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ScienceOpen Highlights Chinese Research for Inclusive Open Science

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Open science is not only about paywalls – it is also about guaranteeing that everybody across the globe can freely and fairly participate in disseminating knowledge. Chinese science is on the rise – an estimated one-third of the worldwide scientific output in 2016 was published in China (Xie & Freeman, 2019). However, Chinese publications face considerable challenges, both structural and cultural, when it comes to communicating science to non-Chinese communities. The mission of ScienceOpen is to remove these obstacles and open Chinese research to a wider audience. To make this happen, ScienceOpen partners with several institutions from China to host and represent their content within its open research network and to help make it easily discoverable in the digital space. In the ScienceOpen database you can find thousands of Chinese research articles. Would you like to get to know the most relevant papers but do not know where to start? Then our featured and non-featured Collections are the right go-to resource! Those article selections integrate handpicked papers highlighting state-of-the-art science. They are a perfect point of departure for anyone wishing to explore new strands of research. As there’s over a dozen (!) Collections from Chinese researchers, we thought we would give you a walk-through and introduce the Collections with which you can begin your adventure!

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Book chapter DOIs emerge as a new key tool in research discovery

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Easiest way to make a book discoverable? Equip its chapters with unique DOIs!

In order to support this conclusion, we did some number crunching on ScienceOpen. Since launching our expanded indexing services in November 2019, ScienceOpen has tracked citations to over 820,000 books and book chapters, giving us plenty of data to work with. Out of the total amount of book content, book chapters represent around 80%. Such a strong presence on the ScienceOpen platform is not a coincidence – book chapters equipped with DOIs as persistent identifiers are more easily trackable and thus become a key tool in research discovery of book publications. As researchers commonly use publication lists of books and articles as a discovery tool, chapter-level DOIs make more granular information easier to find and cite.

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ScienceOpen enters strategic partnership with AfricArXiv

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ScienceOpen and AfricArXiv are partnering to provide African researchers with accelerated visibility, networking and collaboration opportunities.

The research and publishing platform ScienceOpen provides services and features relevant for publishers, institutions and researchers alike, including content hosting, context building, as well as discoverability features.

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Scholarly Societies and the Sustainable Development Goals on ScienceOpen

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The unanimous adoption by UN Member States of the Sustainable Development Goals raised hopes that they would serve as a backbone for a global partnership for peace and prosperity. Yet, it is not only a political agenda: delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has become the focal point for many scientific communities across the globe.

Science, however, is a tremendously diverse practice with efforts always underway on multiple fronts simultaneously. As a result, it often proves difficult to find a unified platform where one could inform themselves in one place how different groups of scientists bring us closer toward accomplishing the sustainability goals.

The Microbiology Society, a leading organisation for research in microbes with over 10,000 publications indexed on ScienceOpen, decided to address this challenge and also highlight the vital role of learned societies in working together towards a sustainable future. The Society’s one-of-a-kind initiative culminated in the creation of the ScienceOpen Collection ‘A Sustainable Future’. This selection of research goes beyond the scope of microbiology and integrates contributions from nine scholarly organisations across topics such as ecology, medicine, social policy and welfare, environmental studies, and biochemistry. Offering this kind of unified learning experience is unprecedented, but this is not the only thing that makes this Collection unique!

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Psychology research on ScienceOpen

Join us as a Collection Editor in the field of psychology! The number of articles indexed on ScienceOpen has reached an impressive 60 million. As the discovery environment continues to grow, ScienceOpen wants everyone to participate in this knowledge ecosystem. We encourage individual researchers to highlight their achievements and share their expertise with the community through our Collection infrastructure, of course free-of-charge. There are no strings attached: if you want to promote your research field, start a discussion, or explore interdisciplinary topics, simply do it on ScienceOpen!


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New Water Research from American Water Works Association

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ScienceOpen is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to showcase the new interdisciplinary journal, AWWA Water Science (AWS), which publishes original, peer-reviewed research on the science, engineering, and social aspects of water. Thanks to ScienceOpen’s unique infrastructure, authors who publish their research in AWS will have enhanced discoverability as well as access to a suite of features, such as community curation, article reviews, comments, and recommendations, all of which benefit the whole scientific community by facilitating public engagement with scholarly research.

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Strategic collaboration agreement signed between ScienceOpen and Pensoft

Open science is not only about free PDFs! It is also fundamentally concerned with the ways of collecting, storing and transforming data, as well as making sure that research does not live in a vacuum but has a home among other relevant publications. Rich databases, comprehensive discovery environments and integrated web services are going to play the central role in such reshaping of scholarly communication.

Therefore, in order to facilitate this technological shift, ScienceOpen and Pensoft Publishers have entered into a strategic collaboration partnership that will focus on the unified indexation, the integration of Pensoft’s ARPHA Platform content into ScienceOpen and the utilization of novel streams of scientific dissemination for the published materials.

This partnership bring together two leaders of innovative content dissemination. From promotional collections to Open Access hosting and full publishing packages, ScienceOpen provides next-generation services to academic publishers embedded in an interactive discovery platform. Pensoft Publishers is an independent academic publishing company, well known worldwide for bringing novelty, its cutting-edge publishing tools and commitment to open access practices.

Make sure to check out the new ScienceOpen Collection ‘Pensoft Biodiversity‘!

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New Notification System on ScienceOpen: Flexible Way to Stay Tuned

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We all need to stay informed about what’s new and at the same time we are drowning in e-mail and other notifications. ScienceOpen has, therefore, reorganized its notifications to give every user more options and more flexibility to aggregate notification streams. ScienceOpen notifications let you stay informed of news from ScienceOpen, activity in the collections you follow and other users’ interactions with your ScienceOpen profile. You can also follow the statistics related to your publications or curated collections. In this recent update, the platform was modified both to personalize email preferences and to provide a clear overview of all notifications via the ScienceOpen portal.

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ScienceOpen partners with Brepols Publishers to put European humanities research in a global context

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The research discovery platform ScienceOpen is partnering with Brepols Publishers to integrate two new featured collections in interdisciplinary fields spanning the humanities/science divide into a global and interactive research environment.

ScienceOpen’s partnership with Brepols Publishers – an international academic publisher of research in humanities founded in 1796 – is an important step in ensuring the broadest audience for a greater discoverability of research in humanities.

ScienceOpen’s interactive features such as community curation, article reviews, comments and recommendations benefit the whole scientific community by facilitating public engagement with this scholarly research.

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Renewable Energy Resources on ScienceOpen


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Many eyes are turning to renewable energy as a potential solution for a green future. ScienceOpen supports this growing interest by increasingly integrating green energy research into its discovery environment. With a collection of thousands of open access articles on the science of climate change, ScienceOpen is a valuable platform to stay informed about recent developments in the field of environmental studies. However, understanding the basic science is only the first step. We next need to develop and implement transformative solutions. In this blog post, we want to share several resources on ScienceOpen which push the frontiers of knowledge on renewable energy and its applications.

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