Subscription publishers (still) have platform problems

Platforms played integral roles in helping publishers scale audiences. Now, they’re helping with publishers’ subscription ambitions, with new product features and programs to educate publishers just starting to pursue consumer revenue.

While publishers are heartened by these steps, many are wary. Not only do platforms have a history of changing their minds about how their products work, they are also limited in their ability to help publishers’ subscription efforts. Here is a rundown of what the platforms have done and the gripes that publishers still have with them. Continue reading “Subscription publishers (still) have platform problems”

Annotations are an easy way to Show Your Work

Journalists are increasingly being asked to show their work. Politifact does it like this. This is great! The more citation of sources, the better. If I want to check those sources, though, I often wind up spending a lot of time searching with cited articles to find passages cited implicitly but not explicitly. If those passages are marked using annotations, the method I’ll describe here can streamline the reader’s experience. Continue reading “Annotations are an easy way to Show Your Work”

Understanding the implications of Open Citations — how far along are we?

Understanding the implications of Open Citations — how far along are we?

The academic discovery space seems to be buzzing again. This space has become relatively stable after the introduction and maturity of Web Scale Discovery between 2009–2013, but things seem to be hotting up once again. Continue reading “Understanding the implications of Open Citations — how far along are we?”

What we read this week (27 April 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about. It’s an eclectic mix this week:

Publishing:

We’re really interested to see how the FT’s experiment with :CRUX to use Knowledge Acquisition as an approach to content recommendation will work out. We could see this approach working well for some of our audience segments.

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How Important is Data Curation? Gaps and Opportunities for Academic Libraries

INTRODUCTION Data curation may be an emerging service for academic libraries, but researchers actively “curate” their data in a number of ways—even if terminology may not always align. Building on past userneeds assessments performed via survey and focus groups, the authors sought direct input from researchers on the importance and utilization of specific data curation activities. METHODS Between October 21, 2016, and November 18, 2016, the study team held focus groups with 91 participants at six different academic institutions to determine which data curation activities were most important to researchers, which activities were currently underway for their data, and how satisfied they were with the results. RESULTS Researchers are actively engaged in a variety of data curation activities, and while they considered most data curation activities to be highly important, a majority of the sample reported dissatisfaction with the current state of data curation at their institution. DISCUSSION Our findings demonstrate specific gaps and opportunities for academic libraries to focus their data curation services to more effectively meet researcher needs. CONCLUSION Research libraries stand to benefit their users by emphasizing, investing in, and/or heavily promoting the highly valued services that may not currently be in use by many researchers. Published on 2018-04-26 21:11:38

A new series from The BMJ highlights unreported trials

The BMJ highlights unreported clinical trialsThe FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) and the “Final Rule” define the global ethical obligation to report the results of all clinical trials within a reasonable timeframe. However, the lack of reporting of clinical trials is still a prominent issue, with potential implications for treatment decisions and patient care. Last month, The BMJ unveiled a new, regular feature that intends to publicise unreported trials to encourage their reporting. Brief summaries in this series, published once per week, will highlight individual, unreported trials, the results of which may have important clinical relevance.

‘Unreported trials of the week’ will be selected using TrialsTracker. Launched by the AllTrials campaign, this FDAAA compliance tracking tool tracks trials registered on ClinicalTrials.gov and those that breach the FDAAA. At the time of writing, this tool identified 35% of trials as having unreported results.

The weekly series has already gone live; the first feature described an unreported study on analgesics for postoperative pain following the extraction of wisdom teeth. The feature’s authors, Nicholas J DeVito and Ben Goldacre, hope that the series will spark productive discussions focussed on improving reporting rates.

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Summary by Emma Prest PhD from Aspire Scientific


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Do preprints have a place in today’s reference lists?

Do preprints have a place in todays’ reference lists TransparencyThe use of preprints (a research paper made publicly available before publication in a peer reviewed journal) is on the rise in the biomedical field. In an article in The Scholarly Kitchen, David Crotty asks whether preprints should be cited in the same way as articles published in a peer reviewed journal. While discussing the pros and cons of using preprints, the author recognises the need for clear citation guidelines. He concludes that publishers will need to play an active role in establishing a broadly accepted standard to “preserve quality, transparency and trustworthiness of scholarly literature”. Continue reading “Do preprints have a place in today’s reference lists?”

Bronze beats gold in open access: implications for data re-use

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Support for the open access (OA) movement is increasing, yet the majority of OA articles do not have a license that permits free re-use of contents, and so do not fully comply with the 2002 Budapest OA Initiative (BOAI) definition of OA. In a recent study by Piwowar et al, representative samples were taken from the online databases Crossref, Web of Science and Unpaywall (100,000 articles from each) to determine the prevalence and type of OA publications. Importantly, this involved categorisation of articles as follows:

  • gold OA – published in an OA journal indexed by the Directory of OA Journals (DOAJ)
  • green OA – paid-for access via the publisher’s webpage but free access in an OA repository
  • hybrid OA – OA in a journal that also publishes non-OA articles
  • ‘bronze’ OA – free to read on the publisher’s webpage but without a license permitting free re-use of content
  • closed access – all other articles.

The most common form of OA was ‘bronze’. This may have implications for research; the lack of a license permitting the free re-use of an article’s contents can substantially restrict the impact of the data therein, for example by preventing other groups from conducting further analyses. In a recent Nature Index article, Piwowar notes that in the current age of machine learning and ‘big data’, it is especially important that data are freely available for computational analysis. Overall, the study found that 47% of articles were OA in 2015 (the most recent year of analysis), and the authors predict that all articles could be OA by 2040. Despite this encouraging forecast, the future of OA may be less bright if bronze OA continues to prevail.

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Tech Talks ft Sharon Cooper

Sharon is the CDO at the British Medical Journal, the print publishing arm of the British Medical Association. Previously she held the title of CTO, but she doesn’t have a software/engineering background. We chat about her challenge to digitise the organisation, and how DevOps is making the BMJ safer!

Understanding and supporting researchers’ choices in sharing their publications: the launch of the FairShare Network and Shareable PDF

Researchers have for many years had access to new platforms and channels for networking and sharing resources, but the pace of growth in their usage of these networks has substantially increased recently. This has led to full-text sharing on a scale that concerns publishers and libraries, because of the proportion of such sharing that infringes copyright. This article summarizes key findings of a 2017 survey that explored researchers’ awareness of and behaviours in relation to scholarly collaboration networks and other emerging mechanisms for discovering and gaining access to content, along with their views on copyright. The article also describes ‘Shareable PDF’, a new approach to PDF-based sharing that better enables such sharing to be measured and contextualized, and which has recently been successfully launched with authors and readers. Published on 2018-03-28 14:47:55

Extended integrations with manuscript submission systems substantially increase authors’ uptake of Kudos

New fields in AllenTrak, Editorial Manager, EJPress, MPSTrak, PeerTrack and ScholarOne simplify research dissemination for authors

For immediate release, March 27th, 2018 –– Kudos (www.growkudos.com), the award-winning platform for managing research dissemination, is proud to announce the expansion of its service enabling publishers to incorporate a Kudos field into their manuscript submission system. Integrations with Allen Press’ AllenTrack and Peer Track, Aries’ Editorial Manager, Clarivate Analytics’ ScholarOne, EJPress and MPSTrak mean that Kudos’ publisher partners can now collect plain language summaries during manuscript submission or review, enabling authors to begin the process of explaining and sharing their research prior to publication. During a trial period*, 47% of authors chose to add a plain language summary at the point of submission.

Integrations have been implemented for publishers and societies including the American Thoracic Society, the American Psychiatric Association Publishing, the Association for Computing Machinery, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Emerald Publishing, the European Respiratory Society, Future Science Group, ICE Publishing, the the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), Liverpool University Press, Policy Press, SAGE Publishing, Wiley.

“These integrations are important for two key reasons,” says David Sommer, Product Director and co-founder of Kudos. ”Firstly, the sooner researchers start disseminating their work, the greater its impact potential; and secondly, embedding Kudos in existing workflows minimizes the effort required for authors to take this important step for their work.”

“Bringing Kudos further upstream in the research workflow has always been a core part of our plans,” adds Melinda Kenneway, Executive Director and co-founder of Kudos. “We continue to pursue this goal in a range of ways; for example, later this year we’ll be broadening the range of research objects for which researchers can use Kudos to manage dissemination. This means researchers will be able to track and evidence the effectiveness of dissemination, and increase the impact potential of their work, long before the point where they are publishing.”

Kudos integration is now possible for any manuscript submission or review system for which either the provider or the publisher is able to: add a “Kudos” field; export its contents in either JSON or Excel format; and transfer this to Kudos via either API or email. For further information about integrating Kudos with your manuscript submission system, please contact Claire Kemp (current Kudos clients), Peter Shelley (publishers who are not yet Kudos clients) or David Sommer (system providers).

* Publishers including Emerald, Future Science and Wiley participated in a six month trial whereby a Kudos field was added to the ScholarOne submission workflow for a subset of journals.

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Contact:
Charlie Rapple • charlie.a.rapple@growkudos.com • +44 1865 872527

About Kudos
Over 200,000 researchers have signed up to use Kudos’ free platform for managing communications around their publications – across multiple publishers and tools. They explain work in plain language and generate trackable links for sharing via email, web and social networks; these enable communications to be directly mapped against views, downloads, altmetrics and citations. Kudos thereby provides researchers, and their publishers and institutions, with a rich understanding of which channels and activities are most effective for broadening reach and impact. Kudos has over 100 publisher, institutional, society and corporate customers around the world. Recent analysis of Kudos data indicates that growth in full text downloads on the publisher site is 23% higher when the Kudos toolkit is used. Kudos won the 2015 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing and has been named in Outsell’s “Ten to Watch” for three consecutive years; Outsell recently assigned a “positive” rating to Kudos’ new “shareable PDF, describing it as a “a pragmatic solution to a key industry issue”.

About Allen Press (www.allenpress.com)
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing, and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

About Aries Systems (www.ariessys.com)
Aries Systems transforms the way scholarly publishers bring high-value content to the world. The company’s innovative and forward-looking workflow solutions manage the complexities of modern print and electronic publishing—from submission, to editorial management and peer review, to production tracking and publishing channel distribution. As the publishing environment evolves, Aries Systems is committed to delivering solutions that help publishers and scholars enhance the discovery and dissemination of human knowledge. Publish faster, publish smarter, with Aries Systems.

About EJPress (www.ejournalpress.com)
EJPress peer review software is a fully-configurable system that facilitates the peer review process from manuscript submission through acceptance. 5,000+ configuration flags allow eJournalPress to customize the workflow for publications of all sizes with intricate workflows, shared databases, exports to vendors, and manuscript transfer between a single organization’s journals.

About MPS (www.adi-mps.com/)
MPS Limited is a leading provider of platforms and services for content development, production, and distribution. Over the 46 years of its dominant presence, MPS has established itself as a global leader in its space with partnerships with the world’s leading publishers and platforms. MPS Limited offers a diverse geographic spread with facilities in Dehradun, Noida, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, and Chennai in India; and offices in Orlando, Portland, Durham, and Effingham in the US. MPS North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPS Limited and provides full-service editorial, design, research and permissions, and production services to the educational publishing market with expertise in developing turnkey solutions for print and online products.

About ScholarOne (clarivate.com/products/scholarone/)
ScholarOne provides comprehensive workflow management systems for scholarly journals, books, and conferences. The ScholarOne web-based applications enable publishers and societies to manage the submission, peer review, production, and publication process more efficiently and access intelligent information to help make strategic decisions. ScholarOne is a product of Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. Building on a heritage going back more than a century and a half, we have built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and Techstreet. Today, Clarivate Analytics is a new and independent company on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help our clients radically reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations. For more information, please visit clarivate.com.

Slides from my keynote on how we have failed our users in access to content, challenges around and disocvery, and a bit about the response ‘Everything Available’: http://bit.ly/2HY6Nop 

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