NISO Virtual Conference, From Submission to Publication: Creating and Conveying Quality

Wednesday, August 21, 12:00pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)

One on-going concern in scholarly communication has to do with publication time lags and ultimately, any delays to research dissemination. How can publishing systems more efficiently support peer-review? How rapidly can a manuscript move from completed draft to the status of preprint to a final version of record? Certainly in recent years, there have been calls for more efficient and more transparent manuscript transfer and exchange. However, ensuring quality of publication has always entailed a certain degree of lag as materials moved through the editorial and production process. This event will examine some of the nuances of the process as well as emerging possibilities for improvement.

A natural follow-up question then would be how best to guard against predatory publishers – those who would seduce researchers into submitting good work to questionable periodicals. No author wants to pay hefty feeds for publication lacking the checks of peer review or editorial oversight. Are whitelists (or conversely, blacklists) the right approach in guiding researchers to the best journals for their scholarly output? What about badges for publications (whether in traditional formats or not)? Or will such protective approaches simply expand existing issues associated with regard to metrics for use in gauging impact and/or reach?

Confirmed speakers for this event include: Kent Anderson, Founder, Caldera Associates; Brian Cody, Co-Founder and CEO, and Danielle Padula, Community Development Manager, Scholastica; Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Senior Editor, Nature Human Behaviors, Springer Nature; Sally Ubnoske, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Aries Systems, Sarah J. Koechlein, Head of Resource Access, James Madison University, and Andrew Smeall, Chief Digital Officer, Hindawi.

Here’s what some of these speakers will be addressing:

Collection Strategies: Determining the Best for Your Research Community

As the electronic journal landscape changes, approaches to assessment and evaluation tools must change as well. This presentation provides context for current models for acquiring and accessing journal content in libraries, from big deal to open access. Also discussed are traditional methods for evaluating journals, such as cost per use and impact factor, as well as current trends in journal evaluation across libraries.


Quality Indicators of Scholarly Publications

How do professional editors add to the quality of the work they publish? This talk will describe how editors at the Nature journals filter, enhance, and amplify the content that passes through their hands. I will go through the way in which we select papers, how they are peer reviewed, and the methods and criteria we use to ensure that the research is robust and reliable. In addition, I will summarizing the requirements we have in place to ensure that the research we publish is reliable and reproducible. The talk will end with a brief discussion of the new types of content that we are developing to improve the quality of confirmatory research.  


For more information, including a preliminary agenda, visit the NISO website here.


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