STM newsletter - May 2017

Alastair Horne
Opinion - Academic Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Alastair Horne, in association with the London Book Fair, rounds up the news from the STM publishing world

xports dominate UK journal sales
The Publishers Association Publishing Yearbook for 2016 has reported that exports now account for 87% of turnover for UK journals, contributing £1,088 million to the publishing industry's overall export figures of £2.6 billion for 2016.

Peer review still a hot topic
A new report from BioMed Central and Digital Science, Peer Review 2030, explores how peer review might be improved, and offers seven key recommendations, including increasing diversity in the reviewer pool, improving recognition for review, experimenting with new review models, and investing in training programmes.

One such programme has just been launched by peer review platform Publons. Publons Academy is a free practical training course for early career researchers in the skills and competencies required for peer review. The supervised course spans 10 modules including Evaluating a Methodology and Ethical Considerations, and will incorporate writing post-publication reviews.

Publons has also announced the extension of its partnership with SAGE, after a successful trial. Reviewers on up to 500 additional journals will now be able to add a verified record of each of their reviews to their Publons profile as part of the platform's reviewer recognition service.

More Altmetric partnerships
Altmetric has announced a couple of new partnerships. A new pilot project with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will track and report the impact of more than 120,000 items from the OECD iLibrary, including articles, books, chapters, charts, papers, statistical datasets, and tables. The pilot will initially focus on internal analysis of usage through the Altmetric for Explorers platform, but it is hoped that Altmetric badges will later be deployed to allow visitors to the platform to see what attention an item has received.

Additionally, a partnership with Safari's online publishing platform PubFactory will make Altmetric badges and real-time analytics available immediately to any publishers hosting their content on the platform.

New initiatives for Springer
Springer Nature has launched two new initiatives to support the ORCID persistent digital identifier system. For a six-month trial period, ORCID iDs will be mandated across 46 Springer journals, including titles from Nature Research and BioMed Central; researchers' views will be evaluated at the end of the trial. Springer will also integrate ORCID iDs into its proceedings submission system OCS so that they can be included in the 1,200 proceedings papers it publishes annually.

Springer has also announced a collaboration with Italian academic platform Federica Weblearning to enable authors and lecturers to develop MOOCs with the Naples-based platform while creating textbooks with Springer.

Springer is working with Figshare to pilot the online digital repository's new data submission portal, enabling authors to share research outputs during the publishing process. The portal will support Springer's new Data Support Services, and will initially be rolled out to six BioMed Central journals, including Research Notes, Plant Biology, and Evolutionary Biology.

New partnerships and functionality from PLOS, Atypon, and INASP
PLOS has partnered with in a bid to address the challenges of reproducibility in science. Researchers will be encouraged to deposit their laboratory protocols with and link to the resulting DOI in the methods section of their articles, enabling peer reviewers to access this information during the review process. The protocols will become publicly available and citeable on publication.

Atypon, which recently announced that it has tripled in size over the past four years and now hosts over 40% of all scholarly journals, has added Chorus support to its Literatum Online publishing platform. Funders will now benefit from increased discoverability for articles resulting from the research they funded.

International development organisation INASP has announced a new partnership with RedLink to make the latter's Network credentials management and Dashboard usage tools available to its members, starting with the Zimbabwe University Librarians Consortium.


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