Society for Scholarly Publishing to organize 2018 Academic Publishing in Europe Pre-Conference in Berlin

December 1, 2017 – Wheatridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is collaborating with Arnoud de Kemp to organize the APE 2018 Pre-Conference in Berlin, Germany, on January 15, 2018. Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) is an independent, multidisciplinary conference established in 2006 to be an ongoing international debate about the future of scholarly communication and scientific publishing. Continue reading “Society for Scholarly Publishing to organize 2018 Academic Publishing in Europe Pre-Conference in Berlin”

A New Look at Rockefeller University Press

November 30, 2017 – Rockefeller University Press has introduced a new look that expands the principles of cleaner design and improved readability across all versions of its journals following its website relaunch. RUP publishes Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Journal of General Physiology. Learn more about the design in the New Look video at

A hack day project: Giving you great journalism in every new browser tab

Every so often on The Atlantic’s Product team, we drop what we’re doing and spend a day messing around. Lots of whiteboards, some frantic coding, usually ending with presentations over beers. We call it a “hack day,” but I think of it more as a talent show for ideas — a chance to take all those concepts we’ve been privately mulling, put them on stage, and see how they perform. Today, we’re publicly launching one of the reader-focused projects we prototyped at our last hack day: Serendipity, a Chrome and Firefox extension that displays an awesome piece of Atlantic journalism every time you open a new tab.

What it does

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Preparing to handle dynamic scholarly content: Are we ready?

Historically, journals might expect a few ‘Letters to the Editor” to discuss ‘matters arising’ after an article was published. But scholarly communications are becoming much more dynamic, with versions posted as ‘preprints’ before publication, corrections after publication, and potentially multiple versions of the same study appearing at different times. How should we handle this changing landscape for the benefits of researchers and consumers of the literature?

Download the slides from Theo Bloom’s (Executive Editor, The BMJ) talk at Crossref Live 2017 in Singapore

Alexa and Hearst Team Up on ‘Voice-First’ Brand

My Beauty ChatWhat if publishers started programming the new generation of audio assistants as a kind of hybrid of daily news, on demand radio/podcasting and information resource? That’s the sort of experiment Hearst recently launched for the Amazon Echo with its “My Beauty Chat” voice-first brand. Once the skill is enabled, asking Alexa to open the app offers you a choice of hearing a morning or afternoon 5-10 minute beauty program or a tip of the day. With launch support from sole sponsor L’Oreal, Hearst is programming this project aggressively, with two daily shows (one available before 4 p.m. and the other after) as well as a daily beauty tip.

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An almost A-Z list of publishing platform providers

Inspired by Ian Mulvany’s tweet about Vega Academic Publishing System (which does look interesting, especially the partnership with Oslo School of Architecture and Design). We thought we would publish the list of publishing platforms that we keep an eye on.  The list is a bit of a jumble and includes a number of platforms like Aletheia, PubPub and Authorea aimed at authors who want to self-publish. Publishers like Elsevier, Springer, and John Wiley who run their own platforms but don’t open them up to other publishers aren’t listed. If we’ve got something wrong or you want to add a platform please let us know via the comments.


  • Aletheia
    A decentralised and distributed database used as a publishing platform for scientific research. Aimed at researchers who want to self-publish.
  • Atypon
    Before its acquisition by Wiley, Atypon was the largest independent platform provider for the STM market. Founded 1996 by CEO Georgios Papadopoulous. Acquired by Wiley in Oct. 2016.
    An Open Source platform for publishing Open Access research articles.  The platform is in active development by PLOS (Public Library of Science) and is licensed under the MIT License.
    The first end-to-end journal publishing solution that supports the full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring through submission, peer review, publication and dissemination.
  • Authorea
    An advanced scientific writing and publishing tool which allows authors to publish their articles online
  • Continuum
    eLife Continuum is built using the PHP and Python open source languages, chosen for their popularity, accessibility, and approachability. It uses Drupal for content management. Its sites are based on Amazon Web Services which make them scalable, flexible, and cost effective given the “by the hour” fee structure of AWS. (MIT License)
  • Digital Commons from BPress
    Originally started by scholars at Berkeley in the fields of law and economics as Berkeley Electronic Press, bepress was first established to publish journals with improved time to publication using an innovative incentive structure to reward peer reviewers. Aquired by Elsevier.
  • Editoria
    A a web-based open source, end-to-end, authoring, editing and workflow tool that presses and library publishers can leverage to create modern, format-flexible, standards compliant, book-length works.  Funded by the Mellon Foundation, Editoria is being developed by the California Digital Library, the University of California Press and the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  • ΕΚΤ ePublishing service
    Funded by structural funds and own funds, the ePublishing service of the National Documentation Centre, Greece, offers advanced e-infrastructures and related services to institutional publishers in Greece (universities, research centers, scholarly societies and  memory institutions) to publish peer-reviewed journals, proceedings and monographs in the  Social Sciences and the Humanities.
  • Figshare
    Figshare allows users to upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that any research output, from posters and presentations to datasets and code, can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow. Powers ChemRxiv preprint server.
  • F1000
    Creating funder-sponsored publication platforms, e.g. Wellcome Open Research
  • Fulcrum
    A digital publishing platform being developed by the University of Michigan Library and Press working with partners from Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Penn State universities.  Initial development has been supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Seeks partners interested in being early adopters
  • Glasstree
    Glasstree Academic Publishing and Glassleaf Academic Publishing Services aim to  circumnavigate traditional academic publishing boundaries by offering a new publishing platform focused exclusively on the needs and requirements of academic and educational authors. Grasslead is powered by MPS.
  • HighWire
    HighWire is one of the three leading STM publishing platform providers, alongside Atypon and Silverchair.
  • Hindawi
    Hindawi provides bespoke publishing solutions to support publishers looking to embrace the opportunities offered by Open Access
  • Ingenta Connect
    Launched in 1999, Ingenta Connect is the most comprehensive collection of academic and professional content online, featuring some 5 million articles from 13,000 titles and more than 250 publishers.
  • Ixxus Publishing Platform
    Ixxus builds digital content delivery systems for publishers. Primarily a systems integrator, it doesn’t, however, come to the market with a specific product.
  • Janeway
    Birkbeck’s Centre for Technology and Publishing’s open-source software for academic publishing. Written in Django/Python from the ground up and still under active development. (GNU Affero General Public License v3.0)
  • JCore (see HighWire)
    JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.
  • Literatum (see Atypon)
  • Lodel
    Lodel is a web publishing system, configurable for specific needs. Lodel is installed on a (PHP) web server like many CMS, and used remotely with a web browser. It enables to collaborative and remote work (office, home, with distant teams). This site presents Lodel, an open source software (GPLv2) developped by le Cléo.
  • MUSE Open
    Aims to ensure that Open Access (OA) monographs are visible, discoverable, and potentially transformative in a highly diversified platform environment.
  • Open Journal SystemsOpen Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research.
    An international and interdisciplinary open-access online academic publication platform. The platform publishes articles and reviews in the operates as part of the German Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, which is in turn financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
  • Pinnacle from Allen Press
    Journal platform powered by Atypon
  • PubPub
    PubPub is a platform that enables the exploration of three core experiments: 1) author-driven publishing, 2) distributed and dynamic peer review, and 3) grassroots journals that serve as tools for curation. Through these three experiments, we seek to uncover new paths and opportunities for collaborative publishing. (GNU General Public License)
  • PubSweet
    An open framework for platform creation. It is web native, largely built in JavaScript (specifically Node.js) by the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF).
  • Scalar
    Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online.developed at the University of Southern California on behalf of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (Educational Community License, Version 2.0 (ECL-2.0))
  • ScholarStor
    A cloud-based HTML5 solution for scholarly content that empowers publishers to manage and render content across multiple channels. Built by MPS.
  • Scholastica
    Scholastica was founded in 2011 in response to a growing need in academia for a faster and more efficient way to peer review and publish scholarly journals.
  • SciELO
    SciELO was created to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries and provides an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature  Originally established in Brazil in 1997, today there are 14 countries in the SciELO network and its journal collections. SciELO was initially supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), along with the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME)
  • Sheridan PubFactory
    PubFactory is built from the ground up to support books, reference works and journals in a variety of XML formats, with full support for PDF, images and other rich media.
  • Silverchair Platform
    Scholarly and professional publishers use the Silverchair Platform to deliver distinctive online sites and products from their unique content. Silverchair includes comprehensive product development and migration services, online management tools, and ongoing support to ensure publishers achieve their product vision.
  • The Winnower
    The Winnower is an open access online scholarly publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. Now owned by Authorea.
  • Ubiquity Press
    Ubiquity Press was founded by researchers at University College London (UCL) in 2012. To be as close to research as possible we support university and society-based publishing. As well as operating our own highly cost effective press, we also provide access to the platform to give universities and societies the infrastructure and services they need to run their own presses, and allows societies to earn income from open access.
  • ULS E-Journal Publishing
    The University Library System (ULS) from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Vega
    A digital publishing platform being developed under the direction of West Virginia University for books, journals, projects, data sets, and other scholarly output. Vega is funded by the Mellon Foundation, designed and developed by Bengler under the direction of West Virginia University and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
  • Veruscript
    Open access journal platform

Dedicated ebook platforms


Platforms that are no longer around:

  • Annotum
    Annotum is a product of Solvitor with heavy lifting by Crowd Favorite, in collaboration with National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
  • DPubS v.2
    In July 2004, the Cornell University Library, in partnership with the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Press, initiated a project to develop an open-source electronic publishing platform designed to enable new models for scholarly communication and academic publishing.
  • jpch (later renamed mpach)
    Build by HathiTrust and the University of Michigan
  • Pronoun
    Pronoun is a New York-based company that provides free book publishing, marketing, and analytics services to authors. In May of 2016, the major publishing house Macmillan bought the firm. Closed November 2017.
  • Scolaris
    Semantico’s content platform (acquired by HighWire)


Info sources:

“Who owns Digital Science” – That is the Question…

Last week the Scholarly Kitchen featured a provocative article titled, “Who owns Digital Science?” posted by Roger Schonfeld, a regular chef on the Scholarly Kitchen and Director of the Library and Scholarly Communication Program for Ithaka S+R.

The post opens with a clarification from Roger who notes, “At the most basic level, the answer is entirely straightforward. Holtzbrinck owns Digital Science. This is not in dispute.” He continues to explain the only change related to this ownership in the past seven years: “Digital Science was part of the Nature Publishing Group prior to the latter’s merger with Springer.” It was during this time that “Digital Science was separated from Springer-Nature.”
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