Award Submissions 2020

AwardsALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing

Applications were invited for any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The judges are now making their decision on who should be he winner from the submissions received below. The finalists will be showcased as part of the ALPSP Conference on 8 September with the winner announced on 16 September.


Access Engineering Highwire logoAccessEngineering
McGraw-Hill worked with Access Innovations and HighWire to upgrade the flagship digital reference platform AccessEngineering, with a redesigned homepage, intuitive UX and industry-leading search/discovery tools.
AccessEngineering delivers interdisciplinary engineering content integrated with analytical learning tools to prepare students to solve real-world problems. The redesigned site features an innovative approach to search and taxonomy, using artificial intelligence not only to apply taxonomy terms to content, but also give those terms weightings which are then used to dynamically determine relevancy in search queries. This deep discoverability allows McGraw-Hill to intuitively and intelligently serve users the information they need to succeed.

HBKU logoArabian Journal of Scientific Research (AJSR)
HBKU Press has recently established a unique project (Arabian Journal of Scientific Research (AJSR)) on behalf of the Arab Scientific Community Organization (ARSCO) that would serve 420 million Arabic speakers. AJSR is an open access, international, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality original research in the fields of natural and life sciences, biosciences and its various and shared applications including medicine and engineering, the history and philosophy of Arab sciences, and papers related to the scientific Arabic terms and linguistics.
Since most research is available in English, the unique features about AJSR is that it sets basis for transferring, translating and founding scientific terms that are well known in English into Arabic language. These terminologies, scientific phrases and phenomenon require immense effort from peer reviewers, scientists and language editors to be agreed on and finalized in Arabic."

Enago LogoAuthorOne
AuthorONE harnesses the power of state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms for high precision and real-time assessment of manuscripts. It uses AI technologies developed by Enago to perform over 60 manuscript checks to support editorial decision-making. The AI assessment engine was trained using
millions of research manuscripts, backed by 17 years of editorial experience. AuthorONE will 

  • help the author to improve manuscripts before submission
  • save reviewer time - only those papers which pass AuthorONE’s rigorous tests are sent for review
  • identify quickly any changes required before the manuscript can progress to peer review
  • enhance the publisher’s own author services offering.

Cambridge University Press logoCambridge Open Engage
Cambridge Open Engage is our new open research site hosting preprints, posters and presentations, incorporating content submitted directly and to partner spaces. The goals of the platform are to:

  • ​Increase the speed and transparency of the scholarly communications cycle
  • Support collaboration between researchers, including interdisciplinary
  • Create features in collaboration with researchers to deliver value
  • Support societies, research centres and funders to offer robust open research services to their communities

 Chinese Chemical Society logoCCS Chemistry
CCS Chemistry launched as the first journal under the newly formed publishing program of the Chinese Chemical Society. The goal is to create a domestic high-profile, international English-language journal to best serve the needs of Chinese researchers and offer an attractive alternative to dominant Western
journals. CCS Chemistry is positioned to be small, highly selective, publishing transformative chemistry research from an international author base, and completely diamond open access (free to read/publish). It is a novel approach to a “hybrid” East/West journal that is China owned, directed, and published while employing Western service providers to ensure top features and functionality.

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Charlesworth Group logoCharlesworth WeChat Gateway
WeChat Gateway is a SaaS licensed product for the STM community developed by The Charlesworth Group which connects 3rd party and publisher proprietary manuscript submission systems to global messaging apps. The Gateway is currently configured to connect to the China super-app WeChat. The Gateway facilitates communication between editors and their authors and reviewers without need for email, creating a 24/7 two- way communication stream available through personal mobile devices.

Chronos Hub LogoChronos Hub
Chronos Hub serves to streamline Open Access publishing. It acknowledges the current complexities with varying funding polices, OA types and business models, and the fragmentation with stakeholders working in isolation causing significant manual data collection.
Chronos Hub addresses these challenges by taking a collaborative approach to facilitate communication between researchers, funders, institutions, and publishers. It supports authors to select the most suitable journal for their manuscript submissions by making funders’ OA policies and institutional agreements transparent, and automates data-collection for an effective APCmanagement, guaranteeing funder policy compliance, and providing publication data & analytics meeting reporting needs and auto-populating repositories.

 logo finalist ALPSP Awards 2020 DataSeer logoDataSeer
Science has a crisis of confidence: not enough research data are shared, preventing researchers from verifying the results in published articles or re-using the data to ask new questions. Even journals, funders, and institutions with strong data sharing policies struggle to ensure that authors have provided all their data. DataSeer uses AI and Natural Language Processing to flag sentences in research articles that describe data collection and works out the type of data being described. DataSeer then provides best-practice advice on how those data can be shared, and reports the authors’ efforts back to the stakeholder. We're a cost-effective and highly scalable solution to enforcing data sharing policies.

Emerald Publishing logoEmerald Publishing’s Digital Transformation
The world of academic publishing is not known for its innovation, but things are starting to change. With the increasing pressures put on the research community to demonstrate the real world impact of their research, Emerald Publishing recognised that they had a role to play to differentiate their offering and embrace new digital technologies to transform how research is communicated and accessed. 
Emerald Publishing has started its digital transformation by fusing creativity and technology together to demonstrate its commitment to be a digital first publisher. Over three years, two Emerald Publishing platforms, along with an Open Research Publishing platform, have been transformed, incorporating sleek and consistent styling and engaging content to create the foundations for building out an ‘Emerald Experience’.

IFIS LogoFSTA Journal Recommendaton Service (JRS)
The IFIS Journal Recommendaton Service supports researchers in the feld of sciences of food and health through an innovatve machine learning algorithm that recommends appropriate journals for their work. The algorithm uses advanced textual analysis techniques to compare input abstracts and titles with the centre one and a half million records held in the FSTA database. The result is a ranked list of journals that have previously published work of a similar or related nature to the proposed paper. All recommended journals are from the IFIS ‘white list’ of validated publicatons, and can be easily fltered by Impact Factor, Publisher, Country and OA status.

GetFTR logoGetFTR (Get Full Text Research)
GetFTR enables rapid access to published journal articles anytime, anywhere, on any device. It aims to improve access journeys to content by providing up-front entitlements checks in user’s preferred discovery service and fast links to versions of record, or an alternative version where provided on the publisher platform.  It integrates into scholarly platforms and discovery services and uses trusted authentication paths to enable a fast route from platform to published research.
GetFTR helps to streamline access for researchers, in the background, as they work in an ever-increasing multitude of locations and find the research they need through multiple platforms and services.

Human Kinetics Library LogoHuman Kinetics Library (‘HKL’)
Launched in March 2020, the Human Kinetics Library encapsulates what we believe are the essential attributes of an innovative digital resource: a market-facing business model, an unusual partnership approach, superior content, creative user-friendly design and the over-arching goal of audience engagement.
Through the unique partnership of Human Kinetics’ unrivalled educational content with Bloomsbury’s acclaimed technology solution and library sales expertise, HKL is the first resource specifically dedicated to serving the needs of students and educators working in sports and physical activity. It provides a non-intimidating alternative to the complex search interfaces of journal repositories which tend to serve the discipline, for a market generally lacking in student-friendly digital options.

IET Inspec logoInspec Analytics
Inspec Analytics uses the latest in semantic technology to deliver new value to the engineering and physics research community. It innovatively combines high-spec technology with Inspec’s world-renowned index to make billions of connections between organisations, authors, articles and concepts. This enables those working across the research workflow to explore the relationships in scientific research and uncover trends and patterns across a wide range of physics and engineering disciplines at both local and global levels. With these insights, users can set the direction for their research projects and monitor their impact to accelerate innovation and help to engineer a better world.

JAMA Network logoJAMA Livestream Broadcasts (#JAMALive)
In January 2020 JAMA began livestreaming question‐and‐answer (Q&A) sessions about the COVID‐19 pandemic on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to bring immediate guidance about the emerging outbreak directly to journal followers and to allow them to ask questions of officials and frontline clinicians. After livestreaming, the video broadcast is published onto the journal website, repackaged as a freestanding podcast on audio platforms,
and turned into continuing medical education (CME) activity. The product modernizes and accelerates the traditional model of journal publication, reaching the public on popular platforms they’re already using to communicate science and public health of urgent importance.

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Jus Mundi Academic Research logoJus Mundi
Paris-based Jus Mundi strives to make International Law & Arbitration easily accessible and understandable to lawyers worldwide. We built a multilingual search engine by publishing the most comprehensive international legal database by integrating new legal fields. We collect and structure global legal data that is otherwise dispersed across multiple restrictive sources or simply not available.
Our intuitive, user-friendly interface powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning allows lawyers to do their research quickly and efficiently with legal filters. We partnered with Brill to distribute Jus Mundi to academics. Jus Mundi is featured on Forbes Top Machine Learning Startups in 2020.

Manuscripts LogoManuscripts
Manuscripts is an easy-to-use collaborative authoring, editorial workflow management, and submission platform. It provides a completely integrated experience for authors—from outlining to submission to publication—and streamlines and accelerates authoring and publishing workflows. The newest iteration, which is being submitted for an ALPSP Innovation Award, has been transformed from an app to a full-featured platform that supports the research workflow end to end.

BMJ logomedRxiv
medRxiv is the first preprint server exclusively for medical research. Its fast growth proves that medical researchers have confidence in medRxiv’s innovative screening processes and trust that being hosted there will not disadvantage them in finding an eventual publication home for their manuscript. That confidence also comes from knowing medRxiv’s launch partners (CSHL, BMJ and Yale) combine world-leading experience in the creation of original medical research, its peer review and publication, and in launching preprint platforms. Thanks to medRxiv, we can now predict that preprints will become the norm in medical publishing as they already are in Physics or Biology.

Morressier LogoMorressier
With the current pandemic, it’s more obvious than ever before that providing access to the very latest research findings has immense value.
Many studies[1] show that participating in conferences is the most important way to stay up to date on the latest research. However, accessing these valuable findings is limited to one-time presentations and printed posters displayed for only a few days.
Morressier addresses these challenges by providing conferences with a state-of-the-art platform for running hybrid and entirely virtual conferences, combined with a revenue-generating business model and publishing services for unmatched research dissemination.
[1] E.g. Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018

MUP logoMUP Armchair Events
Manchester University Press’ answer to Covid-19 lockdown boredom: a new series of online Armchair Events from a range of fantastic authors. We began the series in early April with Alison Phipps talking about her new book, Me, not you, followed by Rory Medcalf, Mikael Klintman, Nadine El-Enany and many more leading scholars discussing their new and exciting books. The events are free and open to all. We have created a web page on the MUP site to house information about the series and list upcoming events. They are also advertised in our newsletters and via our key social media channels.

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OLH logoOpen Library of Humanities

The OLH is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing world-leading open access humanities scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges. Launched in 2015, our free-to-read, free-to-publish model was set up to revolutionise the field of open access publishing. Five years on, our sustainable business model has attracted nearly 300 supporting institutions, with further revenue generated through hosting on our in-house open source publishing platform Janeway, enabling us to establish a thriving platform of 28 peer-reviewed open access journals. Our mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities - for free, for everyone, for ever.

Hindawi Phenom logoPhenom
Phenom is a new, open source, publishing platform from open access publisher Hindawi. Phenom delivers full end-to-end publishing services for open access journals through a set of interlinked modules: Phenom Screening, Phenom Review, Phenom Invoicing, Phenom Syndication, Phenom Production, Phenom Reporting, and Phenom Display. 
Phenom will support not only Hindawi’s own portfolio of 220 journals, but also Hindawi’s publishing partnerships with GeoSciencesWorld, AAAS, and Wiley. With all Hindawi and partner journals moving onto the system in 2020, Phenom is now a proven solution available for the entire scholarly publishing industry. It offers a truly open piece of infrastructure that can help facilitate the transition to open access for any and all scholarly publishers

PubPub logoPubPub
PubPub is a free open source collaboration platform created by the Knowledge Futures Group (501(c) (3) for researchers, publishers, and libraries. With 1000+ communities, PubPub offers collaborative authoring (Google docs style) and enables partners to develop workflows for scholarly communications, including engagement through annotation, community review, embedded multimedia and interactives. We feature our partnership with Cursor_, a theological open access journal, by researchers from the University of Heidelberg, an experimental place for discussion and collaboration, particularly for student created content. Shared vision was a key motivator for this partnership to develop tools in support of a digital publishing workflow.

Researcher LogoResearcher
Academic output is growing faster than ever with over 3 million papers published each year, which makes vital information easy to miss. Researcher is reinventing how researchers stay on top of this tidal wave of literature by aggregating thousands of sources in a mobile-first platform.
In the smartphone era content consumption across most media has become increasingly mobile - with consumers expecting to access and consume content on the go. But scholarly content can lag behind thanks to poor user experiences and complicated access. This is an issue for “straight to mobile” developing research ecosystems like India and sub-Saharan Africa.

Review Commons logoReview Commons
Turning the traditional model of academic peer review on its head, Review Commons offers highquality, journal-independent peer-review to manuscripts before journal submission. Submitted preprint manuscripts are assessed by experienced editors and qualified scientific reviewers for
research quality, not specific journal fit. Refereed preprints can be posted publicly on the preprint server bioRxiv along with the reviewers’ reports, bringing formal scientific review to public preprints. Authors can submit their ready-reviewed manuscripts directly from the platform to any of a consortium of 17 partner journals who do not repeat peer review, even on resubmission, bringing an efficient, streamlined process to academic publishing.

Copyright Clearance Center logoRightsLink for Scientific Communications: Touch-Free Workflow
Copyright Clearance Center is excited to submit the new Touch-Free Workflow feature in our market-leading transformative and Open Access (OA) agreement management platform, RightsLink for Scientific Communications (RightsLink), for consideration for the ALPSP Award for Innovation 2020. RightsLink leverages business rules to streamline and automate OA funding requests, enabling publishers, institutions, and funders to easily coordinate a first-rate experience. The Touch-Free Workflow was designed to support emerging transformative agreements that require that authors do not participate in the APC funding workflow. With this innovation, RightsLink is the only shared platform that honors transformative agreements that require no author involvement in the APC funding workflow​.

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RigorTransparency logoRigor and Transparency Index powered by SciScore
The reproducibility crisis in science is a many-sided problem involving practices and incentives, both in laboratory and publication.
We have developed, an automated and multifaceted tool based on AI and deep learning technology, that evaluates manuscripts for adherence to several key reporting criteria for rigor and reproducibility introduced over the years by funding agencies and journals.
Using SciScore, we have now created the Rigor and Transparency Index (RTI). The RTI is a new journal metric of quality for assessing biological and medical science methods, based on the degree to which journal articles were addressing reproducibility guidelines

River Valley Tech LogoRVPublisher
River Valley Technologies have developed the first XML-based end-to-end publishing platform, RVPublisher, allowing rapid and accurate publication of scholarly work, from online authoring to content hosting. RVPublisher, a SaaS based platform delivers time and cost savings in each stage of the publishing process. It boasts granular version control, automated pagination with unparalleled typographic quality, and integrated support for multiple versions and editions of scholarly material.

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Scholarcy logoScholarcy
Scholarcy harnesses AI to help academics sift the masses of research in their field faster, without missing any significant findings. It converts your collection of research documents into a unified, mobile-friendly format - interactive summary flashcards - which can be saved, shared, annotated and exported.
Key features:
1. Highlights: distils research papers, books chapters and web articles into a tweetable headline, five key highlights, and a structured summary, with links to cited sources and the full text available as responsive HTML.
2. Key terms: extracts the most relevant keywords from a document, and links these to their definitions to provide more background to a subject. Scholarcy keywords are also used by discovery services to promote their content and aid discovery.
3. Mobile friendly format: our unified PDF/Word to HTML conversion technology makes the fine detail of a paper or chapter clearer and easier to digest on phones and tablets.
4. Connects to RSS feeds to provide summaries of breaking research and news.

SciMeetings logo ACSSciMeetings
Every year, hundreds of thousands of researchers share their findings at in-person conferences. Scientific content created for these conferences has traditionally been limited to the audience at that event, with no wider distribution or long-term preservation. SciMeetings, a fully open access online
poster and presentation publication service from ACS Publications in partnership with Morressier, expands the reach and impact of early-stage research, while globalizing professional networking. Authors and presenters who upload to SciMeetings receive assigned digital object identifiers (DOIs), which can help build citation records, increase the visibility of their work and expand their network beyond the conference.

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Select Crowd Review logoSelect Crowd Review
In response to increasing pressures on the peer review system and authors’ desire of rapid reviewing Thieme developed this innovative platform in collaboration with Filestage. The platform enables editors to collect in 48 to 72 hours comprehensive, crowd-sourced review comments on submitted manuscripts. This is done by having a group of selected experts (from 50 to 100) comment on the manuscript via a secured platform. The platform ensures the highest editorial professionalism and publishing service. Through comparative processing, we were able to demonstratecompleteness, thoroughness, reliability, and fairness.

Trinka LogoTRINKA
Academic writing needs to be clear, concise, formal, objective, and readable. Trinka helps the academic author to improve their writing in real time. Trinka is the only real time writing assistant which has been built exclusively for academic, technical and medical content. Trinka uses state-ofthe-art deep learning algorithms for high precision and real-time engagement with manuscripts. The AI language checker was trained using over one million research articles, one billion lines of academic content and backed by 17 years of editorial experience

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Daisy ConsortiumWordToEPUB
WordToEPUB is a free software conversion tool developed to provide a simple, easy to use tool to enable fast and high quality conversions from Microsoft Word to fully accessible EPUB files which can be enjoyed by anyone including people with print disabilities including low vision, blindness, dyslexia and physical  disabilities. This open source tool was developed in consultation with global publishing, education and disability specialists and with advice from Microsoft.
Educators, self-publishing authors, learners and consumers have reported the significant difference the WordToEPUB tool has made in providing simple availability to secure and accessible texts.

Writefull logoWritefull
Academic writing can be a challenge to researchers. Poorly written manuscripts are often rejected, or go through a time-consuming editing process. Writefull addresses this problem by giving AI-driven feedback on scientific texts. It corrects language and reports what sentences might need references. Authors can use Writefull to revise their manuscripts before submission, and (copy)editors can use it to assess manuscripts' language quality and to speed up editing. Writefull is the first to apply AI language and citation feedback tailored to scientific writing. Following a successful trial, Hindawi has become the first publisher to integrate Writefull into their submission workflow.

Zendy Logo BGZendy
Zendy is an online platform created to provide individuals with access to scholarly research and literature. Current scholarly databases exist behind crippling paywalls or require institutionally facilitated access, which is a challenge for individuals across the globe, especially in developing regions.
Zendy is a strong contender for the ALPSP award not just because of the application of a different business model to the publishing industry, but because of its bold steps towards the vision of a more knowledgeable world, and finally showing how a small company can make a big difference!