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.
The Microbiology Society has launched a second journal portal on ScienceOpen. The recent release highlights the Society’s new Gold Open Access journal, Access Microbiology, which redefines the idea of ‘high impact’ research by emphasizing great value of methodologically sound and rigorous research for the broader scientific community.
From early career researchers for early careeer researchers
Access Microbiology is an exciting journal for the Microbiology Society, built for and led by early career researchers and with the goal of ensuring that valuable research outputs are published, whether they are conference posters, negative results, or replication studies. We’ve been working with ScienceOpen for some time, initially for Microbial Genomics, and we know that making the work published in Access Microbiology more visible by showcasing it through ScienceOpen is a clear benefit to our authors.Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing at the Microbiology Society
Not so long ago have we celebrated the diversity of Chinese research that ScienceOpen opens up for the world to see. As a result, the pleasure to announce yet another Collection from a Chinese publisher is even greater. This time we are putting in the highlight an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to new discoveries and theories associated with marine organisms, bioresources, and biotechnology: Marine Life Science and Technology. The journal is intended for marine scientists, biological oceanographers, conservation biologists, marine technologists, policy makers and legislators. It publishes original research papers across a broad range of marine life sciences and technologies with an emphasis on synergistic interactions of multiple disciplines.
Join UCL Press and ScienceOpen for workshops to explore opportunities around open publishing models for your university press.
Open peer review, editorial moderation, community engagement, transparent processes, and rich metadata feeds are all essential features of the UCL Open platform. The ScienceOpen discovery technology and a unique research-driven curation architecture powers the ability to embed broad scope publishing into the whole of research outputs while nourishing niche topical communities.
Open Publishing Models for University Presses
In these free workshops we will share our joint vision for the future of scholarly communication and our experience in realizing and communicating this vision. Throughout the workshop we will introduce UCL Press’ goals for a university-led open publishing system, ScienceOpen’s vision for open platform publishing models, as well as give a live demonstration of the publishing technology, the editorial workflow and the technical solutions we developed together on the way.
If you are a university or society press, or simply interested in the future of university publishing, then register for free and learn more about a model of platform publishing that:
- enables rapid, transparent and open communication of research results,
- supports student journals, and
- provides easy and inexpensive publications for university-run conferences
Further Information and Registration:
Leipzig, March 24, 2020: https://open-publ-workshop-leipzig.eventbrite.com
London, April 2, 2020: https://open-publ-workshop-london.eventbrite.com
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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 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.
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.
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!
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.
ScienceOpen is excited to announce that it now includes books and book chapters to give users a richer discovery experience and to support academic publishers with book sales. Embedded within an interactive environment of nearly 60 million article records, this new feature highlights books and chapters within search results and ScienceOpen’s unique Collections infrastructure. Researchers can now add book publications to their profiles and include books and chapters in their ScienceOpen Collections. Publishers will be able to promote and sell their open access and copyrighted works within a broad, interdisciplinary research context.Continue reading “New feature: Books and book chapters on ScienceOpen”