Royal touch for ALPSP event

Awards finalists announced as annual conference moves to stately home in historic mansion house near Windsor, UK

The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards, sponsored by platform and service provider, MPS. The ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2018 are open to any new development, product, service or project that is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability.

This year’s finalists are: • Annotation for Transparent Inquiry from Cambridge University Press, in collaboration with Hypothesis and the Qualitative Data Repository;

• Code Ocean; • Dimensions from Digital Science; • IP Intrusion Database from PSI IPV Ltd; • Journal Publishing Practices and Standards from AJOL and INASP; and

• Kopernio from Clarivate Analytics. This year was a record year for entries to the awards, with 45 submissions received from 10 countries, giving the panel of judges a lot to deliberate over in the shortlisting process. After independently scoring each submission, the panel convened to discuss the merits of each entry from their different perspectives and make their final decision.

The chair of the judging panel, David Sommer, noted: ‘The shortlist this year includes an array of innovative solutions that touch on several different aspects of the research cycle, including reproducibility,

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“discoverability”, integration, ethics and standards. That said, they are united by the fact they endeavour to address real challenges for the research community, and by doing so push our industry forward.’ Audrey McCulloch, chief executive of

ALPSP, added: ‘It is great to see that new businesses, established publishers and some flourishing collaborations have all made it onto the shortlist. Innovation is clearly alive and well in many different sectors of our industry. A huge thanks to the awards committee for reviewing all 45 submissions, and I look forward to seeing the shortlisted organisations at the ALPSP Conference in September.’ The finalists were invited to present their submissions to its panel of judges for further scrutiny and final judgement. The winner(s) will be announced at the awards dinner during the conference on Thursday 13 September.

All of the finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations

“This year was a record year for entries to the awards, with 45 submissions received from 10 countries”

to industry peers at the ALPSP Annual Conference, a key event in the scholarly communications calendar that brings the community together. The ALPSP Conference – staged from 12

to 14 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire – is a key date in the scholarly publishing calendar, attracting an international audience from all areas of the scholarly communications industry. It offers a relaxed and friendly environment in which to share information and knowledge, learn about new initiatives, as well as engage in open discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing publishing today. The programme also includes plenty of time for networking at two social events – the Welcome Reception (Wednesday evening) and the ALPSP Awards Dinner (Thursday evening).

Key themes: • Openness and policy: all aspects of ‘open’ and transparency, including funder policies and mandates, and how these are affecting publishers of all sizes, researchers in all disciplines, and various regional markets;

• Business and technology: exploring new technologies driving innovation in content creation and content consumption, including practical applications for Artificial Intelligence and blockchain, new monetisation strategies around data, sustainable publishing partnerships, and new markets such as online teaching materials; and

• Researchers and ethics: examining the publisher role in supporting researcher and author workflows around journals and books across all disciplines, including data and metrics, as well as researcher and author experiences during peer review, ensuring a diverse environment with freedom to publish.

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