Using Hindawi’s Online Proofing System – Video Guide

Online Proofing System - Video Guide | Hindawi Blog

Our latest video guide covers the Hindawi Online Proofing System – or OPS.

Once a manuscript is accepted for publication in a Hindawi journal, the production process begins. Our staff take your submitted manuscript and begin the process of enriching it to produce a final article that can be published online.

This process involves fully typesetting the text into well-structured xml, the full re-creation of any tables or equations and the standardization of all included figures. This can include completely redrawing illustrative figures, in other cases it may only require the addition of clear, consistent labels.

To ensure that you’re happy with the change we make, we use the OPS to allow you to preview them in situ. Once your manuscript is ready to review, you’ll receive an email from Hindawi inviting you to log into the OPS. You log into the OPS using the same credentials as you used for the Manuscript Tracking System when submitting your manuscript.

The OPS interface will show you exactly where the Hindawi production team have asked for your input. The simple navigation menu allows you to jump to the precise location of a query, where you’re able to provide an immediate response. You can also make your own changes and comments throughout the manuscript. These amendments are marked up as tracked changes, making them highly visible and easy to follow.

Using the OPS allows us to cut down on the number of proofing rounds that a manuscript goes through. You cannot submit your responses unless all the issues have been addressed, and your instructions are provided directly on the text of your manuscript – helping to avoid any miscommunication or misunderstanding.

The OPS is one of Hindawi’s most popular systems – with an author approval rating of over 99%. We’re confident that you will enjoy using it – and we hope that our video guide provides a useful introduction. You can watch it at any time via the OPS ‘Help’ menu.

A transcript of this video can be found here.

We’ll be adding more video guides in the very near future. Subscribe to the Hindawi Youtube channel to be alerted whenever we release a new video.

The text and images in this blog post are by Hindawi and are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).

Wiley-Hindawi journals reach article milestone

The Hindawi Wiley Partnership reaches 300 published articles | Hindawi Blog

Last November I wrote an opinion piece discussing the launch of the Wiley-Hindawi partnership project. That post was full of enthusiasm for the transition of these subscription journals to a gold Open Access model and expressed the hope that the journals would continue to be well supported by authors. We launched the journals officially on January 1st, 2017 and I am happy to announce that as of early March we have already reached 300 published articles.

Overall, the journals have attracted a total of 2,189 submissions since we opened them to authors in June 2016. While there was a good submission flow through the second half of 2016, the largest increases have occurred since we officially launched the journals at the beginning of 2017. Monthly submissions doubled from 159 submissions in December to 332 submissions in February and are on course to break through the 400 mark in March.

Every journal in the partnership is attracting submissions although some journals have been more successful than others. Journals in the physical sciences have tended to perform the best, with more life science focused titles performing less well. This is a slightly unusual result as we would normally expect the majority of OA submissions to be biased towards biomedical and life sciences fields.

Once we looked into the country distribution the spread of submissions seemed to make more sense. Overall the journals have a very international profile, attracting submissions from authors based in over 60 countries. However, there have been a significant number of submissions from Asia, with China being the largest contributor by far. A large portion of the Chinese submissions are to the more physical science focused journals and this starts to explain why these titles are performing so well. This is a trend that is also consistent with that observed across the full Hindawi journal portfolio.

Submissions by Country

The geographic spread for accepted manuscripts generally follows the pattern of submissions although the published articles are less concentrated in Asia, spreading more evenly distributed between countries. Acceptance rates between journals vary quite significantly, but on average across the partnership portfolio around 21% of total submissions make it through to acceptance. This is a little lower than our average acceptance rate across all Hindawi journals (26%) and it is unclear why this may be the case, although the free launch period (during which Article Processing Charges were waived) may be a contributing factor.

Accepted Articles by Country

These are still early days for these journals and this partnership, but even at this stage we have a number of journals that have already become sustainable using this new OA model. The expectation is that we can reach sustainability across the full journal portfolio within 2017. This is an important step towards proving that the transition to Open Access is not only beneficial to authors and readers, but can also create sustainable OA journals.

The text and images in this blog post are by Hindawi and are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).

Notebook Sharing: Scholarly Scribbles

In the second guest blog post of our ‘Opening Science’ Series, Dr Rachel Harding talks to us about her Open lab notebook project, Lab Scribbles. Rachel is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), at the University of Toronto, and performs her work in a collaboration with the Cure for Huntington’s Disease Initiative (CHDI) Foundation. She blogs at labscribbles.com.
Contact: @LabScribbles, rachel.harding@utoronto.ca.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating inherited neurodegenerative disorder with limited therapies and no cures available to patients. HD symptoms are progressive in their severity throughout a patient’s lifetime and include a range of physical, psychiatric and cognitive manifestations. These are often likened to having Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS simultaneously. All HD patients have a mutation in the huntingtin gene of their DNA, and was successfully mapped in the human genome more than 20 years ago. In the intervening time, however, our knowledge of the huntingtin protein, encoded by this gene, remains incomplete. Thus, how the HD mutation might affect the function of the protein is also poorly understood.

envelope

Electron microscopy allows calculation of a low resolution envelope of the huntingtin protein particles, revealing their overall shape

Using a technique called cryo-electron microscopy, I am working with a collaborative team of scientists in numerous labs around the world to image individual huntingtin protein molecules, in the hope that it might give insight into how huntingtin functions in the cells of our bodies. This is not a novel premise for a project in the field, with many labs already attempting similar experimental strategies. However, very little evidence of this research can be found in the published literature. This likely reflects the intrinsic bias of the traditional scientific publishing system to preferentially report complete research stories — and so-called ‘positive’ data. My hypothesis is that this progress would be faster if all scientists shared detailed methods and data, both positive and negative, more rapidly with the wider community.

“One of the greatest benefits has been the international collaborative network of scientists who have contributed ideas, materials and experimental data…”

In an effort to catalyse research efforts, I am releasing all of my methods and results for this project in close to real time using the data repository Zenodo and my blog Lab Scribbles. Using a CC-BY license, all output is available for anyone to read, use and critique. Since commencing this project, I have been fortunate to have had many great conversations about my research with academics also working on HD, patients and families affected by this disease, and many other persons interested in the research and this alternative ‘publication’ process. One of the greatest benefits has been the international collaborative network of scientists who have contributed ideas, materials and experimental data towards this project, pushing us towards our research goals more quickly. Following the first anniversary of this project, I am now looking to see how I can improve my data sharing to ensure the data is both discoverable and in a format useful to other scientists.

I have been fortunate to have the full support for the Open notebook project from both the SGC, and my funding agency, the CHDI. In particular, I have appreciated the mentorship of Aled Edwards, Cheryl Arrowsmith and Leticia Toledo-Sherman.

The text, figure and photograph are by Rachel Harding, and are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). Illustration by Hindawi and is also CC-BY.

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