Morgan Kubelka
Morgan Kubelka
Library Services, Wiley

RAI Ethnographic Photographic Collection.pngDigitization efforts over the last decade or so have made scholarly content more accessible than ever before. From current journal articles to historic back files, from academic books to reference works, researchers today are able to leverage a massive amount of resources to accelerate their own scientific discoveries.


So what’s missing?


Primary sources by their very nature are physical artifacts; maps, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondence and other physical relics often predate the proliferation of digital media. Because they’re one of a kind, these primary sources are typically kept under lock and key, available only to select scholars, and even then, with tight restrictions. Hidden away in file drawers, boxes and other antiquated storage units, the ability to find what you’re looking for is severely compromised. So is any attempt to draw significance or deduce enlightening connections between contextually-like sources.


And even these issues are relatively benign compared to the most endangered types of primary source materials—ones that have been left behind without care, stuck on a shelf in some obscure location, or exposed to the elements. Just last month, The Guardian published an article on “a cache of decaying notebooks found in a crumbling Congo research station,” even as it would later prove to “help solve a crucial puzzle – predicting how vegetation will respond to climate change.”


But locating these significant artifacts is just one part of the challenge. Restoring and digitizing these documents are critical steps in order to make them widely accessible and to enable preservation for future generations of researchers to come.


Seeing science through a humanistic lens

In order to effectively understand and respond to the current challenges we face as a modern society, it’s critical that researchers have access to the holistic scholarly record—one that goes beyond an article or its conclusions--encouraging deeper understanding or even reinterpretation of findings through the lens of historical context. Only by placing the sciences within history and cultures can researchers truly understand the interdisciplinary nature of the subjects they strive to advance, ultimately yielding positive research and educational outcomes.


Professional societies are home to some of the most robust archives of our collective history. Not only do they reflect a comprehensive institutional perspective, but they illuminate the personal values, ideas, disagreements, breakthroughs and aspirations that helped scientists organize and fund their ideas in the pursuit of their scientific goals. Documents like internal correspondence, meeting notes and internal memos offer a dimension of the scholarly record that has yet to be fully explored and capitalized on in the quest for continued discovery.


Expanding partnerships to improve research

As a 210-year-old publisher, Wiley is fortunate enough to partner with some of the most prestigious societies around the world. Through these partnerships, we’ve been able to explore the massive trove of primary source content accessible only on-site, and develop a solution that will not only make this content available for use in everyday research, but also restore and preserve it for generations to come.


Wiley Digital Archives will launch in 2018 as an ongoing program that will tell the stories behind the more contemporary content Wiley publishes. From manuscripts, maps, periodicals and photographs to illustrations, proceedings, pamphlets, personal papers and grey literature, Wiley Digital Archives will expand access to historic primary artifacts that have been largely untapped to date.


Working with societies, archivists, curators, librarians, conservators, scholarly, subject matter experts and technology partners, Wiley Digital Archives will conserve and restore physical documents, scan hi-res images, perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on printed works, add searchable terms to handwritten content, and enhance or create new metadata, cataloging records and subject indexing to ensure the highest level of discoverability.


Inaugural Partners

The archival content of The New York Academy of Science (NYAS) and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) will mark the inaugural collections to be made accessible on the Wiley Digital Archives platform. Through careful restoration and skilled digitization, millions of pages of archival content will finally be accessible to researchers as an integral everyday resource, whether they’re logging-in from their home laptops, a library’s desktop or their mobile devices. By mitigating the difficulty associated with accessing and using physical archive materials, researchers will finally be able to spend more of their time with these critical resources and less time trying to find them.


To learn more about Wiley Digital Archives, visit www.wileydigitalarchives.com


Download the eBook, Making Historical Collections Accessible, to learn more about the digitization of primary sources.


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    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

It’s that time of year again when we look to Stockholm, Sweden, and the announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners. The Nobel Prize, awarded by the Nobel Foundation on an annual basis, celebrates outstanding achievement in chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, economics, literature, and peace.


Becoming a Nobel Laureate is an amazing accomplishment, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners the warmest of congratulations.


Wiley is incredibly proud and grateful to have published work by ten of this year’s Nobel Laureates in various journals and books.


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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded by the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet, went jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young ‘for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm’.


Working with fruit flies, the Nobel Laureates isolated a gene controlling the normal daily biological rhythm, demonstrating that the gene encodes a protein that builds up in the cell overnight, and is then degraded during the day. Their work explains how the biological rhythms of multicellular organisms are synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.


All three researchers have published in Wiley books or journals, and in 2013, they were jointly awarded the 12th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Rosbash has a chapter in Molecular Clocks and Light Signalling: Novartis Foundation Symposium 253. Both Dr. Rosbash and Dr. Hall have published in Bioessays, and Dr. Young has published work in various journals, including the Journal of Comparative Neurology and Developmental Neurobiology.


Nobel Prize in Physics

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, with one half going to Rainer Weiss, and the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, ‘for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves’.


The universe’s gravitational waves were observed for the first time in September 2015, having taken 1.3 billion years to reach the LIGO detector in the US. LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) is a collaborative project involving over a thousand researchers from different countries. The 2017 Nobel Laureates have been credited as being invaluable to the success of this project, ensuring that gravitational waves were finally able to be observed.


The three winners are among the contributors to a recent cover and overview article in Annalen der Physik, ‘The basic physics of the binary black hole merger GW150914’. Dr. Thorne has also published in Annals of New York Academy of Sciences.


Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson ‘for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution’ the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureates are credited with moving biochemistry into a new era.


The development of cryo-electron microscopy simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules, allowing for a much greater understanding of life’s chemistry.


All three Nobel Laureates have published in a range of Wiley journals, including Bioessays, FEBS Letters, and the Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique, and have contributed chapters to reference works Encyclopedia of Life Sciences and Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. Henderson and Frank were also among the recipients of the 2016 Wiley Annual Prize in Biomedical Sciences.


The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017

This year’s Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to Richard H. Thaler (University of Chicago, IL, USA) ‘for his contributions to behavioral economics’.


Through the exploration of the consequences of limited reality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, Thaler has combined economics with psychology, demonstrating that these human traits affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes. His work has been highly influential in creating the new field of behavioral economics, which has had a far-reaching impact on economic policy.


Thaler has published in Wiley journals The Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. In addition, he was selected as a Fellow of the American Finance Association for his contributions to the field of finance.


Once again, we’d like to extend our congratulations to all of this year’s Nobel Prize winners!


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We’re Open In Order To....

Posted Oct 27, 2017
    Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh
Author Marketing, Wiley

The theme of this year’s Open Access Week, “Open in order to…,” was chosen by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to serve as an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.


With that in mind, we’ve asked various colleagues and publishing partners who play critical roles in Wiley’s open access portfolio and programs to complete the sentence for us.


Wiley is Open in order to: _______________.

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Liz Ferguson, VP, Editorial Development: “Accelerate research.”


Qian (Kevin) Liu, Managing Editor, Thoracic Cancer: “Make valuable clinical medical information widely distributed among oncologists, especially those from low income countries.”


Dr. Maryann Martone, Editor-in-Chief, Brain and Behavior: “Harness all available human- and computational-power to solve society's challenges.”


Kristin McNealy, Director, Author Product Strategy & Operations: “Provide authors with choices about how to disseminate their findings.”


David Nicholson, VP, Society Business Development: “Support learned societies and associations in nurturing their disciplines and communities through the widest possible dissemination of research findings. Open Access is a great addition to the tools available to Wiley and its Society partners, and it has been great to see the success of new journals such as Physiological Reports, Ecology & Evolution, and Journal of the American Heart Association. In each case, researchers have ‘voted with their papers,’ seeing these new titles as great venues for their work.”


Dr. Kirsten Severing, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Science: “Get your most important findings out to a broad community, without limitations.”


Natasha White, Director, Open Access Product Marketing: “Help increase the rate of research discovery in order to solve the world’s greatest challenges.”


Susan Wray, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Physiological Reports:Raise the profile of physiology for the benefit of readers and authors.”


How would you complete that sentence? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.


    Roger Watson
Roger Watson
Editor, Nursing Open and Journal of Advanced Nursing

The theme for this year’s Open Access Week, “Open in order to…” , serves as an open invitation for participants to provide some of the remarkable benefits accessible to all those who choose to make their scholarly research readily available online.


Roger Watson, Professor of Nursing at the University of Hull, is the Editor-in-Chief of two Wiley journals that contribute to the open access realm. The Journal of Advanced Nursing offers authors the open access option of OnlineOpen, while Nursing Open is a fully open access journal published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.


In this podcast, Watson addresses the theme of Open Access Week by discussing the benefits of open access, such as increasing the global visibility and impact of research. He also discusses how authors can identify predatory publishers.



You can also listen to Roger’s Open Access Week 2016 podcast, where he discussed the challenges of open access and tips for early career researchers seeking to advance their careers.


What are your thoughts on the topics covered on this year’s podcast? Let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter using the #OAWeek hashtag.


    Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh
Author Marketing, Wiley

To commemorate the 10th International Open Access Week, below are 10 recent developments related to Wiley Open Access that you should know about.


  1. Encouraging data sharing: As we announced last month, the majority of Wiley’s journals, including open access journals, will now adopt one of three standardized data sharing policies, which will encourage, expect, or mandate data sharing from authors publishing with us.

    Watch this video to learn why Wiley wants to encourage data sharing

  2. Improving the research process: Also announced last month, in recognition of the significance of data as an output of research effort, Wiley has endorsed the FORCE11 Data Citation Principles. Wiley journals, including open access journals, now require that authors refer to the data at the relevant place in their manuscript and provide a formal citation in their reference list in the same way as article, book, and web citations.
  3. Welcoming preprint submissions: Wiley believes that in communities where non-commercial preprint servers exist, journals should allow for the submission of manuscripts which have already been made available on such a server. Allowing submission does not, of course, guarantee that an article will be sent out for review; it simply reflects a belief that availability on a preprint server should not be a disqualifier for submission.

    With that, Wiley’s new preprint policy for open access journals states: “[Journal] will consider for review articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article. Authors may also post the final published version of the article immediately after publication.”

  4. Capture (84).PNGEnabling content distribution: Powered by ReadCube technology, Wiley Content Sharing enables authors and subscribers to generate links that provide access to free-to-read full-text articles. These links can be used over social media, scholarly collaboration networks and email.
  5. Offering increased publication options: A number of Wiley open access journals are supported by a network of authoritative journals and societies that participate in Wiley’s Open Access Manuscript Transfer Program, which refers articles of suitable quality and offers authors the option to have their paper, with any peer review reports, automatically transferred to a designated journal.

    Participating journals include Health Science Reports, the new, fully open access journal for rapid dissemination of research across the full spectrum of biomedical and clinical sciences.
  6. Creating greater author collaboration opportunities: Another testament to Wiley’s commitment to providing world-class author services, in May, Wiley announced it has partnered with Overleaf, a cloud-based, collaborative authoring tool that makes writing, editing and submitting research for publication quicker and easier. The partnership means that Overleaf provides authors using its service with access to Wiley’s authoring templates, allowing authors to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts online, and submit directly to more than 80 of Wiley’s journals, including open access journals, with one-click, at no cost to the author.
  7. Continuing a commitment to Open Access: Wiley’s open access portfolio increased to over 80 from 64 since Open Access Week 2016, and will increase to over 90 titles before the end of 2017.
  8. Maintaining role as leading society publishing publisher: 1,214 Wiley journals were included in the 2017 Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Reports (JCR), of which 57% were society publications – further solidifying Wiley’s position as the world’s leading society publishing partner. In total, Wiley publishes over 40 open access society publications.
  9. Publishing impact: 35 Wiley Open Access titles receive impact factors in the 2017 JCR.
  10. Growing impact: Included in those 35 titles, Annals of Clinical & Translational Neurology (3.901) and Energy Science and Engineering (2.172) both received their first impact factor. Meanwhile, The Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle saw an increase (9.697), as did Advanced Science (9.034), and Plant Biotechnology Journal (7.443). Other increases included Aging Cell (6.714),  Evolutionary Applications (5.671), and Cancer Science (3.974).


You can learn more about Wiley Open Access by visiting our OA website, following Wiley Open Access on Twitter @WileyOpenAccess and liking the Wiley Open Access Facebook page.


    Patricia Soranno
Patricia Soranno
Editor-in-Chief, Limnology & Oceanography Letters from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

When I was asked to apply for the position of editor-in-chief of a new journal that my society was launching, my first thought was “Do we really need another journal?” The short answer is, perhaps surprisingly, YES. And that is because of the symbiotic relationship between open access journals and professional societies. The longer answer is as follows.


Why open access?


Let’s first consider the broader issue of open science--making the products of science accessible to all including data, code, and publications; and using transparent and reproducible methods. Open science is not a disruptor to the traditional way of doing science. Rather, the characteristics of ‘openness’ exist along a gradient that have evolved through the centuries as the practices and culture of science have grown and matured. Will science ever go back to individual scientists exchanging encoded letters back and forth between a few select individuals? Probably not. And, I wonder whether 100 years from now, scientists will look back on the early decades of this century as a time of rapid change related to ‘openness’ in science, or if it just feels that way because we have a tendency to inflate our experiences of the present.


Open access publishing is one component of open science that is currently well-established, although it still only makes up a small fraction of total publication output. However, it is an extremely valuable fraction. For example, key issues have emerged in recent years for which open-access publications are seen as part of the solution. These include funding agencies requiring public access to articles from publicly-funded research projects, an increase in inclusive practices that promote participation of under-represented scientists or countries by providing access to published works, and the recognition that science proceeds more quickly if publications are shared immediately, such as during public-health emergencies. Because these issues may reflect a shift in the underlying values of the scientific community, it makes sense that practices will continue to evolve to better align with these changing values. Societies and society journals are uniquely placed in the research community to not only recognize and embrace changing community needs, but also to help set the direction for change. Open Access journals also represent an opportunity for societies to help ensure their own financial sustainability for the future while supporting their mission to facilitate and disseminate research in their disciplines.


Symbiotic relationships between open access journals and societies

Most scholarly societies continue to publish traditional subscription-based journals. These journals are often very well-respected and an important part of the benefits that members get from their societies. The need for, and the value of, such journals are unquestionable. So rather than compare traditional journals to open access journals, weighing the relative merits of each, open access journals should be considered an addition to a society’s journal portfolio to meet the evolving needs of its members in two important areas. The first is to accommodate the emerging open science practices described above, which are easily met with fully open access journals. The second need relates to current journal offerings within a discipline and gaps in disciplinary content, article format, or similar.


Journals associated with societies are also much better positioned to serve the current and changing needs of their member communities because they can be designed with the needs of the community as the driving force in the journal format, policies and procedures. In fact, launching a new journal is potentially a very effective strategy for societies to meet emerging needs of the community that are not currently being met by existing journals. Making new journals open access also recognizes that science is likely to continue along a trajectory of increasingly open practices. Open access journals position professional societies well in this evolving landscape.


My experience editing a new open access society journal

L&O Letters, the new open access society journal that I helped to launch, filled a gap in existing journals in our discipline (i.e., a short-format letters-style journal focused on the aquatic sciences), while also meeting many open science goals related to access to publications and data. In practice, the partnership between the society and the publisher (Wiley) has provided me incredible support and expertise in publishing itself, as well as new author-centric approaches to publishing that I was interested in incorporating (such as relaxing formatting requirements, particularly at initial submission), and other trends in publishing that I was not previously aware of.


One concern that I had in launching a new journal was that we may not get many submissions from early career researchers because new journals do not have journal impact factors for at least 3 years post-launch.. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to see quite a large proportion of submissions come from lead authors who are early in their careers. Perhaps this new generation of scholars is less attached to journal impact factors than my generation and may be looking for different factors in deciding where to submit. In my opinion, this is yet another piece of evidence in support of open access, and I think both journals and scholarly societies should be engaging with these earlier career scientists to continue to adapt to emerging practices and cultures in science that they are shaping.


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Victoria White
Victoria White
Marketing Manager, Wiley

Advocacy lies at the heart of every society--advocacy for its mission, which typically aims to advance science and knowledge and change the world for the better. However, advocacy and increasing public awareness is no easy feat! I recently spoke with Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Marty Abbott about ACTFL’s public awareness campaign, Lead with Languages, and its mission of advocacy in action.


Q: Where did the idea of starting your public awareness and advocacy campaign, Lead with Languages, come from? What role does this play in advancing your mission?


A: ACTFL launched Lead with Languages in March of this year, in conjunction with the release of two seminal reports by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and New American Economy which point to the urgent need for language skills by American students who will shortly enter the workforce. We know that fewer than one in ten Americans are able to speak a second language, language teacher shortages exist in over 40 states, and yet jobs requiring bilingual skills have more than doubled in recent years. Language and cultural skills are no longer a “nice to have”: They have quickly become the key to opening up so many opportunities.


For these reasons, we saw the need to take a leading role, along with the support of our members and campaign partners, in making language proficiency a national priority by educating parents and students about the many benefits of language education, and advocating alongside them for increased recruitment and stronger programs. To this end, we have developed LeadWithLanguages.org: a hub of valuable resources where we also share news about upcoming opportunities, initiatives, and events as well as celebrate the successes of students and other language advocates in their communities.


Q: You’ve set high fundraising goals for this campaign. Once you decided to initiate this campaign, how did you get started? What did it require from your organization?

A: Our immediate fundraising goal was $1 million, which would allow us to qualify for a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. While an ambitious one, we knew we were not alone in completing the task before us. From the beginning, we have relied on the support of the many dedicated ACTFL educators in our network to spread the word. They have since been joined by a host of corporations and individuals who share our mission and have generously contributed funding or products and services.


Q: How does Lead with Languages support member engagement and attract new members to ACTFL? Are there plans to integrate the campaign with other membership activities?

A: I often say that “advocacy is everybody’s business,” because it’s something that we integrate into everything we do as teachers: As shown in multiple surveys, language educators agree across the board that advocacy is part of their job. Lead with Languages provides our members—and all educators—with support for starting (or continuing!) meaningful conversations about language education in their classrooms and in their communities. Not only are we bringing data and news to their fingertips as it is released, but we are sharing concrete, ready-to-use activities to get students engaged in the movement—beginning with our Language Advocacy Toolkit.


Both current and prospective members benefit from the resources—video testimonials, a bi-weekly podcast, program ideas, and more—that we have curated and appreciate the opportunity to join a national initiative through which they are part of a larger community.


Q: At this point, you’ve reached your $1 million fundraising goal. What is the significance of meeting your goal?

A: Meeting our goal of $1 million and receiving our Mellon Foundation matching grant is an incredibly moving accomplishment, but it is by no means the end of the road: It’s just the beginning of our next phase in this multi-year initiative. We are deeply appreciative of the support we have received thus far, and we will continue to seek partners and to build support. We encourage those who feel strongly about language education to consider making a donation on our site.


Q: What is next for Lead with Languages, and how do those activities tie back to the goals of the campaign and ACTFL?

A: Our campaign goals are simple: To increase enrollment in language programs at all grade levels; to strengthen language programs and their funding; to engage leaders and other stakeholders on the vital role of language education to economic competitiveness and national security; and to build awareness among heritage populations on the benefits of retaining their native language and culture while learning English.


To contribute toward these goals in the months ahead, Lead with Languages will be hosting new digital initiatives, student contests, and live events to raise awareness and to bring even more resources to advocates around the country. We especially look forward to February 2018 which will be named “Lead with Languages Month” and during which we will be asking teachers, parents, students, and others to speak up in support of language education through specific actions. Stay tuned to our social channels @LeadWLanguages for details as we enter the new year.


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Marty Abbott is currently the Executive Director for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Her career began in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) where she was a language teacher, foreign language coordinator, and Director of High School Instruction. She has served on national committees to develop student standards, beginning teacher standards, and performance assessments in foreign languages. She was President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 2003 and became its executive director in 2011. She holds her B.A. degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University.  She was appointed to the National Security Education Board by President Obama in 2016.



The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.


Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.


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     Dale Peters
Dale Peters
Director, UCT eResearch

Amidst a growing number of mandates for data sharing and reuse, South African universities are scrambling to provide services to the research community to facilitate compliance with the complex data management requirements of numerous international funding agencies. The impending burden posed on institutions to fund this requirement is now brought sharply into focus with the introduction of a similar mandate by the National Research Fund (NRF), the very lifeblood on which the national academic enterprise is reliant.


At a time when nationwide student protest action has highlighted the financial constraints on the higher education sector, the need to act collaboratively is imperative to sustain levels of excellence. The award of a substantial grant to the University of Cape Town (UCT) as the lead institution on a regional consortium to establish and host a regional data node in the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS) signals a new way of thinking about collaborative systems and services, based on open data principles, that marks a clear divergence from institutional infrastructure development in the past.


Institutional responses to Open Data


An extensive evaluation process of data repository platforms was conducted by UCT eResearch, aimed at provisioning an effective research data service based on emerging standards and best practice. In comparing open source and licensed options, and taking into consideration the cost of infrastructure support staff, Figshare was identified as the most appropriate solution. The concurrent development of an institutional research data management policy together with an extensive advocacy programme gave substance to the evaluation, in the valuable feedback from the research community. The point was made that acceptance of the open data principle is less about funder compliance, and more about individual agency.


This is a valiant manifestation of academic freedom at UCT, a research-intensive university where scholarly communication- and more specifically data publication – has become the currency of the research enterprise, supported in a national subsidy system based on publication counts.


The research community acknowledge the societal benefits of open data, in driving greater scientific integrity, enabling a strategic response to societal challenges. They see the value of collaborative research and wider dissemination of their outcomes – but they insist on the right to make the decision whether to share openly.


It is not surprising therefore, that the functionality provided by Figshare to separate data upload from data publication has found wide appeal. It is also not surprising that UCT has developed specific terms of deposit that recognize the responsibility of the researcher to determine the necessary limits on openness particularly relating to personal information and commercial considerations.



The outcomes of the advocacy programme conducted at UCT suggest that while the research community fully support global infrastructure developments, many questions remain regarding data sharing and reuse. Primarily, the demand is for greater support for both staff and students to better understand and use open data to strengthen research practice as a whole.


Dale Peters is Director of eResearch at the University of Cape Town. In this role she provides leadership in engaging networked information technologies to enhance and support innovative practice in scientific research; promoting multi-institutional collaboration and trans-and inter-disciplinary research in the deployment of research data infrastructures.


Download The State of Open Data 2017

And check out this interactive visualization of the survey data on Figshare, as well as an infographic detailing the key survey results. Feel free to share on social using #stateofopendata.


    Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh
Author Marketing, Wiley

Time flies when you’re having (open) fun. Open Access Week 2017, the 10th International Open Access Week, is here! We wanted to start the week by sharing the most recent data on Wiley’s Open Access program, which launched in 2011. Check out the infographic below for the numbers, and then be sure to visit the Wiley Open Access website to explore our full range of Open Access offerings.




You can also follow Wiley Open Access on Twitter @WileyOpenAccess and like the Wiley Open Access Facebook page. And, of course, be part of the OA Week by using the #OAWeek hashtag.


March for Science: 6 Months Later

Posted Oct 22, 2017
    Joshua Speiser
Joshua Speiser
Manager, Strategic Communications, American Geophysical Union

In the six months following a great turnout of American Geophysical Union (AGU) members and supporters from Alaska to Greenland at the March for Science in April, AGU has been working to firmly address policies that would compromise the ability of Earth and space scientists around the world to do their pivotal work. To that end, we have been actively encouraging our members, especially those in the U.S., to get out of the lab and into the community; to meet with their legislators during the Congressional Recess; to contact their elected officials about supporting strong science funding, and to share their stories about the value of science.


shutterstock_68153113.jpgDuring this same period, AGU leadership has authored posts about the global repercussions of the U.S. President’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the executive order to overhaul the clean power plan, as well as the proposed massive cuts to science agency funding in the Administration’s FY18 budget proposal. We sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry urging him to reconsider making drastic workforce cuts at Department of Energy national laboratories unless directed to by Congress. Our Public Affairs staff worked with the House Earth and Space Science Caucus to present “Science Saves,” a discussion about the various ways federally funded science data and research serve to protect public health and safety, economy, and security; and held another congressional briefing about the critical applications of geoscience information in the development and maintenance of urban and rural infrastructure and its socioeconomic impacts.


On social media, we have participated in and launched a handful of campaigns to promote the value of science and to encourage scientists to share their own work with the public. We took part in the #ThankYouScience campaign that sought to celebrate the cutting-edge work of all scientists by sharing how scientific research adds to our knowledge base and improves our world; amplified #6wordscience, where scientists were encouraged to share their science on Twitter using just six words or less; and, in collaboration with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and a number of other institutions, launched the #Voice4Science campaign which seeks to build support for science in the form of  op-eds by authoritative non-scientists making the case for the role science plays in public safety, national security, innovation, and private industry.


More recently, we have turned our focus to the numerous global natural disasters taking place by examining the interplay of these events with the escalating threat posed by climate change, and the need to have robust and fully funded federal scientific agencies in place to predict, monitor, and respond to these extreme weather incidents both in the U.S. and abroad. For our upcoming annual Fall Meeting, we have added late breaking sessions about recent hurricanes that have struck the U.S. and Caribbean nations, the earthquakes in Mexico, recent severe flooding in South Asia, and the North Korean declared underground nuclear test.  AGU’s Natural Hazards Focus Group President authored a post in our leadership blog about the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, and the Increase in Extreme Weather Events. We also helped convene “Focus on Flooding,” a briefing by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and its partners to communicate how science supports flood forecasts and public safety.


Through all this, AGU has continued its efforts to address and end harassment, discrimination, and bullying in the sciences. AGU’s Board of Directors adopted an updated ethics policy that takes a much stronger stance against harassment by including it in the definition of research misconduct and expanding its application to AGU members, staff, volunteers, and non-members participating in AGU-sponsored programs and activities including AGU Honors and Awards, and governance. We plan to have further discussion of the revised Ethics Policy at our Fall Meeting with a Town Hall and other sessions on diversity and work climate issues, and invite our members to actively take part in this ongoing discussion.


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    Anna Ehler
Anna Ehler
Society Marketing

Access to data is increasingly seen as fundamental to research reproducibility, but there is no one size fits all policy for data sharing. What role can societies play in establishing practices which meet the needs of their communities? In this episode of the Wiley Society Podcast, we listen back to a conversation at the 2017 Society Executive Seminar in London where we invited four society executives from four different disciplines to talk about where they are on the issue of data sharing and data accessibility.




  • Prof. Peter Diggle, past President, Royal Statistical Society
  • Dr. Chris George, Editor, British Journal of Pharmacology, British Pharmacological Society
  • Catherine Hill, Head of Publications, British Ecological Society
  • Dr. Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education, Royal Geographical Society


Listen to the previous episode: Publications Strategy or Organizational Strategy: Which Comes First?


You can listen to this episode and others – including our two part conversation with Wiley’s Director of Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics – by going to iTunes and subscribing to the Wiley Society Podcast.


    Morgan Kubelka
Morgan Kubelka
Library Services, Wiley

Char1.jpgEvery November, we look forward to the Charleston Library Conference as an opportunity to engage directly with the community and gain critical perspective on some of the biggest issues facing both librarians and publishers today.


This year’s conference theme, What’s Past is Prologue, inspired us to think not only about how librarians and publishers have changed over time, but about how practices of the past have enabled, and continue to inform, the practices of the present and future.


In preparation for this year’s Charleston Library Conference, we’ve been working with many of our librarian and academic colleagues to put together the four sessions below that will discuss how we as a community are evolving in response to changing research needs.


If you’ll be in Charleston next month, we’d love for you to join us at any (or all!) of the following sessions.


What: The Big Deal: Perspectives on All Inclusive Models

When: November 8, 3:30pm-4:10pm

Why: Real talk on the big deal


The Big Deal: Perspectives on All Inclusive Models will share the experiences of several librarians who are currently using all-inclusive purchasing models, including Wiley’s Database Model. In 2014, Wiley’s Database Model launched with the goal of ameliorating the administrative burden of renewals, unpredictable price increases, and addressing an increased need for demonstrable ROI. Panelists will discuss advantages and challenges posed by all-inclusive models and highlight some key differences between them and their more traditional counterparts.


Learn more about the session and speakers.


What: Transforming Research—and Your Library—with Digital Archives

When: Thursday, November 9, 2:30pm-3:10pm

Why: Learn how the digitization of primary source content is impacting the research experience and how your library can be a part of the movement.  Plus, get an inside look at
the highly-anticipated launch of Wiley Digital Archives. 


Transforming Research—and Your Library—with Digital Archives delves into the intricate digitization process of primary source content. From scholarly societies to academic libraries, a new movement is underway to transform the massive trove of primary source content that exists across the academic community into readily accessible, user-friendly digital archives. A diverse
set of speakers discuss the digitization process and how it can be a game changer for libraries and researchers across the globe. Plus, get an exclusive first look at the highly-anticipated launch of Wiley Digital Archives.


Learn more about the session and speakers.


What: The Data that Drives Us: A Four-Year Perspective on Evidence-based Acquisition

When: Thursday, November 9, 3:30pm-4:10pm

Why: Leverage data to boost efficiency and increase value of your digital book collection


The Data that Drives Us: A Four-Year Perspective on Evidence-Based Acquisition leverages the University of Wisconsin System’s long-term data set to describe key learnings, best practices, and challenges faced throughout their four-year journey in Wiley’s Usage-Based Collection Management Model (UBCM). Upon renewing their participation in UBCM this fall for the fourth
consecutive year, the UW System’s Library Program Director and a Librarian/Associate Professor at UW-La Crosse will reflect on how title selection practices have evolved over time, leveraging long-term usage data to make purchasing decisions that reflect alignment with their current collection and support the consortium as a whole.


Learn more about the session and speakers.


What: How Libraries Can Serve a Critical Role in Addressing Student Affordability, Equity of Access and Improved Learning Outcomes

When: November 9, 12:45pm-2:00pm

Why: Learn how librarians are taking action to support some of the biggest challenges facing higher education today


How Libraries Can Serve a Critical Role in Addressing Student Affordability, Equity of Access and Improved Learning Outcomes illustrates how libraries are tackling access and affordability issues head-on by forging partnerships to make course content available through the library. A panel of leading librarians will lead a lively discussion, facilitating the exchange of
innovative best practices, program challenges and successes, and offer criteria for measuring impact.


Learn more about the session and speakers.




Infographic: What Is ORCID?

Posted Oct 19, 2017
    Kelly Neubeiser
Kelly Neubeiser
Author Marketing, Wiley

In November 2016, Wiley signed ORCID’s Open Letter and became the first major publisher to require ORCID iDs for submitting authors.  We saw this as a commitment to managing research and data integrity, a global issue that many of our society partners face as well.


Check out the infographic below for an overview of how ORCID benefits society members and the research community at large, and see what happens to ORCID iDs during manuscript submission.



    Verity Warne
Verity Warne
Marketing Manager, INASP



INASP and African Journals Online recently launched the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS), a unique new framework for providing accreditation and support for journals in the Global South. The JPPS provides detailed and internationally accepted assessment criteria for the quality of publishing practices and policies of Southern journals.


In this interview, Susan Murray, Executive Director of African Journals Online (AJOL), and Sioux Cumming, Programme Manager, Journals Online, share the origins and potential of JPPS.


Q: How did JPPS come about?
Susan: The JPPS framework originated with my musing over many years about how AJOL could both showcase journals that are attaining excellence in terms of publishing practices according to global norms and standards and be inclusive of those that are learning and need some improvement. So, basically that’s what the framework is. It’s a teaching tool for those journals that have been assessed and are needing to learn about the areas on which they still need to work, and to transparently show those aspects of the journals to readers and to authors. At the same time it is helping establish the prestige and reputation of the journals that are already implementing best practices in scholarly publishing in developing countries.


Sioux: In the last few months we’ve started to correspond with the editors about the assessment results, and the feedback that we’ve had has been really really positive.


Q: What challenges face journals from the global south?
Susan: In the developed world, the norm is for journals to be published by really large professional commercial publishing houses. In developing countries it is more the norm for journals to be published as stand-alone titles by universities or scholarly research associations – usually run by editorial boards who are doing this work on a purely voluntary basis after hours. They are subject experts, not publishing experts, so they are not necessarily aware of all the standards – particularly the newer, technical, standards – that are required for reputable journal publishing.


Q: How will JPPS help editors?
Susan: JPPS will help editors in terms of clarity about the standards, processes and practices that they need to have in place to be considered as strong reputable journals in the international research arena. It’s also a means of practically helping editors to implement those standards, processes and practices – detailed reports for editors are generated by the framework assessment process.


Sioux: Last week we were in Nepal, talking to 30 Nepalese journal editors, and we had an amazing response as we shared the framework. There is a real thirst among journal editors to know what they can do to meet an international standard. To me, this is very much a learning process; I’m not so concerned with what the initial ranking turns out to be but more with what we can do to help editors improve that ranking.


Q: And for readers and researchers, what is the value of the framework?

Susan: The transparency of the best practice publishing standards and processes is going to be shown for each journal and each Journals Online (JOL) platform. Readers will get a better idea of the integrity of the practices of the journal and therefore the reliability of the research contained in them. Also, it will help authors in choosing journals to which they can submit their articles knowing that their work will be published in a dissemination platform that is ensuring good standards of peer-review processes and publishing assessment.


Q: What’s next for the JPPS?

Susan: At the moment, all of the journals on all of the JOL platforms in developing countries around the world are being assessed by an independent publishing consultant expert. Once that is completed, the JPPS badges will be displayed on all of the JOL websites.


JPPS is officially launching with Sioux’s presentation at the COASP conference this week. Then, next month, I’m going to be presenting it in more detail at the STM conference in Frankfurt.


Sioux: Once JPPS is launched, the next step will be working out the process for ongoing assessment. We are also exploring whether to roll the framework out to other aggregators in the South, who are facing the same problems that we are in terms of the view of Southern journals. We’ve had some interest already from other organizations.


Q: What has struck you throughout this process – have there been any surprises along the way?
Sioux: The three-star classification is very challenging. Any journal that achieves a three-star status is basically on a par with the best international journals in terms of publishing processes. It has been good to see how much the journals we’ve assessed already comply with many of the criteria – they are getting good scores and are achieving a lot.


Susan: JPPS has been an enormous undertaking first of all and a huge amount of work – years of work has gone into putting together the framework. But I think it’s going to be all worthwhile. It will transparently share the degree of repute that Southern journals do have and the practices that they are attaining in terms of making sure that scholarly publishing in developing country journals is of a high standard.


This post was first published on the INASP blog and is reprinted here with permission.


Image credit: INASP


    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

We all know rejection is never easy, but as the editor of a journal, there are things that you can do to minimize any negative feelings that may arise from a decision to reject a paper. The following infographic offers some advice on how to communicate a decision to reject, ensuring that authors are left with a positive impression of your journal, regardless of the outcome of their submission.


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For further tips on best practice when communicating with authors, take a look at our Editor Resources.


    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley



Getting a book written and published takes a lot of time and effort, so it goes without saying that you want it to be seen and read by as many people as possible. As the author, you’re in a great position to help make your book a success - after all, no-one knows it like you do! To help you promote your work, we’ve put together the following infographic which offers 8 helpful tips on increasing the visibility of your book.




Looking for more information on the book publishing process? Visit our Book Authors Resources pages to learn more.

    Laura Orchard
Laura Orchard
Marketing Manager, Wiley

How do we retain and attract society members? It’s essential to understand the needs, values, and challenges that your research community faces in order to engage your members and keep your membership offering relevant.


We asked delegates at the European Congress of Psychology to share their key motivations for joining a psychological society or association.


We received some fascinating insights from researchers at differing stages of their careers, from early career researchers to experienced authors. We found that psychologists value networking and professional development, as well as access to high quality publications.


Explore the infographic below to hear from the psychology community on their attitudes toward society membership and the benefits they seek when joining.


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