Our Top Ten Posts of 2016

Posted Dec 29, 2016
    Anne-Marie Green
Anne-Marie Green
Community Manager, Wiley

Here at Wiley Exchanges, we'd like to extend to you our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for stopping by and engaging with this community over the past year. We hope you enjoy the holiday greeting below!


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    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

Earlier this year, we asked you to submit your stories of inspiration as part of our #becauseofyou campaign, celebrating the amazing work carried out every day by you - our authors, researchers, reviewers and editors. The response we received from you was fantastic, which is why we’re really excited to announce our new campaign, #iwasinspired.


Researchers and authors have the ability to influence others and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges, so this time we’re asking for stories that answer, “What inspires you to make a difference?” We’re partnering with the charity Build Africa so that for every story we receive, we will donate a textbook to a child in Uganda.


The following video tells the fictional story of Rose, who was inspired to create educational opportunities for young girls in Africa



We’d love to hear your stories about what inspires you to impact the world and strive for change, no matter how big or small. To get you inspired to submit your story, we spoke to one Wiley colleague about some of the amazing volunteer work she carries out:


Rhiannon’s story: Volunteering with the blind


My name is Rhiannon Rees and I volunteered for a local association for the blind in Oxfordshire, UK.


The organization is a life-enhancing charity supporting children and adults who are blind or partially sighted throughout Oxfordshire and advises on and provides services and equipment that enable visually impaired people to live independent lives.  I joined their home visiting program for a year, and was partnered with an elderly visually-impaired lady whom I visited every week to spend some social time together and to help with everyday tasks that become difficult with impaired sight.


My visits usually involved long social chats over tea about current affairs, travel, gardening and housing, as well as guided walks in the summer accompanied by a beautiful golden retriever who often helped to relieve social isolation.


Loneliness is a growing concern in the UK, particularly with vulnerable and visually impaired elderly adults who often don’t have anyone to talk to - they may not have any company for a whole week or two, and their families often live far away. I am inspired by the strength, courage and positivity of Pam. Her good sense of humour and pragmatic approach to her situation is a real lesson in life itself.  My weekly visits brought a genuine smile to her face, and were absolutely worth the time I took out of my week. I have since been inspired to pursue other volunteering work as well as registering for an iPhone app that enables blind people to contact a network of sighted volunteers for help with live video chat. #IWASINSPIRED.


We know that inspiration can come from anywhere, so contribute to a wonderful cause and let us know what drives you. You can submit your story via our website, or via social media using the hashtag #iwasinspired, up until January 15th 2017. Thank you!


    Kiera Sullivan
Kiera Sullivan
Marketing Coordinator in the Society Innovations & Tools at Wiley

bookstore.jpgIt’s that time of year again, when every day there’s a new list of the best TV / Music / Movies / Memes, and of course, the best books of 2016.


We love a list as much as anyone. And with it being such a busy time of year, we thought we’d collate for you a collection of the best book lists of 2016. Our selection includes fiction and non-fiction over a wide-range of topics. Even as the ways we can learn has increased with podcasts, videos and MOOCs, there’s still something special about sitting down and giving your time to a book.


Hopefully this one-stop shop of some of the best books of 2016 will give you inspiration for your own reading or gift ideas. So whether you want to switch off and read for pleasure or learn something new, we hope you’ll find inspiration in the lists below.


Here are our picks of the best book lists of 2016, enjoy browsing! :


















What was your best book of 2016? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us at @WileyLibInfo.


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    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

If you’ve ever published a paper with Wiley, you’ll likely have used our Author Services website, and we understand that sometimes the submissions process can be challenging.  With that in mind we’re constantly looking for better ways to better serve our customers. That's why we’re really excited this week to announce the launch of our new and improved Author Services site, which is now activated for the majority of Wiley’s 1600+ journals!


Author Services is a website where authors can find services, resources and support to publish with Wiley. We asked and you told us what you wanted as part of your experience as an author with us.


The new Author Services site is designed to serve a diverse audience, from authors and researchers, to reviewers, funders and editors. The website provides a clean, more visual interface with improved performance, meaning that you’ll be able to easily carry out a range of functions, including payment of open access fees and article license signing. You’ll also be able to access a host of other valuable features, including article citation metrics, author resource pages, and peer review training tools.




What does the new Author Services site offer?


Author Services offers the following features which we hope will contribute to a much improved experience:


  1. Author, Reviewer and Editor Resource Centers: Our pages for authors, reviewers and editors are designed to assist with every stage of the publication process. Here you’ll find various training tools, videos and other visual assets, journal finder and toolkits to help you achieve quality, reach and impact. There are also links to editing and translation services, journal submission sites and author guidelines, not to mention online support whenever you need it.
  2. Author Dashboard: The Author Dashboard provides a one-stop shop, where you’ll be able to access all of the relevant information connected to your publications and carry out a range of tasks, including ordering OnlineOpen, making open access payments, and viewing article citation metrics. You’ll also be able to access additional options for your articles, including ordering video abstracts and reprints.
  3. Article Citation Metrics: From the Author Services site, you’ll be able to view the number of citations your articles receive, with a link to the published article on Wiley Online Library.
  4. Online Licensing Service: Using the Online Licensing Service, you’ll now be able to change, edit and sign your license agreements yourself, saving time and effort. All licenses are stored in a repository for easy viewing and retrieval.


Setting up an account and registering with Author Services is straightforward, and free. Check  the new site out here, and let us know what you think!

    Rosie Duffy
Rosie Duffy
Journal Publishing Manager at Wiley

Talking_with_Journalists_7 (2).jpgBraving the Melbourne showers on Monday, November 14th, a collection of Australia’s leading academics, society executives, librarians, funding bodies and publishing professionals gathered in the State Library of Victoria for the 2016 Wiley Executive Seminar.


First held in 2011, the Melbourne seminar is part of Wiley’s global program of Executive Seminars held across the US, UK and Asia Pacific (learn more about those seminars here). This year’s event saw over 120 registered delegates keen to learn and connect through a day of information sharing, discussion and networking.


The theme of the day was ‘Research Publishing in Australia’, providing insights into the Australian research landscape, data and case studies about international collaboration, and an interactive media 'pitching' session. With some aspects of specific interest to an Australian audience, the broad agenda also balanced a range of global issues and trends affecting everyone in research publishing today.


The keynote presentation, delivered by Wiley President and CEO Mark Allin, set the tone of the event by discussing “connected science” as a solution for global challenges. “Technology not just for technology’s sake,” Mark stressed, but rather to facilitate collaboration across countries and disciplines, and to enable research to be conducted, accessed and communicated more effectively. Mark emphasized the role that publishers must play in this, by making strategic technological investment to advance our “shared enterprise.”


Kylie Emery, of the Australian Research Council, next provided a funder’s position on research publication. Despite being known to some as the ‘agency of disappointment’ due to the quantity of applications it rejects, the ARC funds approximately $800m of research annually. Again, the importance of collaboration and connectedness was pronounced: 60% of ARC-funded projects involve international collaboration and applications for ‘linkage grants’, which are awarded to projects where researchers partner with other sectors such as industry, and tend to have higher success rates than non-collaborative efforts.


Janette Burke, Director of Resources at Monash Library, followed with an overview of the ever-changing research landscape from the perspective of a university library. In this period of flux, changing expectations, and ‘organized turmoil’, Janette said, it is crucial for libraries, and librarians, to continuously adapt to best-serve their students and faculties. Harnessing technology is key to this, as is strategic data management, and educating students to make informed decisions about where and how to publish their work.


Melbourne-based Wiley Analysts Chen-Pin Chen and Claire Milton kept the audience engaged after lunch with the results of their investigation into recent trends in Australian research output. Did you know that over 80% of readership of Wiley’s Australian journals comes from overseas? Drawing on a range of data, Chen-Pin and Claire’s research found that there is a key factor driving impact growth for Australian research. You guessed it – collaboration! The Relative Citation Impact for Australian papers with an international collaborator was 1.75, compared to 0.91 without, while the level of international collaboration on Australian papers is also increasing year on year, over 50% in 2015.


A panel discussion about ‘What Does This Mean for You?’, then segued into a session on international collaboration in journals with a collection of case studies by editors. Sena De Silva of Reviews in Aquaculture explained how the journal, first published in 2009, has risen to the rank of second in its field worlwide. Xiaoming Feng shared some advice from the journal China and the World Economy, citing a clear vision and scope, partnership with an international publisher, and strong global links as key to the journal’s international success. Tom Kompas outlined three key vehicles for enabling international collaboration: a journal (in this case Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies), a learned society, and a strategic web presence.


An entertaining afternoon panel saw three game researchers pitching their work to journalists. Facilitated by Angus Morgan of the Burnet Institute, the objective was to gain a sense of how complex research might be received and diffused by a journalist. John Harris, Editor-in-Chief of ANZ Journal of Surgery, piqued the interest of Misha Ketchell of The Conversation with his quad bike research. Ross Williams of Australian Economic Review engaged with Toni Stevens from Science in Public about the lack of connection between universities and industry to drive Australian research and innovation. Then Gabrielle Belz from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research described white blood cell discoveries – thankfully both in layman’s terms as well as scientific. Much advice emerged from the subsequent discussion on how to most effectively engage an audience beyond academia. For tips and snippets from this session, check out #wileyseminarANZ on Twitter.


The day culminated with closing remarks from Deb Wyatt, Editorial Director for Wiley Australia and New Zealand. Deb extracted some key themes which captured the spirit of the day: globalization, collaboration and amplification, with people still at the heart of it all.


For more information about the 2016 Melbourne Executive Seminar including photographs and videos visit our website.  If you’d like to attend next year, get in touch at auswileyforum@wiley.com.


Image Credit: Rosie Duffy

    Stacey Ziznewski
Stacey Ziznewski
Marketing Manager, Wiley

txnetwork bluegreen_1c (2).jpgAt Wiley, we make it a point to listen to our authors, who consistently tell us that complex submission systems can be a pain point in the publication process.  Varying requirements for different journals across the industry can lead to duplication of efforts by authors as they are asked to repurpose their submission several times before receiving that coveted acceptance.  Additionally, reviewers can often be asked to review the same paper for multiple journals.  Recognizing this burden, transfer agreements have been implemented across most of Wiley’s OA journals and our Neuroscience portfolio of journals currently participates in a transferable peer review network.  But the editors of several of our transplantation journals decided to change the game even more by coming together to create a more seamless, rewarding and streamlined publishing experience in this subject area.


How the network was formed


We formed the Wiley Transplant Peer Review Network (Tx PRN).  Tx PRN is a publishing consortium consisting of most of Wiley’s journals in transplantation.  It simplifies the publication process for authors by offering harmonized author guidelines, submission requirements, keywords, and layouts.  It also eases reviewers’ workloads via the implementation of a universal peer review score card and a new “reject and refer” option.  This allows reviews to travel with a paper if the “reject and refer” option is selected, therefore eliminating the need for a reviewer to evaluate the same paper twice.  This also saves editors of journals in the network significant time and effort when choosing content for their journals.


How it’s working


The Network officially launched in January 2016 and so far the response has exceeded expectations. We truly feel that this initiative makes a difference in the transplant research community and also in the larger publishing landscape.  See the infographic below for results the first 8 months of the program.


To learn more about the network or for information on submitting and reviewing in this area, visit the Tx PRN page here.


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    Jen Holton
Jen Holton
Director of Global Rights and Permissions at Wiley

Many Wiley authors are familiar with the ease and convenience of RightsLink for clearing permission to republish figures, tables or extracts of published content in new articles and books they are working on.  Thousands of authors a year also download free licenses for reuse of their own work in new publications, theses and dissertations, training and presentation materials, etc.   RightsLink is owned by the Copyright Clearance Centre in the US and is accessible directly from the point of content on Wiley Online Library (more information here)


Now, two *NEW* transactional permissions services have been launched in UK and Australia. These services enable authors to choose which service suits them best. Both have local currency options and customer service in the most convenient time zones for locally based authors.


Jonathan Griffin, Head of Digital Services at the Publishers’ Licensing Society in London and Sharon Khin, Business and Product Development Manager, at Copyright Agency, Sydney filled us in on the benefits of their respective services, PLS Clear and Rights Portal Journals for Wiley authors:


Q.   Why did you decide to launch this new service?


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Sharon Khin: The Copyright Agency launched RightsPortal Journals to make copyright licensing easier and more efficient in the Australia and the Asia Pacific region. As the collectin

g society for literary works in Australia, Copyright Agency is well placed to offer this service with the right knowledge and expertise in Copyright.


Jonathan Griffin: We launched PLSclear, our permissions service, in response to requests from various stakeholders in the UK, including publishers and authors. We were also responding to a government report, known as the Hargreaves Review, which recommended the creation of digital copyright exchanges to streamline licensing processes.


Q.    What are the main benefits for Wiley authors in using this service?


SK: Wiley authors can easily clear permission to republish content in new articles and books they are working on via RightsPortal Journals.  A copyright license can be obtained instantaneously in many cases and where needed a local helpdesk based in Sydney is on hand to assist with any queries. Wiley authors in Australia can transact in Australian currency and authors in the Asia Pacific region can benefit from using the service in a similar local time zone.



JG: PLSclear was launched 18 months ago so is a tried and tested way for authors to secure permission quickly. It helps in the following ways:

  1. You can reliably identify the current rights holder using our unique database
  2. The interactive permissions form guides you through the process of making requests quickly, and ensures you get the right information to the rights holder first time around
  3. The system enables you to reuse project information, so you don't have to waste time
  4. In a growing number of instances you get an immediate automated response, rather than having to wait weeks or months for the publisher to get back to you
  5. You have your own "request manager" which stores details of your requests and licences, making it easy to share them with your publisher.


Q.    How can Wiley authors access and use this service?


SK: RightsPortal Journals can be accessed here. You simply identify the journal content you would like to republish and complete the user selections form. In many cases a copyright license can be obtained straight away or if further review is needed, the request will be passed onto the publisher and you will be notified once the request has been reviewed.  Further details on RightsPortal Journals are available here.


JG: PLSclear can be accessed from www.plsclear.com or from many publishers "contact us" or licensing pages. Wiley has a link here.


Q.    Do you have plans to expand and grow this service?


SK: Yes, we plan to add more publisher works to RightsPortal Journals (currently included are Wiley, Wolters Kluwer and Elsevier journals) as well as the ability to transact in different currencies in the Asia Pacific region.


JG: Our aim is to make requesting permission as quick and easy as possible. We are thus working to further increase the number of titles that have predefined automation settings. These settings mean that authors receive licenses immediately, rather than having to wait and chase for responses.


What has your experience of clearing permissions for publication been like? Let us know in the comments below.


Image Credit: Sharon Khin & Jonathan Griffin


    Jen Cheng
Jen Cheng
Content Marketing Strategist, Wiley

You may have heard that we now require ORCID IDs as part of the manuscript submission process for a large number of our journals. But what can librarians do to help authors adopt ORCID as part of their submissions process?


Former librarian Nobuko Miyairi, Director of ORCID in Asia Pacific, addressed this in a recent webinar we hosted. She shared the following 3 tips on how to educate researchers about ORCID:


1) Raise awareness –Differentiate ORCID from other profile systems.

2) Help researchers register –Show them how to register quickly, and explain why they should.

3) Provide support through localized resources


For more advice, watch the full video to hear from Nobuko below.





How do you support researchers at your institution? Let us know in the comments below.


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