Latest trends in innovative global scholarly journal publication and distribution platforms

Soon Kim, Eunkyung Chung, Jae Yun Lee

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This review article presents the latest trends in innovative global scholarly journal publication and distribution platforms, with implications for local journals. Changes have taken place in distribution policies, as pre-publication distribution has become a viable option, and for post-publication distribution, public access or mandatory open access policies have been introduced for articles supported by public or governmental funds. New formats of articles include graphical abstracts, interactive PDFs, the application of semantic enhancements, and the utilization of research data, social networking sites, such as Mendeley and ResearchGate, have become common sites for information exchange. Altmetrics have been adopted to complement traditional journal metrics. PubMed Central, F1000Research, KoreaMed Synapse, and ScienceCentral have been introduced as innovative full-text scholarly journal distribution systems. To publish web-based scholarly journals, it is necessary to adopt an open platform and to explore options such as an author profile database, an online collaborative editing module, and Crossref text and data mining services. To maximize the influence of local journals, it is necessary to integrate various external tools, such as researcher ID, research data, social media, and altmetrics services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-112
Number of pages13
JournalScience Editing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
A representative altmetrics tool is Altmetric (https://www. This is an open-source website that makes it easier to share academic research achievements online. It reflects an attempt to build an online performance-based compensation system by helping researchers to share the stories of their research that is published in data-driven articles. It is a nonprofit corporation supported by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It offers free services including Unpaywall and oaDOI. It has collected various research achievements of researchers and provided alt-metrics information for individual articles by collaborating with organizations such as Scopus, Springer, Wiley, and Nature Publishing Group.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a research grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (2017-24 Office of Knowledge and Information Services).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Korean Council of Science Editors.


  • Access to information
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Scholarly social media
  • Scholarly social networking
  • Semantic publishing


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