Category: Research

Support Open Access Publishing this Holiday Season

Support Open Access Publishing this Holiday Season

Giving back

In the giving spirit of the holidays, we wanted to take this time to make you aware of some ways you could support open access publishing around the world! If the last two years have shown us anything, it is that we are all very connected and dependent on one another.

We work with several truly inspiring nonprofits who accept donations to help them in their endeavors to develop their continents’ research infrastructure and foster open access. Each organization has a resource or contact for you to find out specifically how your contribution is being used. Below we have given a description of the organization and links to donate through. Additionally, we have just become the hosting platform for Pluto Journals who have switched to being a fully open access publisher. Their membership programme may interest you as a way to support one of their journals, which cover a wide variety of social justice matters. Moreover, all of these institutions’ research supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through their respective missions.

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New Poverty and Social Justice Research from Bristol University Press

New Poverty and Social Justice Research from Bristol University Press

Supporting SDG1: The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Starting today, we will be running a countdown to the New Year by highlighting one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals each day with research on the platform. It is therefore with great timing that we announce a new collection on the platform from Bristol University Press for their Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (JPSJ)! The work of this Journal coincides perfectly with the first United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: End poverty in all its forms everywhere, which we are highlighting today.

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The Countdown to the New Year with the SDGs

The Countdown to the New Year with the SDGs

Highlighting Sustainable Development Goals Research in December

In the same spirit as last December, we will count down to the new year by highlighting research on the platform that supports each United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. Through the year, we have had some great additions to the platform regarding the SDGs, and so we are going to highlight research on the SDGs again this year to include the new Collections that perhaps you haven’t had the opportunity to explore yet.

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ScienceOpen is the new hosting platform for Pluto Journals

ScienceOpen is the new hosting platform for Pluto Journals

We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with Pluto Journals to host their 21 academic journals on the ScienceOpen platform. We have provided open access hosting services for all journals, and each journal has access to ScienceOpen’s peer review and manuscript submission management systems.

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NEW: Open Access Research on Aging Pathobiology and Therapeutics

NEW: Open Access Research on Aging Pathobiology and Therapeutics

Introducing ANT Publishing to the Platform

ScienceOpen has partnered with ANT Publishing to feature the open access journal of Aging Pathobiology and Therapeutics (APT). APT aims to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of aging pathobiology and therapeutics research. In this partnership, ScienceOpen has provided ANT Publishing with indexing services, helped unify APT’s publisher information, and streamlined license information. ScienceOpen is very pleased to welcome this journal on the platform. It adds high-quality, biological and medical research to our growing discovery database of over 74 million scholarly records. Go here to start exploring the Collection of APT research on ScienceOpen!

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Welcoming the Open Access Journal of Ecological Society

Welcoming the Open Access Journal of Ecological Society

ScienceOpen partners with the Journal of Ecological Society

In an earlier blogpost, we turned the spotlight onto biodiversity and ecology research on the platform. In that post, we told you to keep an eye out for a new Journal Collection coming on that topic. Well today we are excited to officially announce that new collection from the Ecological Society! The Journal of Ecological Society is a Gold Open-Access and peer-reviewed journal, accepting articles on ecological, environmental, and social issues. The Ecological Society has partnered with ScienceOpen for open access hosting services and our publishing workflow interface.

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The Results Are In of our Open Access Survey

Hearing from you on your open access experiences

A few weeks ago, we sent out a survey to hear about your experiences with Open Access. In this survey we asked questions like, do you believe the scholarly community could do research more effectively if all scientific communication were freely available under an open access license? and, would you prefer if peer reviews were made open? We’re happy to present the results today which coincides nicely with the final day of Open Access Week 2021.  

Before we get into the results, I will preface that this survey was fairly informal and was generated purely from the curiosity of the team at ScienceOpen. In this context, our definition of open access is kept pretty general and just concerns whether a work is legally, freely accessible to all with an internet connection. Now let’s get into the survey results! 

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Humanities Content on ScienceOpen

Humanities Content on ScienceOpen

ScienceOpen features humanities and social sciences research

Although our name may suggest a focus on the physical and natural sciences, ScienceOpen works with all types of scholarly publishers. Many of our partners are publishing in the fields of humanities and social sciences (HSS), and so ScienceOpen is a great resource for research in these areas in addition to STEM subjects. In this post, we are pleased to highlight some very interesting and recently added HSS content and Collections on the platform.

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Plants, Animals, Fungi, Oh My! Biodiversity and Ecology Research on ScienceOpen

Plants, Animals, Fungi, Oh My! Biodiversity and Ecology Research on ScienceOpen

Biodiversity and Ecology Research

The biodiversity, or number of different species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and insects, of our planet is so important. Each ecosystem is a complex network of organisms that interact with their physical environment. Human activity has been highly disruptive to the biodiversity of the planet, with scientists showing evidence that we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction event due to “accelerated modern human–induced species losses” (Ceballos, 2015). However, this reality does not have to stay so grim. Through research, intervention, and conservation, there are huge efforts underway to prevent species loss and combat global warming. Plus, it seems as if the younger generations, led by activists like Greta Thunberg, are sparking change in government policy and the culture. Additionally, only last year the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) reported some hopeful news that populations of tigers in India and Nepal, African elephants in Namibia, black rhinos, giant pandas, and mountain gorillas are in recovery!  

Browse this post for current Biodiversity and Ecological Research

In this post, we’re highlighting research papers from Collections on ScienceOpen that cover biodiversity and ecology. These Collections range from researcher-led collections on very specialized topics to broad publisher collections that contain content from multiple journals. It is our vision that through our Collections infrastructure, important research will be more discoverable and therefore accelerate scientific communication so that fields, such as ecology, can progress faster.

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How to Follow a Collection and Get the Most out of Your Profile

How to Follow a Collection and Get the Most out of Your Profile

ScienceOpen Profiles connect you to a Network for Researchers

ScienceOpen was developed in part as a free networking platform for scientists, consisting of all the features researchers need to communicate openly about their research. For example, ScienceOpen’s user interface enables researchers to build up their researcher profile on our platform by connecting with ORCID. Additionally, we publish both scientific posters and preprints for free under an open access license. Scientists can also create their own ScienceOpen Collection to differentiate their portfolio. And qualified users can perform open peer review to evaluate any research articles or books which are on the platform. These capabilities are embedded in a growing, interactive discovery environment of 72 million academic records.

How to Follow ScienceOpen Collections

Today we will talk about one of the simpler, yet nifty, options that all registered users should be utilizing on the platform. This will be how to follow collections on ScienceOpen. ScienceOpen Collections are thematic groups of research papers drawn from various journals or publishers. There are over 630 Collections, by both publishers, university presses, researchers, academic societies, etc, that cover a huge range of subject areas from medicine to history. Following collections notifies you when new publications have been added or if there are new peer reviews of papers in the collection. It is super easy to set up, but since there are so many aspects of ScienceOpen, it is probably nice for our users to have a clear explanation. Let’s go!

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