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ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2021 winners announced -

Mindscape Commons by Coherent Digital and PLOS Community Action Publishing by PLOS have been named the winners of the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2021. David Sommer, Chair of the judging panel, revealed both winners at the close of the ALPSP Annual Conference and Awards which took place virtually on September 17.

Applications for this year’s awards, sponsored by HighWire, were invited from any new development, product, service or project which was both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. All the finalists were asked to present their submissions to the judges in July, and then showcased their innovation to industry peers at the opening of the ALPSP Virtual Conference & Awards 2021.

What is it like to be bullied, suffer depression, or face racism? The unique Virtual Reality (VR) content in Mindscape Commons allows the next generation of counsellors, social workers, and psychologists to explore these experiences, build empathy, and develop critical clinical skills in a safe and repeatable setting. The first and largest collection of VR content for teaching and learning in mental health, and developed in partnership with faculty and students, it offers hundreds of interactive, short-form, 360° and 2D videos. In service to the community, Mindscape Commons also aggregates and preserves open access, research, and commercial VR content for free.

PLOS Community Action Publishing (CAP) is the first open access, collective action publishing model that aims to make highly selective publishing APC-free and financially sustainable. Through publicly disclosing and equitably distributing the total cost and margin for each journal community -- currently PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology, and PLOS Sustainability & Transformation -- PLOS aims to spread the cost of these highly selective journals amongst institutions to make them APC-free for authors. The aim is to disprove the theory that highly selective publishing can only be open access through sky-high APCs and to hopefully encourage other publishers to consider the model.

Click here to read the original press release.


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