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US Society for Scholarly Publishing to pilot new Mentorship Program - 02 May 2017

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will pilot a new Mentorship Program starting in June 2017. The SSP Career Development Committee is seeking up to 12 mentors and up to 12 mentees to participate in this new program and provide feedback.

This new program is ideal for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organisations by connecting with a mentor. The pilot will run from June through November 2017 and SSP is accepting applications through May 15.

This exciting new initiative aims to connect members of SSP for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.

Accepted applicants will be matched with a mentor/mentee by the Career Development Committee. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month for five months in-person, via telephone, or by other virtual means. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. Program participants must be SSP members and participation fees are waived for the pilot program. Participants are required to complete a series of feedback exercises to help improve and enhance the program for future cohorts.

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UK New BioMed Central and Digital Science report looks to the future of peer review - 02 May 2017

Open access publisher BioMed Central and Digital Science have announced a new report, according to which, in order to affect real, industry-wide improvements to the peer review process, publishers, researchers, funders and institutions need to be willing to experiment with different models, encourage more diversity in the reviewer pool, utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) and support training and mentoring for peer reviewers.

The report 'What might peer review look like in 2030?' examines how peer review can be improved for future generations of academics and offers key recommendations to the academic community. The report is based on the lively and progressive sessions at the SpotOn London conference held at Wellcome Collection Conference centre in November 2016.

It includes a collection of reflections on the history of peer review, current issues such as sustainability and ethics, while also casting a look into the future including advances such as preprint servers and AI applications. The contributions cover perspectives from the researcher, a librarian, publishers and others.

The new report puts forward BioMed Central's recommendations on how to build on recent advances and find feasible and innovative ways of improving peer review in a rapidly evolving academic landscape.

Recommendations include experiment with different and new models of peer review, particularly those that increase transparency; find and invent new ways of identifying, verifying and inviting peer reviewers, focusing on closely matching expertise with the research being reviewed to increase uptake. AI could be a valuable tool in this; work towards cross-publisher solutions that improve efficiency and benefit all stakeholders. Portable peer review has not taken off at any scale, but could make the publishing process more efficient for all involved; encourage more diversity in the reviewer pool (including early career researchers, researchers from different regions, and women). Publishers in particular could raise awareness and investigate new ways of sourcing female peer reviewers; invest in reviewer training programmes to make sure that the next generation of reviewers is equipped to provide valuable feedback within recognized guidelines; identify ways for funders, institutions and publishers to work together to recognize reviewers and acknowledge their work; and use technology to support and enhance the peer review process, including finding automated ways to identify inconsistencies that are difficult for reviewers to spot.

BioMed Central introduced open peer review in 1999, and continues to experiment with new models such as results-free peer review, exploring ways in which to improve the process of peer review, and in some cases, affect radical change to methods, processes and supporting systems.

The report can be found on Figshare.

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US ACS’ Publications Division forms C&EN BrandLab, a custom content studio to serve the marketing needs of chemical and pharmaceutical organisations - 02 May 2017

The American Chemical Society's (ACS') Publications Division has announced the establishment of C&EN BrandLab, a custom content-development studio to serve the marketing needs of chemical and pharmaceutical organisations. C&EN BrandLab, a new unit within the ACS' award-winning Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) Media Group, will build content marketing strategies in collaboration with clients designed to reach scientists, industry researchers and business executives through both innovative print advertising solutions and digital storytelling.

C&EN BrandLab is one of the first custom content-development studios in the scientific publishing marketplace to offer publisher expertise in content creation and distribution services. The goal is to produce engaging content that appeals to ACS Publications' audience of 26 million annual web visitors and 157,000 Society members, while simultaneously driving awareness for client advertisers and sponsors. Inaugural clients for the C&EN BrandLab's services include Agilent Technologies, Ashland, The Chemours Company, Shimadzu, ThermoFisher Scientific and Waters. C&EN's client-sponsored content has already made an impact: A September 2016 "Cannabis Chemistry" featured advertorial was widely read by C&EN's audience, and enrollment in an accompanying webinar was one of the media group's most successful to date.

C&EN is committed to scientific integrity and full transparency to its reader community with regard to its editorial and advertising content. Led by science journalist and editor Dr. Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, C&EN BrandLab is an internal autonomous unit staffed by an independent editorial team. Mukhopadhyay has vast experience in scientific storytelling, having previously held the roles of chief science correspondent and managing editor at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and having served as a freelance writer for the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry World. She joins a team of C&EN BrandLab staff dedicated to the studio's efforts, including writers, editors, account managers and marketing experts.

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UK Publons launches Publons Academy to help researchers master peer review and connect with editors at elite journals - 02 May 2017

Publons, the online network of peer reviewers, has launched the Publons Academy: a free, practical peer review training course to speed up scholarly communication and improve researcher development.

The Publons Academy is a comprehensive online course developed together with world renowned researchers, peer reviewers, journal editors and Nobel Laureates. It enables new academics to practice and master the core competencies and skills of peer review and connect with editors in their field.

The course is unique in its delivery of training and support. Participants learn the critical stages of peer review in ten modules and practice writing actual reviews of papers published in their field. Their chosen supervisor mentors them through the course and endorses their skills upon completion. Graduates then benefit from Publons extensive network of peer reviewers and editors at elite journals. Their peer review activity becomes visible on their Publons profile, and thousands of journal editors looking for reviewers are alerted to the new talent.

The Publons Academy innovatively tackles key problems in peer review through its multifaceted offering. The course teaches the next generation of experts to guard research against dubious data and false findings; connects them with journal editors to demonstrate their subject-matter expertise; and helps them reap the benefits of peer review to advance their career. Simultaneously, the Academy builds a larger, better educated pool of active reviewers whom editors can find, screen, contact, endorse and motivate using various features available on the Publons platform. This enhanced connection and communication between reviewer and editor is desperately needed to speed up scholarly communication and improve researcher development.

Higher Education Institutions can also benefit from a partner version of the Publons Academy. The course can be seamlessly incorporated into their researcher development plans, filling a longstanding gap in researcher support and training programs. The University of Glasgow, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia, are proud to be amongst the first institutions to roll out the Academy to all their researchers.

The Publons Academy comes recommended by Sense About Science, and close to 1,000 academics have already pre-enrolled to start the course. Participants include university professors to cardiologists starting out their career, and will be connected with editors from over 1250 journals formally integrated with Publons from publishers including - Wiley, Sage, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press and more.

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UAE Knowledge E appoints Ali El-Sabban as Business Development Manager - 02 May 2017

Information resources and software solutions provider Knowledge E has announced the appointment of Ali El-Sabban as its new Business Development Manager. Ali has been brought on board to continue driving Knowledge E's growth in the Governmental, Institutional and Educational sectors.

In his new position, Ali will be responsible for developing go-to-markets and sales strategies, creating new business opportunities and providing greater support for the existing clients in the GCC. His appointment will further strengthen the sales team ensuring ongoing support for the company's partners. Ali's wide ranging experience across international markets will be instrumental in realising plans to extend their territorial footprint.

Ali brings over 12 years' sales and marketing experience and over 8 years' in the higher education sector to Knowledge E. Ali has joined from Mohamed bin Rashid Foundation where he worked as Business Development Manager and was responsible for setting the product and sales strategy in the GCC.

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