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The Centre for Journalology in Ottawa has performed a very large, systematic study of the predatory journal phenomenon. Jason Roberts summarizes the results from one of the two papers that represent the culmination of several years of work.
Every month ISMTE shares select articles with industry partners and the public. These articles are archived here.
|Cleaning Up “Sloppy Science”
by Franca Bianchini and Sherryl Sundell
December 2017 / January 2018 - Issue 11
Franca Bianchini and Sherryl Sundell share their experiences with checking image integrity at their journal.
Project Cupcake is a new initiative that will provide frameworks for robust qualitative and quantitative journal-level indicators that illustrate how well publishers serve authors and the scientific community.
The Dark Side of Peer Review
by Jonathan P. Tennant, PhD
September 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 8
Does transparency help or harm the peer review process? Jonathan Tennant of ScienceOpen weighs in.
Article production in Asian countries has paralleled the rapid Asian economic development. However, many journals from Asian countries find it challenging to maintain international publishing standards. Sun Huh describes how the Council of Asian Science Editors is helping.
What really brings scientists together? Is the March for Science enough to change the minds of lawmakers? Meaghan Kelly explores the effect of the current political climate on science and scholarly publishing.
Today, social media usage isn’t really a choice. It’s a must. Anne Brenner explains how to establish and maintain your journal’s presence.
Beall’s List is gone. Jason Roberts explores what this means, and what should come next.
Open Data: Repositories and Policies
by Meredith Morovati
December 2016 / January 2017 Volume 9 - Issue 11
Alongside the Open Access movement is a move toward open data. Meredith Morovati writes about Dryad, an open data repository, and how journals might create policies surrounding data access and sharing.
Dopey Dupe Retractions: How Publisher Error Hurts Researchers
by Adam Etkin and Ivan Oransky, MD
December 2016 / January 2017 Volume 9 - Issue 11
Adam Etkin and Ivan Oransky explore retractions made due to publisher error and call for a better way to distinguish them.
Cell Line Contamination and the Managing Editor
by Carolyn Sperry
November 2016 - Volume 5 - Issue 10
Carolyn Sperry interviews Amanda Capes-Davis, chair of the International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC), about contaminated cell lines and what Managing Editors can do to make sure their authors are not submitting research based on corrupted cell lines. Amanda explains that awareness is key and provides several resources for cell line information. Increasingly, journals are adding cell line requirements to their author guidelines and this should be considered best practice.
Did you participate in Peer Review Week 2016? This second annual event featured webinars, social media activity, and provided many resources on peer review, mostly focusing on the topic of reviewer recognition. In her article, Cath Cotton expands on this year’s events and discusses the importance of making peer review count.
by David Mellor
September 2016 - Volume 5, Issue 8
Dr. David Mellor of The Center for Open Science discusses the key steps to increasing reproducibility and transparency in scientific publishing. Journal editors are a critical component of this complex undertaking, as the entire academic ecosystem must begin to reward better practices.
Tom Lang and Doug Altman, developed a set of guidelines for reporting statistical methods. The SAMPL guidelines can be added to Author Instructions and serve as a reference for authors and editors alike.
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
by Ira Salkin
July 2016 - Volume 5, Issue 6
In this article, Ira Salkin discusses various examples of how researchers are able to manipulate collected data in order to support the significance of their results.
Establishing Your Journal’s Online Presence
by Danielle Padula
June 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 5
Access to articles online is a must-have for today's journals. Check out these tips for establishing your journal's online presence.
Development of an Online Tool to Help Authors Provide Full Ethics Statements to Support Their Journal Submissions
by Alice Ellingham, Tracy Ronan, Rosie Walker, and Andrew Walker
May 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 4
Sometimes we find ways to pull order from chaos. EthicsGen is a new online tool that helps authors develop complete ethics statements for journal submissions. This helps authors standardize their disclosures and simplifies the process.
As Alicia Byrne writes, there can be a lot of trial and error when trying something new. She details her experience with launching a journal club podcast, touching on logistics, timelines, and lessons learned.
by Stuart Taylor
April 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 3
Many online editorial systems include an option for authors to register for and/or supply an ORCID iD. However, some publishers, such as the Royal Society in the United Kingdom, are now requiring submitting authors to provide their ORCID iDs. Read Stuart Taylor’s article to learn more about why they are encouraging widespread ORCID adoption and how this unique identifier is being integrated into more and more research systems.
Open Access: The Basics, the Benefits, and the Future
by Seth James
March 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 2
Seth James discusses the differences in operation between hybrid and full OA journals, and explains the process for so-called “cascade” journal models. He also reviews the benefits of publishing under a Creative Commons license.
In an effort to provide proactive service, Duncan Nicholas writes about setting up customized and automated template letters that can be triggered to send emails after certain tasks are completed. Automating these emails reduces time spent manually checking the system while proactively informing authors or reviewers about the status of their manuscript.
STM Publishing in China
by Yan Shuai
December 2015 / January 2016 - Volume 8, Issue 12
In this article, Yan Shaui, Director of Journal Publishing at Tsinghua University Press, discusses the evolving STM publishing environment in China.
How Do You Figure?
by Ashley Smith, PhD
November 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 11
In “How Do You Figure?” Ashley Smith discusses the common areas of author confusion regarding figure guidelines and offers suggestions on how to simplify and clarify journal guidelines.
The Best of Both Worlds
by Jennifer Deyton
October 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 10
Jennifer Deyton writes about the changes and growth J&J Editorial has experienced over the past several years and describes the challenges and benefits of finding a balance between working and managing remotely and being able to collaborate in a shared brick-and-mortar office space.
September 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 9
For many of us, a key element of our day-to-day work involves responding to and answering questions from our editors, authors, and reviewers. It can be repetitive and sometimes confusing to constantly send out information and track responses. The Publications Department at the American Geophysical Union came up with and implemented a solution—the AGU’s Editor Portal—as a way to increase communication among editors and to serve as a hub for journal-related information.
by Deborah E. Bowman, MFA, ELS; Prof MVDr. Eva Baranyiova, CSc; Kristen Overstreet, BA; and
Sherryl Sundell, BA
August 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 8
Written by a group of ISMTE and EASE leaders, this article provides a history of the Impact Factor, explains how IF’s are awarded, and details ways in which your journal’s IF can be improved. This original article on the Impact Factor serves as an excellent resource for all Editorial Office staff.
Should Editors Be Writers Too?
by Rosemary Shipton
July 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 7
One of the missions of the ISMTE is to enhance the professional roles of those who manage peer review and Editorial Offices for academic and scholarly journals. As we all know, the definition of our roles and the responsibilities we take on are quite varied from journal to journal. Rosemary Shipton explores this topic and asks the question—Should editors be able to write too?
Nip and Tuck: Redesigning a Medical Journal’s Blog for Solutions
by Liz Bury
June 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 6
In this month’s Editor’s Choice, “Nip and Tuck: Redesigning a Medical Journal’s Blog,” Liz Bury shares her experience with redesigning her journal’s blog. Updates included choosing a new theme, changing the blog’s name, and updating the blog’s logo.
Libraries have historically been the place to go (and the librarian the go-to person) for researching and discovering content. But how is the library’s role changing now that everyone from my grandma to my eight-year-old cousin has an iPad at his/her fingertips? In her article, “The Many Paths to Content Discovery: A Librarian's Perspective,” Elizabeth Lorbeer, Library Director at Western Michigan University, discusses how librarians have embraced alternative discovery services, such as third-party apps, and details the challenges they face distributing content to new types of users.
“Help Wanted!” as Library Publishers Search
by Charles Watkinson
May 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 5
Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan, discusses the changing role of academic librarians as partners in the research process.
by Luk Cox, PhD
April 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 4
Have you heard about one of the newest initiatives in scientific publishing—graphical abstracts? Luk Cox discusses how graphical abstracts provide added value to an authors’ research in his article
“Are Graphical Abstracts Changing the Way We Publish?”
For many researchers, rejection is part of the game in scholarly publishing. Chloe Tuck from Technica Editorial explores the appeals process and provides recommendations on effective rebuttal letters and what to avoid when handling an appeal.
For Whom the BELS Tolls
by Deborah E. Bowman
February 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 2
Have you thought of pursuing a certificate in editing? Deborah Bowman shares how she applied for, completed, and passed the BELS exam and provides some reasons you might consider doing the same.
Standards and the Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem
by Richard Wynne and Alison O'Connell
January 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 1
Richard Wynne and Alison O’Connell from Aries Systems discuss emerging data standards in scholarly publishing, such as single sign-on, manuscript transfer services, and Open Access payment processing, and how they are being used to solve inefficiencies in data transfer.
Working with your Production Vendor
November 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 10
by Nancy Devaux
Nancy Devaux provides some suggestions and helpful hints for working with your production vendor.Communicating is key to a successful relationship and a smooth production process.
October 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 9
by Elizabeth Brenner
At one point or another, we all will most likely undergo an Editor-in-Chief transition. Elizabeth Brenner, Assistant Managing Editor at Wiley, shares what she learned from her experience in transitioning an Editor-in-Chief.
Phill Jones of Digital Science discusses the challenges the STM publishing community faces when predicting researchers’ needs.
September 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 8
by Charley Miao
The September Editor’s Choice article comes from Charley Miao, General Manager of CNKI S&T Translation and Publishing Press. Charley discusses publication ethics in China including the development of publishing standards and solutions to manage publication misconduct.
ORCID Identifiers: Which Joe/Jo/João Do I Seek?
September 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 8
by Laura D. Paglione
Name ambiguity in the research community is a continuing challenge for researchers, organizations, associations, and publishers alike. ORCID (http://orcid.org) has established a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars and is working to embed these identifiers in workflows, including manuscript submission systems and grant applications.
Why and how to Implement ORCID in a University
September 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 8
by Neil Jacobs and Verena Weigert
Neil Jacobs and Verena Weigert from Jisc discuss a UK pilot program to integrate ORCID iDs into the university setting. The intention of the program is to test how ORCID iDs might work in local systems and workflows and to see if ORCID membership should be further promoted in the UK on a national scale.
August 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 7
by Kris Novak and Brook Simpson
Dr.Kristine Novak and Brook Simpson discuss the updates they made to the AGA Journals Blog, which included a site redesign and increasing the number of posts published each week.
Altmetrics: A Modern Way to Assess Research and Journals
May 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 4
by MIKE BUSCHMAN, CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, PLUM ANALYTICS, AND ANDREA MICHALEK, PRESIDENT, PLUM ANALYTICS AND MARIANNE PARKHILL, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, PLUM ANALYTICS
Mike Buschman, Andrea Michalek, Marianne Parkhill from Plum Analytics discuss new advancements for determining an article’s impact. Altmetrics, such as those generated by Plum Analytics, provides authors and journals with article-level metrics that show the social reach of a paper using sources like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, PLOS, and PubMed.
February 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 1
by CATHERINE CHIMES, HEAD OF MARKETING & CUSTOMER RELATIONS, ALTMETRIC LLP
Altmetrics have become a buzzword in scholarly publishing in the last year. But just what is all the fuss about?
December 2013/January 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 11
by SHELLY MILLER, SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR, THE CHARLESWORTH GROUP USA
no secret - China's publishing and research industry has been rapidly
growing over the past few years. Its standards have been
challenged and raised, and international markets have been opened to
Chinese publications. As a publisher, it may seem clearer than
ever that there are many reasons why you should have an interest in the
dynamic market in China.
August 2013 - Volume 6, Issue 7
by KRISTEN OVERSTREET, POSTER COMMITTEE CHAIR, ISMTE PRESIDENT-ELECT; SENIOR PARTNER, ORIGIN EDITORIAL, LLC
ISMTE Poster Committee was pleased to accept 15 poster proposals for
the 2013 North American and European conferences. Eleven authors
submitted their posters by the July 1 deadline for presentation at the
meetings. You will find the abstracts for these 11 posters below. The
abstracts are presented in the order they were received.
May 2013 - Volume 6, Issue 4
by IRENE HAMES, PHD, FSB EDITORIAL AND PUBLISHING CONSULTANT, COPE COUNCIL MEMBER; IRENE.HAMES@GMAIL.COM
(the Committee on Publication Ethics) provides advice to editors and
publishers on all aspects of publication ethics. To help fulfill that
remit, it produces a number of guidelines that are freely available on
its website http:// publicationethics.org/. On 22 March 2013, COPE
published its most recent set, Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers,
launching them at the annual European Seminar in London.
February 2013 - Volume 6, Issue 1
by PETE BINFIELD, CO-FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER, PEERJ
have been associated with ISMTE since before it launched, and was
honored to be invited to present to the recent ISMTE conference at
Washington, DC, in my capacity as the co-Founder and Publisher of PeerJ
(a recently launched startup company in the Open Access space). As a
result of this presentation, I was asked to expand a little on both
PeerJ and my thoughts on the future of Open Access for EON.
July 2008 - Volume 1, Issue 5
by MARY ANNONIO, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY, JIDOFFICE@SIDNET.ORG
staff of scientific and technical journals, our goal is to publish the
most accurate, precise, and original information for our readers.
Growing technical advances in electronic communication and digital
imaging software make this goal increasingly challenging to meet.
Programs such as Adobe Photoshop make it easy to perform any of a wide
variety of alterations to an image such as add, delete, color, copy,
stamp, paste, or clone. Whether unintentional or deliberate, authors may
be tempted to use imaging software to ‘touch-up' figures to make them
look more attractive, cleaner, simpler, or to better reflect the desired
result of an experiment. These actions pose a problem to editors
dealing with raw scientific and technical data. Alterations made to
images can be considered inappropriate manipulation of the original data
and may be classified as research misconduct, especially if it
falsifies the results of an experiment or study. Below are some general
guidelines and tools editorial staff can use to help prevent image
manipulation and ensure the accuracy and honesty of the data they
July 2011 - Volume 4, Issue 6
by BY IRA SALKIN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, MEDICAL MYCOLOGY, ISMTE TREASURER; IRASALKIN@AOL.COM
interesting brief article concerning sources of potential conflicts of
interest (COI) appeared relatively recently in Ethical Editing, the
newsletter of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)1. To set the
stage, the editorial first presents the following succinct definition of
COI, which appeared in 2009 in a report issued by the Institute of
May 2011 - Volume 4, Issue 4
by BY RACHEL A. RUSSELL, MANAGING EDITOR, AMERICAN MINERALOGIST; RRUSSELL@MINSOCAM.ORG
life is changing. Due to rising gas prices, Web-based workflows,
authors/editors/reviewers in many time zones, and 'magical' software
like Timbuktu®, Citrix, and InSites that is accessible anywhere,
telecommuting one day a week (or more) is perfectly possible and
productive. I do it too, and I enjoy my weekly (or more if there's an
emergency) telecommuting day. But before we tell our employers we don't
need the office, let's consider the joys and benefits of working in one.
August 2010 - Volume 3, Issue 7
by JASON ROBERTS, PHD, MANAGING EDITOR, HEADACHE, PAST-PRESIDENT, ISMTE, JOURNAL@AHSNET.ORG
this first of two articles Jason Roberts examines the problem of poor
reporting in biomedical journals, how it undermines otherwise good
research, and what solutions are emerging to tackle this problem. The
article concludes by addressing why editorial offices need to be a part
of the solution. In next month's issue of EON, a second article will
examine how editorial offices can institute reporting guidelines to
encourage authors to raise standards.