Impelsys Inc., a market pioneer in digital publishing, education technology and healthcare solutions has today announced a collaborative partnership with Digital Science, a leader in scholarly technology. The partnership will include the integration of Altmetric badges, Dimensions badges and the Figshare Viewer with the latest version of its flagship journal distribution platform, iPC Scholar 2.0.

A valuable addition to the measurement of research dissemination and influence, the Altmetric and Dimensions badges will be an embed option for publishers who host their journals on the iPC Scholar 2.0 platform. The badges will provide authors and visitors with an at-a-glance summary of online engagement and scholarly citations for individual articles. Users will be able to click on the badges to view further detail about the attention a publication has received – including where it has been referenced in the news, policy documents, patent records, and on social media.

The alliance will also see iPC Scholar 2.0 offer the Figshare Viewer to its customers, enabling journals to help researchers to preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images and videos. Figshare is a cloud-based platform that makes it easy to upload supplementary data and helps researchers to get credit for all of their work, not just the resulting publication. 

Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO at Impelsys, said: “The scholarly landscape is becoming increasingly open and connected. We are committed to ensuring that our publishers can benefit from this evolving ecosystem. We are delighted to partner with Digital Science, which allows us to extend their powerful technologies and services to publishers hosted on our iPC Scholar platform.”

Adrian Stanley, Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science, commented: “We are really pleased that Impelsys now allows for the easy implementation of these market-leading Digital Science services. All of these tools support scholars in making their research more open and discoverable, whilst ensuring they are able to better track and showcase the influence of their work. We look forward to seeing these integrations benefit users in the global markets that Impelsys serves.”

Impelsys announced the release of version 2.0 of its flagship platform, iPC Scholar at the Frankfurt Book Fair earlier today. Some of the key showcased features include a modernized UI offering an intuitive and holistic user experience, support for learning workflows, JATS support on both online and offline journal readers and integration with smart tools from Digital Science among other features designed to address unique business challenges encountered by new-age publishers.

About Impelsys

Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a purpose-driven business committed to its vision of making the world a better place by helping spread knowledge through technology. Impelsys today is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com | www.ipublishcentral.com

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company working to make research more efficient. We invest in, nurture and support innovative businesses and technologies that make all parts of the research process more open and effective. Our portfolio includes brands including Altmetric, Anywhere Access, Dimensions, Figshare, ReadCube, Symplectic, IFI Claims, GRID, Overleaf, CC Technology, Gigantum, Ripeta and Writefull. We believe that together, we can help researchers make a difference. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

About Dimensions

Dimensions is a modern, innovative, linked research knowledge system that re-imagines discovery and access to research. Developed by Digital Science in collaboration with over 100 leading research organizations around the world, Dimensions brings together grants, publications, citations, alternative metrics, clinical trials and patents to deliver a platform that enables users to find and access the most relevant information faster, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research, and gather insights to inform future strategy. Visit Dimensions’ website at https://dimensions.ai and find us on Twitter @DSDimensions.

About Figshare

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. Figshare’s aim is to become the place where all academics make their research openly available. It provides a secure cloud based storage space for research outputs and encourages its users to manage their research in a more organized manner, so that it can be easily made open to comply with funder mandates. Openly available research outputs will mean that academia can truly reproduce and build on top of the research of others. Visit www.figshare.com

About Altmetric

Altmetric’s mission is to track and analyze the online activity around scholarly literature. We collate what people are saying about published research outputs in scholarly and non-scholarly forums like the mainstream media, policy documents, social networks, and blogs to provide a more robust picture of the influence and reach of scholarly work. Altmetric works with some of the biggest publishers, funders, and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format. Altmetric is supported by Digital Science. Find out more at altmetric.com and follow us on Twitter @altmetric.

Impelsys Inc., a market leader in digital publishing and education technology solutions across diverse industries including healthcare, engineering, and finance, announced its partnership with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. With this partnership, ASABE will migrate its technical library platform that hosts its internationally recognized scientific and research publications and standards to iPC Scholar, Impelsys’ flagship content and learning delivery platform. The new system is scheduled to debut in April 2020.

Established in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE has members in over 100 countries. ASABE’s goal is to advance the application of agricultural and biological sciences to develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources for an ever-increasing world population. ASABE provides a forum for communication of research findings through conferences, scientific journals, and magazines.

iPC Scholar, a cloud-hosted, content-agnostic platform, will allow ASABE to provide a unified customer experience across different types and formats of publications including ebooks, journals, magazines, meeting papers, conference proceedings, textbooks, and teaching materials and monographs, all within a white-labeled ecosystem of web portals and mobile apps. ASABE can also derive extensive insights on consumer journeys across these asset classes through comprehensive reports and actionable analytics generated by the powerful analytics engine of iPC Scholar.

“We are delighted to partner with ASABE on this platform upgrade,” said Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys. “While information is important for today’s consumers, the manner in which it is delivered and the overall experience are becoming ever more critical. We hope our technology will help ASABE serve humanity by advancing engineering applicable to food and agriculture.”

“ASABE strives to widely disseminate engineering and technological solutions toward creating a sustainable world with abundant food, water, and energy, and a healthy environment,” said Darrin Drollinger, Executive Director of ASABE. “Through this partnership with Impelsys, we will be able to advance those efforts significantly.”

About ASABE

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. ASABE membership is open to all, engineers as well as non-engineers, who are interested in engineering and technology for agricultural, food, and biological systems. For further information, contact ASABE headquarters at 269-429-0300, email hq@asabe.org, or visit www.asabe.org.

About Impelsys

Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers, and enterprises, including content management and learning delivery on its flagship platform iPublishCentral, the world’s most comprehensive read-to-learn solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across the digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from ebooks to simulations to online courseware. To learn more, email corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com or www.ipublishcentral.com

For over 3 centuries traditional subscription based publishing has been the predominant mode of dissemination of scientific information. However, in the last two decades, with the overwhelming spread of information over the internet, the traditional publishing model has been getting disrupted by models in the open access band. Open Access is a means which enables research output to be distributed in digital form free of cost, there are many forms of open access, usually denoted by color bands, and each of them have varying degree of free access. The open access movement in last two decades has gained strength, in 2016 the worldwide share of subscription only journals was less than 40%, the majority of the journals published, ~45% of them work in hybrid model – journals that are usually subscription based but also publish open access articles under certain conditions.

Plan S

A recent development in the scientific publishing industry is the Plan S of Europe. Launched in September 2018, Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing, if passed into a regulation the plan will require all scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants to be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. The plan also restricts researchers from publishing in hybrid journals, unless they are under a transformative agreement which states that the journal will go full open access within a time frame. Plan S states that Open Access is Foundational to the Scientific Enterprise, its preamble document says ‘no science should be locked behind paywalls!’.

Note: Green open access is permitted under Plan S. Green open access is a provision wherein the manuscript of the article or the published paper, published in any kind of journals is deposited in an approved open access repository, free for download and reuse under a CC-BY licence

Plan S is a powerful declaration, it’s supported by the European Commission, major national research funding agencies across Europe and publishers as well. Guided by ten principles, If the idea sees the light of the day it will have repercussions in scientific publications in Europe, and later around the world. Access to public funded scientific research literature will be free, and as per the plan free for translation and reuse as well.

Criticism

Despite the noble intent the proposal has not been received well by all in the scientific community. Opposition to the proposal has two facets to it:

  1. Albeit having achieved significant success in its movement, open access has faced criticism concerning the peer review system, which is at the core of scientific publishing. The argument is that the pay and publish system in open access leads to inadequacies in the funding necessary for a powerful peer review system and editing of published articles, hence producing low quality output.                                                                                               
  2. Scientists are rewarded on how much they publish and where they publish, traditional subscription based journals, owing to their legacy, wider reach and a strong peer review system hold higher significance within the community. And hybrid journals, which are basically subscription journals occasionally publishing open access, provide them with the juncture of both worlds. Hence the major concern of the critics of Plan S is that barring hybrid journals, along with pure subscription journals would leave researchers with no choice as it would mean almost 85% of leading journals would be rendered non-compliant.

More than 600 researchers, including two Nobel laureates, published an open letter calling the plan ‘too risky for science’, ‘unfair’, and ‘a serious violation of academic freedom’ for the scientists affected. Letter coordinator Lynn Kamerlin, a biochemist at Uppsala University in Sweden spoke to Nature about her problems with the plan. She says she firmly believe in promoting open science, but not in the way Plan S is doing it. Her concern is that Plan S could restrict its researchers from publishing in more than 80% of journals — many of them the most well-known and influential in her field.

Recommendations

Institute of Physics, the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, says that it’s a strong supporter of open science and open access to scientific research. While acknowledging its support for Plan S, IOP also realises that not everyone in the research community is willing to and able to make such a radical transition in such a short period of time. They have come up with key recommendations to cOAlition S for open access transition, they are

  • Extend the timeline beyond 2021
  • Let more funders and more countries endorse open access and a natural transition will occur
  • Support hybrid open access until a natural tipping point is reached
  • Support high-quality peer review
  • Recognise the dependence of green open access on subscription publishing
  • Address the issue of new funding flows under a complete transition to open access

Need for open access

Subscription based publishing has almost been a monopoly in the hands of few large publication houses. The cost of subscription has been on the rise since last 30 years and it’s rising way faster than inflation and prices of other commodities. The rising costs have had consequences, not just for financially weak institutions, even the likes of Harvard can’t afford them, in 2012 A memo from Harvard Library said that they could no longer afford the price hikes imposed by many large journal publishers, which billed the library around $3.5m a year. Harvard encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls.

Access of research literature is crucial for developing nations, it plays a significant role in technological innovation and various governmental research, the rising costs have had drastic implications to researchers in low income countries. Placing the public funded research literature behind high paywalls is not sustainable for the global scientific advancement. Open access extends the bridge of opportunities towards moderately and poorly funded institutions and developing countries, it levels the playing field for everybody. Plan S of Europe is a necessary initiative in this direction, it will be a landmark victory for the open access movement and their supporters. However, at its current form and enthusiasm, the plan may not be practically implementable for the majority of researchers and publishers, the right solution would require a little restraint in the enthusiasm and an openness to recommendations, like the ones made by the Institute of Physics.

It’s been a year since Europe’s GDPR came into force now. Since most of the businesses now have consumer data at the heart of their operations the GDPR was a big shake-up for businesses who had relations with European consumers. GDPR brought about a new kind of awareness and education among consumers about the value and consequences of their personal data. The regulation which was launched with a lot of skepticism about its reach and effect has now brought about significant changes in organizations’ handling of data and has empowered users to retain their rights around personal data.

As it relies heavily on consumer data, GDPR also brought about some overhaul within the publishing industry. Organizations were required to reorganize their data and be compliant with the regulation, data officers were appointed and data strategies were aligned to the new regulation. One year has passed and the industry is getting used to the new environment and there is a consensus that the new regulation can be leveraged for creative utilization of data and better customer relationships built on trust and transparency. Organizations that regard the regulations more than just a legal issue and take it as an opportunity to recognize the value of people’s information they possess are now better positioned to take advantage of GDPR and stay aligned to it. They ought to give their data the due importance it deserves and manage and utilize it in creative and sensible manner, to enhance their product offerings and relationships with their consumers.

GDPR brought into global attention the importance of data privacy in 2018 but the issue of privacy has been debated for many years after great amount of consumer information started flowing into the web. Countries like Singapore (Personal Data Protection Act 2012), Turkey (Data Protection Law), and China (Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China), had their data privacy laws in effect even before the Europe’s GDPR. However, GDPR brought about new awareness on data regulations and various state laws to enact them, it has spawned several other data regulations around the world since then. The Dutch Data Protection Authority released its GDPR fining policy, being the first country to do so. France’s CNIL established a network of data protection officers to help provide advice for brands, the agency in January fined Google nearly $57 million for breach of European Union data law. California Consumer Privacy Act was made into law one month after the GDPR and many other US states are mulling their own versions of data protection laws.

For associations and societies the new regulations are inspiring them to radically rethink how they manage their information and how they use that information to engage with customers. Some associations might have limited exposure to GDPR because of their small European presence, however, considering the growing awareness regarding privacy and governments across the world acknowledging its significance, they can still take the opportunity and use the regulation as a general template for their data privacy efforts. Vendors provide most of the software to associations and societies, and in most cases it’s vendors who manage the data, while the onus of compliance is on the organization itself. Vendors should be responsible for structuring the data management so that it’s aligned to the regulation, the tools should be streamlined and minimum disruption in services should be ensured. New kind of data processing clauses should be introduced to the vendor-client agreement to ensure initiation and continuity of legally compliant services.

In this exciting era of awareness around data rights where regulations are coming up across the globe, it’s time for organizations to take the opportunity to initiate a new kind of relationships with customers. Along with business success they should also utilize the data on building relationships which are based on trust and transparency, they should improve communication with their users and protect their data. GDPR was an awakening for the world. While their is an enormous amount of data accumulating every day and so much of information about each individual, stringent data protection regulations will become the norm as data has become a valuable personal asset which is lent to use within legal boundaries.

AI uses computer algorithms to replicate the human ability to learn and make predictions. Masayoshi Son, the founder of tech giant SoftBank and the richest man in Japan, says he is devoting 97% of his “time and brain” to the scientific field of artificial intelligence. It may seem the companies he’s investing in operate in disparate industries like agriculture, transport, satellites, payments, computer chips, and ecommerce, but one common theme among all of them is artificial intelligence.

Academic publishing is right now poised to substantially leverage technologies led by artificial intelligence. With all the possible applications of AI the industry is heavily invested in R&D in finding out how publishers can improve what they do and how they get it to customers. As data is at the heart of publishing most of the scientific publishers are turning into data driven companies, Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific and medical information is transforming itself into a tech company, achieved by building advanced analytics systems, utilizing big data and machine learning on top of the huge amount of data collated and published by the company in its 140-year history.

Artificial intelligence based applications are being developed to assist authors and publishers, AI applications, with minimal human intervention can be used in tasks like text analysis, detecting plagiarism on new manuscripts, detecting false statistical results, finding new peer reviewers, content search, semantic search etc. AI can bring efficiency in the processes by reducing human intervention which also leads to reduced human bias. Further, the possibility in future of the entire process of peer review being automated without any need for human interaction can’t be ruled out entirely, or may be humans can’t be entirely replaced by machines for peer reviewing but AI could speed up the process, that’s a question for now.

With rising momentum in the open access movement one stinging issue in traditional publishing industry has been the allegation of keeping high profit margins. It’s not to be forgotten that profits are also made in other spheres of scientific research which might not be as visible, and the said profit provides publishers with the means to invest in new products, services and tools for the benefit of the research community.

In traditional publishing processing the articles, producing journals and the overall survival of the organization needs monetary profit. Despite the zeal manifested in open access, traditional publishing will continue to offer value and prestige to researchers and scientists who need to publish. Traditional publishing offers high grade editorial services and the competitive environment in it calls for higher quality and rigorous reviewing of the published paper.

While larger organizations may be investing their money in innovations that only their size can sustain financially, smaller publishers can opt the digital way to minimize the cost of production and delivery. Powered by digital technologies online publishing helps publishers by eliminating the costs associated with producing and distributing a printed journal. Integration of AI into the online publishing platforms creates a highly advanced and streamlined publishing environment with least human interaction required.

Publishers can leverage digital publishing platforms like iPC Scholar which provide swift and economical publishing while offering more value in terms of services. iPC Scholar allows digital publishing of content in various forms like journals, ebooks, videos and even learning courses. It allows publishers to diversify their content offering, adding to sources of revenue. Actionable analytics provided in the platform give great insights on current business and product performances which can be leveraged to offer tailored services to targeted consumers.

Having faced many challenges in the recent years academic publishing now needs to come of age, driven by data and intelligence the industry can fuel its own growth and reformation led  by technologies like artificial intelligence. What we are seeing today is just the beginning, AI is a new born baby (just learning to debate us humans), which in theory will grow up to become artificial superintelligence or technological singularity, of which the limits are hard to predict. This explosion of intelligence is a long way, but meanwhile the growth in AI will have steadily growing influence in every aspect of our lives, and all the industries. Academic publishing, the industry responsible for communication of global scientific developments, including AI itself, will be at the centre of this development.

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Impelsys Inc., a leading technology company providing digital products and services to publishers, education providers and enterprises worldwide, announces its support to AAP 2019 PSP Annual Conference as a Platinum Sponsor. The PSP Annual Conference is Association of American Publishers’ premier forum on copyright, law, policy, and business practices that affect professional and scholarly publishers in the United States.

Through the Platinum sponsorship Impelsys endorses the PSP conference’s goal of being a premier platform for exchange of knowledge and information in the world of scholarly publishing. Being an active provider of technology solutions, digital platforms and services to the scholarly publishing industry, Impelsys is now positioned as a key player and an advocate of technology led developments in the industry.

Impelsys through its flagship, multi-content delivery platform, iPC Scholar is driving powerful digital strategies for some of the most renowned academic and scholarly publishers, helping them in their knowledge management efforts. The platform supports Journals, eBooks, Courses, Videos, and other file formats, making it easier for publishers to manage their products in one single platform while supporting multiple business models and getting deep business analytics.

Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO, Impelsys Inc. conveyed, “We have had the opportunity, for over a decade or more to play a major role in advancement of  scientific publishing by leveraging technology. We have developed some pioneering products for publishers and we would like to continue to innovate and support the industry as the business landscape changes. PSP conference is an important event for the industry, and through this sponsorship we would like extend our support to the community.

About Impelsys

Impelsys Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution.

Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com  or visit www.impelsys.com.

About Association of American Publishers (AAP)

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy, advocating for outcomes that incentivize the publication of creative expression, professional content, and learning solutions. As the voice of American publishers, AAP is dedicated to representing American publishing priorities worldwide and advancing the role of publishers in contemporary society.

Publishing Trends 2019

Publishing in this century is a tech driven industry which makes it evolve rapidly, as we put a fresh start to everything in the beginning of the year let’s have a look at which way the publishing industry is swaying, which new trends will emerge and which will stand their ground in publishing industry.

Hybrid Publishing

There’s a visible and steady decline in interest in traditional publishing while self publishing is on rise. Indie publishers have control over creatives and their revenues, however successful publishing needs robust marketing and post production. Hybrid publishing provides a middle ground approach. Authors stay in charge of the activities and pay only for the services they take, and there are veterans and experts in the industry ready to lend a helping hand and good guidance. Hybrid publishing, already in vogue will establish itself as a norm in future, where only the required services are obtained while authors retain control over finances and creatives while earning bigger royalty.

Concurrent Marketing

Publishing is a crowded marketplace, millions of titles fight to stay afloat in the crowded sea of books. Successes in self publishing have resulted in millions of titles being released every year, even a great piece of work can quickly get buried if marketing is not concurrent with book release and beyond. Successful authors and publishers in 2019 will invest in marketing, with their ads in the right place and right medium, keeping the audience engaged through social media and ads in bookstores. An ongoing market campaign is a necessary investment, more so for lesser known authors.

Audiobooks Keep Rising

Revenues from audiobooks have been growing at striking rates of 30 and 40 percents in past years, it has kept digital revenues afloat for several publishers. With revenues in 2018 at $2.5 billion, audiobooks could be the glorious book of the future. Audible UK grew its revenue by 45% in 2017.  Audiobooks are a great way of listening to stories, while you are exercising, lying on your bed with lights off, or travelling. Audiobooks are the only segment growing substantially when the reading habit is on decline. Improvements in devices, listening accessories and smart home speakers will help the rise of audiobooks.

Creating an audiobook is costlier than print or an ebook but it seems the investment pays off, in fact some popular authors are completely skipping the print route. 2019 will see further rise of audiobooks, and there are all those books which a half-hearted reader never found the time and motivation to read, which don’t yet have an audio version, there are millions of them.

Author-Reader Relationship

Involving readers in the journey of story development foments a relationship between author and her readers. Encouraging fans to build a piece of story or give their version of conclusion, engaging with them through social media or podcasts, creating discussion and fan forums, this helps build author loyalty which goes beyond format while keeping readers waiting for the next announcement. We will also see rising collaborations among authors, and those between authors and bloggers, vloggers and influencers. They will support each other in ways like reviews and recommendations

Publishing is becoming an increasingly segmented industry, successful authors are often creating a niche – instead of trying to be everything to everyone – and dominating there. Readers of particular interests attach their loyalty to authors in their segments, this loyalty goes beyond format and has wide international reaches. In 2019 and hereafter authors who create their own niche, excel in cultivating community and loyalty will be the most successful.

AI and Blockchain

We had listed Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain as trends in book publishing industry in 2018, these are technologies which will impact many industries in future, they will remain trends for many years to come. At the current stage publishers can leverage AI in analytics and marketing, finding the right audience for a title, or a reader discovering what she needs. Online book recommendation in many of the retailer sites currently uses some form of AI which guesses recommendations based on past purchases and browsing.

Blockchain has the potential to unleash a new reality for the publishing ecosphere. Since transparency is blockchain’s key usp a potential application is in intellectual property (IP) ownership, with blockchain it is possible to trace and equip every IP with a digital ‘fingerprint’ that always changes and evolves as the licensing and ownership status of the IP changes. Blockchain can enable efficient micro payments that go straight to authors, optimized distribution and better copyright protection.

Technology continually alters industries and trends keep emerging, publishing is one industry which has been nearly consistent for centuries vis-a-vis technology, but it can’t remain same forever. Machine dominated future will change human behaviors, there will be various sources of knowledge and entertainment and the book needs to evolve to catch up. What we are seeing today is just a glimpse at the future, we need to stay ahead of the trends and be a pioneer in conservation of an industry which has been the bedrock of human civilization and social progress for centuries.

integrated publishing strategies

Scholarly publishing is the bedrock of scientific communication worldwide. In last couple of decades we have seen that scholarly publishing has been through multiple challenges and opportunities, much of it owing to the radical developments in technology and business models like open access. Web revolution and crowd knowledge sourcing which brought about free access to information and technologies have started putting up credible challenges in terms of rendering the services usually provided by publishers. Numbers of publications are on the rise every year with global output of scientific content doubling every nine years, however publishers are not able to keep their revenues steady and which in turn has caused them to raise the subscription fee which is climbing faster than the price rise of any other commodity. Open Access movement was initiated to rival the centuries old traditional subscription based print publishing, it provides free access to much of the information, but the cost is shifted to researchers.

The world of academic publishing is diverse and has thousands of players, with the big five being the global gatekeepers of scientific communication, lapping up the lion’s share of $10 billion industry, there are many discipline specific associations and university presses. While the traditional publishing was facing stiff challenges and sometimes boycott, open access was seen as a revolutionary path. However, open access has not received universal acceptance, especially from researchers in the social sciences and business fields. And there is still resistance to open access publishing by some academics who consider that the newer open access journals lack legitimacy and credibility.

The bulk of the reasons academic publishing has to go through these obstacles lies in the cost – cost of the entire processes of publishing, which have manifold layers in it, from acquiring content to editing to peer review, content polishing, printing, delivery and marketing. A portion of the cost like copy-editing and peer reviewing maybe transferred to the authors however. Not all of these costs can be offset but technology enabled publishing services can chip away the load carried by in-house operations. Providers of varied publishing services to authors and publishers, can assist them in Content Acquisition to Standard and Expert Editing, Journal Selection, Expert Scientific Review, Marketing, Brand Awareness, Author Outreach, Social Engagement and a host of other services ranging from education to on-campus activities.

Technology led authoring solutions, editorial workflow solutions, submission management platform and peer review systems to the rescue

The journey from authoring of an article to distribution of a journal is unbelievably slow and long and it consists of multiple processes. Peer-reviewing is as important as authoring itself and it takes weeks for an article to be peer-reviewed, any article that gets published would have on an average 6-7 contributors behind it. Authors, peer-reviewers and editors work hand-in-hand during the review and submission process, despite the availability of software interface that streamlines the entire submission process, it takes months for an article to be ready for publication. The readers on the other hand demand faster and better products, only a consistently reliable journal that produces authoritative and relevant content can maintain reader loyalty in this age of rapid information proliferation. Also, readers want to access the articles wherever they are, in different devices and formats, and of course at lower prices.

Edanz of Japan provides authoring and publishing support to researchers. Edanz’s Author Path helps author throughout the processes, it brings journal selection, writing, collaboration, and submission management into one powerful platform. Authors can create a new manuscript project and automatically get relevant journal recommendations from the Edanz Journal Selector database. They can invite co-authors to collaborate and start writing. The writing process is made easy with expert writing guidance provided for all sections of the manuscript, while Author Path’s integration with submission management software allows authors to track submissions right through to acceptance. Author Path compiles projects into manageable sections, each section gives expert writing advice and tips using real examples from successfully published papers. The integrated Journal Selector tool allows authors to search, refine, and save journals that best suit their project, they can search for references online and save them to their Resources section.

Edanz also provides an extensive authoring and publishing support to non-English researchers (who know their science but wouldn’t easily be able to communicate their findings in conventional academic publishing English and methods) and connects them to publishers in English language. Edanz provides translation, editing, journal selection and related services to these researchers.

Technology can also greatly help in post-production activities like delivery and marketing. Readers of today are exposed to variety of multimedia formats, publishers can provide their readers with a different experience, eg: by creating a simulation video explaining a biological process. This will help readers understand the concept better, and can be an alternate source of revenue for publishers. iPublishCentral Scholar, Impelsys’ flagship content delivery platform provides branded web and mobile platforms for delivery of journals, ebooks, videos, courses and other file formats, thus giving publishers a platform to distribute their content in various formats, helping generate more revenue through varied content. Impelsys also provides content transformation services, infusing appropriate media, data presentation and infographics to make the document easy to read, adding an aesthetic touch.

While peer review, open access and business models are the most debated topics currently, there are many other stages of publishing which can be outsourced. Academic publishing is going through a transformation and is struggling to stay relevant; there are various technologies which can automate processes and provide publishers with different streams of revenues, while also assisting authors in getting published and get people to read and use their work.

Edanz and Impelsys in partnership are equipped to provide comprehensive publishing services to authors and publishers. Edanz provides above mentioned upstream services while Impelsys’ delivery platform iPublishCentral Scholar provides world class content distribution capabilities in formats like ebooks, journals, videos and others, with features like mobility, content security and consumer analytics. Together they constitute a one-stop shop for all academic publishing needs, eliminating the need for other vendors or technologies, helping publishers bring efficiency in their operations, cut costs while helping streamline and automate processes.

non-English Publishing

Twenty years ago, the challenges in scientific publishing were in the areas of distribution, delivery and marketing. With digital revolution, the publishing landscape has altered, there are new kind of challenges that have cropped up, like fading relevancy of established publishers with internet empowered self publishing authors. While the challenges are posed by quasi free access to information, which drag down the relevance of traditional publishers, which in turn find it hard to manage the costs of all the processes. Publishing process have manifold layers in it, from acquiring content to editing to peer review, content polishing, printing, delivery and marketing. While technology enabled publishing services can chip away the load carried by in-house operations, there is another way publishers can look to consolidate their revenue.

English is the dominant language of scholarly communication, however almost 30% of researchers are from Eastern Asia while over 20 % are from the European Union, whereas less than 20% of the scientific journals published worldwide are non-English. What does this mean? Chinese, Japanese, Germans, French, Italian, Spanish and many other researchers who have English as a second language (ESL) have to communicate their ideas in English to get a global audience, and those non-english journals which carry valuable scientific information can’t be accessed by speakers of English or other languages. Translated manuscript can be free of errors, but still written in a way that makes it difficult to understand, poor at conveying the substance, and tedious to read. Such weaknesses can get in the way of having the manuscript accepted.

What if all the non-English content could be translated, edited, and the authors be provided with services connecting them to world of English journals. A vast amount of science and research could be available to the world, which hitherto was restricted to native speakers. And this is an opportunity for publishers and service providers to assist the ESL researchers, and acquire a large amount of scientific content for publication. And Edanz Group of Japan is doing exactly that, Edanz provides content acquisition services to publishers from different regions of the world, along with varied publishing and marketing services.

Edanz also provides an extensive authoring and publishing support to ESL researchers (who know their science but wouldn’t easily be able to communicate their findings in conventional academic publishing English and methods) and connects them to publishers in English language. Edanz provides translation, editing, journal selection and related services to these researchers.

As english remains the dominant language in international publishing, the question of why more than half of the researchers have to translate their work to English and is unanswered, but the other question of “why a large group of non-English researchers can’t be published in English” is an untapped opportunity for traditional publishers.

Impelsys becomes an STM Member

Impelsys Inc., a leading educational technology (EdTech) company, providing digital platforms and learning solutions to publishers, education providers and enterprises worldwide has become member of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

STM is the global voice of scholarly publishing,  providing ongoing expert representation and information on issues crucial to members, helping them to adapt and thrive in the changing global environment. The Association actively engages with global stakeholders and acts as a focal point for the scholarly communication community. It provides wide-ranging opportunities to network across the industry as well as offers participation in its committees which are comprised of a  diverse range of industry professionals.

Impelsys, through it’s flagship SaaS based digital content management and delivery platform, iPublishCentral Scholar, today enables over 200 publishers and education providers to deliver their professional, academic and scholarly products to over 25,000 libraries and millions of users across the world. STM members include academic and scholarly publishers, educational providers, technology services and solution providers in digital content and online learning space.     

Delighted about the new membership, Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys said, “The STM Association provides an industry platform that brings together all those who are concerned with improving the dissemination, storage and retrieval of scientific, technical and medical information. It encourages conversations and the sharing of ideas while helping connect publishers and technology providers with the wider industry. We are excited about being part of this community that is driving scientific research and we believe this aligns with our vision of making the world a better place by spreading knowledge through technology.”

“We are so pleased that Impelsys has joined STM as an associate member. Impelsys has been very active in attending STM’s events and we are looking forward to their participation in the STM Future Labs managed by Eefke Smit, our Director of Standards and Technology.”, stated, Darrell W Gunter, Director, STM North America and Director Membership.

About STM

STM is the leading global trade association for academic and professional publishers. It has 145 members in 21 countries who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works. STM members include learned societies, university presses, both subscription and open access publishers, new starts and established players.

About Impelsys

Impelsys Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com.