On June 18th we hosted our very first User Meeting for ScienceOpen customers and it was a great success! We introduced many of the new projects and services at ScienceOpen and allowed our customers to share their own projects. This format helped spark ideas and questions among our clients, exemplifying the vast array of solutions offered by ScienceOpen and giving us ideas for how we can expand our services in the future. For those that were unable to attend and for anyone else interested, we have prepared a report of the meeting for you.
From citation tracking to open access book hosting to metadata enhancement, we have been busy at ScienceOpen creating and expanding options for scholarly book publishers. Since the Fall of 2019, we have been committed to making academic books discoverable within ScienceOpen’s citation network. In that relatively short period of time, we have gone from first expanding our indexing services to books and book chapters to receiving funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to build a free user interface to manage open access book metadata. In this post, we summarize our book options for publishers and highlight the diverse featured Book Collections on the platform thus far. Keep reading if you are a book publisher or just want to discover some interesting innovations for open access books!
ScienceOpen provides open access publishing for ICMB21
ScienceOpen provides open access publishing for conference proceedings in our unique Collection infrastructure. This gives conferences an online presence and increases dissemination and awareness of conference proceedings through integration in ScienceOpen’s discovery environment. Most recently, ScienceOpen has worked with the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB) to publish the 1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB21) proceedings. ICMB21 will take place online this summer on June 28th and 29th, and accepted conference papers have already been made available in the ICMB21 Featured Collection on ScienceOpen. This gives conference-goers more time to read through the papers and prepare or already begin discussion of the topics to be presented during the conference.
Perhaps you have had the experience, like I have, of a university librarian demonstrating to your class how to use the search engines of various academic databases. Then you would know that a search engine can be quite nuanced, often with an ‘Advanced Search’ feature hidden away at the top corner of the homepage, reserved only for those who are “trained” by their university librarian to know to look for it, let alone use it!
The ScienceOpen Search Engine Upgrade
On the ScienceOpen platform, the search engine that powers our discovery database is unique in that it is front and center on each new search—without any barricades, inviting all users to tinker with and explore content with it. Excitingly, the ScienceOpen technical team has recently upgraded the search functionalities on the site to be even more advanced and user-friendly!
This upgrade has some really useful features, and I would like to guide you through the new search options in this post. So, sit back and enjoy this demonstration of the new functions with an example I have chosen on the topic, penguins and climate change.
In the announcement of the theme for Open Access Week 2020, Nick Schockey wrote, “International Open Access Week is a time for the wider community to coordinate in taking action to make openness the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work.“ ScienceOpen strongly agrees with this statement and has been collaborating extensively with our partner Compuscript to work towards this goal. Our efforts also coincide with the general theme of the 2020 International Open Access Week:to be open with purpose – taking action to build structural equity and inclusion. In this article, we describe how ScienceOpen and Compuscript are taking steps to make science more open and the research community more inclusive to people from all over the world. We hope that by raising awareness around our efforts, we can reach out to more journals and smaller publishers who may be searching for additional support in scholarly publishing.
For many publishers the requirements of modern digital publishing can be dizzying – XML DTDs, PIDs, DOIs, metatags. 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 are a few of the services that we can provide to help take the pain out of publishing:
A common goal of authors and publishers has long been more readership for their publications. Traditionally, the abstract was a teaser to encourage the potential reader to buy or subscribe to read the full text. Even in an open access economy, a good abstract can trigger a coveted “download” and even more coveted citation. Why then do many publishers not make their abstracts and other metadata such as references or license information freely accessible in a machine-readable format?
There’s nothing better than being able to share something that inspires you with just one click. That is why we are excited to introduce ScienceOpen’s new sharing features that enable more types of shareable content and a new platform to share to – Sina Weibo! ScienceOpen’s platform now enables users to directly share their search results, which is a convenient tool for users, especially those using our platform for bibliographic analysis. In addition to being able to instantly share articles, collections, and searches to Twitter, Facebook and email, you can now upload ScienceOpen’s content to Sina Weibo, the popular Chinese microblogging site. Let us elaborate more on the significance of the latter addition, not only for ScienceOpen users, but also for scientific communication in the digital era.
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”.