At ScienceOpen, we are constantly upgrading and adapting our platform to meet the needs of the different stakeholders in scholarly publishing. We work with a huge range of publishers (e.g., Brill, Open Library of Humanities, Higher Education Press PeerJ, Cold Spring Harbor) and listen to the needs of researchers, together building solutions to help enhance the global research process.
With the re-launch of ScienceOpen, we really are pushing forward to create a multi-purpose, solution-oriented platform that aligns with ongoing trends in scholarly publishing.
ScienceOpen for publishers and editors
Our new platform provides an invaluable service for publishers and editors. We provide aggregate metrics for re-use, including the number of readers on our platform and the summed Altmetric score. As you can see in the example below for BioMed Central, these numbers can be used to look at how well you’re competing with other publishers, as well as how your content is being read and re-used by researchers. Content on the site is aggregated through PubMed Central, SciELO, ORCID and arXiv or added via reference analysis with a DOI metadata check with Crossref. Or publishers can work directly with us to add their content to the site for a fee. We now offer extra features like a “read” button link back to the publisher version of record. We are happy to index content of all license types.
The more of your content we have on our platform, the better the level of service we can provide for you.
Published content can be filtered by journal, discipline, and which collections articles appear in. Along with this, they all have our next-generation sorting functionality, so articles can be arranged by citations, Altmetric score, relevance, date of publication, and readership. This makes it easier for researchers to discover your research, greatly increasing it’s value for you.
Good luck trying to do that with Google Scholar, Scopus, or Web of Science.
Publishers can see how much content is in collections and being re-used and enhanced by researchers, and gain insight into a whole new dimension of how communities are engaging with the content they publish. We also display additional related collections and journals, to really add an extra dimension of context to research articles.
This is the great thing about what we do at ScienceOpen: We don’t just market your content, we enhance it with contextual information.
Why does all this matter?
What is important about all of this, is that it truly doesn’t matter which side of the ‘open or closed’ debate you are on. What we provide transcends this, by exposing the article-level content and providing enhancement services irrespective of the article status. By working with publishers, we provide additional services to the research community that accelerate discovery and knowledge generation – something that we all want.
However, with open access articles, there is more we can do with the content, by pulling out the metadata, the references, and the article and integrating that into our research network to really highlight the context of research. This is where the ‘re-usability’ aspect of Open Access really shines, as it enables us to work with content to make it better for both publishers and researchers.