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What impact has the changing research ecosystem had on the role of the Publisher?

Publons' Global State of Peer Review 2018 is here! Far-reaching and pulling no punches, this largescale report assesses the lay of the research landscape to improve the future of peer review.

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The critical path from research to publication is getting longer and Publishers, like researchers, are having to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape, a landscape where the implementation of effective services to deliver quality research is paramount. In the seventh and final instalment of our Publisher insight articles, discover the perspectives of Wiley, SAGE, The British Institute of Radiology, and the Association of University Presses on how a 21st century publisher delivers a smooth journey from research to publication.

Tami Potten, Editorial Development Manager, The British Institute of Radiology:

For the BIR, a small, not-for-profit, independent society publisher, publishing is about providing a service to our research community, as a reputable and reliable source and outlet for their work. There are many aspects to the publishing process within the research landscape and it is an obvious step for large, commercial publishers to seek a bigger role in this. Maintaining the integrity of the publishing process and scholarly record should be the unequivocal priority for the industry as a whole when it comes to the evolving role of large publishers. > >

Cross-publisher initiatives, such as Publons, are important as they cut across the landscape and allow researchers to benefit no matter where they choose to publish.

Kristen Marchetti, Associate Director of Peer Review, SAGE:

At SAGE our commitment is first and foremost to our authors, editors and the wider scholarly community. > >

Content is at the heart of what we do, but the digital revolution has obviously created an ever expanding array of tools and services to help the researcher beyond the article. In order to respond to these changing needs, we as a community need to be adaptive to the ways in which research, accessibility and engagement with content in changing.

At SAGE we recognize that in order to continue effectively supporting – and truly engaging with – our community, we need to provide both the content and the software they need in order to carry out every part of the researcher workflow chain in a way that suits their needs. SAGE continues to develop our focus on providing tools and services to help researchers to conduct their work optimally. Some of this we develop internally, but partnering with companies like Publons, who have the expertise and resources where we may not, is also key in helping us to realize and continue our mission of supporting the research community.

Peter Berkery, Executive Director, Association of University Presses:

I love this question, because it goes right to the heart of the difference I’ve referenced repeatedly in the Q&A: university presses always have been service-providers! > >

In addition to the growth of service-publishing programs and the emergence of cooperative service divisions, many university presses serve as publishing and copyright educators to faculty and students on campus.

And of course university press editors are unique in the time they devote to educating their authors – especially first-time authors – on the entire publishing process. Welcome to our world!

Elizabeth Moylan, iPublisher, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics, Wiley:

Publishers have always been service providers, but publishing research is not an ‘end point’ or even a ‘start point’ anymore. > >

Publishing is just one aspect of the seamless journey from proposing research (protocols) to conducting research (gathering data), to sharing the outcome (more data and narrative around that data), with feedback (peer review).

Publishers need to facilitate that, especially within an open publishing framework and collaborate with organizations (like Publons and others) who can help make that happen.


Publons Global State of Peer Review Report

What does the peer review landscape look like today? Is it getting better or worse? And who's actually doing all the peer review, anyway? We made it part of our Peer Review Week mission to find out.

  • Publons' Global State of peer review report combines:
  • Rich and extensive data from Clarivate Analytic's ScholarOne Manuscripts and Web of Science
  • Data-driven analysis from Publons' exclusive cross-publisher peer review platform
  • Survey responses from ~12,000 researchers around the globe
  • Statistics and insight to reveal the peer uncover the future direction of peer review.

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