Publishers respond

It has been a year since Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. To mark the date, STM would like to publicly re-affirm our support of Ukraine. The letter of support to those impacted by the violence, that we shared last year, remains equally applicable today.

All of our members, regardless of size, ownership structure or discipline, remain deeply concerned about the crisis and what it entails for human life and the peaceful exchange of knowledge. Publisher responses vary, yet all remain committed to the ideals of science and scholarship as a global community. 


STM Trends 2027 is now live!

In the scholarly publishing world, spring brings the annual return of STM Trends, a future-forward look at the entire ecosystem of scholarly communications by members of the STM Association. STM Trends captures the most impactful changes in research and publishing in a single themed image. What’s in store for 2027? Take a look.


Latest news

Looking ahead

Today, the Council Conclusions on high-quality, transparent, open, trustworthy, and equitable scholarly publishing were adopted by EU Ministers at the COMPET Council. STM calls on the European Commission and EU Member States to consult with scholarly publishers of all sizes, disciplines and models and seek a constructive collaboration that will allow the publishing industry to keep delivering value and quality to the European society, economy and research community. Read our response in full.

New landscaping study maps “common scholarly communications infrastructure”

Ithaka S+R, with sponsorship from STM, has just released an independent landscape review of “Common Scholarly Communications Infrastructure,” which will inform a white paper they will publish later this year. The white paper, an exploration of the current and future ecosystem of scholarly communications infrastructure, will look at what is and isn’t working in terms of current infrastructure and where needs/gaps exist — and include recommendations for where additional investment may be considered. Download the landscape review at Ithaka S+R. 

STM Solutions releases MVP of new paper mill detection tool

The Hague, April 14, 2023 — Today, STM Solutions, the operational arm of STM, announced the release of the MVP (minimal viable product) of a paper mill detection tool as part of the STM Integrity Hub. It is a stand-alone web application where submitted journal manuscripts can be uploaded and checked for a variety of signals indicative of paper mills. Read the press release.

A rich source of OA data on the publishing industry

Publishers have worked to rapidly expand opportunities to publish OA by providing new pathways, developing new business models, and facilitating other collaborations and initiatives that support Open Science. STM developed an OA dashboard as a resource for all those seeking to learn more about how this is playing out in the choices authors are making. Jump to the dashboard and if you’d like to learn more about STM’s position on OA, scoot over here.

New white paper to report on current ecosystem of scholarly communications infrastructure

STM Solutions  has provided sponsorship to enable Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit higher education research and consulting organization, to research and produce a white paper that examines the shared and essential scholarly communications infrastructure. Keep reading.

New report provides insights into global OA landscape — and with a focus on China

Open Access Publishing in China 2022 provides insights into the complex and evolving global Open Access landscape — and with a particular focus on China. The report is a product of a collaboration between STM Association and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) focused on the bilateral sharing of ideas and best practices in OA publishing. Read the English press release in full | Download the report — English | Chinese

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Academic publishers have a unique opportunity to work collaboratively in order to accelerate actions and advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with potential to develop industry standards, key projects, new collaborations and other initiatives. And so we are. Learn more and join us in advancing UN SDGs.

Become a mentor or a mentee!

STM’s Mentoring Programme is open for applications for mentors and mentees alike — deadline is Dec 16! Here we work to share knowledge, expertise, skills, insights and experiences between a more experienced colleague and a more junior or less experienced colleague. Learn more & join us!

New instructional video series aims to help editors recognize image manipulation

Today, the STM Working Group on Image Alteration and Duplication Detection is launching the first in a series of instructional video modules intended to serve as a tool for scholarly journal editors screening for manipulated images in submitted manuscripts. This first module provides an overview of the most commonly found image aberrations in scientific publications and illustrates how they may be detected and verified. Keep reading & watch the video.

STM welcomes new legal counsel Molly Stech

STM is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Molly Stech, our new general counsel. Molly is taking over the role from Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, who has been with STM since 2007.

Molly is a long-time copyright policy attorney who has previously worked for the World Intellectual Property Organization, the U.S. Copyright Office, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is also an adjunct professor and publishes articles on copyright law in journals in Europe and the U.S. Read the full announcement.

European Research Innovation Days and STM’s Position on Research Assessment

In conjunction with European Research Innovation Days 2022, which runs September 28 – 29, the coalition for reforming assessment will present a newly finalized Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment. It will then officially be open for signatures. As a member of the coalition as well as a strong supporter of the issue of reform, STM is committed to enabling a fair research assessment system that rewards quality and impact. To that end, earlier this year, we published a Position on Research Assessment which emphasizes the importance of collaboration from across the research ecosystem in ways that enable research discoveries, research communications and research evaluation. Learn more here.

| Statement | STM’s response to the OSTP memorandum on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research.

STM is committed to advancing trusted research in partnership with all stakeholders in the research ecosystem. We have been partners with the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and federal agencies on implementation of current US public access policy, and have invested heavily in collective initiatives to support open research practices, including research data sharing. As we meet the future, we look forward to continuing to work with the OSTP and federal agencies to ensure the health and vibrancy of a research system that supports and enables the innovations and cures we all seek. Collaboration, dialogue, diversity and funding will be necessary to achieve these goals. 

New monkeypox research portal is launched

Facilitating quick access to trusted research on the monkeypox virus, STM has launched, on behalf of publishers, a new high impact portal to a wealth of publisher-provided research and resources for clinicians, researchers, policymaker and public health officials. 

Access the portal.

See our original statement in response to the crisis.

New report offers a studied look at Paper Mills, offers recommendations for thwarting them

COPE (the Committee on Publishing Ethics) together with STM has researched and produced a report that looks closely at Paper Mills — how they work, their history, their scale, and areas of particular concern. The report also offers concrete recommendations for addressing them moving forward. Download the paper.

Introducing the STM Integrity Hub | A new, unified approach to safeguard research integrity

The STM Integrity Hub is a robust, direct response to uphold research integrity — offering a holistic approach to detect research-integrity-offending manuscripts. Part knowledge exchange, part policy think tank, and part living library of infrastructure tools — the ‘hub’ is well underway. Learn more and join in.



STM Trends 2026 is launched

Our much-acclaimed STM Trends futurecast is now available. Here, we look ahead to 2026 where we see a sharp rise of Open Access within scholarly communications — bringing with it new opportunities for scalable tools for knowledge discovery on massively available content. See what’s in store.

STM Global Brief 2021 – Economics and Market Size is now available in Japanese & Mandarin Chinese

This report shines a light on the scale and shape of scholarly publishing and provides updated figures covering 2018 onwards. It delves deeply into topics such as global market size, share of revenue and data around specific industry segments — and much more. Access the translation in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese here