ScienceOpen: Publisher Services for the Digital Age

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The Challenge: Academic publishing is transitioning to a fully digital industry which means publishers need access to state-of-the-art technology to keep up with ever-changing best practices. It faces the pressures and challenges of establishing new business models, products, and reputation structures. The cost of innovating is especially high for smaller participants.

The Solution: Discovery is key in the digital space. ScienceOpen offers unique technologies for academic publishers to create, host, and promote their content, whether it be journals, books, conferences, or preprints. Our services also include integrating your content within a freely accessible discovery environment with next-generation metrics and curation tools for reputation management and dissemination. Working closely with all types of scholarly publishers from across the world, ScienceOpen works on an individual base to develop solutions for publisher’s content.

ScienceOpen has a wide range of packages and customizable services, and we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the future. We have put together below an overview of our services to give an updated account of what we can offer publishers. Contact us to find out even more because we have projects in the pipeline and can often build a new solution to fit the needs of your program.


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If you are in the midst of launching a new open access journal, consider partnering with us to solve your publishing needs. ScienceOpen provides full end-to-end open access publishing solutions – embedded within our smart interactive discovery environment. A modular approach allows open access publishers to pick and choose among a range of services and design the platform that fits their goals and budget. Book your own sub-domain powered by ScienceOpen to manage and host existing open access publications or start new journals. ScienceOpen can provide technical infrastructure for manuscript submission, peer review management, open access hosting, article versioning, distribution, analytics, and APC management for journals and (coming soon) books. The ScienceOpen platform has its own powerful citation index and is uniquely integrated with ORCIDCrossref, and Altmetric to immediately plug your publications into the infrastructure of global scholarly communication. Go here to learn more and for examples of customers utilizing this service.

Open Access Hosting

When your Crossref DOI directs readers to an article landing page on ScienceOpen rich with metrics, context and interactive tools, you open up exciting new avenues of exploration and engagement. ScienceOpen can host your open access journals, conference proceedings, books, or preprints with our PDF viewer technology. Your content will also have the benefits of our interactive discovery environment with state-of-the-art SEO, long-term archiving with CLOCKSS and integration with ORCID, Crossref and more. We’ve recently greatly expanded our open access hosting options for books and can, for example, create unique landing pages for book chapter DOIs to enrich the metadata of book records. Go here to learn even more about ScienceOpen’s infrastructure for books.

By hosting on ScienceOpen, your open access research will be placed in the context of a huge and diverse database which helps you reach new authors and audiences. Additionally, we can help with the metadata side of hosting and let you focus more on important editorial tasks by automating and streamlining your metadata processes for you. See the Metadata Technical Hub directly below for more information on that topic.

Metadata Technical Hub

For small publishing organizations such as library publishers, societies, university presses or single journals, metadata generation and distribution can be a time-consuming manual effort. Sometimes important information is left out simply due to technical restrictions. ScienceOpen can take the pain out of these processes, saving you time and resources and providing richer metadata to your partners. With automatic indexing by Google Scholar and Baidu Scholar and excellent SEO management, hosting on ScienceOpen is a great way to boost the visibility of your content.

At ScienceOpen we have been consulting publishers on their metadata for years to help get the most visibility possible for academic publications. We have increasingly built systems with our technical partner, Ovitas, to support publishers with metadata creation and distribution and made each new tool available to the next customer. As a metadata technical hub, we can automate time-consuming tasks and let publishers concentrate on the content. Here is a brief list of what we can support customers with:

  1. XML check and enhancement
  2. Crossref DOI deposit 
  3. DOAJ article metadata deposit 
  4. Machine-readable open access licenses 
  5. Google Scholar indexing 
  6. Abstracting & indexing services 
  7. Long-term archiving 

To learn more about the Metadata Technical Hub services, go here.


Highlighted Collections in the search menus, banners on all related articles within an ever-growing database of tens of millions of records, a prominent “Submit a manuscript” button – ScienceOpen provides concrete ways to promote your content deep within the researcher community. We offer publishers the opportunity to index all of their published content, regardless of license type or research discipline, with rich metadata on our interactive platform and to open it up to community curation, open reviews, recommendations, and sharing. Whether you promote a single journal with the goal of raising submissions or create a topical Collection around multiple journals and highlight your publisher brand, ScienceOpen can help you reach beyond your journal webpage. With the addition of book and chapter records to the platform, ScienceOpen further opens up new sales channels for your titles with a “Buy book” button leading to your preferred webshop.


With the ScienceOpen INTEGRATOR, it is now possible to embed ScienceOpen’s state-of-the-art discovery tools directly into any website with just a few lines of code. This feature can be used for journal websites, book selections, and topical collections by institutions, publishers, or societies. With our new INTEGRATOR feature, we hope to provide anyone with a tool to easily and flexibly manage their publication lists and upgrade their websites with attractive discovery elements to increase engagement with their content. Go here to see the INTEGRATOR in action for the journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today.

Peer Review

From post-publication and open peer review infrastructure to more traditional forms of blinded peer review, ScienceOpen provides manuscript submission and peer review management tools embedded in a discovery platform to support your editors’ search for expert reviewers. Journals publishing on the ScienceOpen platform can choose between blinded review or an open, transparent process. An intuitive manuscript submission and peer review dashboard help editors to track and manage the review process both before and after publication. A full set of notifications – branded with the publisher’s logo – support editors for faster turn-around times. The ScienceOpen platform also offers a built-in infrastructure for open, post-publication peer review that has been used and improved since 2014. 

ScienceOpen Advantages

Whether you publish, host, or promote your content with us, here is just a short list of the advantages that ScienceOpen offers over competing services:

  • Context environment with over 73 million articles, books, chapters, conference proceedings and more
  • Boolean Operator search engine with advanced filtering via citations, Altmetrics, date, usage and more
  • Article, journal, book, and publisher level usage statistics
  • Commenting and recommendations functionalities
  • Framework for mediated post-publication peer review
  • Author profiles and self-promotion tools with lay summaries, keywords and extensive statistics
  • Researcher-curated topical Collections to grow communities
  • Banner promotion on all relevant articles in the database for more visibility
  • Sharing functionalities to promote journal in other social media outlets
  • Integration with ORCID, Crossref
  • Reach new audiences and new markets from our global user-base
  • Support for multi-lingual publications
  • Consult with publishers
  • Yearly ScienceOpen User Meeting for our customers to share their experiences, give feedback, and ask questions.

As an aggregator of information, ScienceOpen will continue to open up, share, add to and explore the context of scholarly research in support of open knowledge goals. Join us!

For further information, you can watch Stephanie Dawson’s recent Webinar explaining our publishing solutions for journals. To get individual pricing packages, contact Stuart Cooper or Carlos de la Huerta.

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