Interactive and easy scholarly exchange on ScienceOpen – a research discovery platform

Guest blog by Inasa Bibic, Scientific Communication and Outreach Manager, ScienceOpen GmbH

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Free access to knowledge and open communication between researchers drive creativity, innovation, and development. ScienceOpen is a research discovery platform with over 52 million article records that promotes open science by facilitating open and public communication across all scholarly disciplines and between all stakeholders – including academics and scholarly publishers.

With smart search and filtering tools that make research easily discoverable across over 52 million article records, ScienceOpen is a user-friendly accessible platform – for researchers and non-academic knowledge explorers alike. Interactive features for the research community include researcher-led Collections, post-publication peer review, commenting, recommending, and rating scholarly articles. Every user can search and read metadata and Open Access articles and share them with others via e-mail or social media. Users are invited to add to the context of an article by commenting, reviewing, recommending, or adding to a curated Collection of research articles.

Registration and the use of collaboration and networking tools are completely free of charge. To create a space for reliable and transparent scholarly discourse that prevents misuse of our reviewing and commenting functions, registration at ScienceOpen requires a previous registration at ORCiD, a non-profit organization that provides unique researcher identifiers. Only authenticated researchers registered at ScienceOpen via ORCiD with at least 5 articles assigned to their ORCiD account (see our User categories) may officially review a paper. Members with at least one publication assigned to their ORCiD account can comment on a paper.

Community Curation

ScienceOpen’s unique researcher-led Collections drive discovery of specific research. Collections are started by either a single editor or a group of editors on ScienceOpen who can select articles and preprints from over 52 million records or add any missing content. Editors have full curatorial responsibility over their Collections. They select relevant research, comment on articles to highlight their scholarly importance, can write an editorial describing the scope and aim of the collection, and encourage the circulation of research through peer review and sharing with their scientific circle. Any researcher can share their expertise by writing an article review on ScienceOpen. Collection editors have the possibility of managing post-publication article reviews for their Collection. Apply here to become a Collection Editor!

Featured Collections provide publishers with flexible curation tools to promote a single journal title or a field of research that combines content from multiple publications. Featured collections are promoted with banners on all relevant articles within the 52 million articles in our database. A “Submit manuscript” button on the collection page that leads to the publisher’s submission system makes it possible for new authors to contribute to a journal.

ScienceOpen creates a contextual environment for research content by tracking citations between all the articles and records within the database. ScienceOpen also provides Altmetric scores on all articles, making search results filterable by social media mentions. This unique combination of filtering options gives users a broader picture of the online attention surrounding a given research field.

ScienceOpen User Dashboard

My ScienceOpen, the free user dashboard, provides authors with all they need to increase impact of their articles and keep track of their research progress. My ScienceOpen is an integrated profile based on ORCiD data where academics can visualize their research impact through enhanced author-level metrics. Key features of this author promotion tool include:

  • interactive visualizations of an author’s readers, citations, and Altmetric scores for all their publications through time
  • addition of non-specialist article summaries, disciplines, keywords, and images to their article records to increase visibility within the database
  • extraction of articles as RIS, BibTeX and EndNote citation metadata for your reference manager
  • enhanced statistics for collection Editors to track usage
  • management of article reviews
  • saved searches

We provide authors with an interactive interface to make it as easy as possible for them to enhance the visibility of their articles and to share them – or create a collection of their own!

Publishing with ScienceOpen

Publish a Poster on ScienceOpen

Organizing or participating in a conference this year? Publishing a poster digitally is a great way for researchers and conference organizers to share and discuss preliminary research results with the broader scientific community before publishing an article. ScienceOpen has been publishing conference posters open access for years with over 170 posters on the platform. Now with an easy upload function, integration with ORCiD and Crossref, and a full spectrum of usage metrics from citations to Altmetric Score, ScienceOpen offers a state-of-the-art platform for your poster.

For conference organizers, publishing posters and proceedings on ScienceOpen is a low-cost alternative that puts your conference output in the context of over 52 million article records, with smart search and filtering tools and interactive features for the research community.  A branded Collection landing page attractively promotes your conference, with “related collection” banners on all relevant content in the database. If you are interested in promoting a selection of your conference posters or proceedings—as in the example of the Model Reduction of Parametrized Systems conference—simply contact us to learn more about how we could help you with your conference content.

Preprints at ScienceOpen

ScienceOpen has supported the essential role of preprints in speeding up science from the beginning by integrating arXiv preprints on the platform, followed by records for over 27,000 bioRxiv preprints, and a feature to add records from other preprint serves such as Preprints.orgPeerJ PreprintsChemRxiv, and Open Science Framework repositories. To support researchers in fully utilizing the benefits of preprint publishing, ScienceOpen offers open and free preprint publishing on our platform! Anyone can upload, publish, and promote their preprint using a free and simple interface with access to a full suite of tools for peer review, constructive discussion through comments, and usage and impact tracking.

To upload a preprint, simply click on the “submit a manuscript” button on our ScienceOpen Preprints collection page. Your preprint will undergo an editorial review to check for completeness, and basic scholarly integrity, and will then be published on ScienceOpen with a Crossref DOI (Digital Object Identifier), a CC BY 4.0 attribution license, and a preprint flag.

UCL’s open access megajournal on ScienceOpen

The new open access megajournal by UCL Press, ‘UCL Open’, is the first university megajournal with a transparent, open access publishing model that allows everyone access to research. The megajournal is being piloted with ‘UCL Open: Environment’ – an environment-related research depository that brings together publications from life and earth sciences, as well as population, engineering, medical, physical, and social sciences. Powered by ScienceOpen technology, this megajournal provides researchers and students with top research free of charge. UCL’s publishing platform sets a new paradigm for the scholarly future where new knowledge is shared openly and publicly. Explore more about ‘UCL Open: Environment’ here and submit your manuscript today!

Full integration with ORCiD and Crossref

The ScienceOpen platform has been fully integrated with both Crossref and ORCiD from the start. Researcher profile information is synchronized with ORCiD, allowing an easy management of profile data across several scientific platforms. Unique content on ScienceOpen—from article reviews and editorials, to posters and preprints—receive a CrossRef DOI and are synchronized with the author’s ORCiD profile. As a metadata affiliate of Crossref, ScienceOpen integrates, validates, and displays metadata from a wide range of content.

Embedded in a dynamic discovery environment of over 52 million records, your research can reach new interdisciplinary horizons with community curation tools, article-level metrics, dynamic content display, peer review infrastructure, and more. Start a Collection on ScienceOpen today!

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