250 Taylor&Francis Journals provided with Publons’ Reviewer Recognition Service

Publons, a website used by academics to track, verify and showcase their peer review and editorial contributions across the world’s academic journals, has announced a long-term partnership with Taylor & Francis. Under the arrangement, both parties will provide automated recognition to peer reviewers for up to 250 academic journals.

Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/extending-publons-reviewer-recognition-service-to-250-taylor-francis-journals/

How to judge if the manuscript can be submitted to high ranked journal ?

Some of the criteria a manuscript needs to fulfill to qualify for a high ranked journal are:

• Originality
• Rigorous methodology
• Substantive conclusion
• High impact on the field of study
 

 

Scientific advancement in Iran in the modern era

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), usually known as the Iran deal or Iran nuclear deal, is a nuclear concurrence signed between Iran and a group of five international superpowers in July 2015. Following this concord, the fortunes of science and research in Iran has become a much-contested topic among the academia.

The agreement put severe limitations on Iran’s nuclear program. According to the terms, Iran has assured that it will decrease its stock of uranium by 98% and maintain its uranium enrichment at 3.67, which is below the enrichment level required for creating a bomb. In exchange, the U.S., the European Union, and the United Nations have agreed to lift almost all economic sanctions on Iran. This has given new flight to the aspirations of Iranian scientists and they are optimistic that the scientific field will be benefitted in many ways. Researchers all over the country are hopeful that after the lifting of sanctions, the opportunities for scientific advancement will increase.

Long ago, Iran was a vital scientific hub at a time when there was lack of cultural advancement in Europe. Persian researchers extensively contributed to astronomy, philosophy, and mathematics. But after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the scientific field changed drastically because of political turbulence. Many intellectuals left the country for a better future. During this time, because of Iran’s growing development toward nuclear weapons, the United States imposed stringent sanctions. In 2002, a secret nuclear facility at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak came to light. After these revelations, the U.N. Security Council tried to negotiate with Iran regarding the suspension of its uranium enrichment activities but woefully did not succeed. As a result, the U.N. Security Council implemented economic sanctions on Iran, which paralyzed Iran’s economy.

The sanctions were implemented to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. But they damaged the atmosphere for the scientific community. Because of political conflicts, Iran was forbidden to buy equipment from abroad, subscribe to international science journals, and import fossils. Many Iranian researchers found it taxing to get published in international journals because publishers were afraid to go against the sanctions. Besides, due to economic sanctions, the government stopped investing in science.

Despite these obstacles, science in Iran continued to progress.  To reduce dependence on imports, Iranian researchers developed indigenous equipment (such as seismic sensors to detect earthquakes) and even went to the extent of buying the tools from the black market. According to reports, Iranian scientists publish approximately 30,000 international scientific papers every year. And the unique feature of Iran’s science is that that both men and women participate in equal measure. In fact, nearly 70% of university graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are women—a higher percentage than in any other country.

Despite the sanctions and political turbulence, science in Iran has flourished in the last three decades. It has developed incredibly in fields such as seismology and stem cell research. After the lifting of sanctions, Iranian academics are expecting a robust era in the field of scientific knowledge because they will now have access to international collaborations. Besides, the Iranian government is promoting plans to attract Iranian intellectuals working abroad to return to their country by increasing science funding and providing academic freedom. Although the political imbroglio demonstrated that science and international relations are intertwined, the worst seems to be over for scientists in Iran.

Peter Lang converts eleven journals to Open Access publications

On 9th March, the publisher, Peter Lang has announced plans to make 11 of its subscription-based journals full open access. IngentaOpen, the new Open Access platform, will provide free online access to these journal articles, starting with each journal’s first issue of 2018 with a CC-BY license. Kelly Shergill, CEO of Peter Lang, has expressed his happiness about the step and hoped that the transition would benefit all parties.

Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/peter-lang-converts-eleven-journals-to-open-access-publications/

How does one figure out which journals to submit a paper to?

There are several parameters to consider while deciding the journal where you wish to send your paper for publications. The parameter include alignment of the subject of your work to the aims and scope of the journal, the word count, impact factor, readership, indexing, and publishing fees. One might also opt for journal selection services provided by the publication support agencies.

Taiwan demands equal status with mainland Chinese

The Ministry of Education in Beijing has approached China’s universities to provide Taiwanese students and graduates equal status with mainland Chinese. It has appealed the mainland universities to moderate entrance requirements for Taiwan students so that Taiwanese high school graduates with a passing grade can apply- previously Taiwan students with high-marks were eligible, and the overall numbers were limited. Graduate salaries on the mainland are more than in Taiwan where salaries have declined over the past decade or more, causing a major constraint among educated people. Li Keqiang, the current Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, delivered at the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress that the mainland would grant Taiwanese companies and individuals’ better access to opportunities and facilities across the strait. He added that the aim would be to gradually allow Taiwanese to receive the same treatment as mainlanders while studying, doing business, working or living on the mainland.

Reference link: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180301165622684

De Gruyter and Gorgias Press go into partnership

Gorgias Press and De Gruyter have come together to form a editorial and commercial agreement for Gorgias Press titles. This agreement will entitle eBook versions of all Gorgias Press titles to be available on degruyter.com. The contract includes the Gorgias Press output of 75 titles per year and a backlist of more than 3,000 titles, all well-known in their fields for their excellent level of quality.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/de-gruyter-and-gorgias-press-enter-partnership/

Study calls for reform of national STI policies

A study published today by the African Academy of Sciences is calling for reform of African national science, technology and innovation policies to augment development that drives progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The study, Africa Beyond 2030: Leveraging Science and Innovation to Secure Sustainable Development Goals, is based on extensive literature review, surveys and interviews with scientists, policymakers and development partners between 2016 and 2017 and details specific policy measures that countries must-individually and collectively-take to leverage STI to achieve the SDGs.

Reference Link: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180302073559245

Tips for Writing a Dissertation

One may certainly ask what is so exceptional about writing a dissertation or why is a dissertation given so much importance. Well, the answer is simple enough. As long as you are an academic student, things usually do not come your way as tough as they would once you begin your final academic years as a student going into a professional field.

The present infographic on “Writing a Dissertation” will effectively guide you through the journey about what is a dissertation and how to prepare a dissertation.

Brexit: An opportunity to forge a stronger European Research Area

According to a new report from Wellcome, the European Research Area should be vitalized and broadened as part of the Brexit process. The recommendations by the Future Partnership Project propose that the UK should pay for and access European research funding and regulate scientific research between the UK and EU. It emphasizes full researcher mobility between the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA) to enable the scientific workforce and their families to move smoothly between countries.

Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/brexit-is-an-opportunity-to-forge-a-stronger-european-research-area-according-to-new-consultation/