And the winner is…

On September 9th we started the ScholarOne Journal Triathlon as part of the roll out of our web services platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts v4.14 was successfully released in early December, delivering true enterprise web services for the peer review community. The new capabilities will help you in driving innovation for your editorial offices and for your end users.

Over the three legs of the Journal Triathlon, we received nominations for journals adapting processes and procedures to address the challenges of today, and improving their services for tomorrow. The ScholarOne Triathlon judges reviewed the winners of each event taking into consideration business impact, application of theme, and novelty of the solution for each nominated journal.

We are pleased to announce that the overall winner of the first ever ScholarOne Journal Triathlon is:


The runners up in our competition are:

  • South Asian Journal of Management Sciences (Silver)
  • Al-Shajarah (Bronze)

We want to congratulate the editors and the editorial office of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the officially endorsed journal of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Thrombosis. Thrombosis and Haemostasis is published by Schattauer Publishers. Its current editors are Christian Weber and Gregory Y. H. Lip. Elinor Switzer is the journal’s publisher, based in Stuttgart, Germany.

We also want to thank the South Asian Journal of Management Sciences and Al-Shajarah for their strong performances in this competition. Both will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement.

A representative of Thrombosis and Haemostasis will be joining the ScholarOne Manuscripts 2014 User Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thrombosis and Haemostasis will also receive a speaking slot on the conference agenda. In addition, Thomson Reuter’s popular and widely read ScienceWatch will publish an interview with Thrombosis and Haemostasis, providing additional exposure for our top innovators.

Thank you all for your participation in and your contributions to our journal triathlon. It has been a real pleasure collaborating with you. Innovation is happening across the scholarly communications field – and together we are moving forward!



It’s time!

We’re tallying up your votes on the nominations for the third and final leg of the ScholarOne Web Services Triathlon. The competition has garnered a lot of interest from journal editors around the world. The entries and participation in the competition reflect the global nature of scholarly publishing. It is exciting to see your desire and drive to move your journals forward and to increase the services that you provide to your communities.

The next step is for the ScholarOne team to evaluate and judge the winners from the three individual events (swimming, running and biking). From those, we will determine the winners of the Triathlon. We will have first, second and third place winners -who will each receive a plaque honoring their achievement. And the #1 journal overall will also receive free registration and travel to our ScholarOne Manuscripts 2014 User Conference. To top that off, the winner will have a speaking slot at the conference and an interview featured in Thomson Reuters’ ScienceWatch.

ScienceWatch is a popular and widely read resource for science metrics and research performance analysis. Thomson Reuters has published ScienceWatch since 1989 and it offers data and commentary on those at the forefront of science. The publication is part of our suite of research analytics solutions. To be featured in ScienceWatch will provide significant exposure to you, your journal and the research that you publish.

We look forward to reviewing the winners of each Triathlon event and selecting the most innovative journal of the competition!

Good luck!



The finish line is in sight…

The finish line is in sight as we approach the end of our Journal Triathlon. During this final leg, we focused on those journals that have optimized their editorial processes in order to remain competitive. Every day you face new and ongoing changes in your field. How do you adapt?

Open Access, and in particular, the new “author-pays” model has caused unbridled growth in new journals being launch and more content being submitted. The average growth in number of new (“traditional”) journals was 4% (from 2004 to 2012). In the mean time, the average growth in Open Access journals was 22% during that same period (per STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers).

The “Gold” Open Access model, or “pay-to-publish”, has come to dominate the Open Access space. Outsell estimates that 88-90% of all Open Access content follows the Gold route, with only 10-12% following the “Green”, or self-archiving path. All of this means more content for publishers and more and new demands from your authors.

How are you adapting? How are you enduring in this dynamic environment? What editorial policy changes has your journal made in light of Open Access? How has your journal tested out new business models to attract the best authors and to get your content as widely read as possible? Nominations end today, November 18, so it’s time to get ready to cast your votes for the nominations in the final leg of our Journal Triathlon.

And don’t forget, Thomson Reuters is preparing to launch the industry’s leading, enterprise web services solution based on your wants and needs. This will enable you to optimize the way that your peer-review platform can be utilized. It will allow you to not just endure change, but to drive change.



On your mark, get set… GO!

It is time to flag in the winners of the second leg of our Journal Triathlon. In recent weeks, we have focused on ways in which journals have implemented practices that increase their efficiency as an editorial office. For authors, it is all about getting content out to the public first, and as an industry, we look for ways to help our authors do so.

Tremendous efficiencies can be gained from connecting your internal systems. Your peer-review platforms are at the heart of the publishing process, and our ScholarOne Web Services will allow you to link those platforms to other systems, such as production systems, financial systems and, say, royalty databases. This industry advancement of connecting platforms is only just starting, and already many journals are pushing their boundaries. The nominees from our second leg in the competition show just that.

Tomorrow, we will turn to the third leg of the Journal Triathlon: running. This part of the race is all about endurance. For this final portion of the competition, we are looking for journal nominations that demonstrate how you have seamlessly adapted your journal processes to stay competitive in this ever-changing industry.

Our industry is facing new demands and offering new tools that we had never heard of 10 years ago. Most notably, the discussion around Open Access has shifted from “why?” to “how?” This is an important change. We are all looking at our processes for ways to adapt to these new demands. At the same time, we see new industry initiatives and tools available, such as ORCID and FundRef.

In this new arena, how are you staying competitive? How do you stand out among the many editorial offices, and how have you advanced your processes to serve you authors and editors?

Tell us. We want to hear from you. Nominate your journal!



You can’t win- if you don’t play!

Every journal office is looking to speed up the publication process of their title(s). Providing fast times to publish might be an obvious need in our industry – but it’s not always obvious what steps to take to provide faster service for our authors. Many factors affect overall publication times, so it is not an easy problem to solve. That’s why we want to increase knowledge sharing in our community.

At Thomson Reuters, we also look for ways to contribute. Our upcoming S1M 4.14 release provides a key new feature that helps to address one of those steps: finding the right reviewer. Our new Reviewer Locator will be leveraging proprietary finger printing technology and the vast Web of Science content to provide you and your editors with new and fitting matches based on the submitted manuscript. The Reviewer Locator allows you to expand your reviewer network and to avoid what we all know as “reviewer fatigue.”

The biking leg of a real life triathlon might bring on the first signs of fatigue for those competing in such an intense competition. In our friendly Journal Triathlon, we look for all those journals that continue to fight reviewer fatigue or other problems that impact overall publication speeds.

You are innovative. Share with us how you speed up the process. Soon we will begin voting on the nominations for the second leg of our competition.

You can’t win- if you don’t play. Share your story!



All swimmers are on shore. We are getting on our bikes. It’s time for the second leg of the Journal Triathlon!

As you know, the triathlon coincides with our upcoming release of Thomson Reuters ScholarOne Web Services. It is the industry’s only scalable, enterprise-wide solution. ScholarOne Web Services will allow publishers and associations to maintain a competitive advantage. It allows integration of ScholarOne with your organization’s internal tools and with key industry players such as ORCID and FundRef.

You will also be able use our Reviewer Locator, a new and cutting-edge feature that will search Thomson Reuters Web of Science® for uniquely qualified peer reviewer recommendations. All of this will drive efficiencies in your editorial processes, and speed up your publication times.

The biking leg of the triathlon is all about that need for speed. We want to hear from you. How do you drive for efficiencies in your editorial office? We want to hear how your journal implemented measurable ways to increase efficiency.

Your entries for the agility leg of our triathlon gave us insight into the many ways that you quickly and easily validate submitted manuscripts at the start of the editorial value chain. But efficiencies can be gained across your entire editorial process. How are you measuring efficiencies? Where do you spend most of your time processing manuscripts? What aspects of your editorial services can most impact timely publication? What tool, techniques or solutions have you crafted to move papers more quickly through the workflow?

All of this speaks to the heart of what journal offices provide to their authors and editors. Everyone wants to be published today, not tomorrow. So compete with us and share what tool or process allowed you to measurably increase efficiencies.

Tell us! Let’s speed things up!



If you are not in the water yet, jump in now!

We are closing in on the end of the first leg of the Journal Triathlon. Many journals have been nominated already to compete for the most agile journal.  

We encourage all members of our community to get your submissions in quickly before we close for voting. Now is the time to show off your agile ways. Are you nimble? Are you agile? Then nominate your journal!

Agility is needed to quickly and easily validate submissions as you seek to accept the right papers for your journal. The nominations for the Journal Triathlon’s first leg show a breadth of tools and methods used to assist in that validation. Not everyone validates in the same way. As expected, our scholarly publishers are responding to the needs of today through many varied and innovative solutions.

It is very exciting to see all of the submissions as they come in. The quality of the contestants is high and it will be a close race as we approach the shore. Next, we look forward to active voting from all of you. Everyone can vote once per category.

Make sure you invite all of your colleagues to vote for you!
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The first leg of the race - swimming - starts TODAY!

I am happy to announce that it is time to kick off the first leg of the Journal Triathlon - Swimming!

Starting today, you can nominate journals that stand out in the field by how quickly and easily they validate submitted manuscripts.

Agility is key in any editorial office. You want to attract many submissions from across your field, and to quickly identify the best paper in the queue. You want your readers to benefit from the latest research breakthroughs as soon as possible.

The critical human eye is essential when checking submissions for scope and quality. But now, smart workflow arrangements and review processes are complimenting that essential value of the editorial enterprise.

Furthermore, new developments in STM publishing such as Open Access are changing some of the submission and review dynamics for publishers. And what about new requirements for metadata from funders? How do you check and validate those items? How about issues related to plagiarism? How do you validate incoming papers and prevent breach of copyright?

How have you organized and optimized the art of manuscript validations? What unique tools or capabilities are you using, or have you seen used in another journal?

We need to celebrate the agility of today’s editorial offices. We want to hear from you about groundbreaking developments in your organization.

Let’s dive right in!

Please join the ScholarOne Journal Triathlon today, and nominate a journal!

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The ScholarOne Journal Triathlon

As the Vice President of Product and Marketing Strategy for ScholarOne, I am excited to announce that on September 9, 2013 we will launch the ScholarOne Journal Triathlon!

Science always pushes the boundaries of knowledge. In scholarly publishing we disseminate the products of science. We are always looking for new ways to improve as well. It is an exciting time in our industry. Technology has opened the doors for rapidly accelerating innovation. 

The “ScholarOne Journal Triathlon” allows scholarly journals to showcase their ingenuity. Journal editors today are rethinking how they work with authors and how they can facilitate dissemination of scholarly content. The question is, how do we use the new tools available to unlock the most value from the research content from our community?

We want to provide a platform for the many new and exciting developments in our field. We want to celebrate the best of what is happening in scholarly publishing. Over the coming months, the journal community can nominate individual journals that demonstrate their prowess in three areas: agility, speed, and endurance. These three areas represent the swimming, biking, and running legs of our triathlon challenge.

We want to know what you are working on, how you are addressing the demands of today, or hear about a journal that you know of, that is offering exciting new solutions to common problems.

We would love to hear how your journal is nimbly sifting through the high volumes of papers that are submitted to your journal, how you have optimized and fast-tracked your time-to-publish, and how you have adapted your editorial policies and processes to survive the constant changes in our space. 

Nominate a journal beginning September 9th.

I can’t wait to hear how you are pushing your boundaries!

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Jasper Simons