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Success Stories of 2023 – AK Journals

Success Stories of 2023 – AK Journals

As we approach the new year, we would like to wrap up our #YearInReview campaign, where we have highlighted some of the most successful collaborations of 2023, which will serve as inspiration for our work in the coming year and future partnerships in 2024.

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Success Stories of 2023 – SSP Poster Collection

Success Stories of 2023 – SSP Poster Collection

Since 2022, the poster collection on ScienceOpen has served as a unique platform where ideas, solutions, and presentations come together in digital form, embedded in a vast network of 90 million scholarly publications and over 780.000 conference proceedings articles.

The SSP Posters collection actively promotes the work of SSP, allowing for content categorization by different meeting sessions, additional promotion through our promotional banners, and other benefits from our wide range of dissemination tools and community curation.

Is science a strong-link problem and peer review counterproductive? A pledge for community-driven evaluation of research quality and impact

Is science a strong-link problem and peer review counterproductive? A pledge for community-driven evaluation of research quality and impact

In a thought-provoking blog post, Adam Mastroianni (Columbia Business School) recently stated: “There are two kinds of problems in the world: strong-link problems and weak-link problems.” For weak-link problems, ” the overall quality depends on how good the worst stuff is”. (1) To fix them, we need to eliminate the weakest links or make them stronger. That’s why we have strict quality standards for food. Nobody wants to die because they picked the wrong tuna sandwich off the shelf!

Science, on the other hand, is a strong-link problem, Mastroianni argues: “In the long run, the best stuff is all that matters. The bad stuff doesn’t matter at all.”

In this guest blog, Sebastian Alers debates and analyzes some recent attitudes on science and peer review, in an attempt to call and draw attention to the importance of community-driven evaluation of research quality and impact.

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Exploring the SDGs on ScienceOpen: #2 Zero Hunger

Exploring the SDGs on ScienceOpen: #2 Zero Hunger

ScienceOpen’s network of over 88 million publications provides context and content on all aspects of SDG2. The Goal aims to end hunger by ensuring food security, access to safe and nutritious foods, eradicating all forms of malnutrition, doubling agricultural productivity globally, and ensuring sustainable and resilient food production practices.

Let’s explore SDG2 on ScienceOpen!

Up for a challenge? Join ScienceOpen’s Open Peer Review Competition

Up for a challenge? Join ScienceOpen’s Open Peer Review Competition

To mark Peer Review Week coming up at the end of September, we invite you to a month-long celebration of open peer review and to begin exploring preprints on ScienceOpen, submit a substantial review, and compete for one of three prizes in our open peer review competition.

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ScienceOpen’s Monthly Digest – August 2023

ScienceOpen’s Monthly Digest – August 2023

With August left behind, we are preparing for busy months ahead, with plenty of conferences and meetings, book fairs, and, of course, new products in development.

Join our monthly recap and celebrate with us some of August’s best additions and the latest updates from our network.

Happy 2023 from ScienceOpen!

Happy 2023 from ScienceOpen!

Happy New Year! I would like to take this moment to personally wish you a successful 2023 and thank you for your support of ScienceOpen over the past year. Each December tends to end in a rush, so I always appreciate the opportunity in the first days of the new year to reflect on what we have accomplished and look forward to the exciting projects ahead.

Diverse Approaches to Peer Review

Portrait of Albert Einstein in a museum. Source: pixabay.com

Peer Review Week, Sep 10-15, 2018

Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the role of peer review in maintaining scientific quality. This year marks the event’s fourth anniversary of bringing together researchers, institutions, and organizations committed to the message that good peer review is crucial to scholarly communications. This year Peer Review Week on the topic of diversity aims:

  • To emphasize the central role peer review plays in scholarly communication
  • To showcase the work of editors and reviewers
  • To share research and advance best practices
  • To highlight the latest innovation and applications.
    (Source: https://peerreviewweek.wordpress.com/)

Although peer review itself is not as young as the week-long event organized in its celebration, it is still a relatively new invention. Albert Einstein published his original papers in non-peer-reviewed German journals through 1933, most famously in the Annalen der Physik. Max Planck, one of the journal’s editors of the time, described his editorial philosophy as:

To shun much more the reproach of having suppressed strange opinions than that of having been too gentle in evaluating them.

After moving to the US, Einstein was so shocked that his paper submitted to the Physical Review in 1936 was met with negative criticism that he decided not to publish with them at all. Ironically, the paper in question hypothesized that gravitational waves do not exist. In retrospect, peer review saved Einstein the controversy and the embarrassment that would have ensued if he had published his original article. Continue reading “Diverse Approaches to Peer Review”  

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