Welcome to 2022! At ScienceOpen we are looking forward to working with you in the new year. Since I was a kid I loved the new year as a moment to reflect on what I had accomplished and on all the plans that I hoped to realize in the coming months. So it is a great pleasure to share with you some of the highlights from the past year and give a peek at where we are heading.Continue reading “Happy New Year from ScienceOpen!”
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.Continue reading “ScienceOpen is the new hosting platform for Pluto Journals”
Recently we announced our new open access book hosting services on ScienceOpen. All the more excited we are to kick off another partnership just in time before the holidays!
Carl Grossmann Verlag is an open access academic book publisher based in Berlin. On the forefront of cross-media publishing, Carl Grossmann Publishers make their titles available not only in print and online, but also in all electronic formats: PDF, EPUB, and MOBI for mobile readers, e-book apps, and Amazon Kindle. Moreover, they offer authors a transparent calculation/cost scheme to clearly set out the steps and connected costs of the publishing process. This is a welcome counter model to many academic publishers, which either do not offer such broad range of digital format outputs or open access publishing, or ask for astronomic prices without offering any insight as to the allocation of expenses nor any detailed information about the actual services being provided. The Carl Grossmann Verlag continues to grow their open access portfolio German and English and all of their titles can be explored in an attractive Carl Grossmann Books collection on ScienceOpen.Continue reading “Carl Grossmann Publishers Joins ScienceOpen for Open Access Book Hosting”
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.Continue reading “African Minds kicks off open access book hosting service on ScienceOpen”
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:Continue reading “ScienceOpen: The Publisher Partner for Best-Practice Metadata”
International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning is now hosted on ScienceOpen
The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning (IJDEGL) is an internationally refereed journal by UCL Press that is dedicated to publishing educational research and current debates on development education, global learning, global education, and global citizenship. This journal is the second of five new UCL Press education and social science journals that are joining ScienceOpen. Here, we highlight the addition of IJDEGL to ScienceOpen’s discovery platform alongside today’s publication of its newest issue!Continue reading “New content on ScienceOpen from the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, a UCL Press education journal”
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!
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Beginning July 2019, the conference proceedings from the Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC) organized by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT will be fully hosted on ScienceOpen to contextualize and advance computing research in the form of an interactive featured collection within the discovery environment. Following our hosting cooperation with UCL Press, this partnership marks a new milestone in ScienceOpen’s portfolio of hosting features for publishers to contextualize and increase the discoverability of their content.
The UCL Press announced ambitions for its megajournal project during a town hall event on January 16th 2018 with Dr. Paul Ayris, CEO of UCL Press and Pro-Vice-Provost (Library Services), and Prof. David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), describing the wide-reaching goals and ideals that have moved the university in this undertaking. See the UCL news pages.
The town hall began the discussion by inviting Robert Kiley of the Wellcome Trust who gave some insight into their successful Wellcome Open Research megajournal, describing the rationale behind the move and how its researchers have taken to it.
UCL Press, having partnered with ScienceOpen to provide a hosting platform for its current eight academic journals, invited Stephanie Dawson, CEO of ScienceOpen, to discuss the further developments and vision toward providing researchers and publishers the infrastructure towards more open and transparent peer review and publication models, with increased search and discoverability.
Catriona MacCallum, previously with the Open Access publisher PLoS and consultant on the first megajournal PLoSONE, and now Director of Open Science with Hindawi, then painted a broad picture of the values, tools and advantages of an open science framework from an individual, institutional and societal perspective.
Ian Caswell, UCL Press Journals Manager, then outlined the aims and ambition of the UCL Press megajournal project to offer researchers and academics the opportunity to publish cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary work, characterized by openness.
The next step of the UCL Press megajournal is to begin a campus-wide consultation on the needs and expectations of the UCL community in terms of open peer review and versioning, editorial oversight, topical focus, and technicalities.
A megajournal is by definition of broad scope so as to encourage inter-/cross-disciplinarity and to provide a publishing outlet for content that is not easily categorized. The UCL Press megajournal will begin with a focus on environmental sciences, including contributions from earth sciences, geography, UCL’s medical school, population sciences and UCL Institute of Education. Ultimately, the goal is to provide a platform for the entire university and beyond. Interested UCL researchers outside of these fields should contact UCL Press Journals Manager Ian Caswell about expanding the scope of the platform.
Some topical selection, however, can be very useful for readers in discovering new and related articles in their field. Traditionally, enforcing a narrow definition of scope has been the role of the editor. With this in mind, the ScienceOpen platform opens up the possibility for researchers to create their own topical selection from the whole scholarly corpus. UCL researchers are invited to explore this possibility and create a ScienceOpen “Collection” with the top articles in their fields that can also include articles published in the megajournal or other UCL Press journals. To apply for Collection Editor status contact Stephanie Dawson at ScienceOpen.
The aim of the UCL Press megajournal is to publish sound research, rather than hyped-up results. It aims to welcome research of all kinds like negative or inconclusive results, descriptive papers, protocols, methods or data papers, literature reviews. The focus of the platform will not be on “impact factor”, but rather individual article and author metrics which can be tracked on the platform and used in individualized search and sort mechanisms within the ScienceOpen discovery environment. The consultation and development of the UCL Press megajournal is still on-going and further details will be announced as to its exact aims and scope and submission criteria.
Open and Post Publication Peer Review
By utilising open peer review, we can promote accountable, responsible, and high quality assessment and evaluation of publications. However, what is the purpose and character of “open” and “post-publication” peer review in an open access megajournal? One way to think of it is the tradition of publishing “book reviews” in the social sciences and humanities, which could provide a good model. Other platforms such as Copernicus, F1000 Research or newcomer SciPost have functional systems of review that are closer to the journal peer review model. UCL Press will be consulting with researchers on how the platform can provide the best quality feedback from peers in a constructive way within the technical scope of the platform.
The ScienceOpen platform infrastructure allows for any registered user with an ORCID and “expert” status (5 published articles) to review any paper. The author or any user can also invite reviewers via the platform. Potential reviewers who do not meet these basic criteria can still review an article if the editor decides to give them reviewer status. Because each review receives a DOI and is deposited with the publishing metadata hubs Crossref and ORCID, it is challenging to include anonymous and unaccountable reviews on the platform.
If peer review is conducted transparently and openly, authors must have the possibility of revising their articles and tracking those revisions on the platform. The ScienceOpen platform can provide the infrastructure for this versioning system, however, questions remain on how versioning will inform best publication practice, like should the first submission of an article be regarded as a “preprint” which can be taken down if the community review is very negative or published elsewhere? Alternatively, on the other hand, should it be regarded as a publication from the start with the first version only being retracted in extreme cases? Each policy has its advantages and disadvantages which requires careful discussion towards development into a working model.
The level of editorial oversight is another question that all megajournals must decide upon. In the first phase of the megajournal project, it is likely to have a focus to staff and students of UCL, but does not necessarily mean the megajournal will be limited to only UCL authors. As the journal expands its scope and audience to accept articles from beyond the university, it may become necessary to adjust and reassess the review process before publication to prevent poor or fraudulent research from being added to the corpus of published scholarly work.
The UCL Press megajournal will publish all articles open access with a Creative Commons CC BY license. The ScienceOpen platform will require ORCID IDs from all authors and Fundref IDs for funding bodies are encouraged. Open references through CrossRef as part of the I4OC initiative and open data summaries in manuscripts to link to or describe how to access the data underlying the publication, will be available for use for the UCL Press megajournal. All of these technicalities are still under consultation at UCL Press and further announcements will be made on the UCL Press website and social media.
Launching a megajournal for UCL is a project that requires vision and commitment from the university and the community. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let’s change the landscape of scholarly communication together!
Stephanie Dawson, ScienceOpen and Ian Caswell, UCL Press