PS.1. Innovations in journal publishing

Saturday 9 June: 10:30 – 12:30
Parallel Session 1
Main auditorium, Ground floor

Innovations in journal publishing
Moderator: Clarinda Cerejo, Editage, India


  • Publisher-led innovations to meet author needs and increase public engagement with science (Clarinda Cerejo, Editage, India)
  • Empowering researchers to improve how science is reviewed, published and disseminated (Elisabeth Bowley, Frontiers, Switzerland)
  • Kudos tools and metrics to accelerate research impact (Mark Hester, Kudos, UK)
  • Next-generation science needs next-generation publishing workflows and services (Lyubomir Penev, Pensoft & ARPHA Publishing Platform , Bulgaria)

Publisher-led innovations to meet author needs and increase public engagement with science
Clarinda Cerejo, Editage, India

Over the last decade, the publication industry has witnessed more innovations than ever before, as a result of increasing competition, submissions from newer markets with distinct author needs, and the global movement towards public engagement with science. Publishers are expected to be all-encompassing in their initiatives to bring about change—from making their workflows more author-friendly to demonstrating the real-world impact of their publications.

Journals and publishers are now seeking to understand author needs better in order to nurture their author community at every stage of their publication journey. Simultaneously, in an effort to reach wider audiences and engage the pub lic at large, publishers are experimenting with research dissemination in new formats that are widely consumed, such as videos, infographics, and plain-language summaries. By highlighting relevant findings of a large global survey that reflects the self-reported publication challenges of about 9000 researchers, this session will set the context for the kind of author needs publishers need to respond to. This session will also share case studies and examples of successful publisher experiments with research dissemination in new formats.

Empowering researchers to improve how science is reviewed, published and disseminated
Elisabeth Bowley, Frontiers Life Sciences, Switzerland

When Frontiers launched in 2007, we made the bold decision to build all our services in house – our open science platform has now been adopted by over 285,000 authors and 70,000 editors. Our mission to empower researchers to improve the evaluation and dissemination of science requires an innovative spirit. Behind the scenes, automated workflows can support the community to ensure rigorous, fast, efficient peer review in a sustainable manner; meeting the increasing demands of an exponentially growing industry.

This presentation will highlight journal workflows and community interactions through Frontier’s innovative collaborative review forum. This service to authors really enables them to discuss feedback on their manuscript directly with the people who made the comments. Other key innovative author services include article level metrics and real time global readership distribution – authors can directly follow the impact and reach of their research.

Kudos tools and metrics to accelerate research impact
Mark Hester, Kudos, UK

Amid proliferating dissemination channels and an ever-growing body of scholarly content online, being published is no longer enough. Authors and publishers alike must compete for attention. Kudos’ mission is to empower authors to communicate their work more effectively to accelerate its positive impact in the world: plain language summaries to open up research to new audiences, tracking of the most effective channels for dissemination, metrics to evaluate results and identify best practice. This presentation will take us through the author and publisher work flow and dashboards, giving examples and statistics of the most effective author activity. It will include the latest on Kudos’ Shareable pdf pilot, a copyright-compliant solution for sharing content, and explain how publishers can support and enhance their authors’ work with long term benefits to portfolio performance.

Next-generation science needs next-generation publishing workflows and services
Lyubomir Penev, Pensoft & ARPHA, Bulgaria

There are three key challenges to be addressed by journal publishers nowadays: (1) increasing machine-readability and semantic enrichment of the published content to allow text and data mining, aggregation and re-use; (2) adopting open science publishing principles to expand to publication of all research objects through the research cycle and (3) facilitating all of this to authors, reviewers and editors through novel and user-friendly technological solutions. To answer these needs scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft has developed the ARPHA Publishing Platform. Standing for Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting and Archiving, all in one place, ARPHA’s XML-based workflow was specifically set up to create a collaborative working space for all participants in the publishing process – authors, reviewers, editors, publishers and data aggregators.

The flagship journals published through the ARPHA-XML workflow are the innovative Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) and the SPARC Innovator Award Winner for 2016 – Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), among others. In the context of these projects, ARPHA & Pensoft have been actively working towards providing a rather unique set automated workflows that allow for perks such as direct import of data into a structured article format, semantic tagging and enrichment of content and easy integration with industry’s leading services, among others.