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Renewable Energy Resources on ScienceOpen

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Many eyes are turning to renewable energy as a potential solution for a green future. ScienceOpen supports this growing interest by increasingly integrating green energy research into its discovery environment. With a collection of thousands of open access articles on the science of climate change, ScienceOpen is a valuable platform to stay informed about recent developments in the field of environmental studies. However, understanding the basic science is only the first step. We next need to develop and implement transformative solutions. In this blog post, we want to share several resources on the ScienceOpen platform which push the frontiers of knowledge on renewable energy and its applications.

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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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In:  Aggregation  

ScienceOpen joins forces with the Open Library of Humanities

It’s been a great week for us at ScienceOpen! In time for the Frankfurt Book Fair, we were happy to announce a new partnership with PeerJ to help promote Computer Science research. We’re happy now to announce another new partnership with the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a new publishing platform the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

You can read the full press release here, find the featured journals here, and discover and filter all OLH content here. We’re very excited by this new partnership, as it helps continue our trend of breaking down barriers between ‘STEM’ and ‘HSS’ research by integrating it all together in one unified platform.

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Professor Martin Eve, co-founder of the OLH, said: “In the digital environment in which humanities research now finds itself, discoverability is key. It is vitally important that the ‘signal’ of solid research is not lost amid the ‘noise’ of the World Wide Web. Our new partnership with ScienceOpen is just one of several initiatives in which we are participating that will amplify the humanities research that we publish. Finally, we think it is important to counter the destructive in-fighting of a ‘sciences vs humanities’ culture. By participating in ScienceOpen’s indexing, OLH research will sit alongside that of our colleagues working in the natural and social sciences.”

Featured journals from the OLH include:

  1. ORBIT: A Journal of American Literature
  2. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  3. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  4. And of course, the Open Library of Humanities itself

Some of the more eye-catching research articles are:

  • When the Zombies Came for Our Children: Exploring Posthumanism in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (link)

    • “..this essay explores The Walking Dead’s psychologization of childhood as its narrative moves away from a satirical construction of the zombie apocalypse into the inquiry of contemporary (in)humanity.”
  •  Analysis of Motions in Comic Book Cover Art: Using Pictorial Metaphors (link)

    • “How are literal and metaphorical pictorial devices used in comic book cover art?”
  • ‘Graphic Medicine’ as a Mental Health Information Resource: Insights from Comics Producers (link)

    • “This paper suggests that comics producers need to make a concerted effort to reach academia, and academia – including information professionals – need to embrace new types of material to enhance teaching.”
  • Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing (link)

    • “We conclude that obtaining a more joined up picture of financial flows is vital as a means for researchers, institutions and others to understand and shape changes to the sociotechnical systems that underpin scholarly communication.”
In:  Peer Review  

Advances in peer review

It’s not too hard to see that the practices of and attitudes towards ‘open science’ are evolving amidst an ongoing examination about what the modern scholarly system should look like. While we might be more familiar with the ongoing debate about how to best implement open access to research articles and to the data behind publications, discussions regarding the structure, management, and process of peer review are perhaps more nuanced, but arguably of equal or greater significance.

Peer review is of enormous importance for managing the content of the published scientific record and the careers of the scientists who produce it. It is perceived as the golden standard of scholarly publishing, and for many determines whether or not research can be viewed as scientifically valid. Accordingly, peer review is a vital component at the core of the process of research communication, with repercussions for the very structure of academia which largely operates through a publication-based reward and incentive system.

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