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James Butcher

The Journalology newsletter helps editors and publishing professionals keep up to date with scholarly publishing, and guides them on how to build influential scholarly journals.

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Journalology #82: Trust and impact

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, Up until now Journalology has primarily been a newsletter, but I’ve always wanted it to be much more than that. This week I’ve launched a website — hosted on journalology.com — that’s the new digital home for the work I do for the scholarly publishing community. For the next two weeks I’ll be sponsoring my own newsletter. You won’t see messages from other companies, but you will see short summaries of the services that I offer, which fall...

2 days ago • 21 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, This week’s newsletter covers the usual fare: research misconduct, APC pricing, gender equity, peer review and AI. All packaged up for your delectation. Thank you to The Editorial Hub and Nicky Borowiec Design & Brand for sponsoring the newsletter over the past few weeks. Next week I have a new sponsor lined up that I’m rather excited about. Hopefully you will be too. Thank you to our sponsor, The Editorial Hub Ltd. As specialists in...

8 days ago • 11 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, Last week I asked if anyone had more information about Japan’s open access plans. A reader kindly pointed me in the direction of the Official letter from Cabinet office of Japan (the web page can be found here) and also provided an AI assisted translation: Implementation of Immediate Open Access for Academic Papers Funded by Public Funds From the 2025 fiscal year, recipients (including corporations) of competitive research funds that are...

16 days ago • 16 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, Some Journalology readers will be playing catch up after attending the SSP meeting in Boston last week. They will be pleased to know that it was a light news week, so they should be able to catch up by skimming quickly through this issue. If you have time on your hands, you could respond to the public consultation on the draft OASPA equity paper or NISO’s revised draft of the Journal Article Version document. But first, a message from the...

23 days ago • 10 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, It’s been a relatively slow news week, perhaps because organisations are saving their announcements for the upcoming SSP meeting in Boston. If you’re attending the meeting, travel safe. Hopefully this newsletter will provide you with some light reading on the plane. Thank you to our sponsor, The Editorial Hub Ltd. As specialists in peer-review administration, research integrity, training and management The Editorial Hub Ltd provides...

about 1 month ago • 16 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, When I write these newsletters I try to add value by giving my opinion on the story behind the story. Getting the balance between insight and speculation is hard; I have no desire to create a gossip magazine. Last week I wrote about the new collaboration between JACC (Journal of the American College of Cardiology) and The Lancet and I read the tea leaves wrong. The downside of working for corporates for 20+ years, as I have, is that it can...

about 1 month ago • 20 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, This week’s newsletter delves into a new transfer pathway — between two competitor journals — that’s been two decades in the making. I also touch on the steep learning curve for Taylor & Francis’ new CEO. As usual, there’s a lot to cover, but first here’s a message from the newsletter’s primary sponsor. Thank you to our sponsor, Digital Science Digital Science’s flagship solution, Dimensions, is the world’s largest linked-research database...

about 1 month ago • 15 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, There’s a strong DEI theme to this week’s issue, with reports from Springer Nature (on editorial board diversity) and C4DISC (on workplace equity) released this week. The newsletter also includes a fascinating map of the biomedical publishing landscape, a primer on COUNTER, and a discussion of F1000’s recently revised editorial model. Thank you to our sponsor, Digital Science In late 2023, Digital Science fully acquired Writefull, which...

about 2 months ago • 16 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, This week’s issue of Journalology covers the STM Trends 2028 report, a new journals programme from Harvard University, and a preprint that suggests that preprints get a citation advantage. Thank you to our sponsor, Digital Science In late 2023, Digital Science fully acquired Writefull, which provides AI-powered language and metadata solutions to streamline every stage of the publishing workflow - including triaging, copy editing, quality...

about 2 months ago • 12 min read

Subscribe to newsletter Hello fellow journalologists, Two years ago I quit my corporate job and started work on Journalology. Many friends and colleagues thought I’d gone slightly mad. If you want to know more about the person who sends you these emails every week, Science Editor has just published the transcript of a conversation I had with Jonathan Schultz earlier this year. We discussed why I decided to leave Springer Nature, how editors and publishers differ in their approach to scholarly...

2 months ago • 14 min read
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