Peer review at ScienceOpen is a little different to what you might be used to.
Does the fact that a paper has been published, and therefore peer reviewed, mean that it is flawless? Does it mean that the conversation around that research should stop? We do not think so. The only reason there would ever be no value in doing post-publication evaluation would be if all published work were completely infallible. Which is clearly not the case. This is, after all, why we continue to do research and build upon the work of those before us!
Therefore, we enable post-publication peer review across 34 million article records, as a form of final-version commenting. It can also be performed on preprints from the arXiv. These are essentially treated as open, pre-review manuscripts. Users can organise these into collections, and manage peer review entirely themselves as a community process.
We have now added a new feature that enables any of our users to invite another researcher to perform peer review on our platform. This is in the same way that an Editor does for a journal, as part of a fully transparent process – the theme for Peer Review Week this year! The difference to the traditional process of peer review is that this is more democratic as it is open to anyone.
All article pages now have an ‘Invite to Review’ button. Click it, and you have 2 options.
Search within the ScienceOpen userbase to see if the person you want to review already has a profile with us.
Add an email, or list of emails, of who you want to invite to review, if they don’t already have a ScienceOpen profile.
That’s it. It’s that easy. This combines the editorial management of peer review with open participation. We enable this to make sure that the process is fair, but efficient. This means that anyone within your research community can contribute to the research process, should they wish to.