Introducing our partner: African Minds
ScienceOpen has partnered with the not-for-profit, open access publisher, African Minds, to host its scholarly books in a unique Collection on ScienceOpen. While ScienceOpen has been hosting open access journal content for years, it is the first time ScienceOpen has hosted open access book content. With the implementation for African Minds, we kick off a new service for open access publishers. The technical team of ScienceOpen has built a user-friendly interface that produces streamlined, machine readable metadata to quickly integrate rich book records onto ScienceOpen, provide Crossref DOIs, long-term archiving and more. Our partners at African Minds have tested and implemented the new interface to create a collection of books and book chapters that will extend the reach and accessibility of science from Africa.
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Connecting the Global Research Community
ScienceOpen was founded to facilitate scientific exchange and accelerate scholarly communication, and a main pillar of how we do this is by fostering open and public communication among academics. We think it is especially important for collaborations to reach across continental and cultural boundaries to increase inclusivity in the scientific community. Thus, we continually reach out to publishers and organizations outside of the Western research community of Europe and North America to increase the diversity of content on ScienceOpen, both in topics and perspectives. In doing so, we strive to broaden the global context of research indexed on the platform and to expand the network of researchers using ScienceOpen to encourage collaboration among research communities. These efforts have led to the start of many new projects across the world, and today, we are proud to introduce our newest partnership with the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ).
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Introducing the Journal of Urban Archaeology
Urban societies have created a remarkable and immense archaeological record, and the material yielded from urban sites can reveal a lot of different information about cultural constructions, environmental issues, social evolution, and more. Up to now, however, this material has often been discussed within the framework of different regional and topical approaches rather than within its own field. The Journal of Urban Archaeology (JUA), published by Brepols, is the first journal to recognize urban archaeology as a field within its own right and is intended to provide an intellectual forum for researchers working on the archaeology of urban societies. The Journal of Urban Archaeology is now discoverable on ScienceOpen in a unique Featured Collection, expanding ScienceOpen and Brepols Publishers’ partnership.
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Introducing the international, open-access journal Telehealth and Medicine Today
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a huge focus on improving telehealth and telemedicine. Electronic systems are used at an increasing rate—patients are asked to fill out forms on their smartphones in their cars rather than on a paper copy in a waiting room, and when possible, clinical sessions are switched to online to prevent any chance of virus transmission. ScienceOpen is thus pleased to announce the addition of a leading forum for the growing health technology sector to the ScienceOpen platform: Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT) by Partners in Digital Health (PDH). TMT is the second PDH journal to be integrated into the platform, joining Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY). Both journals are now discoverable in the context of 65+ million scholarly records and are supported by the advanced search engine, collection infrastructure, andnumerous user engagement features of ScienceOpen.
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A Collaboration for #OAWeek2020
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.
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Explore 7 Journals and Hundreds of Books
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Press has strategically partnered with ScienceOpen to enrich its metadata and feature its publications on ScienceOpen’s interactive search and discovery platform. This is a special announcement because not only do we have a lot of new content to share with you, but we also get to highlight the success of our technical team, who worked diligently to help UUM Press streamline and enrich their publications’ metadata. Now, the addition of seven UUM Press open access journals (plus one forthcoming) and approximately 400 other titles with rich metadata are available for discovery in eight different featured collections and an encompassing Super Collection on ScienceOpen.
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Metadata Services at ScienceOpen
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:
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A New Open Access Partner
ScienceOpen is proud to announce our partnership with Spotlight on Research (SOR) to bring awareness to SOR’s open access, peer-reviewed health journals. Spotlight on Research’s mission is to be a leader in online, scholarly publishing in terms of access, quality, transparency, and fairness and to be the preferred peer-reviewed source for all who conduct and read health-related research. Its journals aim to improve the lives and health of populations by making high-quality, evidence-based health information freely available online. Content from the SOR journals is now featured on ScienceOpen in a featured Spotlight on Research Collection to promote the dissemination of its content to a wider base of readers and to place it in the context of 65 million other records of scholarly works.
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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?
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Get to know Research for All
We are happy to present to you a new open access journal hosted on ScienceOpen: Research for All by UCL Press. This journal is the fourth journal that was based at the UCL Institute of Education to join our interactive discovery environment of nearly 65 million academic and scientific records.
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