The critical range of publishing platforms

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Publishing platforms are digital solutions that are principally designed to help publishers and authors to evaluate and disseminate content.

In its simplest form, a platform is an accessible location to host content and make it discoverable. Publishing platforms allow authors to share their insights on a digital platform, and promote the sharing of information with their 
intended audiences.

A publishing platform needs to give publishers control of all the key functions that they require to run their publication and drive growth, as well as how their content is hosted, presented, marketed, and shared. It needs to support all of a publishers’ content, products and websites, and be easy to customise, extend and link to third-party systems. An effective publishing platform increases the value of a publisher’s content and the impact of their digital brand with websites that adapt the features we are familiar with in many successful consumer websites specifically for research content.

Key players

Publishing platform providers include 67 Bricks, a trusted partner to many publishers. The company has created flagship information products, platforms, AI-powered workflow tools and supercharged digital user experiences. 

Adam Matthew Digital is a specialist publisher of primary-source collections. The company developed the Quartex digital collections platform, a fully hosted solution with functionality that requires no technical expertise, and which allows customers the flexibility to establish customised workflows based on their unique needs and collections.

Atypon is the creator of the Literatum online publishing and website development platform. The platform was engineered with a modular structure, so that it can easily be adapted to each publisher’s business objectives. 

CAB Direct is an online platform that was built specifically to help users get the most out of CABI’s world- class bibliographic databases, CAB Abstracts and Global Health, and more than 30 online database subsets. 

F1000Research is an open-research platform, offering rapid publication of research articles and other research outputs. Articles can be published in as few as 14 days, and, post-publication, invited peer review creates an open dialogue between authors and their research community.

Frontiers’ open-science publishing platform is at the heart of its publishing operations for researchers to benefit from the latest technology to validate and disseminate their findings. The firm leverages software tools for a rigorous, fast and efficient service. 

Pensoft is the creator of the ARPHA open-access publishing platform. Offered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), ARPHA allows users to build their own publishing solution, and to manage and host journals, books, conference abstracts, proceedings and institutional documents.

River Valley Technologies (RVT) built an XML-based publishing solution from submission to peer review, to production and to final hosting, giving full control to publishers, with full transparency of data.

The Silverchair platform is home to innovative digital products in research, reference and education. With flexible technology and a suite of powerful DIY tools, the platform enables scholarly and professional publishers to unite their journals, books, meetings, education, news, multimedia and other material.

Springer Nature’s platforms are designed to deliver fast, accurate access to the depth and breadth of its online collection of science, technology, medicine, humanities and social sciences journals, ebooks, reference works and databases.

This is not an exhaustive list. If you provide publishing platforms and would like your company to be included, please let us know.

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