ScienceOpen has announced a hosting partnership with UCL Press, the first fully open access university press in the UK, based at University College London.
The development means that ScienceOpen extends its portfolio of dedicated features for publishers to enhance the visibility and context of their content by adding a suite of full-text hosting services. All eight scholarly journals published by UCL Press will be hosted on the ScienceOpen discovery platform and integrated into ScienceOpen’s research network providing a dynamic, transparent and interactive Open Access channel that pushes the boundaries of how we create and communicate knowledge.
'ScienceOpen’s new hosting service is the logical extension of our commitment to putting research in context. With our advanced technology we can ensure that UCL Press articles are found by the right researchers and then give those readers the opportunity to interact with the content in a variety of ways. A range of aggregated journal- and article-level metrics then provide enriched usage statistics for the publisher to monitor impact,' said ScienceOpen CEO Stephanie Dawson.
Researchers publishing with UCL Press journals will have full open access for all of their content, integration into ScienceOpen’s unique citation network, access to interactive features such as post-publication peer review and tools for author promotion, and increased discoverability by exposing their scholarly context and metadata.
UCL Press plans to experiment with new forms of more transparent peer review that speed up the publishing process and sees the peer review infrastructure on the ScienceOpen platform as ideal to explore post-publication review workflows. All research will be available for continuous peer review, and updated using ScienceOpen’s system of version control.
Ian Caswell of UCL Press said: 'We were impressed with the open features, post-publication peer review and author promotion tools the ScienceOpen discovery platform provides. UCL Press is grounded in open science and open scholarship, and all scholarly outputs are published open access allowing the widest possible dissemination of knowledge.
'ScienceOpen seemed a natural fit that will help us achieve our mission and vision. We are very excited to be collaborating with ScienceOpen to host our open access journals and look forward to developing our program.'