A Common Lot: Publishers & Researchers

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Throughout March, CCC is delivering a series of virtual programming planned for London Book Fair presentations. For a complete schedule, please visit: http://www.copyright.com/lbf2020

On Monday, March 23, 2020, we released a podcast edition for “A Common Lot and Lot in Common,” originally scheduled for the second day of London Book Fair 2020.

Researchers and publishers have much in common. Dr. Milka Kostic recently told the Scholarly Kitchen blog that both “want to make a difference – they want to advance human health and wellbeing, the health of our planet, and of our society.”

Spurred by the movement toward Open Access and Open Science, transformative agreements prescribe educational programs on open access publishing for scholars. On their own and with third-party vendors, publishers also provide editorial assistance, social media services and career development guidance.

Panelists Kathryn Sharples of Wiley, Pablo Palmeiro at Editage, and Ros Pyne with Springer Nature shared with me how scholarly publishers have taken up a range of new approaches to strengthen relationships with researchers.

“Wiley, like many other publishers, is doing a huge amount of work to try to take as much of the pain as possible out of the publishing experience for our authors and researchers,” says Kathryn Sharples, Wiley’s Senior Director for Open Access.

“We know that it can be confusing to understand the different licenses that are available for open access publishing, [especially] the different types of Creative Commons ‘by’ attribution (CC-BY) licenses,” she explains. “We’ve spent a lot of time and a lot of effort trying to make that particular part of the publishing process as streamlined and as easy for authors to understand as possible.”

In 2020, scholarly research is a global endeavor, notes Pablo Palmeiro, Vice President, Publisher and Society partnerships, with Editage, a division of Cactus Communications.

“Researchers from China, Korea, Japan, Latin America, and Africa are producing high quality research,” he says. “Authors are looking for advice and help with the language editing of a paper so that it’s ready for publication and to better understand reviewer comments.”

According to Palmeiro, Editage provides English-language editing and author support services to academic and scholarly communities worldwide.
“Publishers are now understanding more than ever the ‘pain points’ [in the publishing process] for author, reviewer, and editor. They recognize the value editorial services have in their workflows and for supporting author communities.”

A Common Lot: Publishers & Researchers

In 2012, Springer Nature became one of the first open access book publishers, and in 2019, the publisher conducted a survey of scholarly authors asking for their views on the quality and impact of OA books. Springer Nature has quickly begun putting that data to use, says Ros Pyne, Director, Open Access Books.

“We really want everything that goes out to authors to be based in good research. Some of the things we’ve done recently include releasing two videos that introduce our OA books program,” she explains.

Earlier in March, to mark Academic Book Week, Springer Nature released a series of author testimonials for OA books on environmental topics. “I think that can be a really powerful way of communicating the benefits to hear from your peers, and we’ve had a really positive response to that on social media,” Pyne says.

Read the full transcript here.

Christopher Kenneally

Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's podcast series Beyond the Book, which debuted in 2006 and has posted over 1.5 million downloads. As CCC's Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.

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