Using Impact Vizor to shape a new journal

I’ve written about Impact Vizor before , and some of the opportunities it helps you identify for your journal program. As with the full suite of Vizors, Impact Vizor has been designed around the idea that a better view of your data can help you make better decisions, but today I’d like to delve a little deeper into how you might go about using these in a specific business context. Continue reading

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

A Preprint Goes Viral. What Happens Next?

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s bioRxiv preprint server hit a milestone these last few days with the posting of a preprint on the link between cell phone radiation and tumors in rats. CSHL and HighWire – who hosts the bioRxiv manuscript system and preprint server for CSHL – watched the traffic and commentary on the paper climb.   In under 24 hours, the paper had ‘scored’ in the top 500 of over 5 million articles in terms of social media. In two days it had over 50,000 PDF downloads; and four days after posting it at about 90,000 downloads and in the top 215. And this happened on a traditionally “slow news period” of a US and UK holiday.   What did this accomplish? Continue reading

HighWire’s Big Move Into Belfast: Internationalizing Customer Service

HighWire opened its first international office, in Belfast Northern Ireland, just a few weeks ago. Anytime an industry leader does something for the first time — especially after twenty years — it is worth asking why, why now, why here, and for whom.  During HighWire’s spring publisher’s meeting in London last week I sat down with Dan Filby, HighWire’s CEO, who spearheaded this launch, and asked him these questions and more. Continue reading

“Format-neutral”: Why doesn’t every journal accept submissions this way?

Attracting and retaining authors is a significant goal for HighWire’s publishers: based on our survey of publisher priorities, this comes out at the top!   So it is not surprising that editors and publishers spend time understanding what authors want, and what the barriers are to great experiences with a particular journal.   Especially with increasing competition, this is not just an abstract “feel good” or a “do your best” kind of thing. If authors routinely go elsewhere, you may see a decline in quality submissions, with the obvious subsequent effect on impact.

There have been studies – both anecdotal and survey – of what matters to authors in deciding where to submit their work.   And these largely confirm what we know about the decision-making around submission.   Scholarly Kitchen author Rick Anderson described his manuscript submission experience, and it wasn’t pretty. Continue reading

Which Metrics Matter?

So much is being written about metrics that I’m loathe to add yet another post to the pile.  But this will be a simple and short story.

When HighWire interviewed Stanford authors who had published in PLOS One, among our questions was “what metrics do you pay attention to?”  (PLOS One was an early adopter of copious ‘altmetrics’, hence the question.)  We got bi-polar answers: Continue reading