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Shared Values, Common Benefits: The ScienceOpen OA Book Metadata Project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Shared Values, Common Benefits: The ScienceOpen OA Book Metadata Project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Introduction

To speed up the transformation to Open Access (OA), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be funding 20 innovative projects over the next two years. We are proud to announce that ScienceOpen is participating with a project around Open Access book metadata for increased discoverability, and we would like to give a preview here of what we are working on.

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Research for World Water Day 2021

Research for World Water Day 2021

March 22nd – UN Recognized World Water Day

Since 1993, March 22nd has been designated World Water Day to bring awareness to the importance of fresh water. It goes without saying that access to safe drinking water is essential for survival, good health, sanitation, and quality of life. Access to fresh water is also clearly a concern as average global temperatures rise. Fresh water is predicted to become scarce in some areas of the world while more extreme flooding seasons are expected in others. Presently, the United Nations reports that 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water and estimates that by 2050 up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year. Thus, ensuring access to fresh water to everyone is critically important and will only become more difficult in the wake of global warming.

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Join us! Community curation for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Join us! Community curation for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals

At the heart of the United Nations’ ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These represent a call for action from both developed and developing countries in a global partnership to end poverty and improve health and education for all. The SDGs strive to promote economic growth and development in a way that tackles climate change and preserves biodiversity in our oceans and forests. Increasingly, the academic and publishing communities are coming together to support and promote these ambitious goals. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the urgency of awareness and action. ScienceOpen is stepping up. 

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Explore the newest Psychology Journal from Hogrefe Publishing Group on ScienceOpen!

Welcoming International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation

ScienceOpen and Hogrefe Publishing Group are pleased to announce an extension to their partnership to feature Hogrefe’s newest journal: International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. International Perspectives in Psychology has been integrated into the ScienceOpen platform and featured in a unique ScienceOpen Collection, joining seven other Collections of Hogrefe content.  

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You’re invited to ‘Open up! Open Peer Review on ScienceOpen’

Join us for a demonstration of open peer review

At ScienceOpen, we’ve realized that “open,” which was once applied really only at the article level, should actually be applied to the whole process. Open peer review is a prime example of this. By opening up the peer review process, we increase transparency in the review process, and it simultaneously benefits researchers by giving them credit for the work they do to review a manuscript. On the ScienceOpen platform, you will find that we have innovatively implemented open peer review in a variety of ways–i.e. in the management of preprints, post publication review, and in the creation of open access journals. To demonstrate the solutions we have created in recent months, we invite you to an online session in which Stephanie Dawson will give a complete overview of open peer review on ScienceOpen!  

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New Book Review Feature on ScienceOpen – Invite Reviewers and Write Reviews for Books

Additions to Book Services

Recently ScienceOpen has made several important additions to our services around books and book chapters on ScienceOpen. We announced new book hosting services for two publishers—African Minds and Carl Grossmann Verlag. Additionally, we have indexed several publishers’ book collections onto the platform, providing extensive technical support which led to the creation of an interface for producing and enhancing book metadata. These customers include UUM PressHuddersfield Uuniversity Press, University of Westminster Press, and Trivent among others. 

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Welcoming Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal

Introducing the newest Psychology Journal on the platform

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal (SBP). Through this collaboration, we have indexed SBP content in a unique collection on ScienceOpen where it will be featured and placed within the context of over 67 million other scholarly records. The addition of SBP content to the platform brings over 1,000 high-quality psychology publications, with new issues published each month. This partnership is therefore a great asset to humanities and social science content on ScienceOpen.   

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UnisaRxiv – A cutting-edge Preprint Server for the University of South Africa Press

UnisaRxiv – A cutting-edge Preprint Server for the University of South Africa Press

Announcing a New Preprint Server with Unisa Press

In the last several years, preprint servers have become increasingly attractive to publishers as strides have been made, such as the assigning of digital object identifiers, that make preprints a better, more trackable form of scientific communication. Moreover, with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the scientific community has seen preprints play a major role in enabling the swift relaying of research results. Thus, there is a lot of excitement over the future of preprints and how they could transform the scientific publishing landscape. We are therefore excited to announce a new cooperation with the University of South Africa (Unisa) Press, with whom we have created a new preprint server: UnisaRxiv. UnisaRxiv will be a forum to facilitate open peer-review of preprint manuscripts and allow for rapid dissemination of the latest findings in diverse topics. 

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The Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research launches new interactive publishing environment

The Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research launches new interactive publishing environment

The IJAFR is now hosted on ScienceOpen

ScienceOpen and Compuscript have teamed up to create a new, interactive experience for readers and authors of the open access journal, the Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research (IJAFR) published by Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland.  This new partnership with Compuscript and ScienceOpen will expand the reach of the academic journal.

We are delighted that the Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research content will now be available through ScienceOpen. This will help to make the IJAFR much more accessible and therefore more useful to the academic community and beyond.

Morgan Lyons, Managing Director of Compuscript
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