I would like to personally wish you a healthy, joyful, and successful New Year from ScienceOpen. Our accomplishments over the past year and goals for 2024 are only possible with the support of all our members, authors, editors, customers, and staff. Thank you!
I love to start every new year with a fresh “To-Do” list and I would like to share with you some of the exciting challenges we are tackling in the new year at ScienceOpen.
Support the Sustainable Development Goals
Why do we care about open science? Because we believe it can help improve lives and outcomes for people and ecosystems on the only planet we have. For orientation we always try to keep the UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind in all that we do. I will kick of the year 2024 moderating a panel “Can scholarly publishers change the world? The role of the SDGs within the publishing industry” at the Academic Publishing in Europe conference in Berlin January 9-10. I am looking forward to a lively discussion!
In 2024 we will continue to provide discoverability support to underserved areas across the globe and highlight research that can move us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals – 2030 is not far away! EDP Science, Hogrefe Publishers (SDG4, SDG5, SDG10, Psychology), Jaypee (SDG3), Emerald Publishers and University College London have all created collections on ScienceOpen to showcase their work, with more to come in 2024. Stay tuned!
Stuart Cooper, our Global Business Development Director is an active member of the HESI UN SDG Fellows Program, and is always excited to discuss how scholarly publishers can help to change the world for the better. Get in touch and exchange some ideas.
Make knowledge accessible – one journal at a time
Open Access is not just a goal in itself – its aim is to make knowledge globally accessible. To that end, ScienceOpen provides state of the art open access hosting and publishing services to over 60 open access journals with more on the horizon in 2024. Journals take advantage of our publishing infrastructure embedded within an open discovery environment and citation network. Growing this base of hosted journals and continuing to develop new features and tools is a high priority in the new year.
Some of our success stories from 2023 include:
- The Review of African Political Economy is going fully open, moving from Taylor&Francis to ScienceOpen
- The WITS Journal of Clinical Medicine is now hosting on ScienceOpen
- The new Journal of Disability Research published 4 complete issues in 2023.
- The new journal Zoonoses is now indexed in Scopus
- The journal Genome Integrity has been re-accepted into PubMed Central
- Pluto Journals made the full backlist of Prometheus Critical Studies in Innovation back to 1983 freely available.
Open Science for Drug Repurposing
One concrete way that we are working to improve health outcomes with open science is through our participation in the EU drug repurposing project REPO4EU. We created the portal Drug Repurposing Central that encompasses the preprint server DrugRxiv and two new diamond Open Access journals. Integration with the AI-driven scientific rigor check SciScore and ScienceOpen’s open peer review infrastructure support a faster, more open publishing process based on preprint reviews. Open analytics and integrations with Altmetric Scite encourage new ways of evaluating research outputs.
Explore abstracts from the RExPO conference series and join in the conversation at the RExPO24 conference -details to be announced soon!
New paths to Open for humanities and social science research
Social sciences and the humanities (HSS) face a different set of challenges when moving to an open model of research dissemination. Books play a much larger role in these fields, funding is scarce, and digitization has been a lower priority. ScienceOpen has worked with many HSS publishers over the years including Pluto Journals, UCL Press, Amsterdam University Press and Michigan Publishing and has gained a great deal of insight into their needs to effectively move to open access. With the launch of the catalogue for the Association of European University Presses (AEUP) in 2023 ScienceOpen has increased its partnerships in this area.
We will start the year with an open ear and continue to develop ideas to support for HSS publishers.
We have seen over 88,000 clicks on the “Buy book” button on the ScienceOpen platform since introducing book records. We hope to find more ways going forward to support HSS publishers to find sustainable open business models.
The launch of the BookMetaHub funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research last year allows us to provide a free tool to publishers to create richer metadata for better discoverability. In 2024 metadata will continue to be a top priority we focus on ways to showcase books within the ScienceOpen discovery environment.
Looking forward to 2024!
We appreciate the feedback and support of the researcher community, editors, reviewers, publishers, and partners who help us improve the ScienceOpen platform. I hope you will continue to share your experiences and ideas with us in the coming year. Best wishes for a healthy, joyful, and successful new year from ScienceOpen.