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UK BMC launches formal portable peer review policy on BMC Biology - 18 Dec 2018

BMC, the first publisher to openly post named peer reviewer reports alongside articles, has announced the launch of a formal portable peer review policy on BMC Biology. The policy aims to speed up the peer review process and decrease waste in publishing.

'Portable peer review' is the idea that if a manuscript is rejected from a journal for reasons other than being scientifically unsound (for example, perhaps the subject matter does not fit the journal's remit) the peer review reports can be transferred elsewhere and re-used by others.

BMC Biology has for years supported portable peer review practices, and recently also joined the NPRC alliance, a consortium of more than 60 journals committed to improving peer review in neuroscience.

The new Transfers and Portable Reviews Policy can be found on the BMC Biology website.

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UK IOP Publishing and the Korean Society for Composite Materials partner to launch a new journal Functional Composites and Structures - 18 Dec 2018

IOP Publishing and the Korean Society for Composite Materials (KSCM) have announced a partnership to launch a new journal - Functional Composites and Structures (FCS).

Co-owned by KSCM and IOP Publishing, FCS will deal with materials with mechanical integrity, whose functional properties can be achieved, promoted, or synergistically improved by a combination of two or more components. Prof. Woong-Ryeol Yu from Seoul National University (Republic of Korea) will serve as the new journal's Editor-in-Chief.

FCS is now open for submissions.

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UK BMJ and ScienceOpen partner to promote open science - 18 Dec 2018

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced that its new open access journal, BMJ Open Science, has joined ScienceOpen to promote best practices in preclinical and basic biomedical research with an interactive featured collection on the platform.

To increase rigor, transparency and reproducibility in biomedical research, BMJ Open Science fosters a range of open science practices from open protocols and peer review practices to Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs). Within its discovery environment of over 49 million article records and active community of research collections, ScienceOpen can provide a broad and interactive context for discussions and experimentation with open science goals and strategies.

ScienceOpen and BMJ Open Science are both committed to open peer review. BMJ Open Science publishes all article pre-publication history, which includes all previous versions of the manuscript, the reviewers' comments, and the authors' responses to all the comments from reviewers and editors.

The ScienceOpen platform offers a full suite of tools to add an extra layer of open peer review to published content, keeping the conversation about the research evolving. To fully recognise the contribution of reviewers and ensure maximal discoverability for authors, ScienceOpen integrates seamlessly with Crossref and ORCID.

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Netherland IOS Press relaunches online open access forum - StemBook - 18 Dec 2018

STM publisher IOS Press has announced the relaunch and revitalisation of StemBook, an online open access forum and discussion platform for the stem cell research community. It features a collection of content covering a range of topics related to stem cell biology written by top researchers in the field. The stembook.org site is being refreshed with new content that will be expanded and updated regularly.

IOS Press acquired StemBook in 2017. The project was originally conceived and launched in 2008 by a distinguished Editorial Board under the guidance of founding editor Dr. Douglas A. Melton, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and other key innovators from the stem cell research community. It was developed in collaboration with several enterprises including the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Harvard's Initiative in Innovative Computing.

StemBook is designed to provide just-in-time information as well as a wealth of foundational knowledge to stem cell researchers and researchers in other specialties. Together with the newly launched StemJournal, it claims to be one of the core components of StemHub, a new portal currently under development by IOS Press.

StemBook Editor Dr. Chad A. Cowan, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and the Publisher are working closely together to expand the current Editorial Board, add new content and update previously published content to keep pace with developments in this fast-moving field.

With the launch of StemJournal, an open access forum for communicating outstanding research in stem cell biology, and the relaunch of StemBook, IOS Press has opened new, dynamic channels for scientific contributions from the many fields of research on stem cells. It also paves the way for developing a much larger hub.

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