EMBO Press launches
More than 230 guests attended the launch of EMBO Press held concurrently with the American Society of Cell Biology meeting on 15 December 2013. The event took place at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas overlooking the Mississippi.
“We are proud to announce EMBO Press to such a wonderful crowd of people,” said Bernd Pulverer, Head of Scientific Publications at EMBO, speaking at the launch event. EMBO Press affords us the independence to lead in implementing innovations to ensure that journals continue to aid scientists and to encourage scientific research. The striking new designs of the four scientific journals on the platform, with new functionality and forward-looking policies, should speak for themselves,” added Pulverer. “EMBO Press is founded on the themes of transparency and accountability of the editorial process and on innovation to allow us to publish high quality research in a way that is more accessible and useful. We hope to contribute to a reliable, quality literature and to encourage others to share in this vision,”
EMBO Press went public online early in the New Year. The new publishing platform delivers enhanced functionality, an innovative design, as well as constructive editorial policies, processes and quality standards across the four EMBO publications.
“It is one of our goals to add maximal value to published research through the optimized presentation of research data and to provide a more flexible and customizable interface to allow the reader to drill down as deep into a paper as they see fit,” added Pulverer. “It is our aim to transform the research paper from a written record of a research project with illustrations to a fully fledged research tool without loosing sight of accessibility to our broad readership. The four EMBO Press journals will achieve wider global reach through collaboration with our publishing partners HighWire Press and Wiley.”
Also at the American Society of Cell Biology, EMBO Director Maria Leptin chaired a panel discussion focused on whether peer review is under threat. The panel included contributions from Bruce Alberts, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, Anthony Hyman, Research Group Leader and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, Jon Lorsch, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Emilie Marcus, Chief Executive Officer of Cell Press, and Melina Schuh, Group Leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. The speakers addressed concerns about peer review and research assessment from the perspective of funders, institutions, journals, and scientists.
Bernd Pulverer also took part in a panel discussion on DORA, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, which has attracted more than 10,500 signatures, including 437 organizations, across all the sciences. The declaration highlights the problem of using journal- based metrics as a proxy for quality in the assessment of individual scientists, highlighting that all the stakeholders – journals, funders, research institutions and importantly researchers – have to work together to bring about change.
More than 5000 people attended the American Society of Cell Biology meeting from 50 countries.
The new EMBO Press platform is online at embopress.org.