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New Members
STM welcomes these new members in 2019:
Research Consulting and the Geological Society of London


Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish
A survey carried out by the Think. Check. Submit. initiative has revealed a strong demand from both researchers and librarians for guidance about where to publish and an appreciation of the services that the initiative offers. However, it also revealed a need for further educational resources and wider reach for the initiative. Read more here.


Applications open for 2019 mentoring scheme
STM's Early Career Publishers Committee has launched their 2019 mentoring scheme. Applications for both mentees and mentors are open until 31st December. Visit our mentoring page to learn more.


STM comment on Plan S Implementation Guidance
STM read with interest the implementation guidance for Plan S. We share the aspirations regarding advancing Open Science and Open Access expressed in the Aims and Scope and look forward to working with the signatories to ensure that its practical implementation maintains the quality of the scientific record and preserves both author choice and the ability of researchers to collaborate internationally and across discipline. Our members will be meeting with the originators of the plan on 6 December and look forward to discussing it and working with them to make sure it can.


STM response to New Scientist

Whilst the New Scientist’s article ‘Time to break academic publishing’s strangehold on research legitimately notes that “…good journalism does not come free”, it fails to observe that open access itself is not free. Publishers add value and this value must be paid one way or another. Indeed, all models of publishing have a value chain - costs are incurred to ensure the overall viability and integrity of the scholarly record. Similarly, within the Gold open access model whilst readers browse at no charge, the author, their funder or their institution pays for an article publishing charge.

Most publishers now offer open access options and publish open access journals, but they also fully support the broader open science agenda. A wide provision of services which enhance open access, open data, research metrics, augmented collaboration, inclusivity and transparency already exist and continue to be developed and invested in. As policymakers and research managers would agree, publishers are constructively engaged with all stakeholders in making the transition to open access a reality.


COUNT ALL YOUR DOWNLOADS; Distributed Usage Logging webinar

STM recently ran a webinar on the Distributed Usage Logging project (DUL) you can viewa recording of it on our Webinars & Presentations page.


Wellcome Trust  - Open Access Policy: Stakeholder briefing session
Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, along with colleagues from the OA Policy Review Group will explain Wellcome's new OA policy at an open session on Monday 5th November (215, Euston Road, London NW1 2BE). If you are interested in attending this briefing session, please send an email to Diego Baptista (  by the end of Thursday 1st November. If you are unable to attend, but would like to nominate a colleague, please do so and ask them to confirm their attendance. 

Recognising that this time will not be convenient to everyone please note that Wellcome will also be running a webinar on their new OA policy, sometime in November.  If you are interested in attending that, please let them know and they will send you further details in due course.


Andrea Powell appointed as STM Outreach Director and Publisher Coordinator for Research4Life
STM has appointed Andrea Powell as STM Director of Outreach and Publisher Coordinator of Research4Life following the departure of Richard Gedye after 8 years in the role. Andrea will commence her new position on 1 November 2018. Read the announcement here.


George Monbiot and Science Publishing
In today’s Guardian George Monbiot has written a piece on scientific journal publishing. STM has responded with the following letter to the editor:


There is a delicious irony that George Monbiot’s piece against publishers being paid appears in The Guardian where every download has a pop-up note for donations. Publishing isn’t free, as The Guardian’s publishers know, it also isn’t research. Much research worldwide is indeed paid for by governments on behalf of the public but funding that research is not the same as paying for publication. Funding pharmaceutical research doesn’t mean free drugs, and paying for the Olympics in London didn’t mean free tickets. Subscription science journal publishing was invented by Henry Oldenburg in 1665 (not Robert Maxwell in the 20th Century) and today provides an ever growing raft of services: secure online platforms for 100% of science journals, an article interlinking system that works, abstracting and indexing, more content available to more people than at any point in human history. Could things be better? Of course, but that requires investment, and that requires payment.

Yours faithfully, Michael A Mabe, CEO, STM


Paywall: The Movie
Paywall: The Movie raises a range of interesting points about scholarly publishing.  It states that access to research in poorer nations was an issue to be resolved so we would like to draw attention to an important initiative.  Over the last 14 years the STM Association has supported the Research4Life collective, a partnership of five UN Agencies, Yale and Cornell University Libraries and the STM publishing community.  The Research4Life initiative makes content from nearly 20,000 journals, 69,000 books and 120 other information resources available to 118 of the world’s poorest nations. Research4Life is acutely conscious of the need for local support in the use of these resources which it delivers through its training programmes, and is also aware of the need to not overwhelm local publishing initiatives within the countries served. There are numerous testimonials to be found on the Research4Life web-site illustrating the huge value that this philanthropic initiative has garnered.


STM Statement on DSM Vote in European Parliament STM has issued a statement following today’s vote on the DSM package in the European Parliament.


STM statement on Plan S
On 4th September 2018 'Plan S: Accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications ' was launched. STM has issued a statement on the plan which can be read here.


New RA21 webinar available 
A new webinar is available that provides an overview on the RA21 (Resource Access for the 21st Century) project. Ideal for those that are new to RA21 as well as 'old hands' - this 50 minute video provides both an update and detailed look at the current state of play of the user experience. You can view the webinar here.

STM statement on the increase of unethical and deceptive journal practices
Over the coming 12 months, STM will take a leading role in industry initiatives aiming to both lower the uptake of sub-standard journals, as well as to promote trustworthy, high quality publications that ensure the long-term integrity of the scientific record. Read the full statement here.


Content for Education Campaign launched
Industry bodies representing writers, literary translators, visual artists, journalists and publishers together with collective management organisations have come together to call on European policymakers to future proof educational practices by not allowing for the unremunerated and unlimited copying of published content. Read about the campaign here.


STM urges funders to retain hybrid open access as an option in the future
Hybrid open access options were introduced almost from the very start of the open access movement and play an important role in the transition. STM publishers urges funders and other institutions to continue to support authors’ academic freedom to select the journal of their choice by continuing to allow payments for hybrid OA articles. The position paper can be found here.


Myth busting: Five commonly held misconceptions about RA21 (and one rumor confirmed)
RA21 aims to promote a modern, standards-based access management system that preserves patron privacy & control. It is important to dispel some myths about RA21 so we can move on from the outdated world of IP-authentication. Read the full article on the Scholarly Kitchen.


STM position paper on Text and Data Mining
STM published a position paper on Text and Data Mining: Building a healthy and sustainable knowledge ecosystem for Europe. The document can be found here.


A Shared Journey
As part of STM's How Can I Share It? initiative, an infographic on the publication process and article sharing has been developed. The infographic shows how the production of a paper is a journey that involves a variety of individuals and organisations, from researchers and reviewers to editors and publishers. It also highlights the sharing options which are available to researchers at various stages of the process:


AAP overview on Sci-Hub and scholarly publishing
AAP have produced a short summary outlining the activities of Sci-Hub and their effect on the scholarly publishing community. You can read the summary here


Scholarly publishing process infographic available
A new infographic highlighting the value which publishers bring to the publishing process is now available via AAP


How Can I Share it? Discover how sharing can be simple and seamless has launched in beta version to provide practical information to help share subscription articles quickly and easily.


Revised voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks released
Following the completion of STM's community-wide consultation, a revised version of the principles has been released. The SCN webpage includes the new principles, an explanation of the changes made and details of the project working groups' next steps. Visit the SCN page here.


Swets Liquidation – Members Only
STM maintains an information service on the bankruptcy proceedings of Swets Information Services BV and its group companies which is available to members.



Correction to STM Report 2018

The initial version of the STM Report 2018 released on 9th October 2018 contained an error on page 178. Two sentences have been deleted because they were factually inaccurate: ResearchGate has never been subject to a court order requesting the removal of articles which were deemed to infringe the copyright of scholarly publishers. STM have produced a revised version of the complete 2018 report, and a separate amendment of page 178, which corrects this inaccuracy. If you have previously downloaded the STM Report 2018, please re-download the complete corrected version, or replace page 178 with the revised page below. We apologise for this error.

STM Report 2018 (revised)

STM Report 2018 page 178 (revised)

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STM launches Tech Trends 2022

STM has launched the latest version of its popular annual TechTrends series. The 2022 edition entitled ‘Entering the AI Era, Creative Humans & Smart Machines’ depicts a segmented human brain which highlights the different impacts and opportunities that artificial intelligence has for the world of scholarly communication and STM publishing.

Inside the brain, human brain tissue merges with circuit boards. Outside, there is a myriad of new developments and challenges across the research and science ecosystem that STM publishers are facing. The overall theme which the illustration conveys is that by applying artificial intelligence techniques, humans and machines can work collaboratively to jointly enhance many information and communication processes.

More on Tech Trends 2022
See the Tech Trends 2022 infographic
Beyond the Book podcast: STM’s Brainy Future
Read the Article in The Scholarly Kitchen (follows soon)

Tech Trends 2022 is kindly sponsored by IEEE

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