Pensoft’s ARPHA teams with Hypothesis to encourage scientific discourse through annotation

In a new integration, the Pensoft-developed innovative journal publishing platform ARPHA teams up with nonprofit, open-source annotation technology provider Hypothesis to further enable academic discussion and foster collaboration in the spirit of open science practices.

This partnership makes Pensoft the second publisher to implement this technology across its whole journal portfolio.

Current and future scholarly journals using ARPHA, including Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO Journal)ZooKeysOne EcosystemJournal of Hymenoptera Research and others, will have a new layer added to their content, so that anyone registered with Hypothesis will be able to add public sentence-level annotations within any publication and use it as a starting point for further discussions. All annotations are stored at Hypothesis and listed in the user’s account.

Upon opening an article published in any ARPHA journal, website visitors can now spot a dialog-box icon in the top-right of the screen showing the number of submitted annotations, which he/she can reply to at the click of a button. Annotations appear highlighted within the webpage whenever a user is logged into their account on Hypothesis.

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Alternatively, the user can simply select some text and add a note to share his/her own idea, feedback, opinion or question inspired by the publication. Thus, the content of the research paper becomes alive, while readers could contribute to the study’s discourse.

I am delighted to see ARPHA partnering with Hypothesis not only because this benefits our users and journals, but because it also works for the good of science and academia in general,” comments Pensoft’s and ARPHA’s founder and CEO Prof. Lyubomir Penev.

What we’ve learned from implementing Open Science more and more vigorously in research practices is that striving for transparency and easier collaboration only stimulates scientific progress,” he adds. “One way to do this is definitely by providing the right platforms for giving and addressing feedback.

Dan Whaley, CEO at Hypothesis, adds:

We’re excited to see annotation brought to the many publications on the ARPHA platform. As an early member of the Annotating All Knowledge Coalition with a strong commitment to open research and transparent data, Pensoft shares Hypothesis’ commitment to facilitating conversations around scholarly content and improving researcher workflow. We look forward to working with the journal editors to integrate annotation into existing workflows to maximize the success of this initiative.

For a better grasp of the Web Annotation Architecture, as seen by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), see their interactive infographic.

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About Hypothesis:

Hypothesis is a US 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and spread of open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices that enable anyone to annotate anywhere, helping humans reason more effectively together through a shared, collaborative discussion layer over all knowledge. Hypothesis is based in San Francisco, CA with a worldwide team. Learn more from <web.hypothes.is>.

ARPHA reaches further out! Dr Matthias Wahls assigned as the platform’s new Business Development Manager

The Netherlands-based independent publishing consultant Dr. Matthias Wahls has recently joined ARPHA Journal Publishing Platform as the venture’s new Business Development Manager.

Bringing in extensive expertise from his previous appointments with key players in the academic publishing market, alongside experience accumulated through years of independent consultancy, Dr Wahls will be working on expanding ARPHA’s reach towards Western Europe, Greater China, and other Asian countries.

“I’m more than enthusiastic to join the team of ARPHA Publishing Platform and Pensoft Publishers, effective 2018,” says Dr. Matthias Wahls, the Hague, NL“Bringing this cutting-edge software platform to as many academic publishers will be my key priority. Our focus is to supply an end-to-end solution answering the needs of individual society journals and small to mid-sized publishers alike on their way to entering the Open Science publishing era and switching to the technologically advanced workflows of the future. We equally welcome stand-alone and new journals eager to become ready for the future of Gold Open Access publishing, within the greater context of the EU’s Horizon-2020 program.”

“Making academic research accessible to everyone around the globe has been a key priority for Pensoft from the very start. Having always been exclusively Open Access, in the last couple of years we’ve been aiming to go beyond and supply cutting-edge technologies that tick all boxes on the way to Open Science. With ARPHA we want to provide small publishers and society and institutional journals with a technologically advanced and affordable solution that allows them to enter the era of Open Science, while sitting strong on an increasingly demanding global publishing market.” adds Prof. Lyubomir Penev, Founder and CEO at Pensoft and ARPHA.

Dr Wahls invites editors, publishers, and individual academics who are facing the multiple transition hurdles on their way to adopt Gold Open Access, to take their journals to a next technological level with ARPHA, while staying independent under their own identity.

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What is ARPHA?

Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting and Archiving, all in one place for the first time, this is what stands behind the innovative fully integrated journal publishing solution ARPHA, a product of Pensoft.

Fully equipped to cater for a successful transition to a next-generation, technologically-advanced publishing, ARPHA is specifically designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized publishers and individual society and institutional journals on their journey to entering the era of Open Science, armed with a top-notch publishing technology. Alongside its journal-based module, ARPHA offers solutions for advanced open access book and conference proceedings publishing.

More than just software
ARPHA offers an end-to-end journal publishing platform, in combination with a range of technologically advanced and human-provided services.

Future-proof
This platform offers an option for smooth transition from the conventional, document-based, to the forthcoming, fully XML-based publishing workflow.

White label
ARPHA supports both individual and multiple journal platforms under their own logo, customised design and imprint.

High-level integration
ARPHA is integrated with leading indexing and archiving platforms via web services.

Semantic publishing
ARPHA provides generic and domain-specific markup to enhance and facilitate dissemination, machine-readability, harvesting and reuse of published content to improve readers’ experience.

Tailored publishing models
Publishers or individual journal editors can customise their own preferred workflow across ARPHA’s modules.

 

Contact Dr Wahls at:

matthias2fotoSlavenaAddress: M.Wahls Publishing Services, Plesmanlaan 88, 2497CB The Hague, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 644310818

Email: wahls@arphahub.com

WeChat: matthiaswahls1206

 

For more information and resources:

Visit: http://arphahub.com

Twitter: @ARPHAplatform

Video: https://youtu.be/pzTRc-zvfA8

Track changes and easy comparison of manuscript versions now available in ARPHA Writing Tool

Monitoring the progress of your manuscript has never been easier!

The eagerly anticipated Track changes feature is now available in ARPHA Writing Tool to further facilitate collaborative authoring in the five academic journals* which currently make use of the ARPHA-XML publishing workflow.

Having tapped into ARPHA’s users constructive feedback, we have also updated our Revision History feature. Now, not only can authors access any past version, as created by their co-authors and collaborators, but they can also compare any two of these at the click of a button.

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To let co-authors and collaborators easily see any changes they have made, a user needs to simply switch on the Track changes mode. From now on, each individual author’s input will be highlighted to draw the attention of the next user.

 

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Logically, any newly inserted text will appear in green, while the deleted one will be coloured in red. A hover over a highlighted text will show the user who has made the edit.

 

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To make overseeing even a single edit impossible, ARPHA Writing Tool has made it mandatory for a user to resolve all suggested changes before either submitting the manuscript or switching off the Track changes mode.

Not overlooking any new input, regardless of the length and complexity of a manuscript, is made even easier thanks to the Prev and Next buttons allowing a user to go through the changes one by one.

 

But what shall you do if you or your co-authors/collaborators happen to forget to switch on the Track changes mode?

 

Compare Manuscript Versions

Our latest update to the Revision history button lets users compare any two past manuscript versions, so that they can see at a glance what has changed between any two set points in time.

Just like before, clicking the Revision history button delivers a list of all manuscript versions along with the users who have created them in a chronological order. Now, however, a tick box next to each of these allows the user to select any two versions and see all edits that have taken place in between.

 

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Again, newly added text shows in green, while the deleted text is crossed over and appears in red.

Step-by-step instructions on both how to track changes and compare past versions are available in the Tips and Tricks guidelines accessible anytime in the header of the writing tool.  

 

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*The open access scholarly journals Biodiversity Data Journal, Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO Journal), One Ecosystem, BioDiscovery and Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS) are all making use of the technologically advanced collaboration-centred ARPHA-XML workflow, which features the signature ARPHA Writing Tool.

We ask. We listen. We innovate!

During the last months of 2016, we asked our users about their experience with the ARPHA Platform and its inbuilt ARPHA Writing Tool (AWT) that backends journals like Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO Journal), Biodiversity Data Journal, One Ecosystem, and others. We got some fantastic feedback and have since been busy implementing some of the suggested features, while also improving existing ones.

In the very beginning of the new 2017, we are now happy to introduce some major improvements and additions to our writing tool.

  • First of all, we’ve updated our article templates, allowing users to modify them or to create a manuscript structure that best fits your needs. Most article types now also include blank document templates to be used at authors convenience. In the existing pre-defined templates, one can edit/change the majority of the (sub-)section titles or simply erase these from the manuscript.

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  • Meanwhile, some new templates have also been developed to broaden the article types that users can pick from, these including R Package, Monitoring Schema, Ecosystem Inventory, Ecosystem Service Models, Ecosystem Service Mapping, Species Conservation Profile, Alien Species Profile, and others.

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  • To improve user experience, commenting has now become even more intuitive by simplifying the comments interface and introducing a commenting button that floats next to the selected-for-revision text. The comments can now be filtered by user, date, and status; anchoring comments to commented texts is improved to a much more intuitive and user-friendly interface than before.

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  • Last but certainly not least, a dedicated and highly concise Step-By-Step Site Tour will now also guide users through the main features of the writing tool the first time a manuscript is opened, both as author or reviewer.

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At Pensoft we strive to continuously innovate and improve our products and services, and the ARPHA Platform and Writing Tool are no exception. That’s why we’ll take the opportunity to also share our plans for future improvements within this blog post. Here is what we have in store for the months to come:

  • Improving import of references and creating reference lists.
  • Extending table import and editing tool with new functionalities.
  • Restoring in a new improved format of the Track/Change mode for reviewers and coauthors.
  • Simultaneous collaborative writing and editing.

While thanking everyone who has already provided feedback and helped in this mission, we also invite our users to test the new features let us know what they think. We welcome any further feedback and comments at: info@arphahub.com

The 5 Most Distinct Features of ARPHA

Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting and Archiving, this is what stands behind the innovative and fully integrated journal publishing solution ARPHA. This end-to-end platform not only puts all stages of the publishing process in one place for the first time, but also allows users to choose from a full set of accompanying services.

But what makes it really stand out? Here are the five most distinct features which make ARPHA unique:

Feature 1
Two journal publishing workflows: ARPHA-XML & ARPHA-DOC

Aiming at flexibility, ARPHA gives a choice between two interconnected but independently functioning publishing workflows that journals and publishers can choose between or use in combination:

  • ARPHA-XML: Entirely XML- and Web-based collaborative authoring, peer review, production and publication workflow, made possible via the innovative ARPHA Writing Tool.
  • ARPHA-DOC: Document-based submission, peer review, production and publication workflow.

Not only do users have the freedom to choose what suits their needs best, but they also get the options to effortlessly upgrade to our XML, entirely web-based workflow at a later stage, due to the high integration and automatisation of processes within ARPHA.

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Feature 2
No just a software platform, it comes with a full range of services to choose from

ARPHA is not just a software that you download! This highly integrated publishing solution offers its end-to-end platform, in combination with a full range of accompanying services that you can pick & mix to get a final product adjusted to your needs.

 

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Feature 3
White-label publishing, all the benefits of ARPHA under your imprint

Developed and tested in-house by scientific publisher Pensoft, ARPHA now comes as a stand-alone brand and offers a completely white-label publishing option for journals and publishers. You can enjoy all the benefits of having ARPHA as the backbone of your journal or collection of journals, while at the same time continue publishing under your own imprint.

Moreover, switching to ARPHA guarantees you an upgrade of your visual identity by offering dedicated web-design and setup services for your new journal website or publishing platform. For example, having recently moved to ARPHA, the Lithuanian VGTU Press journal Business Theory and Practice enjoys a brand new, individually designed website. While the journal has the ARPHA Platform as its backbone, it remains a completely separate entity published on behalf of VGTU Press.

 

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Feature 4
High-level integration via web services & data exchange

ARPHA is fully integrated with all leading indexing and archiving services. Our partners include CrossRef, Zenodo, Open Ayre, PubMed Central and DOAJ, to name just a few.

The full automatisation of processes within ARPHA means that all content is directly exported upon publication and without any extra human effort. This means that publishers and Editors-in-Chief can sit back and relax after pressing the “publish-an-article button”, while ARPHA makes sure that all their content is safely archived and successfully disseminated.

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Feature 5
Flexibility at each step of tailoring your publishing model

One of the greatest assets of ARPHA is its flexibility, when it comes to tailoring the best service for each individual client. While deciding what suits their needs, publishers and Editors-in-Chief get to choose from a full range of options at each step of the publishing cycle.

Starting from the branding model and tailored web design, through input types, peer review options and publication outputs, and finishing with your preferred revenue model, ARPHA offers a number of possibilities at each step to let you customise a platform that works for your journals at an affordable price.

 

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ARPHA is a home to several flagship journals, such as Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) Journal (SPARC Innovation Award Winner for 2016), ZooKeys, Biodiversity Data Journal and others.You may also find some concise information about ARPHA in this flyer.

Would you be interested to set up a call for a brief demo? Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arphahub.com if you wish to explore opportunities to use ARPHA as a new home for your journal!