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In the quest of open science: university publishing on ScienceOpen

Books, Library, Knowledge, Tunnel, Many, Circle

Just two weeks ago, ScienceOpen celebrated a new a partnership with Vilnius University Press (VUP) and Liverpool University Press (LUP), which brought to ScienceOpen a number of additional collections in humanities, social and life sciences. In doing so, they joined our portfolio of collaborations with university publishers such as UCL Press, University of Huddersfield Press, Tsinghua University Press, Ternopil National Medical University and FZ Jülich.  So in this blog post, we want to focus on university presses and how our platform can assist them in bringing science closer to being easily accessible, open and transparent.

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New feature: Books and book chapters on ScienceOpen


Sometimes finding the right book can be quite complicated! Photo by Jemzo / License: CC Public Domain.

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.

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Two new collections from Akadémiai Kiadó – ‘Psychology’ and ‘Life Sciences’.

The ScienceOpen Collections ‘Psychology by AKJournals’ and ‘Life Sciences by AKJournals’ are online! They join ‘Methods’ as no. 2 and no. 3 out of five planned AKJournals’ Collections. This combined release brings together nine scientific journals, which are a valuable source of knowledge on disciplines ranging from human behavioral studies, through medicine, to biology. The new content is interdisciplinary and diverse, and surely will be a treat for many groups of researchers! Read more for an overview of AKJournals’ freshly featured materials.

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More experiments with Open Science – 4open joins ScienceOpen

Publishers, editors, and authors are increasingly experimenting with new communication channels that meet the high standards of “Open Science”. The exciting new journal 4open by EDP Sciences was founded on the four pillars of open science: open access, open data, open code, and open peer review. 4open includes all types of articles and is dedicated to publishing high-quality content in all disciplines of science and research, including materials and engineering. As an interdisciplinary journal that accepts a wide range of research adhering to open science principles, it is an important new addition to the contextual discovery environment on ScienceOpen.  

The 4open journal will be featured on ScienceOpen with an attractive Collection landing page, “submit manuscript” button, interactive features, journal and article level metrics, as well as community curation and post-publication article review infrastructure. The journal is off to a great start and has already published 34 articles across a wide range of topics in this completely open model, from cancer research and public health to materials sciencemathematics and scholarly publishing. You can now search and sort the full set of articles on ScienceOpen.  

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Quality in Peer Review

The long-awaited Peer Review Week has just started, and we could not be more excited! This year’s edition is all about quality in peer review. So, what does quality peer review look like and why is it important?  

Peer review is key to facilitating the growth of scientific knowledge. It allows the community to pool its resources, provide guidance and maintain a common standard of research. It is in everybody’s interest to ensure its highest quality, and the more is invested into this process, the higher the returns. However, the lack of transparency, accountability, and recognition for reviewers creates an unsustainable model of peer review and hampers realizing its full potential. 

ScienceOpen is set to change this!  

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Society publishing and open science: New research in genomic prediction on ScienceOpen

Photo credit: ‘Genomics of Gene Regulation (GGR)’, National Human Genome Research Institute, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Society journal in a box

According to a recently published LSE Impact Blog article, society publishing might just be the key to realizing an open access future. Committed to open science practices, ScienceOpen has been supporting scholarly society journals since its foundation in 2013 and continues to do so by integrating society research on the platform in the form of featured Collections.

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New open access research in genetics on ScienceOpen

Photo source: Figure 3 (p. 515) from “Exploring a Nonmodel Teleost Genome Through RAD Sequencing—Linkage Mapping in Common Pandora, Pagellus erythrinus and Comparative Genomic Analysis”, G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, vol. 6, March 2016, Open Access

To support open access scientific publishing and increase the discoverability of genetics and genomics research, ScienceOpen has partnered with the Genetics Society of America (GSA) to integrate the open access journal G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics into the ScienceOpen discovery environment in the form of a featured collection.

How are researchers working with genetics content on ScienceOpen? Our users have curated collections on topics such as higher order chromatin architecture, CRISPR/Cas9 editing in human blood, genome engineering using CRISPR, and the measurement of glucocorticoid receptor signaling in major depression. We always welcome more researcher-led collections in genetics on ScienceOpen so contact us today for editor status!

GSA’s open access journal G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics provides a forum for the publication of high-quality genetics and genomics research such as genome maps, single gene studies, genome‐wide association and QTL studies, as well as genome reports,  mutant screens, and advances in methods and technology. Furthermore, G3 has published thematic collections on Genomic PredictionMultiparental PopulationsGenetics of Immunity, and Genetics of Sex. As a featured collection on ScienceOpen, this journal is placed in a digital research environment of interactive tools that increases the discoverability of its findings.

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ScienceOpen partners with Bioscientifica to increase the discoverability of biomedical research

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ScienceOpen and the biomedical publisher Bioscientifica are pleased to announce a partnership that integrates open-access articles from seven endocrinology and reproduction journals published by Bioscientifica in the ScienceOpen research discovery environment in the form of a featured collection.

Owned by the Society for Endocrinology, Bioscientifica exists to support biomedicine, strengthening biomedical communities to advance science and health.  All of the journals included in the ‘Bioscientifica Open Endocrinology & Reproduction’ collection on ScienceOpen are society-owned and high-impact, sitting in the top two quartiles of the Science Citation Expanded Index. This new collection features Open Access articles from journals Endocrine-Related Cancer, European Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Reproduction, and the fully open-access journal Endocrine Connections. Case reports from the open-access database Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports are also included.

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DIY with ScienceOpen’s fully-loaded publishing platform

Launching a new open access journal or an open access press? ScienceOpen now provides full end-to-end open access publishing solutions – embedded within our smart interactive discovery environment. A modular approach allows open access publishers to pick and choose among a range of services and design the platform that fits their goals and budget.

You want to create a unique publishing identity? Book your own sub-domain powered by ScienceOpen to manage and host existing open access publications or start new journals. ScienceOpen can provide technical infrastructure for manuscript submission, peer review management, open access hosting, article versioning, distribution, analytics and APC management for journals and (coming soon) books. The ScienceOpen platform has its own powerful citation index and is uniquely integrated with ORCID, Crossref and Altmetric to immediately plug your publications into the infrastructure of global scholarly communication.

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Open Science Resources on ScienceOpen

Photo credit: ‘Unlock’, Thomas Ulrich, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

ScienceOpen has been committed to making science open from its onset. Some of our latest projects in realizing this commitment have been launching the ‘UCL Open: Environment‘ megajournal, contextualizing the new open access journal ‘BMJ Open Science’ into the ScienceOpen research discovery environment of 53 million article records, and offering some ideas on how you can contribute to open science in small but significant ways.

In light of the 6th Open Science Conference organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science in Berlin this week, we decided to give you an overview of some of the most relevant and diverse research content on open science curated in the form of researcher-led collections on ScienceOpen. Our research recommendations below discuss some of the most pertinent issues in open science, such as the FAIR data principles, reproducible research, metadata, and open access scholarship. Enjoy!

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