Researching the Value of the Impact Factor

Impact factors were released this week. The impact factor has long been a measure of a journal’s research output, but in recent years there have many attempts to find alternative ways to expand how research is assessed. This excerpt from Diversity, value and limitations of the journal impact factor and alternative metrics in Rheumatology International explores some of the many other measurements available today.  Over the past decades, there have been many attempts to overcome limitations of the popular JIF and to propose new citation metrics bearing more comprehensive information on citable sources and their scientific value. The latter has become … Read more…

Service Spotlight: Article Level Metrics

Article-level metrics provide an alternative option to the well-known impact factor when measuring the impact of a journal’s research. Each journal article’s SpringerLink page includes Altmetrics data that explores how the article is being cited, used and discussed on the social web. An overview: Article-level metrics allow authors and editors the ability to see a wide range of metrics that cover article coverage across social media and the internet. How are these metrics calculated? We partner with Altmetrics, who track multiple sources to help better monitor and report the attention research receives. What sources are metrics collected from? When available, … Read more…

How important are open access books to academic authors?

By: Christina Emery How important are open access books to academic authors? To kick off Academic Book Week in April, Springer Nature held a free event for researchers exploring open access (OA) books, discussing topics such as why academics publish OA books, how the impact of their research can be tracked, and the future of OA book funding. Researchers in the hard sciences are more familiar with the concept of open access article publishing, but we were interested in talking to researchers across various disciplines, including the Humanities and Social Sciences, specifically about OA books. You can read what the … Read more…

Services for Journal Editors

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. Springer Nature journal editors benefit from the array of services provided from our various imprints. We’ve developed an easy reference guide to help you become familiar with the tools available to you. Elevate your journal by taking advantage of the numerous services open to your journal, and share information with your authors to help make … Read more…

A Case Study in Making a Journal More Relevant

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. In the ever-changing world of science and research it’s important to pay attention to the relevancy of your journal. Bo Söderström, editor-in-chief of Ambio published an update to readers on steps taken to elevate Ambio’s relevancy. Utilizing the excerpt from Steps toward making a journal more relevant, see what points you may be able to apply to … Read more…

Building Your Peer Reviewer Target List

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. Read all available posts in the series here. Finding quality peer reviewers is an essential task of managing a successful journal. Ideally, over time, you will create a pool of reviewers that you can rely on time and time again for thorough and accurate reviews. Building that resource can seem like a daunting task to … Read more…

Marketing Your Journal 101

There are many jobs to juggle as an editor running a successful journal – everything from soliciting articles, building a strong board, and navigating publishing ethics. This month we’re highlighting the various components of running a journal, with an eye on providing tips and advice. Marketing your journal may seem like a step you can save for your publisher, but having a clear marketing and promotion plan can help make the rest of the work of running your journal easier. Read on below for highlights on how to best market your journal. Then find more information on how we promote … Read more…

Researching the Choice to Publish Open Access

Interested in publishing open access, but have your mind set on publishing in a subscription-based journal? Our Open Choice option allows you to publish open access in more than 1,900 Springer Nature journals, making your research more visible and accessible, immediately on publication. Learn more about Open Access in this excerpt from Open access, social norms and publication choice by Matteo Migheli and Giovanni B. Ramello from the European Journal of Law and Economics. Find out more about the Open Access options available to our authors, including our OA funding options. The full article can be read via the SharedIt … Read more…

Why Publish a SpringerBrief

Is publishing your next book as a SpringerBrief the right format for your research? SpringerBriefs offer readers cutting-edge research in compact volumes of 50-125 pages. Published across a wide assortment of disciplines it may be an ideal option for your work. What types of content are published as SpringerBriefs? SpringerBriefs typically consist of information that would not be suitable as a full book, but would be useful to the research community. This may mean it is: A report on state-of-the art analytical techniques A bridge between new research results published in journal articles and a contextual literature review A primer … Read more…

Why I Published an Open Access Book

On April 23rd, Springer Nature is participating in Academic Book Week, a global awareness event that aims to champion and showcase the evolution of academic books. Authors Prof. Owen Davies (History, University of Hertfordshire) and Dr. Roseli Pellens (Macroecology, Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité, Paris), who are participating in a panel discussion share their experiences of publishing an open access book. “Publishing is about communication beyond academia.” – Prof. Owen Davies Prof. Owen Davies has been interested in open access for more than ten years, having personally experimented with creating and uploading his own PDF online. There was interest in … Read more…