Scholars’ views on Open Peer Review – Presenting Survey Results – ScienceOpen Blog

“Sometimes publishers are afraid that it will be difficult to get researchers to peer review if they ask them to publish their full name and peer review report. Our survey attempted to look into the issue by asking scholars about their views and attitudes toward open peer review, as well as what they would be willing to do as reviewers….

Peer review reports appear to be very important to our respondents, as the majority of them are willing to get their reports published. Below some results on views and attitudes:

39% are willing to have their name published as a reviewer, but not the peer review report.
58% are willing to have their peer review reports published, but not their names.
59.5% of our respondents are willing to remain anonymous as reviewers and share the peer review report only with the authors and editors.
50% agree with publishing both the peer review report and their names with their article….”

ScienceOpen at NISO’s “Building Access, Openness, and Sharing” Conference – ScienceOpen Blog

“On September 28th, NISO will host a virtual conference on Building Access, Openness, and Sharing, and our CEO Stephanie Dawson will be one of the speakers. The conference will focus on what is required to establish a research environment in which easy digital access is the norm.

This virtual conference will analyze some of the practices and policies that are critical to supporting expanded access and sharing of scholarship. Stephanie will kick off the conference with a keynote session at 12:15 p.m. (ET), during which she will discuss what is critical to building the future of platform technology and the policies that govern those platforms, in a Vision Interview with NISO Executive Director Todd Carpenter….”

Take the Open Peer Review Survey! – ScienceOpen Blog

“Expert peer review is the essential component of scholarly publishing and currently the standard mode of validating the results of academic inquiry. Because of its critical role, there are increasing calls to make this part of the process more transparent with Open Peer Review.

There are pros and cons of Open Peer Review, so we would like to hear from you. Do you believe that Open Peer Review will catalyze a culture of open scholarly debate, or do you feel that it will prevent researchers from being completely honest in their critique?

Take our survey and share your experiences and thoughts!…”

#PublishYourReviews: Open Conversation on Preprints and Reviewing – ScienceOpen Blog

“#PublishYourReviews is a campaign to encourage more transparency, enrich the scientific conversation with diverse expertise, and catalyze a culture of open commenting on preprints. ScienceOpen is proud to be a supporter of this initiative spearheaded by ASAPbio, a scientist-driven nonprofit working to promote innovation and transparency in the life sciences.

Publish Your Reviews encourages all reviewers to post their comments alongside the preprint versions of articles.

With over 2 million indexed preprints from a wide range of repositories and a powerful infrastructure for open peer review, ScienceOpen is ideally situated to support the Publish Your Reviews initiative. We look forward to facilitating the conversation on preprints and open peer reviewing and publishing your reviews!

The initiative invites all the researchers interested in promoting more open dialog around preprints to sign the following pledge:

“When a journal invites me to review an article that is available as a preprint, I will publish my review alongside the preprint. I will make sure that the published version of my review does not include the journal name, a recommendation for publication, or other confidential information.”


AsiaChem Magazine has joined ScienceOpen – ScienceOpen Blog

“The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) is a federation of 32 chemical societies of countries and territories in the Asia Pacific, aiming to promote the advancement and appreciation of chemistry and the interests of professional chemists in the region. As of today, all activities and updates from the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, as well as cutting-edge science articles, publications on the history of chemistry, interviews, and essays, will be available on ScienceOpen, as AsiaChem, the official magazine of FACS, has joined our network….”

Benefits of publishing with us | About UCL Open: Environment

“UCL Open: Environment is committed to using its position and unique set of strengths to develop and disseminate original knowledge, not only for its own inherent value but also to address the significant challenges facing the world today and those that will arise in the future.

Drawing on these founding values, we want to stimulate disruptive thinking across the research landscape to showcase radical and critical thinking applied to real world problems that benefit humanity. We believe that the future of scientific and scholarly pursuit is best served by an open science agenda and fully open access publishing because knowledge should be accessible to all, regardless of location or financial means. We want to transform the way new knowledge is shared openly and without barriers….”

University Presses on ScienceOpen – ScienceOpen Blog

“ScienceOpen’s ever-growing network is constantly being enriched with content from a diverse range of publishers, including many university presses and journals. Our platform can help universities by contextualizing their research and promoting it in our discovery network and beyond.

Our open-access hosting services for university presses include the creation and maintenance of high-quality XML metadata; pdf hosting with an automatic deposit to Crossref; a peer-review management dashboard for open or single-blind peer review; customized publisher branding; access to our dynamic search and filtering tools; long-term archiving, and much more.

In today’s article, we want to focus on the list of university presses that have chosen ScienceOpen to publish their journals and research, as well as the various fields of research that their publications cover….”

ScienceOpen is the new hosting platform for Pluto Journals – ScienceOpen Blog

“We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with Pluto Journals to host their 21 academic journals on the ScienceOpen platform. We have provided open access hosting services for all journals, and each journal has access to ScienceOpen’s peer review and manuscript submission management systems.”

Modern Languages Open – ScienceOpen

“Modern Languages Open (MLO) is a peer-reviewed platform for the open access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience.  It provides

Interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective
Gold Open Access under a CC-BY licence
Rigorous peer review pre-publication interactivity post-publication
Rewards for article reviewers
Flexibility on article length from 3,000-15,000 words
International dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press


MLO is published by Liverpool University Press, one of the world’s leading publishers in the modern languages, in partnership with the University of Liverpool Library….”

The Results Are In of Our Open Access Survey

A few weeks ago, we sent out a survey to hear about your experiences with Open Access. In this survey we asked questions like, do you believe the scholarly community could do research more effectively if all scientific communication were freely available under an open access license? and, would you prefer if peer reviews were made open? We’re happy to present the results today which coincides nicely with the final day of Open Access Week 2021

Tell us about your experience with Open Access!

“We have put together a short survey to learn about people’s experiences with open access. This survey asks a range of questions, and you only need to answer the ones that are relevant to you! Everyone in the scholarly community is welcome to participate, including students, publishers, and scholars.

Some of the questions you will be asked in the survey are:

Do you believe the scholarly community could do research more effectively if all scientific communication were freely available under an open access license?
Have you ever published an article open access?
What is a reasonable APC for an open access research article?
Would you prefer if peer reviews were made open? For example, so anyone could read what the reviewer recommended and anyone could know who the reviewer was.
Have you ever needed access to a research article and were unable to read it due to pay walls? …”

Humanities Content on ScienceOpen – ScienceOpen Blog

“Although our name may suggest a focus on the physical and natural sciences, ScienceOpen works with all types of scholarly publishers. Many of our partners are publishing in the fields of humanities and social sciences (HSS), and so ScienceOpen is a great resource for research in these areas in addition to STEM subjects. In this post, we are pleased to highlight some very interesting and recently added HSS content and Collections on the platform….

In this post, we start out by presenting six Collections of Books that fall into the HSS subjects. Next, we have listed many of the humanities journals that are featured on the platform. We then list Collections created with our partner, Emerald Publishing, that bring together research on the Sustainable Development Goals that include a lot of HSS research. Lastly, we have listed a couple new Social Sciences (SS) Journal Collections on ScienceOpen. We hope you’re able to find something that inspires you in this extensive list of HSS research on ScienceOpen….”