STM Publishing Newsletter – November 2019

STM Publishing Newsletter – November 2019

Busy month for Wiley

Wiley is extending its Wiley Editing Services offering through a partnership with Editage. Seven new services focusing on article promotion are being added to its existing article preparation services. In a busy month, Wiley has also announced a new publishing partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, which will see the company assume responsibility for the society’s three journals, and opened a new technology centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Two new applications from Atypon

Atypon has launched two new applications. Collaborative authoring tool Manuscripts is a free web app enabling authors to write, edit, and annotate articles together in real time, alongside their code and experimental data. Additional features include compatibility with Microsoft Word, integration with the computational notebook application Jupyter, and more than a thousand built-in journal-specific article templates. The second tool, Scitrus, uses machine learning to generate a personalised feed for researchers of the most recent news, articles, and citations relevant to their work, curated from more than 30,00 online content sources.

New partnerships for HighWire

Scholarly publishing technology provider HighWire has announced two new partnerships. AI-powered academic search engine Semantic Scholar will be using its semantic tools and AI models to index the content and metadata from articles from HighWire’s publisher partners on its own website, increasing discoverability and traffic to publisher websites while also generating additional metadata for publishers’ use. Also, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has adopted the company’s Benchpress platform to manage its manuscripts submission and tracking processes.

New partnership and research project from Kudos

Research communications specialists Kudos have partnered with not-for-profit physical sciences publisher AIP Publishing to provide its editorial and marketing staff with intelligence about how their authors can best communicate their research. The company has also launched a new research project, Bridging the Divide, to explore the growing expectation that researchers will engage with audiences beyond academia; the motivations, expectations, and budgets of funders in this regard; and opportunities for publishers to develop new services and content offerings that might bridge the gap between those producing and using research.

More openness from IntechOpen

IntechOpen has joined Research4Life, the public-private partnership aiming to reduce the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world, moving more than 60,000 articles to the service over the next few months, where they will be globally available without restrictions. The publisher has also added a first batch of almost half its 4,300 titles to the Directory of Open Access Books.

ScienceOpen announces new partnerships, now includes books

Search and discovery platform ScienceOpen has partnered with the university presses of Liverpool and Vilnius to integrate collections in the humanities, social and life sciences into an interactive discovery environment including preprints, open and closed peer review, and community curation. The organisation has also announced that it now includes books and book chapters amongst its total of almost 60 million article records.

News in brief

Digital Science company FigShare has launched its annual report The State of Open Data 2019, recording the responses of more than 8,000 members of the research community. Findings included strong majorities for national mandates requiring making primary research openly available, funder mandates for data sharing, and penalties for researchers who didn’t comply.

PeerJ has published the first peer-reviewed articles in its five new Chemistry journals, PeerJ Physical Chemistry, PeerJ Organic Chemistry, PeerJ Inorganic Chemistry, PeerJ Analytical Chemistry, and PeerJ Materials Science.

The Institution of Engineering and technology (IET) has launched a new gold open access journal on quantum communication. IET Quantum Communication will bring together research from academia and industry.

SAGE has announced a new read-and-publish open access pilot programme with the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, beginning next year.

The Microbiology Society has agreed a two-year pilot transitional publish-and-read open access agreement with JISC.


Alastair Horne is a PhD student at the British Library and Bath Spa University.

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