Explore the Scientific Publishing Ecosystem

To help create transparency and support collaboration within the scientific publishing community, CCC and Outsell, Inc. created a map of the scientific publishing ecosystem, reflecting the perspectives of key stakeholders.

Data

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The ecosystem is dependent on a number of sophisticated tools and services that enable it to function. In addition to improving workflow, these tools and services generate data that can be vital to understanding trends and issues within the ecosystem.

Authoring & Research Output

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Researchers explore the importance of publishing in high-profile journals. Institutions find new ways to support non-native English-speaking researchers. Funders and government agencies rely on impact data to inform future budget allocations. Society publishers track membership data.

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Peer Review

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Authors demand greater transparency with peer review, and reviewers themselves seek greater recognition for that work. Some funders worry that OA restrictions reduce opportunities to be more visible in non-OA journals. Institutions cite publishing delays and unexpected costs due to publishers’ manual workflows and legacy processes. Publishers fend off the encroachment of sharing sites while protecting revenue streams.

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Publish & Distribute

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Researchers struggle with “publish or perish” imperatives. Institutions face flat or diminishing content budgets. Funders navigate the changes in the landscape due to OA. Publishers face pressure from multiple stakeholders requiring adaption and flexibility and data transparency. Learn More

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Post-Publication

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Researchers want to have an impact on the scholarly communities in which they work. Flat or diminishing library acquisition budgets make it hard for institutions to fund subscriptions, APCs, and new data products. The shift from subscription to OA models contributes to the societal impact of funders and government agencies. Publishers seek innovation in managing transformative agreements in an ever-changing landscape.

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Research & Discovery

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For researchers, success is too often measured by data on publishing outcomes. Political and fiscal pressures weigh heavily on institutions. Funders seek to tie goals to programs to publications. Publishers face competition from unexpected players. Data informs them all.

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The goal in creating this map was not to construct a new, ideal process but rather to reflect today’s common language and understanding of each stakeholder. The map and accompanying information are a result of that effort. Each node, available for exploration, examines the actions, investments, and rewards for researchers and scientists, institutions, funders and government agencies, and publishers. Click through for details.

Created in collaboration with Outsell, Inc.