ALPSP Awards 2017 Submissions

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We received forty applications for the 2017 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing.  We are pleased to showcase this year's submissions which demonstrate the breadth and diversity of innovation in scholarly communication today.  

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APA Style CENTRAL® is the only electronic resource that provides authoritative guidance on mastering the application of APA Style and it provides direct access to the text of APA’s best-selling Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association®. It also incorporates expanded coverage of content from the full line of APA Style publications and includes electronic access to 17 key reference books covering qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as integrated tools to help inform the research process and editorial functionality customized for APA Style. This combination of sophisticated technology, rich content, and pedagogical interactivity make it without peer in the industry.  APA Style CENTRAL is unmatched in its authority, reliability, and overall utility as it relates to the proper application of APA Style.
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Arcadian Library Online was created through an innovative partnership between the Arcadian Library and Bloomsbury Publishing. Bloomsbury provided a managed service to digitize and index Arcadian’s collection of history of science and medicine texts and make it available through a digital platform for sale to higher education institutions globally on the library’s behalf. Arcadian Library Online is designed to be easily used by researchers in an English or Arabic context – with a dual language platform enabling users to search and view metadata in either language and easily navigate texts viewed from left to right or right to left. logo Arcadian Library Online
Atypon Explorer. With fifty thousand new scientific papers published weekly, staying on top of developments in one’s areas of expertise is difficult. The Atypon Explorer leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to filter and personalize notifications of new journal and news articles. Inspired by the workings of the human immune system, the Explorer automatically constructs a dynamic interest graph that learns and continuously adapts to a researcher’s areas of interest. Every new article is then evaluated on the fly, upon publication, to determine its relevance to the researcher, amplifying their productivity. logo Atypon
Bibliotech is an eTextbook provider. Our powerful search engine returns and ranks the most relevant definitions, diagrams and examples across thousands of titles, enabling students to learn and answer assessment questions faster than ever before. The advance search engine utilises data to build a search index which ensures students are delivered the best personalised results.Bibliotech offers bespoke eTextbook packages on a subscription basis that integrate into all library management systems, virtual learning environments, and reading list software. Students have unlimited access to the content purchased for their course - a library focused alternative to the one for one model. logo Bibliotech
Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Bloomsbury is the world’s leading publisher of fashion information for the higher education market. Working closely with our customers, we’ve combined our market leading materials into a unified fashion education digital research and learning environment—an unparalleled approach to serving the marketplace. Home to three institutional subscription products as well as a B-to-C textbook environment on one cross-searchable platform unified by a single taxonomy, Bloomsbury Fashion Central is the first academic site to support learning from instruction to research.
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Bloomsbury Popular Music is the only online resource available that covers the history and context of global popular music in detail. It delivers a unique combination of academic reference articles plus in-depth analysis of key albums to scholars and students of music, cultural studies, sociology and beyond. By bringing together the 14-volume Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World with the critically acclaimed trade paperback 33 1/3 series, and supplementing this with user engagement features such as Artist Pages, a Timeline of Popular Music and an interactive world map, we have created a comprehensive, student-friendly, and immersive resource for scholars and students both inside and outside of music programs. logo Bloomsbury Popular Music
Delta Think Open Access Data Analytics Tool. Through its use of data analytics and powerful visualizations, Delta Think’s Open Access Data Analytics Tool offers unprecedented insights into the OA publishing market. It brings together for the first time a consistently organized, cross-referenced and constantly updated review of the effects of Open Access, while its interactive tools allow fine grained dicing and slicing of information so organizations can drill down into information directly relevant to them. As a self-funded and significantly-resourced study by a small independent consultancy, it represents a commitment to encourage a change in the culture of STM towards more data sharing and analytics approach.
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Digital Content Store. To remain relevant for its customers, CLA developed a new vision: “To be the provider of choice for rights, workflow solutions and content.” As part of CLA’s transformation process, a new workflow tool, the Digital Content Store (DCS) was created. This tool enables universities to create digital course packs, deliver content to students, and reduces their data collection burden. The creation of this workflow tool has supported the CLA licence renewal (worth £15m p.a.) in the Higher Education market and has provided opportunity for CLA to build new services that deliver revenue and drive further adoption of the DCS. logo CLA
The Dimensions Funding Analyzer Widgets have revolutionized the way users can explore the funding landscape of a specific field or discipline. Pulling funding insights from the Dimensions database, which contains over $1trillion of research funding from over 250 organizations around the world, the Analyzers can be customized and embedded into any website to provide valuable insights to authors, readers and other key stakeholders. The Analyzers update in real time, providing the latest information on ongoing and new projects in the field, enabling publishers and scholars to identify opportunities and trends and see where their research and expertise sit within the global research landscape. screenshot Dimensions Funding Analyzer Widgets
Discrete Analysis. Since the inaugural publication of mathematics journal Discrete Analysis in March 2016, it has become established as a leading journal in the field of mathematics known as additive combinatorics.  Submission rates continue to be high, and articles published have been widely read and cited. Whilst on first appearance a conventional electronic journal, retaining many of the established and desirable practices of traditional publishing such as formal post publication peer review, it is in many ways a dramatic departure from a traditional academic journal, delivering content in a manner appropriate to the internet age. Discrete Analysis is tailored to the needs of a community where access to research is dependent upon the use and availability of the arXiv preprint server. logo Discrete Analysis
Elgar Advanced Introductions to Law. The first database of consistently high calibre legal introductions aimed at addressing libraries’ vocal need for cost effective, high quality student study materials. Institution wide collection pricing starts at a fraction of the price libraries currently pay for online study guides accessed by only one department – a dramatically new and disruptive pricing model. The collection is authored by world leading scholars and will cover the full breadth of international and comparative legal topics taught in law schools.  By distilling the vast amount of information available on each subject area into a concise and meaningful form, the subject volumes have already found a strong niche in print and gained a student and library following. logo Elgar Advanced Introductions: Law
eLife Continuum is eLife’s open-source platform of services and applications to help publishers do more with the material they publish. It helps push the limits on how important scientific discoveries are presented and communicated. Built in a modular fashion from the ground up, eLife Continuum adjusts to each journal’s individual needs to help deliver content to the highest standards in design and usability, while also providing machine-readable versions and lowering publishing costs. Community-maintained and constantly evolving, eLife Continuum is available as a self-hosted integration, or as a service provider-hosted solution for organisations that want to set it up more quickly. logo eLife Continuum
Escalex is a first of its kind, multi-geography database for food regulations and compliance information. Escalex’s strength comes from the combination of IFIS’ expertise in managing complex scientific food and beverage information, and Molecular Connections’ innovative information discovery and mining capabilities. With a user-friendly interface and dedicated search lenses, Escalex facilitates multiple ways to navigate content, including tabulated data. Every record is indexed in-depth using a commodity-based and regulations-enriched thesaurus enabling high granularity of search results. Built from scratch, Escalex provides an innovative and efficient way for researchers in academia, industry and government to mine and digest food regulation content. logo Escalex
F6Publishing is an artificial intelligence-based system that integrates the functions of online manuscript submission, peer review, manuscript revision by authors, manuscript production, manuscript publishing and release, editing and publishing management, and statistics of publishing fees and costs. F6Publishing complies with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics. The main innovations include functionalities for published articles’ processes, release of manuscript-related documents together with the manuscript, and all-article search across journals. F6Publishing facilitates the healthy development of open access (OA) journals, allowing more efficient and effective services for authors and readers. logo F6Publishing
FontoXML. Imagine an executive editor based in Alicante, Spain, who wants to use an XML-JATS editor for his journal, in order to save (conversion) costs and time. He reverts to Google in search for affordable tools that make it easy for his editors, who have no knowledge of XML, to create and review JATS content. He bumps into the Software-as-a-Service version of the FontoXML DITA Editor and thinks to himself: wouldn’t it be great if there were such an intuitive JATS editor as well. He reaches out to FontoXML and a few months later (May 2017), a beta version goes live: logo FontoXML
Fulcrum is a publishing platform focused on supporting media-rich, long-form digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. It is innovative in that it combines academic publishing discipline and workflows with research library repository and preservation infrastructure to enable authors to go “beyond the book.” It addresses the increasing demand book publishers are hearing for integrated presentation of multimedia and software objects with textual narrative in a scalable way. In short, Fulcrum presents authors with the best of both worlds; publisher at the front, library at the back. logo Fulcrum
Glasstree is an innovative web-based publishing and content dissemination platform launched in November 2016 as a response to the discontent within the academic community with traditional publishing models. It allows every academic professional in every institution globally to publish independently with the same access to ‘publishing services’ that traditional publishers provide. It provides the means for any University, academic library and Institution to facilitate publishing on behalf of their academics, students and researchers, providing them with considerably better financial terms, controlled price points, appropriately directed recognition and an equitable profit share than offered by a traditional academic publisher. logo glasstree
INASP AuthorAID. Most research is published in the global North but many of the world’s most urgent problems are found in the global South. Recognizing that researchers in developing countries face many challenges in communicating their work, INASP’s AuthorAID project launched a series of free research-writing MOOCs in late 2015. Since then, thousands of early-career researchers in the developing world have benefitted from support in communicating their research to local and global audiences. AuthorAID MOOCs are particularly good at supporting harder-to reach groups, including female academics and those in fragile and conflict states. Such support is essential for equity in global research. logo INASP AuthorAid
Ingenta Open aims to be the discovery hub for open access content across all subject areas, journals, books and participating institutional repositories. Fast and easy to implement for publishers, simple to use for researchers, including federated and contextualised search functionality and optional collaborative tools. logo IngentaOpen
Peerwith is a peer-to-peer platform for author services, matching academics seeking support for their work with experts from around the world. Through the platform, researchers are able to find help with everything from language editing and translation, to statistical support, formatting and design. Peerwith’s marketplace model promotes a culture of openness and collaboration, ensuring that control is placed firmly in the hands of scientists. Unlike the industry dominant “agency model” - where communication between academics is cut-off - Peerwith puts clients in direct contact with freelancers. This collaborative approach has a range of positive effects, including improved learning, higher quality research and increased scientific impact. In addition, by cutting out unnecessary middlemen, Peerwith provides easy access to affordable author services for all - regardless of geographical location. Peerwith’s transparent approach brings advantages to researchers, publishers, institutions and experts in author services. logo Peerwith
Penelope - automated manuscript checking, is an innovative automatic manuscript checker which is being piloted by several major publishers of medical research.  Penelope aims to improve the quality of research manuscripts submitted to journals by performing scores of automatic checks on articles uploaded to the website.  Penelope marks and comments on what’s missing or may need to be improved, and provides links to further resources, such as reporting guidelines.  Penelope checks include: correct sections and statements are present, ethics approval, adherence to reporting guidelines, good statistical reporting, adherence to data mandates, figures & tables, references and citations, and trial registration.
PLSclear is an online tool which automates the process for clearing permissions to reuse extracts from published content. It alleviates the administrative burden and cost of clearing permissions and provides an efficient service to those seeking permissions. The service is suitable for all authors and publishers including scholarly authors and publishers.  Requestors can search approximately 50 million title records quickly and easily and obtain an immediate permissions licence where their request falls within the parameters pre-set by the relevant publisher.  For requests falling outside the pre-set parameters, requestors are directed immediately to the person with authority to handle permissions within the relevant publishing house and they can track the progress of their request.For publishers approving permissions requests, a smart project management function enables them to manage incoming requests efficiently and also to analyse usage and track their licensing revenues.PLSclear and its intuitive interface has been designed in consultation and collaboration with authors, publishers and leading rights permissions experts and specifically with customer needs front of mind.
PubFactory CXS Editor for Publishers. As a platform technology provider and host to a breadth of diverse content, the PubFactory team has faced the perpetual challenge, along with our publishers, over how much control to retain and how much to hand over.  In 2016, we delivered a solution to our publishers (Oxford University Press and De Gruyter)  to address this challenge in the form of the CXS Editor, a locally installed application that allows PubFactory publishers with in-house front-end software engineers to have total control over the content region of the platform.  This allows them to make add and edit the XSL transforms, CSS and Javascript code responsible for content display and to check those changes into the platform source code repository on their own editorial schedule.  For those publishers that have the resources and desire, we have established a new collaborative working relationship that freed them to begin developing alongside the PubFactory team. This is an exciting effort that continues to transform how our publishers do business and how they approach strategic roadmapping for their publishing programs. logo Sheridan PubFactory
Publonsis harnessing the power of peer review to reshape scholarly communication. Our unique cross-publisher platform collects the world’s peer review activity, providing academics with verified records of their reviewing contributions across all journals. Publons simultaneously:
  • addresses the need to recognise the contributions of reviewers;
  • leverages unprecedented data to provide novel insights into global peer review and researcher behaviour; and
  • provides tools to counteract fraudulent peer review and predatory publishers.
Publons is also growing and upskilling the reviewer pool with free, online training, and developing the tools editors need to find, screen, contact and motivate reviewers, delivering trustworthy research to the world faster.
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Recommended®. Every day more than 4,000 primary research articles are published across the natural sciences. Springer Nature’s launch of Recommended in February 2017 represented the fi rst time a major publisher has addressed information overload for researchers.Powered by an adaptive algorithm, Recommended learns about users’ individual research interests through their reading behaviour and analyses over 65 million papers from over 45,000 journals.Developed as an agile user-centred service, Recommended is ground-breaking because it is:
  • Based on user behaviour, not purely content taxonomies,
  • Pan-publisher - drawn from across all published STM literature,
  • Provided as a free service.
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RedLink Network is a free community-driven credentials and identity management system and IP registry for the scholarly publishing market. Set aside as a public benefit corporation within RedLink, RedLink Network allows institutional administrators to connect with their providers, broadcast IP address and credentials (Shibboleth, link resolver) updates and receive information about their uptake. RedLink Network also allows publishers to provide enhanced customer service and ensure more unified access credentials across customers. logo RedLink
RedLink Remarq™ brings the community, profile, and sharing capabilities currently found in separate sites like ResearchGate,, and Trellis, and allows publishers to enable these across their portfolio, on their actual sites, without diverting traffic or leaking content. The service allows editorial updates, author updates, post-publication review customized at the journal level, private notes, and public comments. With a simple line of javascript and an agreement, Remarq™ works across platforms and publishers in a user-centric manner. logo Remarq
RedLink SiteLeads™ is a unique service that leverages a proprietary IP solution technique (SiteSolver™) to reveal unseen demand for publisher content from customers publishers don’t currently have. By presenting these data in an attractive and intuitive manner, both buyers and sellers (institutions and publishers) can transact with confidence on behalf of their mutual customers, the end-users. logo RedLink SIteleads
BMJ Research to Publication. It’s been estimated that 85% of health research is wasted at an annual cost of $170 billion*.  Many causes of the waste are simple and could be easily fixed.  Research to Publication (Research to Publication) is a unique way to strengthen research output through an e-learning programme that helps early career medical researchers develop research skills and get papers published.  Research to Publication is a scalable programme supporting institutions wanting to improve their rankings and countries seeking to build research capability where infrastructure is lacking.  It is the only programme that specifically addresses the needs of medical researchers and that covers the entire process from designing and conducting the research through to getting a manuscript accepted. logo Research to Publication
Research tools: Project Planner and Which Stats Test. 
These practical, easy to use tools act as a gateway through which students can access the significant holdings of research methods content available on the SAGE Research Method platform. The tools guide the student straight to the material most suitable to them as they design, structure and complete their research projects.   These tools are specifically designed to be introductory with a view to providing succinct answers, practical step-by-step advice and surfacing student-friendly material that will help them understand the complex world of research methods.
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Royal Society Open Science combines a range of innovations to provide the most transparent, open, high quality research across all of science, mathematics and engineering. As well as being open access and free to publish, the journal is the first to cover all of science that supports open data, open peer review and preprints. It promotes a culture of collaboration and reproducibility, partnering with other societies and encouraging replication studies. Last year Royal Society Open Science became the first general science publication to publish Registered Reports. logo Royal Society Open Science
SAGE Video. With an increasingly digital mindset becoming the norm for both classroom practice and personal study, we increasingly need to engage with these developing needs and evolving formats for disseminating pedagogical and research content. Responding to this increasing change, SAGE Video is a series of online collections delivering cutting-edge pedagogical video mapped to key disciplines across the social sciences. Each of our 9 video collections has been developed in partnership with leading academics, societies and practitioners, including many of SAGE’s own authors and academic partners, to provide a complete digital, disciplinary resource.   logo SAGE
Six Months Certification Course in Diabetes. In our endeavour to help clinicians tackle today’s most critical health care challenges to create a “healthier world”, BMJ along with Fortis C-DOC Hospital in 2016 launched six months’ certificate course in Diabetes which is endorsed by Royal College of Physicians. We provide educational support for health professionals to improve care for people with diabetes through comprehensive learning material describing pathophysiology, diagnosis & complications, management of diabetes. This is followed by hands on training at the clinical facility which gives confidence to medical practitioners to deal with patients. A perfect blend of learning material and hands on training followed by a successful comprehensive assessment provide the candidate the joint certification by BMJ, RCP & Fortis C-DOC. With this course, we aim to penetrate increased rate of detection and management of diabetes. screenshot Six Months Certification Course in Diabetes
SourceData ( is an open platform that makes published research papers discoverable based on the data shown in figures. SourceData provides a suite of intuitive tools to find research data that are locked away in figures and scientific illustrations. By enabling scientists to precisely and easily find the data they need in publications, SourceData provides intelligent, data‐oriented navigation of the research literature. SourceData powers the SmartFigures Lab ( from Wiley and EMBO: a joint project showing enhanced scientific figures in an online publishing platform. SmartFigures allow simple, one‐click navigation between related figures across different papers. image SourceData
Springer Nature SharedIt is a free content-sharing initiative that provides authors and subscribers with a simple, legitimate way to share research.
For the first time, links to view-only full-text subscription research articles can be posted anywhere - including social media platforms and author websites. SharedIt also gives librarians information on content usage, and provides researchers with access to the most current version of a paper.
Using industry-leading technology from ReadCube, sharers can make published versions of research papers available in a dynamic format that provides hyperlinked in-line citations and figures, annotation capabilities, access to supplemental content and advanced article metrics.
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The Surgery Journals “Pay What You Want” Model: A New and Successful Approach to Open Access. With its launch in 2015, The Surgery Journal spearheaded a unique and innovative Pay What You Want (PWYW) model for Open Access (OA) author fees. In close partnership with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, we developed the parameters and collected data throughout the project culminating in 2017 with the first results from Phase 1 accepted for publication in Communications of the ACM and available as a pre-print version here. image The Surgery Journal on Device
Veruscript Publishing Services offers societies, institutions and academics the chance to publish their own high-quality, open access journals at a fraction of the normal cost. Just £300 is charged per article. No money is required upfront for our base service, which lets partners launch journals risk free and set their own competitive Article Processing Charges (APCs) to cover costs. We are truly helping the community to take back control of publishing. logo Veruscript
Yewno Unearth is a unique transformational tool for publishers based on next-generation AI technology that uses algorithms to understand topics, sub-topics and concepts within any document to give an accurate and comprehensive view across any catalog of information. Significantly, it transcends the limitations imposed by poor Metadata, and provides highly accurate and granular content information, enabling publishers to gain essential new insights about their own content, capable of optimizing operations, accelerating sales, and informing planning. It has many uses across multiple publishing functions, providing an unparalleled depth of insight for publishers and facilitating a competitive edge. logo Yewno
Zapnito Knowledge Feeds present relevant contributions from the right people for a truly meaningful social media experience. This addresses the difficulty we all face in finding useful information and valuable connections within noisy social media platforms. Feeds bring people ‘into the fold’, to where expert knowledge was originally created, adding context so often missing from current social media platforms.
Zapnito is a white-label product meaning that, unlike social networks, Feeds are branded for our customers. All the shared expertise strengthens and showcases their brand, with all the data generated remaining in their hands.
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