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 

Quickly flip through papers on your phone

Today, we are making it easier to use your phone to find and scan scholarly articles. Clicking a Scholar search result on your phone now opens a quick preview:

You can swipe left and right to quickly flip through the list of results. Where available, you can read abstracts. Or explore related and citing articles, which appear at the bottom of the preview along with other familiar Scholar features.

When you find an interesting article, you can click through to read it immediately, or you can tap the star icon to save it for later in your Scholar library. You’ll need to sign in to the same Google account on both the phone and the laptop to use this feature. This lets you find and save papers on your phone wherever you are. Once you get home, you can grab a cup of coffee and click “My library” on your laptop to get to your reading list.

Quick previews are available in Chrome, Safari, Samsung, and other standard browsers on recent Android and Apple phones. Sorry, they won’t work in Opera Mini or other special-purpose browsers; and they are not, at this time, available on tablets.

We would like to thank our partners in scholarly publishing that have worked with us on this. Working together, we hope to help make research more efficient everywhere.

Posted by: Alex Verstak, Software Engineer

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The holy grail in Open Access: sharing that benefits authors

The holy grail of Open Access: sharing that benefits authors

As a researcher, you are often urged to make your work openly accessible. And sure, that’s a laudable goal, but… What’s in it for you?

With job prospects in academia being not that rosy, it is no surprise that open access is not the primary consideration for researchers considering where to get their work published. When push comes to shove, making a living is more important than access to your research.

But why not both? You can give yourself that career boost and support open access. Continue reading “The holy grail in Open Access: sharing that benefits authors”

Building trust through badging

Anisa Rowhani-Farid and Adrian Barnett recently published the second version of their Research Article in which they compared data-sharing in two journals and whether badges was associated with increased sharing. In this guest blog, Anisa Rowhani-Farid describes what motivated her in her work and the results of her research.

Prior to the appearance of scientific journals in the 17th century, researchers were hesitant to share their findings with others. The pace of scientific advancement, however, changed radically with the establishment of the printing press which led to the development of scientific journals in 1665 when Henry Oldenburg of the Royal Academy of Sciences launched the publication Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Academy of Sciences. When the Royal Society was established in 1660 it had the motto Nullius in verba, which means ‘take nobody’s word for it’. From the very beginning, science was about verifying facts, it was about being open with data.

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What we read this week (16 March 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. Check back every Friday for a new post.

  • Effective Social Media Strategies for Publishers Webinar
    Altmetric sponsored webinar discussing practical social media tips & tricks for publishers. Speakers include Phaedra Cress, Altmetric Ambassador and Executive Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and Steve Dudley, Chief Operations Officer at the British Ornithologists Union and co-author of ‘Tweeting birds: online mentions predict future citations in ornithology’

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What we read this week (9 March 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. Check back every Friday for a new post.

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What we read this week (2 March 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. Check back every Friday for a new post.

 

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PLOS Collaborates on Recommendations to Improve Transparency for Author Contributions

In a new report, a group convened by the US National Academy of Sciences and including a dozen journal editors reflects on authorship guidelines and recommends new ways to make author contributions more transparent.

What does it mean to be author number seven on a twenty-five–author article?

Establishing transparency for each author’s role in a research study is one of the recommendations in a report published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by a group led by Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences. The recommendations issued by this group, which included one of us, were adapted based on community feedback and peer review from an original draft presented as a preprint. PLOS supports the recommendations for increased transparency and has already put some of them in practice. Continue reading “PLOS Collaborates on Recommendations to Improve Transparency for Author Contributions”

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