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ScienceOpen Advent Calendar 2017

Season’s greetings from ScienceOpen! We hope you all have an excellent festive period, and wish you all warmth, love, and laughter going into the New Year.
We would like to extend our special thanks to all of our users who have continued to help support ScienceOpen this last year, and continue to use our services to help make science that little bit more open.

An advent collection adventure
In December, we are running a special advent calendar to highlight some of our favourite researcher-led collections over the last couple of years. Each day, we’ll reveal a new one to you here, each one a chance for you to learn about a new topic, or interact with the expertly-curated papers in each.
Collection editors are some of the most impactful users of ScienceOpen, and we want to use this opportunity to send our deepest thanks to them for their continued engagement.

Give yourself a little extra discovery time!
Can you recall the last time that you read an article purely for fun, without the pressure of deadlines, for the sake of discovery or out of curiosity? Each day, a new window of our advent calendar will open up a unique field of research innovations, solutions and perspectives. Each one is designed to help us to develop a better understanding of the world around us.
It’s time to slow down, and give a little extra discovery time for yourself. You give the time, we bring the joy of discovery! So wrap yourself into a cozy blanket and enjoy satisfying your curiosity. Luxury? Of course, it is! But it’s all yours.

 

 

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Competition time: Submit a review and enter a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet!

To kick off the holiday season, we would like to announce a little competition for all you researchers! Review an article in any ScienceOpen Collection before the end of December and we will enter you into a prize drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

To enter, all you need to do is log in to ScienceOpen, explore our collections and review any article in your field. This video will help you in getting started and here you can read more about peer review on ScienceOpen. Reviewing requires and ORCID and 5 publications. If you do not meet these requirements, but would still like to review a paper, contact us.

We are looking forward to your reviews and will announce the winner on January 2nd, 2018.

Choosing to review one of the articles in our advent calendar would be a great way to show your appreciation to those researchers who have dedicated their time to providing a valuable research resource to their communities.

Good luck! Tis the season, after all!

review compatition on ScienceOpen

 

Orienting yourself using ScienceOpen search

Searching is the basis of discovery

“Search is the new journal!”, was one of the rallying cries at the recent Force11 meeting in Berlin. But what does this mean? Well, we have a bit of a problem in research – there is so much content being published these days, about 2-3 million papers each year from around 50,000 journals! It has never been more crucial to have efficient ways of searching to discover relevant work for your research question. No single human is capable of this alone.

Now, we know Google Scholar is usually everyone’s search engine of choice for research articles. But when you pop in a search term, how do you know what research is good, what’s relevant to you, what people are talking about? You just get an enormous list that trails off with ever-decreasing relevance, and are supposed to be able to figure that all out yourself. We can do better.

Quality and quantity

Efficient search is the core issue that our freely accessible multi-layer discovery engine is helping to solve. The current database at ScienceOpen has more than 36 million article records, and growing at around 100,000 new records each week. Each of these records is linked within the database to other articles through our open citation network.

Smart search – because it’s 2017! (click to learn more)

We use this citation information, and other article metadata, to provide an enriched search ecosystem for users. The purpose of this is to allow users to drill down to relevant research using a range of different contexts and criteria, saving time and energy, and facilitating research discovery at multiple dimensions.

Sort by citation count

Citations are still one of the main forms of ‘academic’ currency in a modern research world. Citations only measure how many times a piece of work has been cited without additional context. As such, they are a simple proxy for ‘scholarly discussion’ of a piece of work, but beyond this are essentially devoid of legitimacy as a metric.

Sorting a search result by citations allows you to see what is most popular in a research context, and which articles have been particularly important in developing new disciplines, ideas, and ways of thinking. Identifying highly-cited articles provides for you a great starting point for further discovery. Citations reveal to you the lineage of ideas – start at the top, and work your way down! Understanding the historical context of ideas is critical for good research, and ScienceOpen helps you to explore this.

Sort by Altmetric score

Altmetric scores are a combined measure of social attention for articles. They give us a nice idea of how much an article is being discussed in news outlets or on social media. If you want to keep up with the buzz in your field, or find out what’s of interest in another, ScienceOpen gives you the tools for that.

Altmetrics. So hot right now.

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ScienceOpen launches new Open Access journal hosting services

Recently, we announced a new Open Access hosting partnership with UCL Press. But just what does this mean, exactly?

Our customised hosting services are designed to help publishers showcase and distribute the Open Access journals that they publish to maximum effect. These are the natural extension of our marketing and indexing services, developed on the basis of our years of experience in content management architecture layered with advanced discovery technologies. By working with a range of publishers and content types, we have built a flexible platform to inter-connect scholarly articles at the level of their metadata, and establish a forum for user interaction around them. For Open Access journals, however, we are able to offer further advantages by embedding the full text articles within our discovery environment.

Click to go to all UCL Press content on ScienceOpen

We have designed our Open Access hosting service with a range of beneficiaries in mind:

For publishers

  • We provide seamless, interactive, and engaging user access to all your published content, over a range of formats and types, maximising dissemination and re-use.
  • We offer personalised branding and relationship management through our trusted network of strategic partners, including ORCID and CrossRef.
  • We put you at the forefront of emergent technologies that are helping to revolutionise our industry through development of scholarly infrastructure.
  • Embedded within our discovery environment and synchronous with our own content growth goals, our model drives users to your content, based on providing intuitive solutions and connections from semantic frameworks and discovery technologies.

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This does not belong in a museum! Digging for new Archaeology research on ScienceOpen

Modern research is about weaving together different strands of information, thought, and data to discover something we did not know before. At ScienceOpen, humanities research lives in harmony with Maths, Engineering and the Natural and Physical Sciences. We specialize in integrating research from across the  humanities and social sciences from disciplines such as Linguistics with Brill, Literature, History and Cultural Studies with the Open Library of Humanities, and Psychology with Hogrefe. Our ever-expanding humanities section includes rare delights such as Medieval Heritage, Comics, or Greek Linguistics.

Integration leads to discovery

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.

Our recent additions to the discipline include the Open Access Internet Archeology, and the researcher-led collection Digital Archaeology (edited by Dominik Hagmann). These latest additions fit beautifully in to our already existing Archaeology corpus of 9980 research articles, with the 5 colourful featured Archaeology journals by Equinox already thriving among them.

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.

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New partnership with the Chinese Academy of Science

During the last decade, China has made rapid progress towards making more of its research publications publicly accessible. Recognizing the contribution of Open Access (OA) to the advancement of global knowledge production, the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) has been helping to develop government-funded models of OA publication and open research policies to make knowledge produced by public investment in China public to the maximum benefit of all.

Today, we are happy to announce that one of CAS’ flagship Open Access journals, Journal of Radars, is now indexed on ScienceOpen. We’re very excited by this new partnership, as it meets our commitment to bring together the latest results from different fields, and cultural and geographical regions.

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:

All articles are Open Access and published under a Creative Commons 4.0 license which allows for the free re-distribution and re-use.

Journal of Radars

If you want to learn more about Open Access in China, or explore the range of Open Access content from China indexed on ScienceOpen, the selection of blog posts below will give you some insights.

Further reading

Open Access and language barriers in China

A whistle-stop tour of Open Access in China

Reflections of my trip to Shanghai – huge potential for OA

Xuan Yu, a man with a mission to bring Open Science to the Earth [Sciences]

Higher Education Press indexing partnership with ScienceOpen

Reconciling East and West in biomedical science: Family Medicine and Community Health and Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications are now indexed on ScienceOpen

Burgeoning green technologies on ScienceOpen

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New season kick-off for our free Open Access indexing competition

The new season delivered an excellent round of applications to kick-start our free Open Access indexing competition for this academic year.

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:

KOME: An International Journal of Pure Communication Inquiry

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.

Cyborgs, desiring-machines, bodies without organs, and Westworld: Interrogating academic writing and scholarly identity

The Role of the Anonymous Voice in Post-Publication Peer Review Versus Traditional Peer Review

The Internet and the Nigerian Woman: A Case of Female Undergraduates

Control, Communication, and the Voice of the Leader. A ControlCharacter Analysis of the 2016 US Presidential Debate

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

Publisher: Stichting SciPost

Country of publisher: The Netherlands

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.

Some of our favourite articles include:

The Infrared Physics of Bad Theories

Strongly Interacting Light Dark Matter

Quantum Monte Carlo detection of SU(2) symmetry breaking in the participation entropies of line subsystems

Irish Journal of Paramedicine

Publisher: Irish College of Paramedics

Country of publisher: Ireland

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:

Identifying the barriers to female leadership in Paramedicine

On shift simulation in aeromedical operations – making it work

Dip(ping) into Foreign Waters…Irish Paramedics’ Royal College Experience

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Publishers and journals working with ScienceOpen benefit from increased visibility, usage and branding for their indexed content. Featured collections open up journal content for:

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.

Browse through the previous entry winners:

It’s the summer of Open Access love!

Warm welcome to the May winners of our free indexing competition

A whole new world of Open Access at ScienceOpen

Rewarding Open Access publishing with ScienceOpen

Reconciling East and West in biomedical science: Family Medicine and Community Health and Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications are now indexed on ScienceOpen

Medieval heritage unlimited

Open Access in the Cause of Social Clinical Health Support

New journals coming to ScienceOpen!

Platinum indexing for platinum journals

 

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A preprints goldmine at ScienceOpen

Did you know that we have more than 1.3 million preprints on ScienceOpen?

Preprints are first-draft research manuscripts, and have been around for as long as the Web has existed. Some researchers, like physicists, have been posting them online for almost 3 decades, taking advantage of the rapid communication capabilities that the internet enabled. Now, researchers in the Life Sciences and other fields are catching up, with platforms like bioRxiv, the Center for Open Science, as well as the ASAPbio initiative.

Preprint or not preprint? Simple!

At ScienceOpen, we fully support research communities and their adoption of preprints.  To make discovering them even easier, we have recently added a preprint filter to our search engine. ScienceOpen currently has 35 million article records as part of our expanding citation network. We are growing each day as new content is integrated from our publishing partners, and sources like PubMed, CrossRef, ORCID and arXiv.

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100 featured journals benefitting from ScienceOpen discovery technology

The ScienceOpen discovery and collaboration environment offers state-of-the-art technological infrastructure allowing publishers to create an entirely new kind of showcase for their journals. Our Featured Collections help users to drill down and explore content with over 20 filters and sorting options, combining depth and precision to make discovery more efficient.

Featured Collections deliver great benefits to publishers in terms of content visibility and discoverability. We are therefore happy to announce that we have now hit the 100 Featured Collections milestone!

Top partners

Some of our top publishing partners helping to reach this goal include:

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Scholarly communications knowledge base on ScienceOpen

At ScienceOpen, we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the ever-changing scholarly communication ecosystem.

To keep you all up-to-date about the latest research advancements in the field, we’ve built an easily accessible and searchable scholarly communications knowledge base, which we call a super collection! This knowledge base covers different aspects of the field, such as:

Scholarly communication super collection on ScienceOpen

A simple search for “scholarly communication” on our platform also reveals 150 Open Access papers on the topic!

Our recent partnership with IOS Press allows us to greatly expand this knowledge base. Their flagship Open Access journal, Information Services and Use, is now indexed on ScienceOpen. The journal covers a wide range of topics around scholarly publishing and open research, and facilitates discussion on the key aspects of the field. Articles cover a whole new set of issues about how to maximize the accessibility and potential of research data.

Below you can find a selection of some of the most exciting topics and articles.

  • Key infrastructure for a modern scholarly communication environment

Transforming a research paper into a rich internet publication

Supporting a Passion for New Ideas through Open APIs

Researchers of Tomorrow: The research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students

  • The transformation of journal publishing into a Web 2.0 context

The transformation of scientific journal publishing: Open access after the Berlin 12 Conference

Shared service components infrastructure for enriching the user experience in electronic publications

  • Newly emerging archiving practices and platforms in the era of digital publishing

Archives information publishing new design in post-custodial regime: The National Archives Experience Digital Vaults

Accessibility and self-archiving of conference articles: A study on a selection of Swedish institutional repositories

Metadata for Big Data: A preliminary investigation of metadata quality issues in research data repositories

  • Evaluating national and international Open Access policies

Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: The UK approach to Open Access

Open Access improves returns to public research funding: A perspective from Germany

The OpenAIRE2020 FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot: Implementing a European-wide funding initiative for Open Access publishing costs

  • How open principles are transplanted into practices

PlosOpenR – Exploring FP7 funded PLOS publications

Open Access monographic publishing in the humanities

  • Accelerating research transparency

Creative commons: A convergence model between the ideal of commons and the possibilities of creation in contemporary times, opposed to copyright impediments

Where does the buck stop? Research ethics and publishing

Cloudy, increasingly FAIR; revisiting the FAIR Data guiding principles for the European Open Science Cloud

The importance of being aware of these newly emerging directions and sustainable practices in scholarly communication is unquestionable. It gives you powerful tools for communicating your research more effectively and thus to boost your academic career and even your well-being in academia.

If you don’t want to miss a single article that might be of interest for you from this gigacorpus, we keep you up to date by constantly integrating newly published content. Follow the collection, or create saved searches to ma make this even easier!

scholarly communication