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Taking Open Access Beyond Articles and Institutes

In the current ecosystem of scholarly communication, effective infrastructures for the responsible and open dissemination of intellectual output are an inevitability, especially for research institutions.

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH is one of the biggest research institutes in Europe with about 5,900 employees and publishes its own open access journals.

At ScienceOpen, we are always looking for ways to help maximize the visibility of institutional research output. Today, we are happy to announce that the two Forschungszentrum Jülich open access journals, Journal of large-scale research facilities and Collective Dynamics, are now indexed on ScienceOpen. Here we have compiled a brief description of both journals.

Instruments with DOIs: Journal of large-scale research facilities

The Journal of large-scale research facilities allows large-scale equipment to be cited properly by assigning DOIs to the articles describing them. It covers large-scale equipment from all scientific disciplines and is also mostly intended for use by scientists not affiliated to the institution operating the facilities (dedicated user operation). Furthermore, it provides operators of large-scale research facilities with the opportunity to describe their equipment. In order to keep the focus on the facilities themselves, all articles are published in the name of the operating institution (corporate author). There are now descriptions of more than 120 large-scale facilities from the Helmholtz Association, the large scientific organization of which Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH is a member.

Among the facilities covered by the journal are:

  • MARIA, the magnetic reflectometer with high incident angle
  • RESEDA, the resonance spin echo spectrometer
  • MEPHISTO, a facility for particle physics with cold neutrons
  • TOFTOF, the cold neutron time-of-flight spectrometer
  • GALAXI, the gallium anode low-angle x-ray instrument
  • BALU, the largest autoclave research facility in the world
Dr. Wolfgang Häußler shows RESEDA on a lab course at Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (source).

Make them citable

Assigning DOIs (digital object identifiers) to research facilities and integrating them into the common system of linking scholarly references makes them:

  • Easier to find, cite, link, and identify.
  • Easier to track their usage and trace research networks to the facility it is used by.
  • Easier to track their evaluations and assess their impact.

Additional benefits include:

  • Users of the facilities can cite the equipment unambiguously in their publications with the aid of the article.
  • An additional benefit for users is that they do not need to repeat the description of the instrument in each of their papers.

Research on the crossroads and beyond: Collective Dynamics

The peer-reviewed open access journal Collective Dynamics publishes the latest innovations in the fields of pedestrian dynamics, crowds, vehicular traffic, and other systems of self-driven particles, such as molecular motors, animal groups, or agents. Articles are written in a way that makes them accessible to a wide range of scientific disciplines.

They reveal:

Shibuya crossing

Being indexed on ScienceOpen will help these journals to reach out to readers and to gain maximum visibility and re-use of the articles.

To learn more about indexing on ScienceOpen, contact us here.

 

It’s the summer of Open Access love!

There is an ever-growing number of small-scale Open Access journals and publishers. These are run largely by research communities, who manage to reach out from their local contexts to the global landscape of scholarly communication and became established international forums. At ScienceOpen, these are what we call true Open Access success stories!

Part of our mission is to contribute to these success stories by recognizing the great efforts behind high-quality OA journals with no APCs (article processing charges), and by offering them our next-generation indexing services for free.

The winners of our monthly free indexing competition benefit from increased visibility, usage and branding for their indexed content. By getting indexed on ScienceOpen, these journals:

  • Reach new audiences and maximize readership
  • Drive more usage to their journals
  • Integrate their content to a unique search/discovery and communication platform
  • Open up the context of their content
  • Assess and contextualize the impact of the journals with the help of collection-level statistics

The winners of the June round are coming from the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), and join a growing corpus of research from this field on ScienceOpen. All 3 journals enjoy the benefits of the ‘by researchers – for researchers’ publishing model which enables them to assess precisely the needs in their fields of research, set clear goals, and to adopt a critical voice without making compromises.

These journals are:

PublisherPsychOpen (operated by Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information)

Country of publisher: Germany

Europe’s Journal of Psychology is a free online quarterly peer-reviewed journal publishing original studies, research, critical contributions, interviews and book reviews written by and intended for psychologists worldwide. Although primarily targeted at a European audience, EJOP gladly hosts contributions from psychologists irrespective of their geographical location. The journal was conceived in such a manner as to be accessible to both young researchers and established professionals and also to a very large area of scientific psychological ‘genres’ and schools.

We asked Prof. Dr. Armin Günther, Managing Editor of PsychOpen, about why they chose to enter the competition. He said:

“At PsychOpen, the European Open Access Platform for Psychology, we are very happy to be among the winners of the monthly ScienceOpen free indexing competition! This will not only help us to increase the visibility of our journal(s) but it’s also a great encouragement for our work, pursuing a community based, non-profit approach in scholarly publishing.”

Europe's Journal of Psychology

Publisher: Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Skopje

Country of publisher: Republic of Macedonia

Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation (JSER) is a multidisciplinary peer reviewed international journal edited by the Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation of the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism and Macedonian Association of Special Educators. Although it began as a local and specialized journal, it managed to develop into an international and scientific one and to attract a large number of authors from over 30 countries around the world.

The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of special education and rehabilitation. The subject matter is broad and includes findings from biological, educational, genetic, medical, psychiatric, psychological and sociological studies. It publishes ethical, philosophical, and legal contributions that increase knowledge on the prevention and treatment of disability, and/or inform public policy and practice. The articles are bilingual (Macedonian and English).

Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation

PublisherUniversity of Udine

Country of publisher: Italy

This journal seeks to disseminate research on modern languages and literatures with special emphasis on anglophone literatures and cultures. Their main aim is to foster critical resistance towards hegemonic and hierarchical models of culture, and positively promote, as viable alternatives, discourse practices of partnership and mutuality. Articles cover topics like “hybridisation” of languages and literatures, migrant writing, intercultural and transcultural identities and subjectivities, post-colonial studies or subaltern studies.

Le Simplegadi

Taking the ‘diamond’ way, all these journals prove that ‘gold’ Open Access is much more than APCs, and that you don’t need high costs to maintain high quality.

If you know free to publish Open Access journals you would like to see indexed on ScienceOpen, let us know. If you run one, participate in our competition today and get indexed on ScienceOpen for free! See our guidelines for indexing here.

 

 

In:  Collections  

We need to get informed about Climate Change

Climate change needs open science

We are in the midst of a global information and knowledge crisis. Access to scientific research has never been more important to provide the basis for debates on critical issues such as climate change, global health, and renewable energies.

At ScienceOpen, we want to play our part here. We have built an automatically updating research collection on climate change for anyone and everyone. It has almost 7,500 research articles, each of which are Open Access. This means they are freely available for anyone to read, re-use, and share without restriction!

Collection statistics – growing every day!

The collection already has 80,000 views, demonstrating the power of our collections features, and joins more than 150 others so far on ScienceOpen!

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Warm welcome to the May winners of our free indexing competition

The May round of our free Open Access indexing competition comes with a focus on the broader context of scholarly communication: education. The new APC-free, Open Access journals that we selected will be fully integrated into, and promoted on, our platform. They hail from different corners of the world, as part of our mission to break down geographical barriers to research.

They facilitate critical and open discussion on all levels of the educational system and bring issues like transparency in education, inequalities in learning opportunities, educational management, students’ experiences in higher education, and bringing  evidence-based best practices to the table.

Anyone can freely read, download, and share any of the articles, as well as export the article citation metadata to their favourite reference manager. ScienceOpen users can:

  1. Add them to a new or existing collection
  2. Recommend them to their colleagues
  3. Publicly peer review and comment on any they wish
  4. Invite their colleagues to peer review them

These new journals are:

Publisher: Institute of Business Management

Society/Institution: Institute of Business Management, Karachi

Country of publisher: Pakistan

The Journal of Education and Educational Development focuses on both theoretical and applied research studies in education and related disciplines. Through publishing research articles, case studies, book reviews, and critical reviews, the journal intends to present its audience with interdisciplinary themes on education and educational development.

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In:  About SO  

Getting started at ScienceOpen

We recognise that some times it’s not clear exactly what you’re supposed to do when joining a new research platform. What are the important features, what’s everybody else doing, how do I make my profile as strong as possible? Well, hopefully this will make it easier for you. If you’re still wondering ‘What’s that ScienceOpen thing all about?’, hopefully this will add a bit of clarity too!

Here are the main things you need to know about ScienceOpen:

  • Get an ORCID account

More than 3 million researchers already have an ORCID account, which acts as both a unique identifier and an integrated profile for them. Registration for it takes 30 seconds, and is now a core part of scholarly infrastructure, with many journals requiring an ORCID profile prior to article submission. Make sure it’s well-populated with all of your published papers, (drawn automatically from Web of Science, Scopus, or CrossRef). Easy!

  • Refresh your profile from ORCID

*click* Done.

From your profile page (eg here)

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A whole new world of Open Access at ScienceOpen

Today we are pleased to announce the winners of the April round of our free Open Access indexing competition.

These journals come from around the world, and by offering free-to-publish Open Access options for researchers, we in turn offer them free integration into our platform to help build their status and visibility.

The following journals will all become part of our next-generation indexing and discovery platform:

Cardiometry (Russia)

Published by the Russian New University, this journal is devoted to cardiological issues with special focus on cardiovascular system performance and diagnostics. The title of the journal, Cardiometry, is a new field in cardiology providing application of the most up-to-date technologies of measurements of heart and cardiovascular system performance parameters and considered as an interdisciplinary scientific field joining cardiology, biophysics, biomechanics, IT and metrology.

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation (Greece)

Published by European Publishing, this journal encompasses all aspects of tobacco use, prevention and cessation that can promote a tobacco free society. Their aim is to foster, promote and disseminate research involving tobacco use, prevention, policy implementation, disease development- progression related to tobacco use, tobacco use impact from the cellular to the international level and the treatment of tobacco attributable disease through smoking cessation.

Desert (Iran)

Published by the University of Tehran, Desert covers all aspects of environmental management of arid, semi-arid and desert environments and addresses issues ranging from basic to socio-ecological systems of arid, semi-arid and desert ecosystems.

Revista do Instituto Florestal (Brazil)

Published by the Instituto Florestal (Institute of Forestry) of São Paulo, this journal is dedicated to works in Forestry Sciences and related sciences written in Portuguese, English or Spanish. It publishes articles in the following thematic areas: urban tree planting, protected areas and nature conservation, wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry policy and economy, genetics and forest improvement, geography and environmental planning, hydrology, plant taxonomy and phytogeography and forest products technology.

All of these journals fulfil the double challenge of publishing high-quality Open Access research while charging no APCs to their authors. As such, they provide significant contributions to open scholarship as well as democracy in science from month to month.

To support these great efforts, we recently partnered with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to help make these valuable sources of the published scholarly record more visible and easily accessible in a competitive global research environment.

Bringing together results from different fields of research and geographical regions, successful applicants will add new colours to our research network of over 31 million articles and growing.

Thank you to everyone who applied for the latest round of ScienceOpen’s free indexing competition! We are also grateful to DOAJ for their valuable contributions.

To apply for the next round, an application form can be found here.  As a little help, you can find our guidelines here. Good luck!

In:  Aggregation  

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

We believe that Open Access to medical research is critical for advancing health research and saving lives. Part of our mission at ScienceOpen is to bring together the latest results from different fields, and cultural and geographical regions. For this reason, we are happy to announce our new partnership with the Ireland-based publisher Compuscript, whose two biomedical journals: Family Medicine and Community Health and Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications are now indexed on ScienceOpen. Both journals publish peer reviewed, open access research articles with a focus on results from China. Let’s take a closer look at them!

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH)

 

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH)

Family Medicine and Community Health aims to promote improved healthcare through the practice of family and community-based medicine globally. The journal covers topics that are common and relevant to family medicine and community health, such as: healthcare policies, health insurance coverage, public health, epidemiology, social and preventive medicine, management of chronic illnesses, health promotion and health ethics, community health service from pediatrics to elderly care, and education and training in family medicine worldwide with a special emphasis on Chinese and developing world modalities. So it covers quite a bit of research ground!

As a publication of the Chinese General Practice Press (CGPP), Family Medicine and Community Health is able to publish open access without charging article processing charges.

Our top article selection from the journal:

A new role for primary care teams in the United States after “Obamacare:” Track and improve health insurance coverage rates

Healthy China 2030: “Without national health, there will be no comprehensive well-being”

The innovations in China’s primary health care reform: Development and characteristics of the community health services in Hangzhou

Primary care clinicians’ strategies to overcome financial barriers to specialty health care for uninsured patients

Economic burden of inpatients with viral hepatitis B-related diseases and the influencing factors

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges

Engaging black sub-Saharan African communities and their gatekeepers in HIV prevention programs: Challenges and strategies from England

Factors associated with the utilization of institutional and home birth services among women in Ethiopia: A scoping review

Maternal health and its affecting factors in Nepal

Mothers’ health-related quality of life: Its relationship with children’s health-related quality of life and behavior in low-income families

West meets east: Chinese and US doctors addressing the medical ecology and disease management from both countries’ perspectives

Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA)

Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC), devoted to exploring novel developments in cardiovascular disease, and to promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification.

The latest issue is dedicated to recent advances in noninvasive cardiac imaging, such as:

Novel SPECT Technologies and Approaches in Cardiac Imaging

Cardiac PET/CT and Prognosis

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Coronary Arteries: Latest Technical Innovations and Clinical Experiences

Novel Approaches for the Use of Cardiac/Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography

Do Modern Imaging Studies Trump Cardiovascular Physical Exam in Cardiac Patients?

All articles are now placed into a context of more than 28 million articles through our citation and recommendation network and can now be found under our brand new OA filter.

For more information about our indexing services, please contact our Marketing Manager Erik Riemenschneider (Erik.Riemenschneider@ScienceOpen.com).

We are still running our free indexing competition for APC-free open access journals, so get in touch if you qualify!

 

In:  Other  

Guidelines for free indexing applicants

Publishing can be a big, expensive business, or it can be done on a small scale by research communities themselves – by researchers for researchers. For very narrow topics and small research communities it can make sense to just do it yourself and there are wide range of journals that offer a formal peer review process, editorial oversight, publishing services and a Creative Commons open access license to authors but still charge no APCs.

To support these great efforts, ScienceOpen offers free indexing for up to 10 APC-free OA journals per month, and the best candidate receives a free journal collection page for 1 year. We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in making these valuable contributions to the scholarly record more visible.

In order to qualify for our free indexing offer your journal must meet the following requirements, all of which contribute to enhancing the visibility and discoverability of your content.

  • Be indexed in DOAJ and without publication charges

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists over 9000 open access scholarly journals meeting certain quality standards. Listing in DOAJ is a requirement for the ScienceOpen free indexing program to assure good quality articles from an editorial standpoint. Furthermore, having DOAJ IDs also ease the indexing procedure significantly. With your articles registered in DOAJ, the only thing you have to do is to check there are no APC or other publication charges and to send ScienceOpen a list of the DOAJ ID-s for each article record and your content will be indexed in no time.

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In:  Announcements  

Digging dinosaurs at ScienceOpen

Today, we’re happy to announce the integration of the Journal of Paleontological Techniques (JPT) onto our platform! This journal is all about sharing and opening up the methods that palaeontologists use in their day-to-day research.

So if you love Jurassic Park and dinosaurs, this collection is perfect for you! All articles are Open Access, which means they are free to read, share, and re-use by anyone.

Sophie the Stegosaurus, on display at the Natural History Museum in London (source)

Here are some of our absolute favourite new articles:

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Ashley Farley of the Gates Foundation: “Knowledge should be a public good.”

Hi Ashley, and thanks for joining us here! Could you start off by letting us know a little bit about your background?

Certainly! I began college aiming for a Zoology degree while working at the University’s library. My love for information grew in proportion to my struggle for mastering Physics and Organic Chemistry. My senior year I transferred disciplines and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused on Library and Information Science. For the next decade, I worked in both public and academic libraries and began pursuing my Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Washington (to be completed this summer. Yay!) Now I have found myself submersed in the realm of scientific knowledge and research dissemination. I find this to be a perfect way to combine all my passions – science, knowledge, and service to others.

Credit: Ashley Farley

When did you first hear about open access and open science? What were your initial thoughts?

The first time I heard about these topics was while interning at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the Knowledge and Research Services department. My initial thought was “How have I not heard of this before?!”. Having worked in libraries for many years I was familiar with the serials crisis and the importance of research, but I had not been introduced to the Open Access movement. Then I thought, “Of course Open Access should be the norm!”. Knowledge should be a public good.

“Of course Open Access should be the norm!”. Knowledge should be a public good.

What’s it like working for the Gates Foundation? How much of your time do you spend working on ‘open’ related things?

I really love working for the Gates Foundation – it’s providing me with the opportunity, each day, to work towards a greater good. A message that is posted throughout the foundation is “All Lives Have Equal Value” and I take this to heart. This is the first institution where I have been employed to embrace innovation and move initiatives forward fairly quickly. One of our tenets is that we will take risks that others can’t or won’t and I’m proud of this. Currently, I spend about 90% of my time on Open Access. This encompasses internal and external communications, advocacy of our policy, and working with our grantees to make their research open access. We’ve recently joined the newly launched Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) to work with other research funders worldwide to adopt mandates like ours. Together we can create a funding environment where Open Access or even Open Science is the norm. I am beginning to see the impact that my work has on the scientific community and it’s very exciting. We have other partnerships in the works that will be announced soon to continue to support the Open Access movement.

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