Rumors: Updates from the ATG News Channel 9/16/13

by | Sep 16, 2013 | 0 comments

By Katina Strauch

Had a visit this past week from the amazing Roger Press.  Remember him? Roger was the executive vice president, copic2ntent and business development for We interviewed him in v.15# 2 (April 2003) of Against the Grain and I was able to pull up the full text interview  just a minute ago. was bought by Alexander Street Press in November 2004.  Well, now Roger has a new gig. It’s called ACO (Academic Charts Online).  My music liaison, Mike Phillips and I were entranced by what we saw. Included as well as raw data and charts are links to full text articles in databases. Roger should be in Charleston in November

Have you been paying attention to the online ATG News Channel?  We just posted A Matatu Tour of Kenya on September 9, 2013. It’s an interview with Alan Harris – Licensing Manager, Library Sales, Africa & Developing Countries Initiatives and Jacco Flipsen – Editorial Director, Life Science of Springer. A matatutu is a minibus and this article fills us in on an Author workshop in Kenya on how    to publish scientifically.

Another topic to pay attention to — the discussion of “citation cartels”. These seem to be agreements by some editors, publishers, whatever, to increase citation numbers for their scholarly journals. Recently Thomson Reuters has uncovered a Brazilian self-citation cartel in which editors of journals cited each other to boost their impact factors.

Saw that ALPSP just released their ALPSP Awards! For Contribution to Scholarly Publishing 2013 it was Anthony “the wonder” Watkinson who we already told you about!

The ALPSP Award for Best New Journal, the winner was the FDJ (Faculty Dental Journal) published by The Royal College of Surgeons of England.  The FDJ provides expert opinion on contemporary issues and controversies relevant to the whole dental community.  Its editorial strategy demonstrates integrity, passion and perseverance and the production values are extremely high. Also shortlisted were: Advances in Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition and RSC Advances from RSC Publishing

The ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation went to PeerJ, the open access publisher of the journal PeerJ and PeerJ PrePrints.  Launched in July 2012, the whole structure is strikingly different from existing publishing models, basing its pricing on career-stage of individuals and the volume of publications they expect to produce. Watch for Greg Tananbaum’s interview with Peter Binfield of PeerJ in the September 2013 print issue of ATG.

The judges awarded a Highly Commended Certificate to Drama Online from Bloomsbury Publishing in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd.  The platform offers robust original functionality beneath a clear and simple user interface, providing a tool which enhances the study and performance of drama.

Also shortlisted were: Altmetric; figshare and Nature ENCODE.

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