As the year draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our users, editors, publishers and supporters for a successful 2019.
This has been a year of big growth – we hit 60 million publication records, all linked and contextualized in our citation graph. That adds up to a lot of computing power without a day of down-time and freely-accessible around the globe. We also saw over 50% more visitors in the last three months than the same period last year. Keep on coming back! You don’t have to register to use the ScienceOpen discovery tools, but in 2019 we also hit 40,000 registered users. That’s a lot of ORCID power. Thanks to our authors who published preprints and posters on ScienceOpen and to those who added a lay summary to their articles.
The year 2019 saw some big developments on ScienceOpen as well. In January we launched the new UCL Open publishing platform and UCL Open: Environment megajournal. With a workflow based on preprints and open and transparent peer review, the project is taking off and has already seen a wide range of submissions and publications. It is very exciting to see so much open peer review taking place. This technology has been constantly refined over the year and is available for other publishers. Talk to us! Our goal is to create tools to support the Open Science movement. We are providing space for alternative modes of community curation, preprint publishing, open peer review and open citations for the whole research community. Your feedback and ideas are welcome!
Our other big news of 2019 was the addition of books to the ScienceOpen discovery platform. We kicked off with a test highlighting some book titles in the IET Power Engineering collection. To date we have reached over 87,000 book and 290,000 book chapter records extracted from our citation index, some cited as highly as 3000 times. This opens new channels for authors and publishers to promote their work and for researchers to get a bigger picture. We will be developing books further in 2020.
We saw many new publishers joining the ScienceOpen platform this year and would like to particularly thank Pensoft, Annual Reviews, Genetics Society of America, BCS, Hogrefe, the IET, BMJ, Future Science, Bioscientifica, Portland Press, Akadémiai Kiadó, EDP Sciences, Emerald, Microbiology Society, American Water Works Association (AWWA), Brepols, Open Library of Humanities, Jaypee Brothers, Dustri, Hanser, Carl Grossmann Verlag, International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), UCL Press, University of Huddersfield Press, Liverpool University Press, Vilnius University Press, Tsinghua University Press, and many others who have supported us over the years.
The topics that moved our Collection Editors in 2019 were Climate Change (Renewable Energy, Science for Clean Energy Horizon 2020, IUCN Red List of Ecosystems), Biodiversity (Hymenoptera, Tick microbiome, Taxonomic intelligence, Citizen Microbiology), High entropy alloys, Sex and gender-sensitive medicine, Peer review, Open Research and more. A huge thanks to every editor who started or updated a collection and to all the users who shared, recommended, commented on and appreciated their work. Join us as a Collection Editor in 2020!
We thank you all again and wish a festive holiday season and a good start to the new year. We have big plans for the ’20s so tune in January 2020 for more ScienceOpen.
The ScienceOpen team,
Stephanie Dawson, Stuart Cooper, Nina Tscheke, Bartosz Radomski, Alexander Grossmann, Tibor Tscheke, Péter Berko, Bálint Herczeg, Tihamér Rozman