STM Newsletter - June 2017

Alastair Horne
Opinion - Academic Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Alastair Horne, in association with the London Book Fair, reports on Digital Science in Russia, Susie Winter's move to Springer, and other news from the STM world


Digital Science announces new Russia office and partnerships for portfolio companies
Digital Science has opened a new subsidiary company in Moscow. Digital Science & Research LLC is led by ceo Dr Igor Osipov, who will be responsible for driving growth not only in Russia but also in neighbouring countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Osipov, who has nearly 20 years of industry experience and spent more than 10 years in the Alaskan, Canadian and Russian Arctic as a student and researcher, has also been appointed vp, academic and government for parent company Digital Science.

Digital Science portfolio companies have made several announcements. ReadCube has partnered with the American Diabetes Association to deep-index 37,000 articles published across the organisation's four journals and make them available in ReadCube's Enhanced PDF format. Figshare is working with ORCID to make all the latter's publicly available materials accessible through a customised portal and viewable within the browser, using Figshare's viewer technology. All files uploaded will also be issued with a DOI. And Overleaf has announced a new partnership with Wiley to allow the publisher's authors to write, edit, and collaborate on their research online, using the publisher's authoring templates, before submitting it to one of more than 80 of its journals. Wiley has also confirmed that ceo and president Mark Allin has resigned with immediate effect for family reasons, after two years in the role, and more than 16 years at the company; Matthew Kissner, chairman of the board, will serve as interim ceo during the search for Allin's successor.

Winter is coming to Springer
It's been a busy month for Springer Nature. Susie Winter, currently director of policy and communications at the Publishers Association, has been hired as the company's new director of communications and engagement, responsible both for internal communication and for developing engagement plans positioning the publisher within the research community. Springer Nature has also announced an agreement with the ISSN International Centre to establish a centralised process for assigning ISSNs to its serial publications, standardising and automating the requesting of unique identifiers. And in France, Springer has signed a deal with ABES, the French Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education, to provide access to more than 33,000 ebook titles published before 2014 in subjects including Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. The deal is funded by the French government's ISTEX initiative, which aims to provide online access to retrospective collections of scientific literature for the country's entire higher education and research community.

Start-ups acquired
Two innovative start-ups have been bought by more established firms. Taylor & Francis has snapped up colwiz, provider of interactive digital collaboration and reference management services for researchers. The colwiz team will now be working on wisdom.ai, a proprietary research knowledge graph that uses artificial intelligence and big data to generate continuously updated analytics on scientific developments. Meanwhile, peer review platform Publons, used by eight of the top 10 publishers and over 150,000 reviewers, has been acquired by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, as part of what ceo Jay Nadler described as the company's "commitment to create the definitive set of objective, publisher-independent tools for researchers, publishers, research funders and institutions".

ALPSP to offer sales services once more
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced that it will once more be offering sales services to members. A new collaboration with sales and marketing service Accucoms will give many members access to the company's Aggregagent service and see the relaunch of the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (ALJC), which makes member journals available for purchase by libraries in a series of collections. The organisation had been looking for a new partner for this service since the closure of Swets Information Services in 2014.

IOP pilots Remarq
IOP Publishing has announced that it will pilot Remarq, Redlink's new editorial engagement and researcher collaboration tool, across several of its journals, including Biofabrication, the Journal of Optics, Nanotechnology, and the New Journal of Physics. Remarq adds annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration functionality to the publisher's own website, enabling authors, editors, and users to engage with the version of record.

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