Iberoamericana Vervuert and De Gruyter coming together to support Spanish and Latin American Studies

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 is expanding Author Hub

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/

Manuscript Rejection Before Peer Review Analysis: Issues and Solutions

After a paper is submitted to a journal, it generally goes in for peer review analysis. But there are instances when the paper is rejected even before it reaches the peer review stage. This happens because the paper does not conform to the scope or the technical specifications of the concerned journal, and is therefore unilaterally rejected by the editor. In most high impact factor journals, about 5% of the submitted papers are accepted. It is very important to understand and analyse the possible reasons for rejection, so as to avoid any such issues in the future.

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.

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/

Publishers, Librarians disagreement over NIH Rule

National Institutes of Health (NIH) rule has again hauled controversy from the publishers and academic librarians. The new rule which is now a law requires NIH-funded researchers to submit an electronic copy of their peer-reviewed manuscripts with the NIH for free online distribution through PubMed Central, its digital archive. The AAP is critical of the new rule on economic grounds as scientific research is an important product in the international marketplace and making research freely available undermine the global market for research.

Reference Link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20080107/14759-publishers-librarians-clash-over-nih-rule.html

Henry Holt Publishing ‘Fire and Fury’ by Michael Wolff, on Jan. 9

The first inside account of the most controversial presidency will be reflected in the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” written by Michel Wolff. The book will be edited by Macmillan’s editor at large John Sterling. Henry Holt’s president and publisher Stephen Rubin announced today that the book will be published on Jan.9, 2018.

Wolff shows how Trump furthermore, his team careened starting with one crisis then onto the next amid the organization’s initial nine months in view of more than 200 interviews with the president and most individuals from his ranking staff.

Reference link: https://macus.supadu.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/wolff-release.pdf

ASAS appoints Oxford University Press as its new publishing partner

The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) has announced Oxford University Press (OUP) as its new publishing partner, which will provide varied services comprising production, distribution, and marketing for three journals of ASAS Animal Science Collection. This agreement will be effective from January 1, 2018 and fits directly within the new ASAS Strategic Plan. This partnership aims at enhancing the visibility of the journal portfolios, continue to emphasize global expansion, and increase the society’s revenue to enhance membership services.

Reference Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-coal-mining-report-suppress-public-health-nature-journal-science-fossil-fuels-cimate-a7921821.html

How Publication support services help R&D growth

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Research and Development (R&D) is an intrinsic part of government departments, corporations, organizations, institutions, and even candidatures (as amply demonstrated in the recent U.S. elections). This is because R&D is the driver of growth, innovation, and image-building, irrespective of the industry or sphere of activity. However, it is also crucial for R&D initiatives and findings to be disseminated seamlessly, both within and outside the organization or department, to enable further iterations and continually improve the research findings and the resultant products or services. Publications provide that avenue of expression.

Therefore, it is almost inevitable that R&D teams across industries fall back on expert publication support services to maximize the impact of their R&D findings. An effective publication service provider helps accomplish this goal in several ways.

Publication services play the role of the enabler

R&D is a continuous process for which companies, governments, and institutions invest heavily in terms of human resources and finance. However, even the best of R&D innovations are rendered impotent unless they are backed by an effective platform to document the findings related to, say, a product, a research, or a service. A publication service can organize and channelize the findings with great impact and bring them to world notice. In other words, it acts as a footbridge to draw global attention to your R&D findings in many arenas and types of study.

Publication services for statistical R&D studies

R&D often involves data analyses involving tons of facts and figures. While an R&D team is well-equipped to analyze such data and draw conclusions, they often find it difficult to present the statistical data in a coherent and well-formatted manner for easy understanding. That’s where a publication service can step in effectively.

Publication services for technical and scientific studies

A publication service can enrich your technical R&D studies with the necessary illustrations and animations to blend with your research. It could be a manual you are developing for your R&D team, a report on findings, or a working paper on an ongoing research—all such R&D projects need to be published and disseminated quickly among all stakeholders. If you have the backing of a publication service with some domain knowledge of your industry, it would be as simple as the proverbial “cakewalk.”

Publication services for localization of your R&D projects

In today’s globalized economy, companies and institutions have a stake in many countries. It is therefore critical to share R&D findings at one unit with other units, but linguistic barriers inhibit information sharing. However, a publication service can localize your R&D findings in various languages through their translation services. That not only sustains R&D activities across the world, but also contributes to their growth.

Publication services for R&D newsletters and periodicals

Many corporations and institutions that have a strong R&D arm believe in declaring recent trends in research and building on those trends. A periodic newsletter is an ideal tool, provided it has high professional and production value added by a publication service.

R&D publications: Beyond business

Contrary to popular notion, R&D is not the exclusive domain of business entities. It plays a vital role in image building too. A robust R&D team, backed by effective media publications, can help give shape and stature to the public perception of a political party or leader. Not surprisingly, political parties across the board not only employ a powerful R&D team, but also a strong publication service to go with it.

The recent U.S. presidential election is a case in point. Although it was perhaps the most divisive election ever in American history, it had an unlikely winner in Donald Trump. Many discounted him early on, but in hindsight, analysts credit his victory to the strong research team that worked on his behalf and the endorsement of his candidature by several publications. Hillary Clinton might have got more media endorsements, but Trump’s R&D team, backed by endorsements from The National Enquirer, The New York Observerand The New York Post seem to have propelled the real estate mogul-turned politician into the White House.

It all goes to show that the right R&D ingredients, along with a strong publication service, can lead to a strong brew.

Open Access Journals: The new era of publishing

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As the name suggests, the main benefit of an open access journal is that it is free for viewing by all. It can be viewed without making any payments and even downloaded for free. This is highly advantageous for libraries and researchers, who would otherwise have to access each journal through a paid subscription. With subscription rates usually very high, it became very difficult for budding researchers to subscribe to all relevant journals. Besides, researchers often have limited finance to access many journals. Conversely, with open access journals, researchers can access several journals, while libraries can add a large number of journals to their collections and thus benefit the research community as a whole.

Open access journals have high citation because they are freely accessible and referred by many people. For writers, too, open access journals give their papers much greater exposure than subscription based journals. It is also observed that there is a sustained number of downloads over a longer period, while non-open access articles have a shorter attention span. There is no need to pay subscription charge or pay-per-view charges to reach the full material. Open access journals are more likely to be indexed in databases and enlisted in search engines.

Some journals ask the author to pay for making their paper free to viewed, but this amount is nominal. After the manuscript has been accepted, the author also needs to pay a onetime charge for processing and handling. This sum is far smaller than the amount paid for publication in non-open access journals, both printed and online.

The best part of an open access journal is that it gives wider scope of access to researchers in developing countries. Since publication of papers is free in many journals, researchers from developing countries have a better chance to publish their papers and present the results of their study to a global readership.

In contrast to traditional journals, open access journals have a short production cycle, which enables quick publication of accepted papers. Some open access journals also offer fee waivers or discounts for authors from developing countries.

Sometimes, due to negligence or oversight, editors of traditional journals omit few good papers, but the chance of a similar occurrence in an open access journal is much less because the journal’s teams of editors carry out a rapid peer review so that the paper is published without delay.

There are advantages and disadvantages of open access journals, but the advantages surely outweigh the disadvantages. With the arrival of open access journals, accessibility to research papers has increased manifold. Besides, a wider audience prompts higher number of citations. Open access publications have thus come as a boon for researchers and libraries in developing countries.