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Netherland Association of Arab Universities and Elsevier in deal to host Arab journals on Digital Commons - 14 Mar 2019

The Association of Arab Universities and Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, have reached an agreement to co-create the Arab Journals Platform, an open electronic network of scholarly journals that will help raise awareness of leading research carried out in the Arab world.

The new network will launch in 2019 and will be hosted, managed and published on Digital Commons, Elsevier's professional grade open publishing platform. The new network will connect Arab research to all parts of the world through an optimised solution that facilitates discovery of journals on search engines and inclusion in the academic search engine Google Scholar. Digital Commons is engineered for discovery, allowing researchers and scholars to connect with a global audience of peers. An open access approach allows for research and scholarship to pass freely into the hands of those who can do great things with such knowledge.

The Arab Journals Platform is set to launch with 100 journals in its initial phase, with a goal of increasing to 1,000 journals. The network is open to members of the Association of Arab Universities and non-members within the League of Arab States. Institutions wishing to submit journals to be considered for inclusion in the Arab Journals Platform are invited to send queries to journals@aaru.edu.jo.

The Arab Journals Platform will aim to build a unified network approved by the Association of Arab Universities and its members, which aims to represent a single voice of academic research in the Arab world; make full-text articles in scholarly journals published by Arab universities openly accessible so they are more visible, more influential and more global; and to provide technical support to Arab editors to help their journals fulfill many of the qualitative standard requirements of databases such as Scopus, the largest abstract and indexing database of peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings, and increase the chances for journals to be accepted for indexing.

As part of the agreement, Elsevier will support the Arab Journal Platform by providing publishing expertise, technical support and editor training.

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UK Emerald acquires digital learning and performance support company, Mind Tools - 14 Mar 2019

Emerald Group, the global provider of research and learning resources, has announced the successful acquisition of Mind Tools, the digital learning and performance support company.

Emerald is uniquely placed amongst its competitors, with a strong position in both the academic research market and learning and performance development in the corporate and public space. The Group’s shared ambition is to unlock the talent and potential in people to help make decisions that lead to real change and positively impact performance. This acquisition responds to a growing need for tools that help today’s worker learn quickly, adapt to diverse situations and maintain a high level of performance. Thousands of corporate and individual learners in over 180 countries currently subscribe to Mind Tools resources, which help to build their management, leadership and personal effectiveness skills.

Mind Tools CEO, Ollie Craddock, will now join Peter and fellow Board members.

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UK Hindawi and Publons partner to improve peer review process - 14 Mar 2019

Open access publisher Hindawi and Publons, a peer review platform and part of the Web of Science Group, have announced a new partnership to improve peer review processes.

Hindawi has integrated the new reviewer search service, Publons Reviewer Connect, with their peer review management systems, including review.hindawi.com, their recently launched open source peer review system. The integration will provide Hindawi’s academic editors with the cross-publisher peer review and editorial history of more than 500,000 Publons’ strong reviewer community. Reviewer Connect will be implemented this month across Hindawi’s 231 peer-reviewed journals to support editors with accurate peer review suggestions.

Hindawi also plans to improve review speed and reduce reviewer workloads by integrating Publons’ Reviewer Availability feature, identifying availability constraints at the time of invitation. Hindawi will work to bring about industry-wide improvements in review efficiency by providing availability data to Publons, where reviewers’ privacy choices permit.

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UK eLife in collaboration with Coko launches first release of Libero Reviewer - 14 Mar 2019

eLife, in collaboration with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko), has launched the first release of Libero Reviewer, an open-source application that will support the organisation’s unique editorial process from submission to acceptance.

The first release takes the form of a wizard that guides an author through submitting their work for initial assessment by eLife’s board of Senior Editors and integrates with the journal’s existing peer-review software, eJournalPress (eJPress). It follows the same mobile-first mentality that was incorporated into the design of eLife’s publishing platform Libero Publisher, making it easier to navigate the system while on the move.

The work follows the announcement from eLife and Coko in 2017 that they joined forces to build a user-driven, open-source solution for the submission and peer review of manuscripts, as part of a complete end-to-end workflow for publishing. The partnership formed after Coko’s work with University of California Press and soon led to a community, with organisations such as Hindawi Limited and Europe PMC committing their efforts to the project. The group works towards the common goal of improving how new research is captured and communicated.

eLife’s initial submission wizard now provides a user experience for scientists that is both intuitive and efficient. The application makes use of eLife’s open-source extraction tool ScienceBeam to lift the title directly from the uploaded manuscript file. Automated data extraction will be incorporated further into the full workflow, saving as much time for scientists as possible.

Each component is designed and coded with reusability in mind, meaning that everything eLife creates can theoretically be taken by any other organisation, either ‘out of the box’ or adapted to meet their individual requirements.

Design work has already begun on the remainder of the editorial process, with additional releases planned for the next several months.

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UK King’s College London to use Altmetric Explorer for Institutions in REF2021 preparations - 14 Mar 2019

Data science company Altmetric has announced that King’s College London will use Altmetric Explorer for Institutions to help prepare the REF2021 submission. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in higher education institutions.

Altmetric provides evidence of the attention research has received and offers a potential early indication of impact. Using the intuitive Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform, King’s will be able to monitor the online activity surrounding the academic research published by their institution and peer institutions, which can help them in their REF submission. By offering a comprehensive overview and links to where King’s research has been referenced in policy documents, patents and online media, Altmetric’s insights will help inform the compilation of new and potentially continued impact case studies.

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