The Future of Research: What is the Answer?

In scholarly publishing today, there is an on-going debate about the efficiency and accuracy of workflows, and the security of current publishing models. Digital publishing improved speed to publication and open access provided a simplified and democratized way of sharing research, but these technological advances also brought the threat of piracy, the ease of plagiarism, and the ability...
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An Antidote to the Curse of Knowledge

How workflows can help manage cognitive biases that complicate and delay work When celebrated cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker was recently asked what he considered to be the greatest impediment to clear communication, he named the  “curse of knowledge” cognitive bias. This is the phenomenon where a person who knows something finds it extremely difficult to...
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Removing the Pain Points in Journal Publishing

In December, David Crotty, Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press, published a piece in Scholarly Kitchen lamenting the shutdown of Aperta, the workflow solution created by Public Library of Science (PLOS), giving voice to the disappointment of the research community which has had “high hopes for much-needed improvements in the manuscript submission process.” ...
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A New Workplace Ethic How Content Management Systems can help build a more respectful work environment   An enduring myth we live by is that of the lone genius the solitary individual (usually male) who is preternaturally disposed to frequent eureka moments and who possesses great personal strength, and who is the main engine of change and progress. They cast long shadows too...
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Re-examining the Publishing Value Chain

For the last decade, the traditional publishing industry has been contracting.  The rise of digital publishing, self-publishing, and open access, coupled with the worldwide recession forced publishers, large and small, to conduct massive layoffs.  In order to maintain profit margins, publishers have had to publish an increasing number of books with a further dwindling workforce....
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How can New University Presses be more disruptive?

At the Researcher to Reader conference in London last week, New University Presses (NUPs) and Academic-led Publishers (ALPs) were very much the hot topics on the agenda. With as many as 19 NUPs becoming operational in the UK in recent years (including the likes of White Rose University Press, UCL, and Cardiff University Press), there is a perceptible shift taking place in academic...
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A New Workplace Ethic

How Content Management Systems can help build a more respectful work environment An enduring myth we live by is that of the lone genius the solitary individual (usually male) who is preternaturally disposed to frequent “eureka!” moments and who possesses great personal strength, and who is the main engine of change and progress. They cast long shadows too whether it is promising...
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How can New University Presses be more disruptive?

At the Researcher to Reader conference in London last week, New University Presses (NUPs) and Academic-led Publishers (ALPs) were very much the hot topics on the agenda. With as many as 19 NUPs becoming operational in the UK in recent years (including the likes of White Rose University Press, UCL, and Cardiff University Press), there is a perceptible shift taking place in academic...
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The Machines are Coming

In her wildly popular TED talk, “wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz asks her audience how it feels emotionally to be wrong. Obvious responses include “dreadful”, “thumbs down”, and “embarrassing”, but Shulz points out that these are answers to a slightly different question — how it feels to realize you’re wrong. Of course, realizing you’re wrong can be devastating, but just being wrong itself...
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The Machines are Coming

Publishing’s understandable but untenable reluctance to embrace AI In her wildly popular  TED talk , “wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz asks her audience how it feels to be wrong. Obvious responses include “dreadful”, “thumbs down”, and “embarrassing”, but Shulz points out that these are answers to a slightly different question—how it feels to realize you’re wrong. Of course, realizing...
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A Weathervane for the Changing Winds in Publishing

How a new workflow management tool promises to help publishers flourish in the digital age There’s an old publishing joke that goes like this: the first thing Johannes Gutenberg printed on his newly invented printing press was the Bible. The second was an article about the death of publishing. While this rightly picks on the perpetual think pieces bemoaning the death of publishing,...
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A Weathervane for the Changing Winds in Publishing

How a new workflow management tool promises to help publishers flourish in the digital age There’s an old publishing joke that goes like this: the first thing Johannes Gutenberg printed on his newly invented printing press was the Bible. The second was an article about the death of publishing. While this rightly picks on the perpetual think pieces bemoaning the death of publishing,...
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Sensitivity Readers and the C-Word

How social media outrage is changing how authors write diverse characters When Young Adult author Laura Moriarty heard President Trump denounce Muslims en masse, she was appalled and wanted to do something. She decided to write an inspirational dystopian novel where a white teen protagonist would help resist the government’s forced internment of Muslim-Americans as a simplistic, if...
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Sensitivity Readers and the C-Word

  How social media outrage is changing how authors write diverse characters W hen Young Adult author Laura Moriarty heard President Trump denounce Muslims en masse, she was appalled and wanted to do something. She decided to write an inspirational dystopian novel where a white teen protagonist would help resist the government’s forced internment of Muslim-Americans as a...
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PageMajik Uses AI to Improve Efficiency

The rise of digital publishing and a reader’s demand for the most up-to-date content has forced publishers to greatly speed up their time to market. For a publishing process that has, until now, been reliant predominantly on manpower, that speed can only be increased so much. This means lost opportunities, an inability to compete in the marketplace, and a continued struggle to meet reader...
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Embracing Artificial Intelligence and Reclaiming Control

Ten years ago, with Amazon’s entrance into the E-reader market, publishers were forced to examine their centuries old way of doing business and look for dramatic ways to improve efficiency and keep up with a market they didn’t recognize anymore.  By creating ebooks and digital learning solutions, reaching readers through social media and other non-traditional methods, and making content...
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Let Machines Do the Big Data Heavy Lifting

The rise of technology has provided publishers with access, for the first-time, to detailed information about trends in the marketplace and the changing needs of their customers.  Being able to study and understand consumer interests as they happen is vitally important to publishers in order for them to continue to remain an essential player in the marketplace.  Unfortunately, as...
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