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MENA barriers to open access publishing

Academic publishing is undergoing dramatic changes, with growing support for open access and increased desire for online learning and e-resources pushing a complete rebuilding of publisher revenue models. Covid-19, by emphasizing the critical relevance of online access to research, has likely accelerated the movement toward a greater digital focus in… Read More

Staying open to open science needs

One of the challenges inherent in developing a content hosting platform is also one of the challenges that open science frequently finds itself faced with: there is no one-size-fits-all. As a platform provider, strive to design and deliver technology that meets and exceeds industry standards, offering publishers the benefits of… Read More

How Do We Address Information Overload in the Scholarly Literature?

Information overload is a common problem. It is not a problem of the Internet age, and it is not specific to scholarly literature, but the growth of preprints in the last five years presents us with a proximal example of the challenge. Preprints are the most visible implementation of the… Read More

Why Are Citations Not Part of Discussions on Open Knowledge?

Despite being so crucial, citations – the pieces of metadata that serve as references to works – are often ignored in discussions of types of open knowledge. In recent years, there has been a push to openly license citation metadata to better enable large-scale analyses and discoverability of scholarly work.… Read More

Language as a barrier to publishing?

Many researchers, especially those who speak English as a second language, struggle with writing papers. The area of natural language processing (NLP), a strand of artificial intelligence (AI), can help to tackle this issue. It offers a range of tech initiatives that facilitate the understanding, writing, and proofreading of scientific… Read More

Peer Review in Scholarly Publications – Opportunities and Challenges

Peer review is as an essential component of the publication process since it provides a seal of approval on which academics can establish their reputations. The process has become the cornerstone of the scholarly publishing system as it reveals an author’s work for evaluation by other specialists in the field.… Read More

Scientific publishers expedite name changes for authors

In an effort to expand inclusivity for transgender researchers, some scientific publishers and societies worldwide have adopted policies that allow rapid and discreet author name changes to be made on digital editions of published works. These include research articles, conference papers, books and book chapters. Some publishers are also extending… Read More

Transformational OA agreements: help or hindrance?

Covid-19 has been something of a double-edged sword for open access (OA). While the pandemic has highlighted the importance of all things open, its relentless virus continues to swallow up more and more of the community's scholarly budgets, making affordable routes to paying for OA as important as ever. Liam… Read More

Emerging content formats in scholarly publishing

Advancements in digital technologies have played a vital role in modernising the entire scholarly publication process, writes Prabhakar Bisen. The future belongs to alternative content formats such as videos, podcasts, posters, infographics, and plain-language summaries. The majority of users today use smartphones and tablets to access and search for information.… Read More

The authorship rows that sour scientific collaborations

Most in the scientific community have heard stories, often involving junior researchers who have given their all in collaborations only to then feel unfairly relegated down the author lists of resulting publications. Sometimes they do not make the list at all, becoming no more than 'ghost authors'. Nature spoke to… Read More

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