ALPSP shortlists finalists for innovation award

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ALPSP chief executive Wayne Sime

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers – ALPSP – has announced its shortlist for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020.

Applications for the awards were open to any new development, product, service or project that is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability.

The finalists for 2020 are:

  • Charlesworth WeChat Gateway
  • DataSeer
  • Jus Mundi
  • Open Library of Humanities
  • Rigor and Transparency Index powered by SciScore
  • Scholarcy
  • Select Crowd Review
  • WordToEPUB

David Sommer, chair of the judging panel, commented: ‘This year we saw a wide range of applications from across the industry which is heartening given the disruption caused by COVID-19. Integrity, access and reproducibility are key themes for many of the submissions and it is exciting to see new developments in these fields. It is never easy for the judging panel to select a shortlist given the breadth of innovation seen in the submissions, and we look forward to discussing each in more detail at the next stage of the judging process.’

Wayne Sime, chief executive of ALPSP, added: ‘Despite a difficult few months for the industry worldwide, we are delighted to have received 34 submissions this year, demonstrating the range of innovation and development in scholarly communication. I look forward to seeing all the finalist organisations at the ALPSP Virtual Conference in September.’

All finalists will present their submission to the judges in July. They will be also invited to showcase their innovation to industry peers at the ALPSP Awards Lightning session to be held online on Tuesday 8 September. The winner(s) will be announced on Wednesday 16 September at the opening of the ALPSP Virtual Conference & Awards 2020.

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