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A Workflow for Open Peer Review: Case Study UCL Press

Peer review is a key element of scholarly publishing, but for the past decade the research community has struggled to move beyond the black box and develop new open models of research evaluation. University College London and UCL Press would like to change that. Since the beginning, ScienceOpen has been committed to open peer review – now offering post-publication review options for over 62 million articles and preprints. So, with the vision of a university-led publishing platform based on open review principles, UCL Press teamed up with ScienceOpen to create the journal “UCL Open: Environment”.

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Publisher Collections of coronavirus research highlighted on ScienceOpen


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The fast-paced research that we need to quickly understand the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 and effectively find treatments has changed how scientists are communicating their results. Many researchers are posting their findings as preprints to speed up data sharing, rather than waiting for peer review and publication in an academic journal. But publishers are also stepping up and providing expedited processes to make peer reviewed information available as fast as possible, collecting all relevant publications together and making those freely accessible during this crisis.

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We love Data! New Data Availability Statements on ScienceOpen

Robust data is at the heart of every research article. Increasingly, researchers are making great efforts to make their raw data and software available to other researchers as part of a move to more open and reproducible science. They are carefully managing data generation with new tools and storing digital research data in open data repositories or special subject repositories. But the heterogeneous and sometimes sensitive nature of data raises numerous hurdles. ScienceOpen has taken up the challenge by adding Data Availability Statements to all of its preprint and poster publications and as an additional metadata field for all articles on the site. If your data is open, share it with the world!

“Without data you’re just another person with an opinion.” (W. Edwards Deming)

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ScienceOpen: Publisher Services Embedded in a Next-Generation Discovery Environment


The Challenge: Academic publishing is currently in a transition phase to a fully digital industry. 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 journals and books embedded within a freely-accessible discovery environment with next-generation metrics and curation tools for reputation management and dissemination. We work closely with some of the leading publishers in the field to develop individual solutions for their content.


ScienceOpen has a wide range of packages and customizable services so we have put together a short overview here. Contact us to find out more about what would be a good fit for your program.

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Free Open Access Journal Hosting on ScienceOpen to Kick Off the New Year

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2020 will ring in a decade of more openness in scholarly research – more open access, more open peer review, more open source development, more open humanities and science. ScienceOpen is thrilled to support this development with a wide range of technology solutions. After all, it has been part of our mission statement, and our name, from day one.

For small publishing organizations like 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. Turning these technical tasks over to ScienceOpen as professional service provider can free up your time to focus on more important editorial goals.

For open access journals we now offer full journal hosting within our unique interactive discovery environment of over 60 million article records. With Crossref DOI deposit, ORCID integration, open review infrastructure, long term archiving, and state-of-the-art indexing and SEO, your open access journal can make ScienceOpen its home base and tap into the full infrastructure of scholarly publishing, all for a very reasonable price. We want to see open access journals grow and flourish in the next year and decade!

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Thank you for a successful 2019!

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.

Cheers!

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.

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More experiments with Open Science – 4open joins ScienceOpen

Publishers, editors, and authors are increasingly experimenting with new communication channels that meet the high standards of “Open Science”. The exciting new journal 4open by EDP Sciences was founded on the four pillars of open science: open access, open data, open code, and open peer review. 4open includes all types of articles and is dedicated to publishing high-quality content in all disciplines of science and research, including materials and engineering. As an interdisciplinary journal that accepts a wide range of research adhering to open science principles, it is an important new addition to the contextual discovery environment on ScienceOpen.  

The 4open journal will be featured on ScienceOpen with an attractive Collection landing page, “submit manuscript” button, interactive features, journal and article level metrics, as well as community curation and post-publication article review infrastructure. The journal is off to a great start and has already published 34 articles across a wide range of topics in this completely open model, from cancer research and public health to materials sciencemathematics and scholarly publishing. You can now search and sort the full set of articles on ScienceOpen.  

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ScienceOpen and Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers partnership highlights orthopedics research

Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers have a growing focus on orthopedics

ScienceOpen and Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers are pleased to announce a partnership that integrates six orthopedics journals published by Jaypee in the ScienceOpen research discovery environment in the form of a featured collection.

Established in 1969, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers is South Asia’s largest and fastest growing medical publisher that supports the medical community as an education resource from the undergraduate to practitioner level. ScienceOpen’s partnership with Jaypee puts orthopedics research into a broader scholarly context that facilitates and increases its discoverability.

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DIY with ScienceOpen’s fully-loaded publishing platform

Launching a new open access journal or an open access press? ScienceOpen now 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.

You want to create a unique publishing identity? 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 ORCID, Crossref and Altmetric to immediately plug your publications into the infrastructure of global scholarly communication.

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I paid $$$ – Where is my open access symbol?

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Researchers often pay substantial sums to make the results of their research freely accessible to all. But how to let potential readers know that it’s FREE?  If no one reads your open access paper, it’s like buying someone a gift certificate that they never use. So, the community has agreed on this solution: 

The open access symbol signals to readers that they can expect direct and unrestricted access to published scholarly works. Originally created by PLOS, it quickly gained broad usage on publisher webpages and other sites to identify open access articles. ScienceOpen displays this open access symbol on over 4 million articles.

So how does the open access symbol get there? When a publisher publishes an article, they deposit the article “metadata” – title, authors, abstract, journal, date, URL, etc. with the central DOI service Crossref. Part of the information that they can deposit is a machine-readable Creative Commons open access license. When ScienceOpen imports the metadata information about your publication, it will get an open access symbol if our computers find an open access license associated with it. If a publisher does not deposit license information, we assume that it is not open access. It’s that simple. Continue reading “I paid $$$ – Where is my open access symbol?”  

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