ALPSP Impact and Innovation Awards: shortlists announced

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ALPSP has announced shortlists for the two ALPSP Awards 2023.

New for this year, the ALPSP Impact Award celebrates significant initiatives, projects or collaborations within scholarly communication and academic research that are making a positive difference. The well-established ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing, recognises any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication.

The ALPSP Impact Award finalists for 2023 are:

  • Africa Commons: As the global librarian community works to decolonize library collections, Africa Commons is one resource to help close the representation gap.
  • eLife: A new publishing model has been officially launched by eLife, eliminating binary accept/reject decisions after peer review and instead focusing on providing quality public reviews and assessments.
  • IOP Publishing (IOPP): The first society publisher to combine double anonymous peer review and transparent peer review.
  • Original Études for the Developing Conductor: A peer-reviewed, freely-available, Creative Commons licensed collection of supplemental études designed to enhance contemporary conducting pedagogy by amplifying the voices of composers from historically excluded groups.

The ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing finalists for 2023 are: 

  • BMJ Impact Analytics: The first research impact tool focused on health and social care.
  • Cassyni Journal Seminar Series: The new product enables publishers and societies to participate in the rapidly growing research seminar ecosystem, opening up new channels to engage researchers and build online communities around research topics.
  • Medwave and Kriyadocs: A technology-based workflow for bilingualism from submission to publication for a medical journal.
  • Schol-AR: The innovation uses augmented reality (AR) and web-based technologies to ‘layer’ digital data directly onto articles, converting standard documents into fully interactive digital media.

David Sommer, Chair of the judging panel, commented: "We are really pleased to have received so many entries for both the brand new ALPSP Impact Award and the more well-known ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing. As ever, the standard of applications was very high and we extend our congratulations to all the finalists.”

All the entries have been reviewed by the judging panel who have drawn up the shortlists for both awards. For 2023, ALPSP has made changes to the judging process to allow ALPSP members the opportunity to vote for their favourite entries. You will be able to watch a five-minute video presentation for each finalist and then vote, with the results being combined with the judging panel’s scores to arrive at the final result. Watch out for an announcement about how to watch the videos and how to vote over the coming weeks.

The finalists will be showcased as part of the ALPSP Annual Conference at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, UK on Wednesday 13 September with the winners announced on Thursday 14 September at the dinner. 

For more information about all the awards, please visit the ALPSP website.