Impact is not just a “Factor”: Seeing the different facets of research resonance

With the recent release of the 2016 Journal Impact Factors (JIF) we’ve seen the accompanying annual flurry of publicity and controversy. The recent announcement that American Society of Microbiology (ASM) – as a society, not only as a journal publisher — will join the growing list of signatories to DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment) is a reminder that there is a strongly recognized need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated, and that the JIF alone is not it. Continue reading

Why is integrated content important?

What is integrated content?

‘Integrated content’ is one of those terms that does the rounds in scholarly and professional publishing, while meaning vastly different things depending on the context. The term has stood variously for the combination of content types on a platform, such as journal articles and ebooks, or for the merging of in-house editorial and production procedures. Defined here as the intelligent integration of different kinds of content on the same platform, or even within the same content container, such as a webpage or monograph, integrated content is the future of digital publishing. Continue reading