The publication of scientific, technological and medical works plays a crucial role in our society. And it is important these research studies are published in journals that adhere to the highest standards of integrity and excellence. Unfortunately, not all do. Poorly vetted journals perpetuate some of the major concerns plaguing researchers today, including vague policies, falsified data and research, and unethical review practices. Uninformed, low-quality and misguided research can hinder STM's progress toward innovative developments.
However, digital publishing platforms, such as open source and interactive journals, offer advanced capabilities and solutions that help alleviate some of these concerns.
Improving peer review
Peer review is a cornerstone of ethical scholarly and STM publishing. The point of this process is not to have the work picked apart until there is nothing left but, rather, to facilitate thoughtful feedback and collaboration among forward-thinking professionals. It is a quality assurance phase that plays a vital role in validating the credibility and superiority of publications.
"Peer review is a cornerstone of ethical STM publishing."
A survey conducted by the Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan revealed that, after the relevance and reputation of a journal, authors consider the quality of peer review to be the most important factor when submitting their findings.
And while the process of peer-to-peer review is important, it is far from perfect. As Eric Hall pointed out in an article for Research and Information, it is strange that the formula used to verify scientific research isn't, in itself, all that exact. Hall added that the integration of technology in peer review has "enabled better collection and analysis of quantitative data while giving researchers insight into the qualitative aspects of peer review. These include the role of anonymity in peer review; peer review methodologies and measurement; and gender & judgment bias."
The use of interactive journals for STM works enables viewers to manipulate data and information, to actively work with facts and figures that result in more engaged peer-review functions and interaction between researchers. As a result, this can help improve the quality of findings and further facilitate progress.
Multimedia journal production
Accessibility and reproducibility are important elements of STM publishing, considering scientific advancements and developments rely on building on the findings of other previously conducted research. Open source platforms provide STM authors and researchers a platform to publish work that is freely and readily available. A study that is electronically published can be produced and accessed faster. In addition, e-Journals provide advanced features and functionalities that enhance the work, including audio or video files, and allow the reader to more easily find what they are looking for.
According to findings published in Science, journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, scientists are reading through literature at rapid speeds and are focused on finding specific information.
"Just as the aim of channel surfing is not to find a program to watch, the goal of literature surfing is not to find an article to read, but rather to find, assess, and exploit a range of information by scanning portions of many articles," the researchers explained.
Because researchers in the STM community are at the forefront of advancements, they can't risk falling victim to illegitimate and unethical publication practices. They are expected to utilize the most efficient and cutting-edge resources to showcase their latest developments.
Not only can using online journals reduce costs and time to publication, but it can also lead to improved quality of STM works. By collaborating with a digital content development partner, authors can leverage innovative conversion tools and multichannel delivery automation technology to streamline their journal enhancement system.