11 partner presses joined the Ubiquity platform. We’ve enjoyed working with Winchester,Penn State, LARC, Cardiff,Scandinavian Military Studies, Virginia Tech, Trysting Tree Books, University of Virginia, and IJS Publishing Group.7 staff members joined Ubiquity Press. We’ll be expanding in 2018 to provide more support to our North American customers.2 new offices. Our London headquarters relocated, and we opened a new office in California.1 audio issue from Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.A year of strong OA readershipFrom June 2016 to 2017, Ubiquity Press books were downloaded 12,620 times in 172 countries! With 27 titles this averages 467 downloads per title. The Ubiquity Press Network experienced nearly 26,500 more downloads via the OAPEN Network, and OAPEN itself passed 5 million downloads this year.A Springer report found that Open Access scholarly books experienced 7 times more downloads, 50% more citations on average, and 10 times more online mentions. The “OA effect” benefits your research.Glossa, a journal of general linguistics, published 106 papers and counting in 2017. In November, Glossa had over 189,000 page views and over 110,000 downloads. These are exceptional numbers after launching in April 2016 following the editors’ high profile resignation from the Elsevier journal, Lingua.Network newsThe Journal of Cognition has published its first streamlined reviews! This new journal will support open practices, data publication, and streamlined reviews for papers previously rejected from other journals due to scope.The University of Westminster Press has added their book catalogue as a button from their press site banner. Contact your press manager if you’d like this feature.Piloting repository servicesStarting in January 2018, we will be piloting two full-featured repository systems: Hyku and Invenio. Hyku is community developed as a turnkey Samvera application and Invenio is developed by CERN. Our repositories will be open source, cloud based, and fully integrated with our publishing and conference systems. If you’re interested in joining the pilot, please get in touch.Book highlights from Ubiquity and our partnersSee you in 2018We’d love to see you at any of the following 2018 conferences:We’re sponsoring the University Press Redux Conference in London, 13–14 February. During this conference we will hold a members meeting. Stay tuned for details!Research Data Access & Preservation Summit, 21–23 March in ChicagoCARL 2018: The Academic Library in Times of Change, 13–15 AprilAt the Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference, 26–27 April, we’ll be presenting on the outcome of our spring repository services pilot.Library Publishing Forum, 21–23 May in Minneapolis, one of our favorite events of the year!Thank you for an amazing year! 2017 in review was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Network NewsDuring November, the Ubiquity Partner Network has expanded, published new books, hit more milestones, and made further commitments to the Open community.Scandinavian Military Studies joined the network! This press partnership of the Royal Danish Defence College, the Norwegian Defence University College, and University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Military Studies will publish high-quality work within the field of military studies.Psychologica Belgica was accepted for indexing in PubMed Central.The Ubiquity Platform has committed to making all its code open source by the end of spring 2018.Glossa, a journal of general linguistics published its 100th article of 2017! This is great growth and shows the viability of new Open Access journals. Are you excited, too? Congratulate Glossa on Twitter with #Glossa100.Latest BooksFrom Penn State University Press, Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene probes embodied democracy as the intersection of technology, aesthetics, eroticism, and ethnicity. Cara Judea Alhadeff integrates the personal and theoretical with the visual and textual.Luminos published Building Green, an exploration of the experiences of environmental architects in Mumbai; and Rivers of the Anthropocene, which traces how human relationships with river systems changed along with transformations in society and culture environmental architects in Mumbai.Open Access Book NewsThis month new Open Access book announcements and reports were released:OAPEN passed 5 million downloads! OAPEN adds an annual average of 410 additional views per title published within the Ubiquity Partner Network.Knowledge Exchange published an overview on Open Access and academic books.Springer released a report on how Open Access affects the usage of scholarly books. The ‘OA effect’ is 7 times more downloads, citations increasing 50% on average, and 10 times more online mentions for Open Access books.Latest Books and Network News was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
As always, we encourage your feedback to help us improve our services, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with your suggestions.This month’s content:1. Pilot Repository Offering2. Additions to the Ubiquity Partner Network3. COPE Flowchart for Editors4. New BooksThe weather might be getting colder, but the colourful blinds in our new London office really warm up the work week.1. Pilot Repository OfferingDuring Open Access Week we announced that we are expanding our commitment to open access by providing hosted repositories. Starting in January 2018, we will be piloting two full-featured repository systems: Hyku and Invenio. Hyku is community-developed as a turnkey Samvera application and Invenio is developed by CERN. Our repositories will be open source, cloud-based, and fully integrated with our publishing and conference systems.This new repository service will begin as a pilot in order to ensure the repositories meet the needs of the library community. If you are a library interested in learning more or being a spring semester beta tester that will be critical in shaping the service, read more about our plans and get in touch.2. Additions to the Ubiquity Partner NetworkThis month, we welcome Cardiff University Press (CardiffUP) and VT Publishing into the fold of our publishing platform.Established in 2014, CardiffUP is a Diamond Open Access publisher of academic research. They are committed to innovation and excellence in Open Access publishing, for the benefit of both academia and the wider community, and publish high-quality, peer-reviewed, original research online. CardiffUP currently publishes ten journals and one working paper series, and will be expanding into the area of monographs in 2018.VT Publishing is the scholarly publishing hub of Virginia Tech. Based in the University Libraries, VT Publishing is committed to increasing the visibility, reach, and impact of research produced at Virginia Tech. They publish scholarly and educational materials in multiple formats for wide dissemination and permanent preservation, provide an array of publishing-related services to the Virginia Tech community and beyond, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.3. COPE Flowchart for EditorsThe Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) have released a new flowchart to help editors spot potential manipulation of the peer review process. The chart illustrates patterns of behaviour, best practice to minimise peer review manipulation and cases that have been brought to COPE for advice. We recommend that all editorial teams read this. The flowchart is available online here.4. BooksOur Partner Network presses have been busy in the book department this month.Modern Academic Publishing (MAP) published their seventh book this month. In Rodin-Lektüren Dominik Brabant examines the works of Auguste Rodin and how modernity and postmodernity reached the art of sculpture. MAP publishes selected dissertations and monographs from the postdoctoral phase of young researchers, which have emerged at the partner universities of Cologne and Munich.The Studia Fennica series from Finnish Literature Society (SKS) offers non-Finnish speakers a unique perspective on Finnish language, literature and history, and Finno-Ugric cultures. There are currently 38 titles, with more publications being added all the time. The monographs and anthologies published in the Studia Fennica Series showcase the latest developments in linguistics, historical research and the study of cultures, both in Finland and the global research community.Also, from Luminos come the following titles.Outcasts of Empire Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border,” 1874–1945; Taiwan and China: Fitful EmbraceChild’s Play: Multi-Sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan; Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern IndiaUntil next time! The Ubiquity TeamWelcome to our October Editorial Newsletter. was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Ubiquity Press would like to congratulate Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, who have just published their 100th publication of 2017 (see http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.157).For a journal that has only been publishing since April 2016, this is an exceptional achievement, so we would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the creation and development of the journal. In celebration of the 100th publication of the year, we thought we’d give a little more publication data on how Glossa is progressing.Total submissions: 5422016 publications: 512017 publications (to date): 100Total views/downloads: 110,646 Total journal page views: 189,000+Glossa also has an exciting range of Special Collections being published, with 21 collection proposals having been accepted, 14 of which have already started to publish. The full list of publishing collections can be found at https://www.glossa-journal.org/collections/special/The full journal back catalogue can be found on the website (https://www.glossa-journal.org/articles/). As a 100% open access journal, all Glossa publications are freely available to read, distribute and reuse under the CC-BY license.Congratulations again to the whole Glossa team, including all editors, authors and reviewers for making the journal the success that it is.Glossa hits 100!! was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our commitment to open access by providing hosted repositories. Starting in January 2018, we will be piloting two full-featured repository systems: Hyku and Invenio. Hyku is community-developed as a turnkey Samvera application and Invenio is developed by CERN. Our repositories will be open source, cloud-based, and fully integrated with our publishing and conference systems.Since 2012, we have been a researcher-led publisher committed to cost-effective, high quality publishing of open access journals and monographs. We will carry over this ethos in providing a hosted, community oriented repository. We hope to enable institutions of all sizes to embrace open source repositories, increase the dissemination of their scholarship, and raise their institutional scholarly profile.This new repository service will begin as a pilot in order to ensure the repositories meet the needs of the library community. If you are a library interested in learning more or being a spring semester beta tester that will be critical in shaping the service, read more about our plans and get in touch. Let’s create a researcher focused repository for your institution together.Ubiquity Press to Pilot Open Source Repository Services was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Welcome to the Ubiquity Press newsletter. It has been a busy month, with a lot of attention put on peer review, so lets get cracking!Peer review weekPeer review may not be perfect, but it is still the cornerstone of quality assurance when it comes to academic publishing. Ubiquity Press and the Ubiquity Partner Network ensures that all content is adequately reviewed, whilst also encouraging journals to embrace innovative and creative solutions to ensure that the process works as efficiently as possible. As part of Peer Review Week (11th-17th Sept), which focused on transparency, we published a blog post describing various ways that we currently support editors, authors, reviewers and readers. Whether it is registered reports, open/published/streamlined review or post-publication discussion, the Ubiquity Press platform is helping the review process evolve in the digital age.Registered ReportsThe International Review of Social Psychology has joined the growing lists of psychology journals to introduce ‘Registered Reports’ to their submission and review options, joining the Journal of Cognition, Health Psychology Bulletin, Journal of European Psychology Students and Collabra: Psychology in offering authors the chance to have their methods reviewed pre-results. Registered Reports are a form of empirical article in which the methods and proposed analyses are pre-registered and reviewed prior to research being conducted. This format of the article seeks to neutralise a variety of inappropriate research practices, including inadequate statistical power, selective reporting of results, and publication bias. It emphasises the soundness of the hypotheses and research design rather than the results. To know more about registered reports, visit the journal’s guidelines for authors or check the Center for Open Science website.(image courtesy of Center for Open Science, https://cos.io/rr/)Should you wish to discuss a new review process for your journal, please contact your editorial manager.New journalsUbiquity Press are very happy to announce that Future Cities & Environment has transferred to our platform. Formerly published by SpringerOpen, the journal publishes high quality multi-disciplinary research aiming to reduce the environmental impact of cities, focusing on exciting innovations and solutions to address the challenges faced by humans within the urban environment. Considering research in the areas of poverty, climate change, healthcare and education, transport, urban planning, architecture and design, and energy and infrastructure, it publishes fundamental and applied research, critical reviews and case studies. The journal is now open for submissions and is supported by the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies.Health Psychology Bulletin (HPB) have published their first empirical paper, on Web-Based Intervention Preferences and Physical Activity Motivation of People with Depressive Symptoms. As with all HPB articles, the review procedure was unblinded on completion, with full editorial and review history published alongside the article.Published booksMapping and the Citizen Sensor: Mapping presently benefits from vast amounts of spatial data as well as people able to provide observations of geographic phenomena, which can inform map production, revision and evaluation. The great potential of these developments is, however, often limited by concerns. The latter span issues from the nature of the citizens through the way data are collected and shared to the quality and trustworthiness of the data. This book reports on some of the key issues connected with the use of citizen sensors in mapping. Issues explored include citizen motivation, data acquisition, data quality and the use of citizen derived data in the production of maps that rival, and sometimes surpass, maps arising from authoritative agencies.Migration of the Ukrainian Population: Economic, Institutional and Sociocultural Factors: Ukraine is a ‘€˜border’€™ society, situated culturally and socio-politically between Eurasian and Euro-Atlantic poles of attraction. The influence of these two distinct cultures can be seen throughout Ukrainian society, but particularly in its migration patterns. In this book, Dr Hab. Y. Bilan analyses external migration from Ukraine using the system analysis approach combining econometric analysis and statistical modelling, historiographical and institutional analyses along with quantitative and qualitative sociological analysis with special attention to media discourse and congregational, demographic, gender and regional dimensions.We are also happy to announce two new titles on the Luminos platform, with the release of ‘Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations between Qing China and Chosŏn Korea, 1636–1912’ by Seonmin Kim (Korea University) and ‘Citizen OutsiderChildren of North African Immigrants in France’ by Jean Beaman (Purdue University).COASP 2017We greatly enjoyed attending COASP 2017, the annual conference from the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Filled with thought provoking presentations and panel discussions, the growth and successes of open access, along with the continued challenges and their potential solutions were laid bare, with topics ranging from review practises, open access monographs, ethics of open publishing, infrastructure solutions and collaborative projects and the role of the APC. It was great to see so many of the Ubiquity Partner Network & collaborators represented, with Sioux Cumming (INASP, inc SLJOL), Aina Svensson (Kriterium) and Andrea Bertino (HIRMEOS) giving presentations, and representatives from Stockholm University Press and UOpen also in attendance.We’ve moved!We also took some time out this month to move offices. After out growing our original building in Windmill Street, the Ubiquity Press office is now located in east London, close to Aldgate East tube station. If any of our editors are in the area, feel free to drop by!Coming SoonWatch this space for further growth in the Ubiquity Partner Network, with both Virginia Tech University Libraries and Cardiff University Press transferring onto the platform in time for Open Access Week (23–20th October)Till next time,The Ubiquity TeamSeptember Newsletter was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
To honour Peer Review Week 2017 we’re focusing on the innovative peer review approaches in use at Ubiquity Partner Network. As a platform born in the digital age, we have the agility to accommodate many peer review methodologies. This agility can aid reform and improve the essential but imperfect process of peer review.Many of our journals use single or double-blind peer review processes. Beyond those standard approaches, we also support the following alternatives.Open ReviewThe Comics Grid use an open peer review system. Editors facilitate a two-way dialogue between authors and reviewers, so authors always know who is reviewing their submission and see their reviews. Collabra: Psychology make their peer review process open at the author’s request. Open Quaternary allow the reviewer to decide whether the author will know their identity or not.Published ReviewsCollabra: Psychology publish signed reviews alongside articles, and Health Psychology Bulletin publish not just reviews but the full editorial correspondence behind each publication, including the original manuscript and subsequent revisions. This adds transparency to the peer review process behind each publication.Registered ReportsJournal of Cognition, Journal of European Psychology Students, and Collabra: Psychology all publish registered reports. Methods and proposed analyses are peer reviewed prior to the research being conducted, and high-quality protocols provisionally accepted for publication. This format minimises publication and research bias, while allowing the flexibility to report serendipitous findings.Streamlined ReviewCollabra: Psychology offer streamlined peer review to authors whose articles have been rejected from other journals not for reasons of lacking scientific, methodological, or ethical rigor. Authors can submit prior reviews and decision letters along with their submission. The editors then decide whether to seek further peer review or not. This practice helps to minimise publication bias. This process is being considered for a number of other journals.Peer Review AcknowledgementCollabra: Psychology and Elementa acknowledge reviewer contributions with cash allowances, which reviewers can keep or give back to the academic community by donating to the journal waiver fund or another open access fund. Psychological Belgica publish an annual list of the reviewers that complete review tasks for their submissions.Post Publication DiscussionAll journals can enable Disqus on their websites to facilitate community discussion post-publication.Avoiding Results-Focused ReviewsUbiquity Press publishes all sound research and asks reviewers to avoid focusing on results or novel findings. Of course, we seek strong methodology and data analysis, and conclusions supported by sufficient evidence, as well as up-to-date information on the subject. But, to quote the editors at Health Psychology Bulletin, “The focus is on learning what can be learned, as opposed to achieving a narrative consistent with a given theory.”As an open access publisher, we’re open to new ways of doing things. We hope that in the future this list of alternative peer review approaches in use on our platform will be even longer and the integrity of peer review itself stronger than ever.A tour of peer review at Ubiquity was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
The Ubiquity Partner Network is expandingThe Ubiquity Partner Network is expandingOur collaboration with Virginia Tech Libraries is launching in October! Virginia Tech Libraries will be publishing journals, books, textbooks and conferences. Look out for more details at the time of the launch.Journal of Cognition has launched!The official journal of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) has now published its launch editorial. Introducing their new open access journal Robert Hartsuiker and Candice Morey detail how the journal has transitioned from the previous ESCoP journal, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, the reasons for the move to open access, and how the journal will be supported. Journal of Cognition publishes reviews, empirical articles (including registered reports), data reports, stimulus development reports, comments, and methodological notes relevant to all areas of cognitive psychology. As a signatory of the Center for Open Science’s Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines, the editors value methodological rigour and transparent scientific practices.Shelf LifeWhy do we think differently from one another? Why do religious people adhere to their faith even against reason, whilst atheist thinkers label it “nonsense”? Why do some judges turn more to moral values and others less? Why do we attach different meanings to the same words? These questions can be tackled on psychological or sociological levels, but we can also analyze the subjects on the epistemological level. That is the purpose of Thoughts and Ways of Thinking, authored by Benjamin Brown, offering Source Theory as a single explanation for epistemic processes and their religious, legal and linguistic derivatives. With this unified theory, old doubts are framed in new perspectives, and some of them even find their solution.From our Partner PressesA fascinating ethnography, Holy Hip Hop in the City of Angels by Christina Zanfagna, provides a contemporary and unique view of black LA, offering a much-needed perspective on how music and religion intertwine in people’s everyday experiences.Placing Empire by Kate McDonald examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s. The book illuminates how ideas of place became central to the production of new forms of colonial hierarchy as empires around the globe transitioned from an era of territorial acquisition to one of territorial maintenance.Part of the Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics series , Performativitet aims to clarify and critically highlight the important but sometimes elusive concept of performativity, offering not only a theoretical understanding of the concept, but striving to point out ways and possibilities of practical use. The book will be of interest to students of art history and others who take an interest in questions of visuality and visual practices (published in Swedish).Quick News> Journal of Cognition has launched! Read its launch editorial where Robert Hartsuiker and Candice Morey detail how the journal has transitioned from the previously published Journal of Cognitive Psychology, the reasons for the move to open access, and how the journal will be supported.August Newsletter was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Open Books are in DemandUbiquity Press books were downloaded 12,620 times in 172 countries from June 2016 to June 2017! With 27 titles this averages to 467 downloads per title. The Ubiquity Press Network as a whole experienced nearly 26,500 more downloads via the OAPEN Network. This shows open access books are in demand and authors can receive wider readership by publishing openly.Provoking Political PublicationsThis month University of Westminster Press published two new books Capital, State, Empire: The New American Way of Digital Warfare and Politicizing Digital Space: Theory, the Internet, and Renewing Democracy. Politicizing Digital Space explores how the internet can reinvigorate radically democratic politics. Capital, State, Empire provides an analysis of the United States’ historical impulse to weaponize communication technologies. Both books are from the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies series.Editor ExperiencesOpen Quaternary launched two years ago dedicated to providing high quality, open access research related to the Quaternary Period. Since launching, the journal has received over 60,000 page views with its most highest read paper being viewed over 11,000 times. Learn from the editors about their experience launching a journal and how it varied from their original expectations.Network News> Glossa has been accepted into the Emerging Sources Citation Index> Collabora: Psychology is now the official journal of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. This exciting partnership “exemplifies the values of SIPS,” said Simine Vazire, Chair SIPS Executive Committee. Read the full announcement.> Physical Activity and Health, a new open access interdisciplinary journal, is now open for submissionsJuly Newsletter: Open Books are in Demand was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Hello friends,With a heatwave hitting London this month, we’ve found ourselves reaching for the cold brew coffee, while our colleagues in the California office roll their eyes at 30-degree weather.New Kid on the BlockFrancesco Devirgilio joined Ubiquity this month as our much-anticipated Tech Team Lead. A geologist by training, Francesco landed in IT and Python when working as a cartographer. Fuelled by a passion for Open Source and the “hard sciences”, he worked in a few different companies (real time satellite ship tracking, online ticketing platforms) before deciding to contribute to the Open Source/Open Access movement. Welcome, Francesco!Factor Me ThisWe take Impact Factors with a grain of salt. The metric has an almighty reputation within the academic community that is certainly disproportionate to its merits. The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessmentsays it best. However we do support our journals in applying for and improving their Impact Factors alongside other metrics.2016 Impact Factors are now available, and we have good news. Several of our journals now boast a higher Impact Factor. International Journal of Integrated Carejumped from 1.557 to 2.230, the highest in the journal’s history. Bearing in mind our reservations about Impact Factors, it’s safe to say more citations are always a good sign. For more information about our results, check out our blog.Blog RenovationSpeaking of our blog, it has a new look! We’ve transferred our platform from Tumblr to Medium. And we’ll be posting more regularly, promise. Tweet us at @ubiquitypress and let us know what kind of content you’d like to see.Platform UpdatesIf you’ve visited any of our journal websites in the last week or so, you might have noticed a significant increase in the loading speed. This is no fluke. Our now fully-staffed Development Team have been hard at work upgrading our platform to improve the speed of our websites. We might not be ready for a F1 Grand Prix yet, but we’re loving this new pace.I’ve Got (Circadian) RhythmThe Journal of Circadian Rhythms is now accepting submissions for publication in 2017. The journal publishes research articles dealing with circadian and nycthemeral rhythms in living organisms, including processes associated with photoperiodism and daily torpor. To learn more, click here.Shelf LifeWe’re proud to present Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement by Amada Armenta, published this month by University of California Press.An evocative exposure of local immigration enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee, this important book explains how local politics, state laws, institutional policies, and police practices work together to deliver immigrants into an expanding federal deportation system. Armenta conveys powerful messages about race, citizenship, and belonging. To learn more, click here.Coming SoonBe on the lookout for these two tiles coming soon: Collaborative Production in the Creative Industriesfrom University of Westminster Press and Production Ergonomics: Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance from Ubiquity Press.Stay in TouchWe hope you enjoy the beginning of summer. We know there’s no rest for the researcher, so tell us what you’re up to on Twitter using the hashtag #academicsonholiday. Whether you’re grading papers or dutifully applying SPF at an archaeological dig, we want to know!Till next time,The Ubiquity TeamJune 2017 Newsletter was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Open Quaternary published its first papers in March 2015. Two years on, we speak to two of the co-Editor in Chiefs about their experiences of launching the journal, how these have compared to their expectations, and what plans they have for the future of the journal.The journal was created by Suzanne Pilaar Birch (University of Georgia, USA), Victoria Herridge (Natural History Museum, UK), and Matthew Law (Bath Spa University, UK), who took the decision to share full responsibility for the journal and act as co-Editor in Chiefs, with an experienced supporting Editorial Board to call on. Hanneke Meijer (University of Bergen, Norway) joined as an additional co-Editor in Chief in the second half of 2015. Since the journal was launched, it has received nearly 55,000 page views, with its most accessed publication being viewed over 11,000 times. The journal is 100% open access.Below Suzanne Pilaar Birch and Matthew Law give some feedback on their experiences on launching and maintaining the journal, with questions from Ubiquity Press.UP: How has the experience of the last 2 years compared to your expectations?ML: The Quaternary community has been tremendously supportive, through submitting articles and proposing special collections of papers, as well acting as reviewers and editorial board members. I think the opportunity to make their work so freely available has captured the imagination of many of our colleagues, and has lead to the publication of some very exciting research. Setting out, I didn’t imagine that the idea would be greeted so enthusiastically, and I expected that, as novice editors, we would find the practicalities much harder to manage than we did. Our publishers, Ubiquity Press, manage an extensive range of open access journals, and have expertly guided us through the journal launch and its ongoing management.SPB: I agree with Matt, we have had a lot of support and interest in submitting to the journal has only increased with time. I think we have made great progress so far.UP: Have there been any success stories/highs during this time? What have the greatest challenges or frustrations been, and how have you had to resolve/approach these?SPB: The publication of our first special collection of articles was a great moment. The fact that we are online only meant that we were able to publish submissions as they came in, but having the final paper in place and being able to consider the collection complete was an achievement. We’re currently in the stages of preparing our second special collection for publication in 2017–2018.ML: Receiving our first submission, and knowing that the journal had been ‘born’, was a very positive feeling. One thing we agreed was important from the outset was that the journal should be accessible, not only through being open access, but through having an editorial board that reflected the diversity of people working in the field. We still have some way to go on this, as we are largely based in Europe and North America (at this point, I would like to say that we do welcome nominations for board membership). We also wanted to give academic recognition to public engagement by publishing engagement papers, and to welcome contributions from workers outside of the academy. It was gratifying that our first engagement paper came from a museum curator. I hope we will see more.SPB: The biggest challenge is continuing to gain recognition as a reliable and preferred journal in Quaternary research-becoming the first place people think of when they are considering where to submit their paper to.ML: For me, the big challenge is looking for ways to grow the journal. As more established journals are responding to research funders’ requirements for open access publication by increasing their open content, we need to maintain our distinctiveness to ensure that we continue to attract authors. I think this can be achieved both through the types of contributions we publish, and also through reviewing our editorial practices so that we can enhance our commitment to transparency and accessibility.UP: Open Quaternary publishes Data Papers, which are not a traditional article type. Has it been hard to get authors to publish data, either to accompany a Research Paper, or as a stand alone Data Paper?ML: Presently, a low proportion of our published content is data papers, however it is pleasing that in just over two years we have brought three datasets to publication this way. I suspect that for some colleagues it’s an unfamiliar approach to research publication, however I think it offers advantages to a wide range of projects. As an educator with a strong belief in empowering students, I was extremely happy to learn that the lead author of one of the data papers we published was an undergraduate student. I hope she will benefit from the publication experience.SPB: The main roadblock is that people don’t necessarily consider publishing stand alone data papers as a matter of course, though more journals are requiring or requesting data to be published or deposited along the publication of traditional research papers. I think as this trend continues, we will see more data papers come our way.UP: How has the open access nature of the content affected the perception of the journal? Has this created pros or cons compared to closed access publications that you may have worked with?SPB: It depends; if someone is already on board with open access publication, then they have generally been enthusiastic. I certainly see our accessibility as a positive, and have (hopefully) been able to convince some skeptics of the pros of publishing open access using OQ as an example.ML: I do think that it created some goodwill from the outset. I think it certainly helped attract a supportive editorial board, who were very receptive to the concept of Open Quaternary. I suspect that the largest obstacle we face in terms of perception is the journal’s youth. Although that inspires some of our colleagues, I think others are cautious and would like to see the journal become more established before entrusting their work to us.UP: How would you like to see the journal progress in the next five years?SPB: I would love to see our submissions continue to increase with time, and as I said before, become one of the first journals people think of publishing with when considering where to send their manuscript.ML: I would like to see more collaboration with societies that promote research in Quaternary science and allied fields. I would also like to see more data and engagement papers being submitted, both from large collaborative projects and contributions that arise from smaller pieces of work by people working in industry, museum professionals, and students around the world.UP: What is the most rewarding part of being an editor?ML: I learn a tremendous amount from reading new research when it is submitted, and I think it’s an underrated privilege to be able to pair submissions with reviewers who are able to supportively critique the work and reaffirm its rigour.SPB: I enjoy reading through papers that I wouldn’t otherwise see, and working with the editorial board in certain instances to find the right reviewers. It’s also a great way to “meet” other researchers who I haven’t had the pleasure of corresponding with before.UP: What piece of advice would you give to researchers considering an editorial role on a journal?ML: I think it can be a tremendously rewarding and educational experience, I suspect more so when you are part of an editorial team and can turn to colleagues for guidance and expertise. As a researcher, being an editor has made me think very differently about how to present my research.SPB: Yes, being an editor has definitely added some perspective to my own research and a better understanding of the review process. It does take time though, so as with all academic endeavors, I would say to choose wisely! I really enjoy the editorial process, so it is all worth it to me.Open Quaternary is open for submissions and welcomes content on all aspects of the Quaternary. All publications are available, free of charge, on the journal website, including the special collection on Meta-analyses in zooarchaeology. Example content from the journal includes:Spikins, P., (2015). The Geography of Trust and Betrayal: Moral disputes and Late Pleistocene dispersal. Open Quaternary. 1(1), p.Art. 10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.aiWidga, C., Walker, J.D. & Boehm, A., (2017). Variability in Bioavailable 87Sr/86Sr in the North American Midcontinent. Open Quaternary. 3(1), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.32Barnett, R. et al., (2016). Mitogenomics of the Extinct Cave Lion, Panthera spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810), Resolve its Position within the Panthera Cats. Open Quaternary. 2, p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.24Freedman, J. & Evans, J., (2015). Working with the Public: How an Unusual Museum Enquiry Turned into Travels Through Time and Space. Open Quaternary. 1(1), p.Art. 8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.ahErsmark, E. et al., (2015). Population Demography and Genetic Diversity in the Pleistocene Cave Lion. Open Quaternary. 1(1), p.Art. 4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.aaSinding, M.-H.S. & Gilbert, M.T.P., (2016). The Draft Genome of Extinct European Aurochs and its Implications for De-Extinction. Open Quaternary. 2, p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.25Open Quaternary: Two years on and going strong was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
(https://doi.org/10.5334/bbd)May 2017 saw the publication of ‘Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed’, the third edition handbook aiming to guide addiction scientists facing the complex process of contributing to scholarly journals.Written by an international group of addiction journal editors and their colleagues, the book addresses key areas of the publishing process, such as how to write articles, select a journal, respond to reviewers’ comments, become a reviewer, and resolve the often difficult authorship, ethical and citation issues that arise during the publishing process.The content has been designed to aid both early career ‘novices’ to the publishing process, as well as more experienced researchers, and is suitable for university courses. The book forms the basis of the training workshops offered by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). Co-sponsored by ISAJE and the scientific journal Addiction, this third edition gives special attention to the challenges faced by researchers from developing and non-English-speaking countries and features new chapters on guidance for clinician-scientists and the growth of infrastructure and career opportunities in addiction science.Here, we chat to two of the the book’s editors on the process of creating the 3rd edition and the reasoning for it, their own publishing experiences and how publishing as an open access title effects how the content is being used:Answers provided by Prof Thomas Babor and Dr Kerstin SteniusUP: What was the reasoning for creating this new edition and how did the decision to publish a new version come about? How has publishing in addiction science changed since the previous edition?TB/KS: There are several reasons why a third edition of Publishing Addiction Science is necessary. First, the addiction research field has continued to grow, with more and more programs for young researchers and increasing demand for addiction research in all parts of the world. There are thus new target groups for a book on publishing addiction science, and not least in developing countries or outside the Anglo-American world. With a commercial publisher offering Publishing Addiction Science as a free-to-download ebook, with the option of paying for a print version, we hope to find many new readers.Further, developments in the field of addiction publishing necessitated revisions of parts of this book, particularly the move to online and open-access publication options, new databases and citation measures and the launching of many new addiction specialty journals. There are also new ethical and technological challenges facing addiction publishing. For example, more than 30 new journals have been identified since the second edition of the book was published in 2008, many of them launched by for-profit enterprises with little appreciation for scientific quality or peer review.Another reason for the third edition is related to experience from our Publishing Addiction Science workshops, which have been conducted during the past few years in many parts of the world, including Denmark, Finland, Greece, Jordan, Nigeria, South Korea, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The workshops identified new areas of interest that needed attention. To make Publishing Addiction Science even more relevant to its target market of advanced students and young professionals, the third edition has accordingly added new material on publication issues faced by postdoctoral researchers, the ethical challenges of research funding, how to write a research paper, and procedures for peer-reviewing manuscripts,. The development of new online training materials will enable the book to continue to be used as a textbook for research ethics in colleges and universities and in training workshops at scientific meetings.UP: What was the process for updating the chapters and where were the largest problems encountered? Was the process very different from previous editions?TB/KS: The authors are thankful for logistical support received from the international scientific journal Addiction, which made it possible to coordinate the revision process. The process was coordinated by an editorial committee of senior authors who communicated regularly through conference calls and meetings over a three year period. The only problem, if there was one, was for the authors to find time to make the revisions.UP: What tips would you give for other editors that are considering creating new editions?TB/KS: Creating a new edition is expensive and labor intensive. Our book is an edited volume with 16 chapters written by multiple authors. The revision process for our book was facilitated by the following: 1) two year of funding for a part-time editorial consultant; 2) establishment of an editorial committee consisting of senior authors; 3) regular conference calls and periodic meetings among the editorial committee members; 4) inclusion of doctoral students and early career investigators in the authorship group, to ensure broader and more up-to-date insights into new developments in the field and new publication issues.UP: Although directed at addiction scientists, would researchers in other scientific disciplines benefit from reading this book?TB/KS: Because addiction science is very interdisciplinary, scientists who work in many other areas of health, disease and social problems would benefit from the materials contained in many of the chapters in this book.UP: How are you gauging success and how does this compare with your original goals and previous editions?TB/KS: Success can be estimated from a variety of indicators: downloads of the book and individual chapters; book sales; requests for training workshops; feedback from training workshops; book reviews; citations; and visits to our online training program that is related to the book.UP: Who do you think will benefit most from this publication?TB/KS: Those most likely to benefit are doctoral students, postdoctoral trainees, and social and behavioural scientists interested in addiction research, particularly in countries with less well-resourced addiction research, but also established investigators in the field of addiction science.UP: Your previous edition was also published as free to access online. What benefits or restrictions did you consider when publishing open access, when compared to a more traditional model? Has the development of the open access publishing model effected the recommendations and advice now provided by the authors?TB/KS: The book is a product of cooperation between editors within the International Society for Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). The decision to publish the previous editions as free to access online was dictated by ISAJE’s wish to make the book available to students and researchers all over the world, irrespective of their financial resources. This argument is as strong today. Today, open access publishing has become even more of a model for research and it would have been absurd to change our position on this matter.Meet the editors: Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
The 2016 Impact Factors have been released. While Ubiquity Press fully supports journals in applying for and improving Impact Factors, we do caution against over-reliance on these as an indicator of journal quality. We are signatories to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), and recommend the text of the declaration as a good overview of concerns with the metric. To balance these concerns, we continue to provide a range of article level metrics and altmetrics, and will be expanding these in the near future. Now that that’s out of the way, from our small selection of listed journals we’ve seen the following results:International Journal of Integrated Care’s Impact Factor has increased from 1.557 to 2.230, the highest in the journal’s history. The journal’s ranking has jumped up from the third to second quartile in both of its rankings: in the science category of Health Care Sciences & Services to 35/90 (from 54/88); and in the social science category of Healthy Policy & Services, to 21/77 (from 40/75).Psychologica Belgica has seen its Impact Factor increase from 0.426 to 0.806. In the category of Psychology, Multidisciplinary, the journal has moved up from the fourth to third quartile, and now ranks 87/128 (previously 110/129).Laboratory Phonology’s Impact Factor has remained the same at 0.667, and ranks nicely in the middle at 90/180 in the category of Linguistics.International Review of Social Psychology has seen a drop in its Impact Factor, from 0.364 to 0.150.Meanwhile, the Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology is in the unusual position of currently appearing twice (in the category of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging) due to a name-change in the middle of 2015. We calculate its combined Impact Factor to be 0.201.Outside of the restricted Impact Factor calculation (which only looks at citations to articles published in the previous two years), citations as a whole have been increasing for most of these journals:Psychologica Belgica saw its largest number of total cites than ever before, a 35% increase on last year, despite having had higher Impact Factors in the past.International Journal of Integrated Care also beat its personal best of total cites, with a nearly 50% increase from 517 to 769.Laboratory Phonology (which is only on its second Impact Factor year), also had a small increase, despite its Impact Factor (and number of citable items) remaining static.Similarly, despite a drop in cites to recent content, International Review of Social Psychology received more overall citations in 2016 than in any previous year.While as mentioned above Impact Factors should by no means be used to definitively gauge the quality of a journal (or its contents), it’s safe to say that any increase in citations is certainly a good sign! Please reach out to your Editorial Manager if you would like your journal to be registered for an Impact Factor, or to discuss additional ways we can help promote and improve its impact.2016 Impact Factors was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
31 March 20171. Welcome to Our New Starters We’re very happy to welcome two new members of staff joining the Ubiquity Press team in May, Abigail Murdy and and Josie Hellawell. Abigail has joined our team of Editorial Managers and has taken over the management of a portfolio of journals and books on the Ubiquity Press platform, whilst Josie is the first person to fill a new Publishing Apprentice role, helping us to provide better customer service options. We welcome both to the team.2. Glossa Hits 100! Glossa hits 100! Only 13 months after launching in April 2016, this month saw Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, publish their 100th article.Ubiquity Press congratulate the editorial team, reviewers and authors for this fantastic achievement. With over 138,000 pages views since the launch and many more submissions in process, the next year should see continued growth and more exciting publications from the journal.3. New JournalseGEMs(Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes) has now moved to the Ubiquity Press platform. eGEMs is AcademyHealth’s peer-reviewed, open access journal created to accelerate research and quality improvement using electronic health data. Launched in 2013 eGEMs has published more than 160 papers featuring cutting-edge work from leaders in the field, and is a premier journal for approaches to redesigning the health system. To learn more about eGEMs, read the latest Call for Papers, explore the new platform, or read about opportunities to support this work, visit www.egems.org or contact the journal staff directly at email@example.com.The Journal of Cognition(JoC) is now open for submissions. Ubiquity Press is very happy to announce that the JoC site is now live and accepting submissions. Supported by the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, the journal publishes in all areas of cognitive psychology, as well as cross-disciplinary research that has clear implications for development of cognitive psychological theories. As a signatory of the Center for Open Science’s Transparency and Openness Promotion guidelines, the journal values methodological rigour and transparent scientific practices. The journal will be the first on the Ubiquity Press platform to use the ScholarOne submission and editorial system.4. Books PublishedPublishing Addiction Science A Guide for the Perplexed is a 3rd edition textbook for addiction scientists facing the complex process of contributing to scholarly journals. Written by an international group of addiction journal editors and their colleagues, this is a comprehensive account addressing how to write research articles and systematic reviews, choose a journal, respond to reviewers’ reports, become a reviewer, and resolve the often difficult authorship, ethical and citation issues that arise in addiction science publishing. It is suitable for university courses and forms the basis of the training workshops offered by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).Doing the Right Thing: A Value Based Economy by Arjo Klamer, Professor of the Economics of Art and Culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is for all those who are seeking a human perspective on economic and organisational processes. It lays the foundations for a value based approach to the economy. The book addresses the prevalence of instrumentalist thinking in the current economy and the call for another economy. Another economy demands another economics. The value based approach is another economics; it focuses on values and on the most important goods such as; families, homes, communities, knowledge and art. It places economic processes in their cultural context. The value based approach restores the ancient idea that quality of life and of society is what the economy is all about. It advocates shifting the focus from quantities (“how much?”) to qualities (“what is important?”).5. Press Book PublicationsBoth the University California Press (UCP) and the University of Westminster Press (UWP) have also published books this month!From UCP there are three titles:Mirage of Police Reform by Robert Worden and Sarah McLeanThe Indigenous State by Nancy PosteroThe Pitfalls of Protection by Torunn WimpelmannFrom UWP there is:Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism by Mariano ZukerfeldOriginally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.May 2017 Newsletter was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
27 April 2017The end of March 2017 saw the publication of ‘Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science’. Edited by Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada) and Robert Biswas-Diener (Noba, USA), the chapters within the book look at how education becomes more accessible, affordable, and flexible, knowledge and skills act as tools for the empowerment for the world’s poor, with studies pointing to education as being key factor relating to better health, improved well-being, and increased economic empowerment. With the advance of technology, the open education movement offers one possible remedy to educational inequality, through the removal of barriers to educational resources. The book ‘Open’ shares the principal voices, motivations, and practices of the open movement, with contributions from academia, private and non-profit sides of debate.One month since its publication, the book has been viewed or downloaded 2000+, helping to actively demonstrate the advantage of publishing an educational resource on an open access platform. Below, we hear a little more from the editors of the book (RJ/RB-D), on their expectations, experience and outcome of the publication:UP: Tell us a little more about the project. How did the subject of open education formulate into a book, with yourselves leading the team of contributors?RJ/RB-D: We began collaborating with one another on the NOBA project. Through that advocacy of open educational resources we discovered that there was a general lack of awareness–or worse, misconceptions–about open and how to use it. We conceived this book as a way of making explicit the strong connections between grassroots movements in teaching and research, and to showcase diverse examples of highly successful initiatives.UP: What was the process for selecting contributors/chapters? With such a wide subject matter and potential contributors, how you find it difficult to find a common narrative through the book?RJ/RB-D: Editing a book is a bit like creating a roster for an all-star game. You want some big name players, and you also want people who may be less famous but can offer a substantive contribution. We used three basic criteria for selecting our authors. First, we wanted well-known voices in the open movement. We offered the book as a chance to showcase their most recent thinking. Second, we wanted to include the voices of people representing open infrastructure. This includes, for example, people involved with Creative Commons and with foundations that fund open initiatives. Last, we wanted to make certain we were including people representing all aspects of open as it is applied in the real world. We wanted textbook and journal publishers, librarians, scientists, and teachers. We felt that this would be one of the most distinguishing features of the book: to treat open very broadly and include practical advice regarding its use.UP: Did you encounter any particular hurdles to overcome during the writing and editing process?RJ/RB-D: There are always small difficulties when editing a book. One of the peskiest of these is the organization editing demands. It is difficult to keep track of the dozens of invitations, co-authors, rough drafts, and revisions of each chapter. Fortunately, our colleague Nadia Lyubchik assisted us in this monumental task. She was able to notify us when a deadline was approaching or a draft of a chapter was overdue.UP: What were your goals for the book when the project began, and did these change as it progressed?RJ/RB-D: There was, interestingly, a natural evolution that unfolded as we edited Open. When we first conceived of the project we had our eyes focused specifically on the field of psychology. We wanted to create a book that addressed psychology textbooks, psychology journals, psychology research, and psychology departments. As we progressed, however, we saw that the content was just too good to be confined to a single discipline. We changed the title, and some of the language in the chapters to reflect this broader focus. Even so, careful readers will recognize the stamp of psychology on this book. The main lessons and insights extend across education.UP: Following from this, how are you gauging success, post-publication, and how does this compare with your original goals?RJ/RB-D: We are delighted to see how many times the book has been viewed and downloaded in its first month since publication. These numbers alone have surpassed our expectations. Of course, as with any open access publication it is likely that these numbers represent conservative estimates as the book and individual chapters may be distributed directly between readers and within networks. The book was recently reviewed positively in the widely-read Chronicle of Higher Education, which will hopefully widen its audience further. Ultimately, we are interested in the book having an impact. We hope, therefore, that scholars interested in forming a new open access journal will find and read the chapter by Aaron Jarden and Dan Weijers, that researchers interested in deterring questionable practices will read the chapter by Brian Nosek, and that educators interested in sharing their work will read the chapter by Jessica Hartnett. Moving forward, it would be terrific to see the book translated into other languages. After all, the open license is an invitation to readers to adapt the book to suit their context.UP: Who do you think will benefit most from this publication?RJ/RB-D: When we put this volume together we envisioned a fairly broad audience. We especially wanted to reach people in all fields (and administration) who are interested in open education but perhaps not expert in it. We wanted to be able to explain open’s history, definitions, and infrastructure. We wanted to address concerns about quality and offer advice about how to use open resources. We imagine these readers are academics and instructors who are passionate about teaching. Who are invested in increased accessibility. Who want to keep abreast of the latest trends. Since its publication we have also encouraged our colleagues to share this information widely with graduate students. We believe that they will become the next generation of open advocates. By educating them today we hope to make open the default tomorrow.UP: Apart from the fact that the book is knitted to the open access movement, what benefits or restrictions did you consider when publishing open access, when compared to a more traditional model?RJ/RB-D: The open education movement is in many ways a social justice movement. By removing the financial barrier to obtaining the book we hope that the book has a wider impact and is able to get into the hands of those who wish to read it. At the same time, the adoption of a CC-BY license (and no clause forbidding the creation of derivative works) is an explicit choice and invitation for the book or individual chapters to be adapted and repurposed to serve different contexts.UP: What pieces of advice would you give to potential book authors/editors out there thinking of starting their own open access project?RJ/RB-D: Consider the many moments when you might have thought “I wish there was a resource that…” If the resource you referred to falls within an area that you are especially passionate about and would be useful to a great many people, be courageous and take the next step. Find a collaborator who shares your vision and within whom you love to work, look for support within your institution or discipline, and draft a concrete proposal. The funny thing about openness is that it requires you to overcome some inhibition, including a natural terror of failing in public, in order to serve. In doing so you often liberate yourself.Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science is available to download for free as PDF, epub, mobi, and to read in-browser at https://doi.org/10.5334/bbc. The book is also available to buy in print from retailers.Originally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.Meet the editors was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
7 March 2017This month’s content:1. JISC Memberships for Institutions 2. A next generation editorial management system 3. The Library Publishing Forum4. Elementa is now publishing!5. Welcome to the Pennsylvania State University Press6. Karib: Nordic Journal of Caribbean Studies in SUP7. Books published8. Welcome to our new members of staffThis month at Ubiquity Press!1. JISC Memberships for InstitutionsAs part of an effort to have all journals and books from Ubiquity Press properly included in university library catalogues, we have launched a new open access membership option with JISC. Libraries that sign up get full MARC records for all content, plus COUNTER reporting so that they can measure usage of their OA content. Details are available here. If you’re in the UK then please help us spread the word by contacting your institution’s library and asking them to join!2. A next generation editorial management systemUbiquity Press is working with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to help produce a next generation editorial management system. In order to design an intuitive and efficient system that works for both small and large journals, we are reaching out for input from our editors. If you would like to be involved, please contact us through your Editorial Manager.3. The Library Publishing ForumUbiquity Press is sponsoring the 2017 Library Publishing Forum in Baltimore from March 20–22. Please stop by if you’re in town!4. Elementa is now publishing! We are happy to announce that Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene has started publishing on the University of California Press platform. As a trans-disciplinary journal, the articles cover a wide array of subjects, with one of the first articles being covered by major news outlets (see The Guardian and International Business Times).5. Welcome to the Pennsylvania State University Press We welcome the Pennsylvania State University Press (PSUP) in our network of partner presses. Founded in 1956, the Pennsylvania State University Press has long contributed to scholarly discourse by publishing learned, relevant, first-class works for academics and the general public. The open access humanities and social sciences titles continue that tradition and reaffirm PSUP’s commitment to disseminating vital scholarship as widely as possible.The PSUP portal was launched with the publication of twelve books from their Romance Series.6. Karib: Nordic Journal of Caribbean Studies in SUPStockholm University Press have transferred the journal Karib: Nordic Journal for Caribbean Studies to their platform. Karib is dedicated to all aspects of research on Caribbean culture. The journal’s scope is cross-disciplinary, covering a wide range of topics within the humanities and social sciences, notably literature and literary theory, history, anthropology, art, aesthetics, performance studies, cultural studies, and history of ideas. The back content is available now, with the new volume publishing soon.7. Books publishedTurn on the light on science: A research-based guide to break down popular stereotypes about science and scientists This book, based on findings from the Light’13 project, examines stereotypes within science and questions whether it is possible to adjust people’s perception of scientists and to increase interest in science and scientific careers through a series of specific actions and events. Focusing on issues such as gender, the authors examine the limitations and perceptions placed on scientists and whether these can be challenged. Authored by Antonio Tintori & Rossella Palomba.The University of California Press published Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans, a study of the local and everyday experiences of the film economy in New Orleans, Louisiana — a city that has twice taken the mantle of becoming a movie production capital. From the silent era to today’s Hollywood South, Vicki Mayer explains that the aura of a film economy is inseparable from a prevailing sense of home, even as it changes that place irrevocably.8. Welcome to our new members of staffWelcome to Peter Ford and Imogen Clarke!Pete joined the production team at Ubiquity Press in January, leaving trade publishing at Bloomsbury’s business list. A literary-fiction writer himself, he has a very sharp eye for content, and will take over Tommaso’s previous role — managing the typesetting and production of all journal articles and serving as a point of contact for most production enquiries.Imogen has joined as an Editorial Manager and will be running a portfolio of editorial products for our Ubiquity Press and partner press publications.Originally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.Monthly Summary: March 2017 was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
30 March 2017This month at Ubiquity Press!1. Most cited articleAfter reviewing our publication metrics service, we’re happy to announce that the most cited journal article published on the Ubiquity Press platform is:Thielicke, W. & Stamhuis, E.J., (2014). PIVlab — Towards User-friendly, Affordable and Accurate Digital Particle Image Velocimetry in MATLAB. Journal of Open Research Software. 2(1), p.e30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jors.blSince publication in October 2014, the article has been cited 75 times (tracking via CrossRef), as well as being viewed/downloaded 12,300+ times. Congratulations to the Journal of Open Research Software team and the authors.2. Glossa is 1 year old!The start of April marks the first anniversary of the inaugural publications appearing in the journal Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. The journal has had a very successful launch, with 74 publications online at the time of writing. The journal site has received over 111,000 pages views, with over 65,000 article views/downloads. With a healthy number of articles in process, the next 12 months should build on this very positive first year.3. Books publishedUbiquity Press is very happy to announce the publication of Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science’, edited by Rajiv Jhangiani and Robert Biswas-Diener. Examining the topics of affordable education, transparent science and accessible scholarship, this book is a must have for anyone interested in the open science and education movements. Sharing the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement, the authors offer a valued insight into the past, present and future outlook for open education and science. In the first days of publication, the book has reached #1 in Amazon’s list of new releases in Scientific Research and received nearly 300 views/downloads.In addition, our partner press, University of California Press, have been busy, publishing three titles in March. These are:Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology between Science and Ideology (Katharina Galor)Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (Garrett Field)Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood (Michael Curtin & Kevin Sanson)4. New journalsIn March at the Gathering for Open Source Hardware we launched the Journal of Open Hardware. The journal features peer-reviewed metapapers describing openly released hardware projects, and reviews on technical, legal, economic, and sociocultural aspects of open hardware design, fabrication, and distribution.We’re also very happy to announce the launch of the Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology.The journal will feature papers in all the disciplines related to digital archaeology, including 3D modelling, spatial analysis and remote sensing, geophysics, other field recording techniques, network analysis and digital reconstructions of the past. The journal is now open for submissions and is supported by the CAA.5. Welcome to our new members of staffWe are very happy to welcome two new members of the team to Ubiquity Press:Masstaneh Gholami joins our Production team. As well as completing tasks relating to the processing of journal articles and book publications, Masstaneh will be focusing on getting our journals and books submitted to the major indexes, helping to disseminate the content and raise the impact of each publication.James Hurford joins our Development team and will be a great asset in the on-going quest to make our platform as perfect and bug free as possible!Originally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.This month at Ubiquity Press! 1. Most cited… was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
28 April 2017This month at Ubiquity Press!1. Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and ScienceAfter a hugely successful publication in March, the editors of Ubiquity Press’ latest book, Open The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science, have been speaking about the open access movement, the book content and the process in which it came into being. To read the whole Q&A, please visit our blog.2. Press and journals launch: LARCWe welcome our new partner press, the Latin America Research Commons (LARC) established by the Latin America Studies Association as a portal for cutting-edge, fully open access research on Latin America. LARC is dedicated to ensuring the widest possible dissemination of monographs and journals in all disciplines relating to Latin American studies. Its principal languages of publication are Spanish and Portuguese, and its primary goal is to ensure that researchers from around the world will be able to find and access the research they need without economic or geographic barriers. LARC currently publishes and hosts the following journals: Latin American Research Review (LARR), Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies (MARLAS) and Latin American Literary Review (LALR). LARC is open for submissions of book project proposals and its goal is to publish the first monographs in 2018.3. Journal Launch: TISMIRUbiquity Press are very happy to announce the launch of the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR). Publishing novel scientific research in the field of music information retrieval (MIR), the journal is an interdisciplinary research area concerned with processing, analysing, organising and accessing music information. TISMIR was established to complement the widely cited ISMIR conference proceedings and provide a vehicle for the dissemination of the highest quality and most substantial scientific research in MIR. The journal is now collecting content for its launch issue later in the year.4. Books PublishedStockholm University Press have published their first book of the year, with Essays in Anarchism and Religion: Volume 1, edited by Matthew Adams and Alexandre Christoyannopoulos. As well as taking a look into the relationship between two such apparently conflicting ideas, this book has had all publication charges met through a crowdfunding campaign, with further donations now being sought to continue the series, with Volume 2 in preparation.University of California Press published Hokum!: The Early Sound Slapstick Short and Depression-Era Mass Culture5. Welcome to Chealsye BowleyWelcome to Chealsye Bowley who joins Ubiquity Press as a Community Manager. Chealsye is an Open Access advocate and previously worked as a Scholarly Communication Librarian. She is excited to have joined the Ubiquity Press team and looks forward to supporting the community.Originally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.Monthly update: April 2017 was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
1 February 2017This month’s content:1. HIRMEOS2. Audio Issue — Wesminster Papers in Communication and Culture3. White Rose University Press4. Open Library of Humanities5. University of California Press6. Open Quaternary Special Collection7. Books from KriteriumThis month at Ubiquity Press!1. HIRMEOSUbiquity Press is taking part in a joint European project called HIRMEOS, to help improve the technical capabilities and services of open access monograph publishing platforms, as part of the European Open Science Cloud. Our role in the project is to provide annotation functionality as well as advanced alt-metrics. The project launched in January and runs for two years, with funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme.2. Audio Issue — Westminster Papers in Communication and CultureAlongside the University of Westminster Press we are excited to announce the release of our premier audio issue for Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.The issue covers the topic of reshaping media and cultural studies for a new era and includes a written editorial and audio content from a stellar line-up of contributors.3. White Rose University PressWith this being the first anniversary of White Rose University Press we are delighted to announce the launch of the Journal of the European Second Language Association (formerly the EuroSLA Yearbook).The journal aims to showcase the best articles of the annual EuroSLA conference to promote understanding of the use application and understanding of second language learning, with the goal to open up the debate on the societal relevance of multilingual and bilingual individuals in society.4. Open Library of HumanitiesIn January the Open Library of Humanities launched two new journals:Marvell Studies publishes the leading edge of research on Andrew Marvell, his texts and readers, words and worlds.The Journal of Embodied Research is the first peer-reviewed, open access, academic journal to focus specifically on the innovation and dissemination of embodied knowledge through the medium of video. See the journal’s launch call for papers here.5. University of California PressUniversity of California Press launched its second open access journal in January, with Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene transferring from BioOne. The journal publishes original research reporting on new knowledge of the earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change. Submissions are now open and the new platform will be publishing soon.6. Open Quaternary Special CollectionThe Ubiquity Press journal, Open Quaternary, focusing on the changing environment and the development of humanity within the Quaternary, has completed its first special collection.The Meta-analyses in Zooarchaeology collection, organised by David Orton and James Morris, is now available online.7. Books from KriteriumOur partner press, Kriterium, published two more books during the holiday, Naturvetarna, ingenjörerna och valfrihetens samhälle. Rekrytering till teknik och naturvetenskap under svensk efterkrigstid by Daniel Lövheim and Theodore Metochites on the Human Condition and the Decline of Rome. Semeioseis gnomikai 27–60 by Karin Hult.Follow on Twitter | Forward to a friendAll content is subject to the Creative Commons Attribution License, except where noted.Originally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.February 2017 Newsletter №25 was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
1 November 20161. New books published2. For the Public Good: Research Access and the Promise of Open Access3. Ubiquity Press named as an emerging leader in the information industry4. New university presses in the UK: Accessing a mission5. Welcome to Craig Anderson Five books were published in October by the Ubiquity Partner Network these include: Reconsidering Cultural Heritage in East Asia (Matsuda & Mengoni eds., Ubiquity Press), Horizons of Shamanism (Peter Jackson ed., Stockholm University Press), Critical Theory of Communication (Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster Press), Luxury and Rubble (Erik Harms,Luminos), and Fortschritt und Verfall (Martin Ingenfeld, MAP).For Open Access Week Ubiquity Press took part in a series of events at Virginia Tech, presenting on university publishing and participating in a panel discussion: “For the Public Good: Research Access and the Promise of Open Access“3. Ubiquity Press named as an emerging leader in the information industryUbiquity Press was named as one of the top 10 emerging companies in the information industry by Outsell, and presented at their Emerging Company Growth Tank event on October 5th.4. New university presses in the UK: Accessing a missionAn article co-authored by Andrew Lockett, of University of Westminster Press, about the state of university publishing in the UK has recently featured in the journal Learned Publishing. Find the article here.5. Welcome to Craig AndersonWelcome to Craig Anderson who joins Ubiquity Press as the new Technical Team Lead. Craig is from Australia, where he has spent the last 16 years working on web projects for organisations such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Headspace (the federal government’s youth mental health initiative). He also has previous experience of publishing having spent time editing books on web development.Originally published at ubiquitypress.tumblr.com.Monthly summary: October 2016 was originally published in Ubiquity Press on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.