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Charleston Premiers

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The annual Charleston Premiers session provides an opportunity for publishers and vendors to showcase their newest  and most innovative products. Speakers participate in 5 minute lightning rounds. The audience then votes on several “Best of” categories, and the winners receive awards. This year, 8 companies presented.

Reviewer Credits was established by two early career researchers who had reviewed articles as many other scientists did, and had received no acknowledgement or reward. They felt that a reward system would greatly benefit the peer review process. Peer review must be part of the academic record, and that there needs to be a way for journals to legitimately and ethically reward academics carrying out the community service of peer review. Reviewer Credits is an independent organization that registers peer reviewers, certifies them, and provides them with a “reviewer certificate” that they can display on their biographical profile

Christina Orr from BioOne noted that it has been supporting scholarly communications since 1999, based on annual subscriptions. Now, however, new purchase options have been introduced. Users can have .perpetual platform access to all complete content over 5 years old. Expanded coverage will be available in 2023 with the addition of the  European Space Agency’s e-book collection in spring 2023. BioOne Complete provides an expanded audience for publishers.

Romy Beard, Head, Publisher Relations, said that ChronosHub, an OA management platform can be thought of as the “Lego of OA management”. Nearly half of research funds are spent on administration. ChronosHub solves problems of today’s dynamics by reducing time spent on administration. It automates the author’s journey which provides multiple benefits such as clarity for authors, workflow handling, and compliance with funder policies.

John MacDonald described EBSCO’s Panorama system, a library analytics platform combining different library and campus data sets to enable insights through analytics that were previously impossible; for example a library can determine how are students engaging with it.

Christopher Warnock, CEO, Helper Systems said that they are bringing knowledge to life. (The system was announced at the Vendor Showcase–see the blog post at https://www.charleston-hub.com/2022/11/new-software-product-announced/.) It saves time and promotes discovery by working with sets of information, not individual documents, mines data within sets of PDFs, adds value to existing content by giving access to it, creates an interactive index to every term annotates content, and extracts summaries. Users can find any sentence, click on it and see the page where it occurs using software on the desktop, thus preserving users’ privacy.  Annotations are available externally to the PDF file, so there is no need to open it first. Search results are presented in context from the software running on the desktop, which Improves the user’s ability to do research.

PJ Kuyper, a Charleston resident, represents the Platino Educa  educational platform that provides access to authentic film content from Spanish and Latin American producers. It was developed by and for Spanish and Latin American teachers and has been adapted for a US audience with a mission to promote 330 Spanish language films in US. Access fees begin at  $300/year for the first 100 views, with additional views $3 each.

Josh Nicholson, CEO, said that Scite is the next generation of citations. Who are authors and what are metrics? Traditional indexes require users to open all retrieved cited documents which is very time consuming. In contrast, Scite provides citation content from articles all in one place, identifying how and why an article has been cited and also its topics. Its database contains 32 million full text articles and 1.5 billion citations. Smart citations now live in over 3 million articles. What do we do with this data? We can see what experts have said about an article and get answers directly from research articles after asking a question in plain language.

Worldcrunch is a Paris-based English language news website that curates and translates news and provides access to the best international journals in English for the first time. It provides a truly international perspective on the world.  By subscribing to WorldCrunch, users receive exclusive access to journalism to connect to the rest of the world. 

Following the presentations, the audience was polled, with the following results:

  • Best Design: CrnosHub, Scite
  • Most impactful: Helper Systems, Scite, ChronosHub
  • Best new product: Platino Educa, Scite
Don Hawkins


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