As leaders in digital innovation, we’re constantly considering and testing the impact of new technology and fresh approaches to hone best practise, enhance user experience and grow revenues. These are some of our latest thoughts and findings:
HighWire Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of John Corkery and Andy Gardner in the roles of Senior Sales Directors for North America reporting in to Wendy Newsham, VP North American Sales.
What is integrated content?
‘Integrated content’ is one of those terms that does the rounds in scholarly and professional publishing, while meaning vastly different things depending on the context. The term has stood variously for the combination of content types on a platform, such as journal articles and ebooks, or for the merging of in-house editorial and production procedures.
For many years I’ve attended both the CSE and SSP Annual Meetings – not both meetings every year, but very often I’ve attended each of them. And anyone who has done this duathlon knows that they are very close together on the calendar. That being said, they are, without question, very worth the time, energy and resources devoted to attendance.
Understanding our customers’ needs in a maturing market, today and into the future
In April 2016, I reported in the HighWire newsletter on the Spring Publishers’ Meeting, Stanford, USA. At that meeting, Dan Filby, CEO HighWire communicated the demonstrable progress of delivering on commitments made during 2015. The focus of my review was to look at the results of this raised level of service and how these impacted upon the scholarly publishing market (a market which all too often pays lip service to the reality of supporting customers).
I attended SSP’s Meet the…(Librarian/Researcher/Student/Dean) Rountable Discussions this past week at SSP 2016 in Vancouver. It was an informative session, and a new approach to a panel, at least to me. What did we hear from the panelists?
Rather than try and summarize – which would just homogenize distinct voices – I’m going to paraphrase the panelists’ views.
The profusion of publishing identifiers can make it difficult to tell them apart, particularly as many are similar in scope. This spotter’s guide seeks to identify and explain the most important of them.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s bioRxiv preprint server hit a milestone these last few days with the posting of a preprint on the link between cell phone radiation and tumors in rats. CSHL and HighWire – who hosts the bioRxiv manuscript system and preprint server for CSHL – watched the traffic and commentary on the paper climb. In under 24 hours, the paper had ‘scored’ in the top 500 of over 5 million articles in terms of social media.
HighWire opened its first international office, in Belfast Northern Ireland, just a few weeks ago. Anytime an industry leader does something for the first time — especially after twenty years — it is worth asking why, why now, why here, and for whom. During HighWire’s spring publisher’s meeting in London last week I sat down with Dan Filby, HighWire’s CEO, who spearheaded this launch, and asked him these questions and more.
Attracting and retaining authors is a significant goal for HighWire’s publishers: based on our survey of publisher priorities, this comes out at the top! So it is not surprising that editors and publishers spend time understanding what authors want, and what the barriers are to great experiences with a particular journal. Especially with increasing competition, this is not just an abstract “feel good” or a “do your best” kind of thing. If authors routinely go elsewhere, you may see a decline in quality submissions, with the obvious subsequent effect on impact.
A group of 18 high calibre trainees have been selected to undertake an intensive software engineering training programme at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) of Northern Ireland following the launch of the HighWire Academy. The HighWire Academy is a challenging five-week training programme focusing on the development of level three ICT and key development skills with a strong focus on Drupal, PHP, open source content management systems, and Linux.