ALPSP Awards 2014 - Winners announced
The winners of this year’s awards were announced at the ALPSP International Conference Dinner on Thursday 11 September at the Park Inn Heathrow Hotel and Conference Centre, London, UK (www.alpspconference.org).
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ALPSP Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing 2014
The Council of ALPSP was delighted present this award to Fred Dylla
in recognition of his efforts to develop and implement creative solutions for broadening access to scholarly publications.
Fred became Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics in 2007, after more than 30 years as a practising scientist. Since then, he has become a dedicated advocate for scientific journals, working to build consensus among stakeholders to advance public access in a way that recognizes and sustains the value that publishers bring to science and scholarship. In 2009, Fred helped organize the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, which informed the America COMPETES Act of 2010 and subsequently provided guidance for the US funding agencies to develop public access policies. In 2010, he proposed to CrossRef the FundRef project, and in 2011-13, he helped organize a number of publisher-funding agency collaborations that laid the groundwork for the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS). Fred also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical publishers (STM), and on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). As an international spokesperson for developments in the US public access movement, he has given keynote addresses at important industry meetings, including Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) and ALPSP conferences.
Fred is widely known and respected in scholarly publishing for his close working relationships with colleagues in the publishing and librarian communities and in the federal government to implement public access projects that protect scientific integrity and the scholarly publishing enterprise.
ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2014
The ALPSP Awards were open to any new development, product, service, launch or project which were both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. Winning projects needed to demonstrate excellence in terms of originality and innovation, significance and value to their community, utility and long-term viability.
The judges awarded Gold to Frontiers, the open science platform. This innovative application of social media to peer review brings authors and reviewers together in discussion which in turn leads to better content, speedier review process and increased transparency.
Silver was awarded to IOP ebooks™ from IOP Publishing. The judges recognised the boldness of IOP’s reinvention of a core business, which sets digital and the user at the heart of its strategy.
JournalGuide from Research Square received a Bronze award. This tool helps authors to make an informed decision about the best journal for their research. It is particularly beneficial to early career researchers and those working in regions where academic publishing is developing rapidly.
Also shortlisted were: bioRxiv from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; Edifix from Inera Inc; ReadCube Connect from Labtiva Inc and RightsLink for Open Access from the Copyright Clearance Center.
David Sommer, Chair of the ALPSP Awards Panel commented: “No innovation is without risk and this year’s winners reflect the exciting level of boldness, innovation and development within our industry.”
Chief Executive of ALPSP, Audrey McCulloch added: “The broad range of applications for this year’s Awards reflects the vibrancy and agility of our industry. This was further demonstrated by the lively and informative presentations from our finalists as they showcased their projects at the ALPSP Conference yesterday.”
Panel of Judges for the Innovation in Publishing Award
David Sommer, Director, David Sommer Consulting (Chair)
Andrew Barker, Head of Academic Liaison, Special Collections & Archives, University of Liverpool Library
Tim Devenport, Lead Consultant, Serials & Subscriptions Standards, EDItEUR
Richard Gedye, Director of Outreach Programmes, STM
Hugh Look, Jisc Collections
David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, The IET