The entire board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics surrendered on Thursday to protest over high open-access fees, confining access to data and information commercial control of academic work.
Today, a similar group is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies. The journal will be for and by the academic community and will be owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI). It will be distributed mutually with MIT Press.
The conflict between Elsevier, the world’s biggest publisher of scientific journals, and Germany’s entire university system has dragged on since 2015. However, recently Elsevier has approved continuous access to its paywalled journals for researchers at around 200 German universities and other research institutes that had refused earlier to renew their individual subscriptions. The nationwide deal sought by scientists includes an open-access option, under which all corresponding authors affiliated with German institutions would be allowed to make their papers open to read and share by anyone in the world. This would be a signpost for global efforts to make the results of publicly funded research immediately and freely available to scientists.
Cambridge University Press has reached a major Open Access contract with higher education and research institutions in Sweden. The three-year ‘read and publish’ deal has agreed with Bibsam – an association of 85 higher education and research institutions, led by the National Library of Sweden. It indicates that the authors from institutions affiliated to Bibsam can publish their publicly-financed research articles in the Press’s hybrid and fully Open Access journals. It also gives Bibsam members full access to the Press’ full collection of nearly 400 journals from 1 January 2019.
Peer review by artificial intelligence (AI) is promising to improve the process, enhance the quality of published papers — and save reviewers time. A handful of academic publishers are driving AI tools to do anything from selecting reviewers to checking statistics and summarizing a paper’s findings. In June, software called StatReviewer adopted by Aries Systems verifies the statistics and methods used in the manuscripts. ScholarOne, another peer-review platform is teaming up with UNSILO of Aarhus, Denmark, which uses natural language processing and machine learning to analyze manuscripts. UNSILO automatically pulls out key concepts to summarize what the paper is about. These tools can make sure a manuscript is up to scratch, but in no way are they replacing what a reviewer would do in terms of evaluation.
Reference Link : https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07245-9
A “controversial ideas” journal where researchers can publish articles under pseudonyms will be launched next year by an Oxford University academic. The new journal is a response to a rise in researchers being criticised and silenced by those who disagree with them, according to Jeff McMahan, a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford.
Reference Link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/11/12/controversial-ideas-journal-academics-can-publish-pseudonyms/
A global study of 7000 researchers suggests that unclear publishing policies place an extra burden on scientists who don’t speak English as their first language. A significant proportion of respondents revealed that preparing manuscripts for English-language journals is the most challenging step in the publication process. A considerable percentage even did not have a solid understanding of some aspects of publication ethics or were not familiar with standard ethics-related guidelines and bodies. The publishing industry should work on how to minimize the additional burden on authors.
With Open Access turning into the shared vision of various governments worldwide and a specific concentration inside some European research funders, this extended joint effort permits both Wiley and Hindawi to help the continuous improvement of top-notch open access titles and giving creators extra choices for where and how to publish. This collaboration is an extraordinary case of how Open Access is an intense and powerful driving force of the Open Science landscape, supporting an open and energizing worldwide space of sharing and associating the effect of research for the future generations.
Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/wiley-and-hindawi-expand-open-access-publishing-collaboration/
Iberoamericana Vervuert and De Gruyter have joined hands for a commercial partnership for eBooks. They will be selling more than 1,500 front and backlist Iberoamericana Vervuert titles with De Gruyter’s significant Romance Studies publishing program. The partnership will result in an eBook collection for Romance Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies of over 3,000 titles. According to both, their goal is to support and develop Spanish and Latin American Studies globally.
Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/de-gruyter-and-iberoamericana-vervuert-enter-commercial-partnership/
Cambridge University Press has announced the expansion of its online platform “Author Hub” to assist book authors at every stage. Since its start in 2013, Author Hub has offered services to current and prospective authors and has supported authors in the publishing process. The platform will enable prospective authors to gain more knowledge about publishing with the press and connect with the editorial teams directly. The platform will provide latest news and developments from the Press. It will even help authors to raise their profile and will make their work more discoverable online.
Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/cambridge-university-press-announces-new-home-for-authors/
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/