PubTech Radar Scan: Issue 4

I thought long and hard about sending out a newsletter given the current situation but putting together these links took my mind off virus related news and I am hoping a little bit of publishing tech talk will be a welcome diversion for you too.

Launches and pilots 

  • Elsevier's International Center for the Study of Research has launched a new cloud-based computational platform, ICSR Lab, which enables informetrics researchers and librarians to analyze large structured datasets, including those that power Elsevier solutions such as Scopus and PlumX.

  • Hindawi has successfully piloted the use of Writefull (an AI-based language platform which authors can use on manuscripts for submission) to improve the grammar, spelling and specific scientific language in their work.

Academic publishing tech news


  • State of Digital Publishing have published their 9 key trends for digital publishing in 2020 or 3 minute video summary. Not all of these are directly relevant to academic publishing, might be a while before academic articles are widely distributed in a stories format 😉, but I think the resurgence of SEO is going to become more important  “A consequence of pivoting to the reader’s needs is the resurgence of SEO as a key driver of traffic growth. Putting the user in the center means creating the content the user would search for.”

Events, surveys and grants

A bit of light relief