Awards Submissions 2022

AwardsALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing

Applications were invited for any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The judges are now making their decision on who should be he winner from the submissions received below. The finalists will be showcased as part of the ALPSP Conference on Wednesday 14 September with the winner announced on Thursday 15 September at the conference dinner.


Cassyni logoCassyni
Academic seminars are an important way by which researchers communicate and disseminate their latest findings, with over one million academic seminars held each year. Cassyni makes seminars easy to run, as well as discoverable and accessible by the research community. Imagine having the ability to instantly search every slide, every reference, and every word of these millions of seminars. This would vastly increase the body of knowledge available to researchers and result in a step change in how research is disseminated and its impact evaluated. Cassyni is making this vision a reality today.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun22Charlesworth-WeChat-Gateway logoCharlesworth Gateway
Gateway provides a solution to a pain-point shared by both publishers and Chinese authors – how to communicate quickly and effectively with each other throughout the submission workflow and beyond. Gateway improves author experience by facilitating speedy communication between editors and their authors/reviewers direct to their personal mobile devices, creating a 24/7 two-way conversation.
Gateway negates the need for email (not widely used in China). It introduces efficiencies and cost saving into publisher workflows by reducing customer service time in dealing with author queries. Improving the quality of author interaction has increased the publisher’s WeChat followers, author returnees and brand build.

Data Harmony Hub logoData Harmony Hub
Data Harmony Hub is a new managed service for publishers that is based on Data Harmony Suite’s machine aided indexing engine. Access Innovations has repackaged the indexing and semantic enrichment capabilities as Data Harmony Hub managed service that eliminates the need for a taxonomist, leverages prebuilt knowledge domains instead of building a custom taxonomy, requires no software to be installed, and there is no IT or production personnel involvement for semantic metadata enrichment of documents.

Edinburgh Diamond logoEdinburgh Diamond
Edinburgh Diamond is a service provided by Edinburgh University Library that supports the publication of academic and student-led Diamond Open Access books and journals. We offer almost everything a user would need in order to publish their own journal or book, including set up, hosting, archiving, technical expertise, publishing best practice guidance, indexing and reporting. Edinburgh Diamond fosters community within the University of Edinburgh and beyond (through our external partners programme). Staff, academics and students often work together and relish being a part of and contributing to the growing diamond open access community.

Experimental Results logoExperimental Results
The aim of Experimental Results is to publish experimental undertakings across STM that do not warrant publication as a full-length article but contain valuable information that should form part of the scientific record. As well as publishing stand-alone null, negative, and novel research findings, the journal publishes replication studies to help scientists help resolve the reproducibility crisis. Open research practices are integral to the journal’s mission, with all articles published open access via CC-BY. Innovative and transparent open peer review is provided via a specially developed scorecard, and all authors must make their data publicly available.

Flip it Open logoFlip it Open
Funding for open access books is scattered and complex, often not well understood, and inevitably favours certain subjects, author affiliations or book types. Publishing an open access book typically requires a payment (often +£9,000) to be made by the author themselves or through funding they receive; this is a considerable barrier to publication for many. Flip it Open provides a path to open access publication through community-driven demand and purchase, removing the burden of funding from the author and opening up their research, not only to a global audience, but to the additional benefits that open access brings

Univ Michigan Press logoFund to Mission Open Access Monograph Model
How can we sustain the infrastructure that supports humanities research? That’s the key question behind the Fund to Mission (FtM) program created by University of Michigan Press. In an increasingly crowded landscape of competing models for open access, FtM focuses on providing a competitive future for the university press sector. The model aligns incentives with funding sources, providing a convincing reason to invest to the parent institutions of university presses, the global community of libraries, and the supporters of individual authors. This three-legged stool ensures that libraries are not the only funding source for an open access future for books.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun22GIGAbyte logoGigaByte journal
GigaByte provides a way to rapidly and cost-effectively share research, making the scientific process more inclusive and accessible to the broader community. It uses an exclusively XML-based publishing system that automates the production process and makes it effortless to change views, languages and embed interactive content. Enabling readers to directly interact with the underlying data and software allows immediate use of published research, improves reproducibility, and increases trust. Upon acceptance this system converts manuscripts to online - and PDF-ready articles within hours with minimal human intervention, dramatically reducing production time and cost to provide an equitable solution to publish open science.

GW Journal of Ethics logoGW Journal of Ethics in Publishing
The GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing is a new publication managed by students in the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program, College of Professional Studies, George Washington University. This open access, no-submission-fee journal publishes articles, case studies, and conference presentations from scholars, students, and publishing professionals on topics such as diversity and inclusion, accessibility, peer review, open access, sustainability, publishing metrics, equity, and other aspects and issues of ethics in publishing. As the only journal devoted to these important topics, managed by master in publishing students, this new publication provides value to the industry and hands-on publishing experience to emerging publishing leaders.

Health Affairs Forefront logoHealth Affairs Forefront
After 15 years of robust commentary and analyses representing some of the most timely and influential thought on the forefront of health policy,
Health Affairs Blog rebranded into Health Affairs Forefront. Forefront provides a space for rigorous, action-oriented insight related to research, ideas, and current events. It is an agile, timely, and flexible digital publication where government officials announce new initiatives, vet ideas, and thought leaders provide up-to-date and curated analyses on the leading edge of health policy. Through a diverse range of topics, contributors, and readers, Forefront gives its readers a seat at the table for these important discussions.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun22Hum logoHum
Hum significantly develops and optimizes an exciting new class of software - Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) – for Scholarly Publishers. Hum adds to the data aggregation, segmentation, and personalization capabilities of generic CDPs to add content intelligence (via proprietary Natural Language Processing and content engagement algorithms) and ease of use (Hum is for everyone, not just data scientists). Collecting and leveraging first-party data, Hum’s capabilities transform top publisher use cases including:

  • Author and reviewer recruitment
  • Content acquisition strategies
  • Marketing segmentation and personalization on and off platform
  • Increasing Institutional, OA, and advertising revenues

Publishers have long talked about making ‘data-led decisions’ but the technology to do so didn’t exist. Hum is that solution.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun2267 bricks new logo mdICLR Case Genie
As an increasing amount of legal case law is moved online, the question for barristers, law students and solicitors is ‘how do I find the cases I need that I don’t know about’? Enter Case Genie. Using Artificial Intelligence in the form of Natural Language Processing to analyse a user’s own document in order to identify the legal concepts and issues in it, the search tool then uses programmed intuition to suggest cases from the ICLR database that might be relevant. Early results have been extremely positive, and Case Genie has been named “a potential game-changer” by users.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun22impactservices logoImpact Services
Impact Services has been created in collaboration with academic impact experts, as well as universities and institutions in the UK and Australasia, with the aim of making ‘impact culture’ a daily reality for researchers and increasing the opportunities for research to make a difference. Alongside Emerald’s partners, we’ve created a service unique to the publishing industry which instead of focussing on the measurement and evaluation of impact, it creates a research environment conducive to producing high quality research that leads to real world change.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun22Joint Commitment imageJoint Commitment for action on inclusion and diversity in publishing
The Joint commitment brings together over 50 publishing organisations to ensure a more inclusive and diverse culture within scholarly publishing. It sets out four priority areas that signatory organisations have committed to work together on. Working groups take forward specific areas of action under each of the four commitments. They meet and share information frequently, and whole-group meetings are held three times a year to review progress, agree actions and set direction. The group’s achievements so far include a set of minimum standards for I&D in publishing and standardised questions for the collection of gender identity, race and ethnicity data.

OS-APS logoOpen Source Academic Publishing Suite (OS-APS)
Editing one manuscript for publication in various formats is time-consuming and costly. The “Open Source Academic Publishing Suite (OS-APS)” allows publishers to edit manuscripts for different digital formats (i.e. PDF, EPUB, HTML or XML) via an XML-first publishing workflow. Consequently, it becomes more feasible for publishers to make use of the advantages that different formats can offer.
The manuscripts are eventually exported in the desired format using templates, so that the corporate design is automatically implemented. OS-APS relies on open standards (i.e. compatibility with Zotero). Functional extensions to connect to other software (i.e. OJS, OMP, DSpace) are being developed.

Quartz OA logoQuartz OA
Quartz OA enables new community-based support channels for fair open access publishing. It is a platform cooperative that brings together a community of Diamond OA publishers, libraries, and scholars seeking to build a fairer scholarly publication ecosystem. Quartz OA applies cutting-edge technologies and new organisational models to help academic community to retain and fairly re-distribute the value it generates. Blockchain-enabled Web Monetization technology allows libraries and research funders to support a community of trusted Diamond OA publishers through automatic micro-donations. At the same time, the platform cooperative framework enables democratic governance and broad-based ownership of the initiative, ensuring the primacy of purpose over profit.

Rapid Reviews Covid-19 logoRapid Reviews: Covid-19
Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 is a high-value open access, rapid review overlay journal consisting of peer reviews of curated, cross-linked COVID-19 preprints, along with a selection of revised versions of positively reviewed research papers. The journal contributes significantly to the body of peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature about COVID-19, helps staunch the flow and uptake of misinterpretations and disinformation, and provides a proof-of-concept of new models of peer review and rapid publishing for broader application.

Researcher logoResearcher LIVE

  • Researcher Live is Researcher’s new mobile feature, a light and versatile platform for live events, whose format combines an informal conference session with a podcast.
  • The goal of Researcher Live is to provide a stage for any researcher to showcase their findings, invite discourse and generate impact, completely free of charge.
  • Researcher Live is audio-only, with each session recorded and stored on the website, building a library of content accessible to all.
  • This innovative platform is also a connecting point between researchers, publishers and the industry, inviting editors, course leaders and businesses to give useful talks and answer questions directly. In this way, we are cultivating a space where researchers can advance their work through networking and discussion with an audience drawn from our community of 2.3m researchers and scientists from around the world.

ALPSP Awards Finalist 2022 Badges 400x190px Jun22Review Commons logoReview Commons
Review Commons is a platform that provides high-quality expert peer review of preprints before submission to a journal. Manuscripts, together with their reviews and the authors’ responses, can quickly be publicly posted on bioRxiv/medRxiv to become “refereed preprints”. Authors can subsequently submit the refereed preprint to one of the 17 affiliated journals for consideration without starting the peer review afresh. Review Commons thus
- accelerates the access to peer reviewed research
- uncouples scientific evaluation from editorial selection
- eliminates redundant rounds of peer review 
Review Commons transforms scientific communication towards greater efficiency and transparency while maintaining scientific rigor.

scientifyRESEARCH – an open, curated and structured research funding database
Research starts with research funding. Currently, researchers find funding in a haphazard manner because research funding databases are behind paywalls and the funding information they provide is poorly structured. We launched, an open, structured, curated and up-to-date research funding database in May 2021 to help researchers be more efficient with the way they source their funding information. With our extensive data structuring, we are able to generate topical funding lists on demand, including our list of funding for women researchers and research grants that address the UN’s sustainable development goals.

ChronosHub logoThe ChronosHub Journal Finder
How can authors know that their preferred journal is funder compliant or included in one of their institution’s agreements?
Meet the ChronosHub publisher-branded Journal Finder, where authors can navigate a publisher’s journals, find information about licenses, embargos, APCs, discounts, agreements, and funder compliance – all in the name of transparency.
The Journal Finder is a highly valuable pre-submission tool for both publishers and authors in the transition toward Open Access – an innovative and scalable initiative that ensures a better author experience and greater compliance across the publishing landscape.

Morressier logoThe Morressier Platform
It can be years before a scientific idea is shared. Years of stalled progress, of the spark of that early idea hidden where no one can use it. Morressier removes barriers to the rapid advancement of discovery by sharing early-stage research that traditionally has not been represented in the published record. Early-stage research needs to be shared to maximize efficiency and collaboration - especially after the transformation of the COVID years.
Morressier’s platform increases engagement while lowering the cost of attendance, improving global participation. Morressier’s products ensure the integrity of early-stage research while increasing its visibility to the world.