MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996.

Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. Our 222 diverse, peer-reviewed, open access journals are supported by over 35,500 academic editors. We serve scholars from around the world to ensure the latest research is freely available and all content is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

Journals include Molecules (launched in 1996; Impact Factor 3.060), the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (launched in 2000; Impact Factor 4.183), Sensors (launched in 2001; Impact Factor 3.031), Marine Drugs (launched in 2003; Impact Factor 3.772), Energies (launched in 2008; Impact Factor 2.707), the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (launched in 2004; Impact Factor 2.468), Viruses (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.811), Remote Sensing (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 4.118), Toxins (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.895) and Nutrients (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 4.171). With further offices in Beijing and Wuhan (China), Barcelona (Spain) and Belgrade (Serbia), MDPI has published the research of 263,500 individual authors and our journals receive more than 5.8 million monthly webpage views.

https://www.mdpi.com/

Style guide for an Open Access publishing workflow for academic books

The present style guide has been created as result of the research project Open-Access-Hochschulverlag ( Open Access University Press) at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

The project was to develop a sustainable and adoptable workflow, which enables universities to publish their publications both as OA and printed books in a state-of-the-art publishing process and without any restrictions regarding the license, the variety of formats, print run etc.

The style guide was created to characterise the internal layout of OA books, which have been published by our university press. To enable low-threshold transfer of knowledge how to publish OA books, this style guide has been published under Creative Commons Licence CC BY.

Publishing monographs in a uniformly series design, the so house style, offers several advantages: it creates a recognition value for the user, so the publications are better remembered and the university press as a publisher becomes more visible as a brand. In addition, a uniform appearance ensures a consistent quality standard, as scientific publications can be highly structured and complex. Strict specifications facilitate the handling of those complex content and ensures the uniform appearance.

The house style of our project consist of general specifications such as the selection of book formats, the basic structure of the scientific publication, page layout, baseline grids, fonts, colors, pagination and running titles, as well as rules for hyphenation and Document Object Identifier (DOI). Furthermore, specifications for the content-specific elements, which may occur in scientific publication are defined, such as heading hierarchies, footnotes, subtitles, lists and numbering, indents, formulas, source code, info boxes, figures and tables. Finally, the guideline includes further specifications, e.g. cover design, directories, appendix and specifications for the electronic output formats of the publication.

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WikiJournals

WikiJournals publishes a set of open-access, peer-reviewed academic journals with no publishing costs to authors. Its goal is to provide free, quality-assured knowledge. Secondly, it aims to bridge the Academia-Wikipedia gap by enabling expert contributions in the traditional academic publishing format to improve Wikipedia content.

The WikiJournals publishing group functions to sheppard articles through academic peer review for stable, citeable versions, whose content can potentially benefit Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The WikiJournals are created with the purpose of communicating important, high quality, reviewed, research to the world. They are intermediate between Wikipedia pages and Review articles in traditional peer-reviewed journals. For example a Wikipedia page can be taken and reviewed and edited to fit into a journal-like format. This is done without thought of formal “impact factor”, although ‘CV citation value’ is taken into count, but to take the “anyone edits” philosophy in Wikipedia to a consistent, definitive, reliable snapshot of knowledge produced through mass collaboration.

https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group

Recogito

Recogito is a web-based environment for collaborative semantic annotation. It is open source software, and provides support for working with either text or image documents (including those served via IIIF, an open standard for publishing high-resolution imagery online). Originally, the tool has been designed with a focus on scholarly geographic annotation, i.e. the transcription, marking up and geo-resolving of maps and geographical texts, such as itineraries and travel reports, in the context of historical scholarship (e.g. to create maps from text, or to prepare a digital scholarly edition).

Over time and in response to how the tool was used and what researchers wanted Recogito’s feature set has grown continuously to: provide more general annotation functionality; widen the scope for other potential application areas; and allow for easy publication of research outputs online.

Recogito stands out for its ease of use, the unique way in which it enables novice users to perform a fairly complex and technical task – namely to create semantic markup on texts or images – without the need to deal with any of the technical aspects of semantic web technology and terminology.

https://recogito.pelagios.org

Libero publishing suite

Libero publishing suite

Designed for academic publishing of the digital age, Libero is an open-source platform of services and tools available for hosted and self-hosted applications.

The Libero open-source platform helps scholarly publishers take a digital-first approach to everything we do. We’ve started with Libero Publisher, but there’s much more to come.

https://libero.pub

PrePostPrint, laboratory and research group

PrePostPrint is a laboratory and research group for alternative free publishing workflows. We are specifically interested in the creation of hybrid and printed publications with web technologies.

PrePostPrint gathers those working with experimental publishing techniques and helps to make their projects and tools more accessible. We share the desire to re-think all links in the chain of publishing. We want to forego the classical DTP programs and turn to technologies that are more accessible and sociable, and that can evolve and adapt for each given project. Coding becomes a design tool that permits to reinvent the editorial process, and allows to continuously question and re-invent publishing forms and formats.

https://prepostprint.org

The OER Starter Kit – Simple Book Publishing

“This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education….”

The OER Starter Kit – Simple Book Publishing