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.
How to design eco-friendly buildings? How can artificial intelligence help in green design? How can we green the universities, and make sure that students learn about the principles of sustainability in the best possible way? Finally, how can the design and construction of sustainable buildings fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions? These are examples of questions that the Journal of Green Building – published by College Publishing – addresses in the new journal Collection in the ScienceOpen research discovery environment.Continue reading “New sustainable building solutions in ‘Journal of Green Building’ on ScienceOpen”
Collection on COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 research
ScienceOpen has released an automatically updating Collection on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), currently integrating over 500 articles. In order to speed up the research cycle, articles that have not yet undergone peer review (flagged as “preprint“) are included and clearly flagged. This Collection is a go-to resource for science on this new disease, as content from many publishers and authors can be found on a single landing page and filtered using our search and discovery tools.
Minimizing the obstacles for knowledge dissemination: Publish conference posters and preprints
We want to support those researchers affected by conference cancellations as result of COVID-19: You can share your research results now by uploading your poster to ScienceOpen. This is a free service that is always and everywhere accessible and indefinitely available to use as open access without paywalls or other limitations.
The unique advantage of having a poster on ScienceOpen is that they immediately become available to community curation – fellow researchers can review and comment your work, creating a discussion and a feedback loop that are such a welcome part of live poster sessions.Continue reading “COVID-19 resources on ScienceOpen: Find and share research outputs”
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
ScienceOpen and the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) are pleased to launch two featured collections: ‘ AI & Robotics’ and ‘Transport Engineering and Technology’ which integrate selected Open Access articles from IET’s peer-reviewed international journals in the ScienceOpen research discovery environment.
The new ScienceOpen Collections by the IET features recent scientific advances and increase their accessibility for the global audience with the overarching aim of informing next generations of engineers in the dynamically changing fields of artificial intelligence and of transport.
ScienceOpen has been promoting Open Science from the beginning. For years we helped advancing this goal by supporting researchers and publishers to make science more visible, accessible, and reproducible. With this we aim to meet the global call(s) for openness and offer solutions that can benefit all.
The technical backbone
The ScienceOpen platform provides a unique advanced indexing, hosting, and publishing environment that is freely accessible and embedded within an interactive discovery and communication infrastructure of more than 60 million publication records—including journal articles, conference papers, open peer reviews, preprints—and offers free poster and preprint publication (incl. versioning) for researchers.
Last year, we launched within our framework the UCL Open publishing platform for the UCL Open: Environment multi-disciplinary journal. In close collaboration with our partner UCL Press, an alternative space for new modes of scientific content community curation was created.
The platform received a new infrastructural branch to include books and book chapters, an essential advancement that offers an additional channel for our researchers, customers, and users to promote and discover relevant content and to expand their portfolio or profile.
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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Robust data is at the heart of every research article. Increasingly, researchers are making great efforts to make their raw data and software available to other researchers as part of a move to more open and reproducible science. They are carefully managing data generation with new tools and storing digital research data in open data repositories or special subject repositories. But the heterogeneous and sometimes sensitive nature of data raises numerous hurdles. ScienceOpen has taken up the challenge by adding Data Availability Statements to all of its preprint and poster publications and as an additional metadata field for all articles on the site. If your data is open, share it with the world!
“Without data you’re just another person with an opinion.” (W. Edwards Deming)
Open science is not only about paywalls – it is also about guaranteeing that everybody across the globe can freely and fairly participate in disseminating knowledge. Chinese science is on the rise – an estimated one-third of the worldwide scientific output in 2016 was published in China (Xie & Freeman, 2019). However, Chinese publications face considerable challenges, both structural and cultural, when it comes to communicating science to non-Chinese communities. The mission of ScienceOpen is to remove these obstacles and open Chinese research to a wider audience. To make this happen, ScienceOpen partners with several institutions from China to host and represent their content within its open research network and to help make it easily discoverable in the digital space. In the ScienceOpen database you can find thousands of Chinese research articles. Would you like to get to know the most relevant papers but do not know where to start? Then our featured and non-featured Collections are the right go-to resource! Those article selections integrate handpicked papers highlighting state-of-the-art science. They are a perfect point of departure for anyone wishing to explore new strands of research. As there’s over a dozen (!) Collections from Chinese researchers, we thought we would give you a walk-through and introduce the Collections with which you can begin your adventure!