Rounding Up — NUS Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Events (Semester 1, Academic Year 2015/2016)

NUS Libraries supports Green Open Access, one of the two common open access options through which researchers can freely share their scholarly work.

As part of the Library’s continuous efforts to encourage knowledge sharing and open access, our Scholarly Communication team regularly organizes academic publishing talks to support the University in its research initiatives. Here is a summary of the events that have taken place in Semester 1.

1. The changing landscape of the publishing world (26 August 2015) Martijn Roelandse, Manager, Publishing Innovation, Springer

Focusing on the dynamic world of publishing and technology, Martijn first gave an overview of the different stages that the publishing world has evolved into since the 21st century began, such as the increasing pressure on peer reviewers with the ever-increasing submissions for academic publications, and what new forms of peer review have arisen from this. He also explained the role of open access and its impact on the publishing world. Martijn also introduced two new elements that would affect the publishing world ─  the Bookmetrix platform that Springer has developed with Altmetric to provide book and chapter level metrics for book authors, as well as the future of publishing in data sharing or Big Data.

ppa1Martijn Roelandse explaining the different types of article metrics


2. How to get your research published internationally: tips and tricks from an academic publisher (17 September 2015) Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Business Development Manager Asia, Brill

In this talk, Liesbeth shared some tips and tricks from a publisher’s perspective in turning your PhD into a publication, such as what publishers look for in good publication, and how the publication process, selection, as well as peer review are conducted. She also talked about the differences between publishing your research in a journal and in a book, when each medium would be suitable for your research, and how to do so. Liesbeth also discussed open access options available at the Brill publisher, and even included an ‘A-Z’ list of tips for academic publishing.


3. How to write a publish a paper with Cell Press (19 October 2015) Dr. Bruce Koppelman, Scientific Editor for the Immunity journal, Cell Press

Focusing on the biological and medical sciences, Dr. Koppelman’s presentation was about publishing papers in the scientific fields, including doing so with Cell Press, which publishes biomedical journals. Speaking from the publisher’s perspective, his talk included tips about getting published in these journals, such as writing using the appropriate language in your manuscripts, building your article and what responsibilities and rights you would have as an author.

ppa2Dr. Bruce Koppelman explaining to the audience what editors are looking for in good manuscripts


4. Open Access Week 2015— Introduction to open publishing at Taylor & Francis  (21 October 2015) Ms. Wendy Wong, Managing Editor for Science and Technology journals, Taylor & Francis

In conjunction with Open Access Week 2015, Taylor & Francis was one of the two publishers which the Library invited to discuss open access publishing. Wendy presented a detailed overview of open access, including its current global situation and where publishers stand, including the open access publishing options available at Taylor & Francis. She also discussed the opportunities and challenges that open access has presented for both publishers and researchers, and provided some recommendations to help further the open access movement.

ppa3Ms. Wendy Wong from Taylor & Francis presenting about open publishing with T&F during OA Week 2015


5. Open Access Week 2015 — Simple guide to writing an article (22 October 2015) Miss Rosalia da Garcia, Executive Director, Consortia/Library Sales and Marketing, SAGE Publications Asia-Pacific

As the other publisher to present on the movement for Open Access Week, Rosalia’s talk first begin with an interesting perspective on the role of social media in open access and how it can help forward the movement. She even shared some interesting developments about the open access movement, such as crowdfunding for academic research, and some trivia about peer review. In the second part, she gave a recommended step-by-step account of the process from writing the article to submitting it to the publisher.



NUS Libraries organizes such talks to help the NUS community in its research endeavors, so do keep a lookout in your emails, our library portal or our social media channels for more of such events!

Raven Sim
NUSL Scholarly Communication Promotion & Publishing Advisory

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