Publons, Social Media & Science: an Interview with Andrew Preston

As part of the interviews I conducted for my European Science Editing Social Media article (see previous blog post), I spoke to Andrew Preston over email, but we concluded the conversation too late to make it into the final version of the article. Andrew is a chemist from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the founder of Publons – an online platform at the forefront of one of the more interesting avenues of open/social science in acknowledging the contributions of reviewers in the research publishing process. Publons allows reviewers to keep a record of the reviews they perform for journals, either as a simple reference or with the full text of the review. It is also a pl

New EASE Facebook Page

I recently created a new Facebook Page for the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Here it is! https://www.facebook.com/EurSciEd We will use the page to help grow the EASE community, communicating a lot more information about the Association, along with news of academic discoveries and events. We will also discuss publishing industry innovations and activities, as well as offering information for scholarly publishing professionals. The page will allow us to be more organised with our interactions with the EASE community on Facebook, and it is open to everyone, not just members of the organisation - so find us, like and share! #EASE #EuropeanAssociationofScienceEditors #Faceboo

ISMTE EON Article: Developing Communications

I have an article in the February issue of Editorial Office News, the newsletter of the ISMTE, titled "Developing Communications: Customising and Automating Submission System Templates" Members can read it here for free, for non-members, costs $30: http://www.ismte.org/?page=EONFebruary2016 "One of the most frequently raised issues with peer review is the long delay many authors experience with the process. The four main roles contributing to the reviewing process are the administrator, the editor handling the manuscript, the referees,and of course, the authors. Fast turnaround times,from submission to decision, to resubmission to acceptance, depend on effective communication between th

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