Digital Affecting Scientific Publishing

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Digital Publishing is Changing the Face of Science

Scientific information spreads across the globe with Internet speed. For example, the spread of information about food technologies aids in growing more food in agriculturally depressed countries. On the flip side, when nuclear and chemical warfare technology reaches the hands of extremists, it leads to unbearable disaster.

The means of spreading scientific publication is changing too. Reporting research techniques and findings is no longer limited to publishing in scientific journals. Peers no longer wait weeks and months to review scientific papers. New policies like Open Access across compatible mobile devices are driving information sharing. The information is available in real time, anywhere in the world.

Consumers also benefit from these new means of information sharing. They can access on their mobile devices most articles in professional and specialty magazines. Consumers get the latest data reports about healthcare, medicines, food therapies, and cancer treatments.

Greater Scientific Knowledge for All

Digital content publishing is giving scholars access to real-time and historical information. Digitizing archived scholarly materials lets scientists create e-journals and data storytelling publications.

The Open Archives Initiative project is responsible for classification of scientific knowledge and setting standards for publishing. The purpose is to communicate scientific ideas using commonly accepted formulae, scientific symbols, and chemical notations, according to early Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science.

An example of new technology of scientific information content publishing is the John Wiley & Sons, Inc. app, Wiley Spectra Lab. Wiley is a respected global publishing company specializing in academic works for those in scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly fields. Its newest venture is “a unique analytical platform that helps chemists identify unknown compounds from spectroscopic data, containing the world’s largest collection of over 2.2 million spectra.”

Chemists and others using the software access information through seven search filters get updates four times a year with new spectra continually added. They are able to interact with the site by uploading their own spectra using one of thirty-three file formats and taking advantage of free demonstrations. The Spectra Lab can be accessed on desktop, the web, or server.

Content Compatibility Is Key to Transferring Scientific Information

A key to setting standards for hardware and software scientific content publishing is compatibility and interoperability. Content compatibility across all devices, such as laptop and desk computers, smartphones and tablets, is vital to business and science.

Institutions cannot give short shrift to making sites compatible one to another and interfacing with social media (Google, Facebook) if they want to ensure Open Access and also have the information receive the widest possible attention. Content compatibility depends a lot on sites offering a rich array of keywords and metadata.

Content compatibility is a sophisticated and time-consuming exercise, especially in scientific and medical fields. Laboratories and research institutions are best off outsourcing the exercise to digitize archived and new materials and make content compatible. In their plan, outsourcers ought to present strategies for compatibility issues, plus it is their job to demonstrate how the data and information scientists want to share will become high profile.

Gilan Gertz is Content Marketing Manager at GreenPoint Global, a tri-continental outsourcing company. For the past six years, she has researched and written about a variety of topics for GreenPoint Global's online Publishing, Health-Care, and Education Divisions. Previously, she worked as a psychotherapist in outpatient settings. Gilan has a BA from Barnard College and a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University.

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