Business intelligence meets scholarly communications

We help publishers and stakeholders in the scholarly communications space to understand their business better and sustainably improve performance. We are experts in strategic analysis and operational analytics, specialising in Open Access publishing and workflow systems. We turn raw data into insight, fast, accurately, and with clarity.

Find out more about our services, explore our blog, and contact us for any inquiries (or just to say hello!).

Services

Open Access Analytics
Open Access
Diagnostic

Assess the performance of your portfolio, and capture weak areas and trends.

Open Access
Planning

Forecast accurately the future performance of your portfolio.

Open Access
Dashboards

Track performance across various dimensions for day-to-day reporting and for executive-level reporting.

Team & Workflow Analytics
Workflow
Diagnostic

Assess the processing speed of your workflow, and identify issues early and with precision.

Team
Planning

Optimise the size of your team according to multiple parameters.

Workflow & Team
Dashboards

Monitor workflow & team performance regularly and address issues early.

Strategic Planning
Target
Assessment

Understand the performance, course, and risk exposure of publishers and other content providers.

Tactical
Response

Assess the impact of disruption -from Plan S to COVID-19- on performance and devise your response.

Long-term
Planning

Devise a long-term strategy in line with a complex and shifting landscape in scholarly communications.

 
 

Testimonials

We started working with Christos in the last few months of 2019, initially looking at 2020 budget forecasting for our Open Access journals... Give Christos a tonne of data and he will weave it into fabulous graphs and summaries that even the busiest executive has time to understand!

Angela Jones

General Manager at Dove Medical Press

 

Blog

 

The megajournal lifecycle

Megajournals have been at the heart of the Open Access (OA) publishing model, spearheading its growth over the last 15 years. Titles such as PLOS ONE and Scientific Reports have been enormously influential and commercially successful. Nonetheless, the commercial success of megajournals is not guaranteed and their long-term performance has been occasionally unreliable, introducing uncertainty in an industry that has been particularly attractive to investors for its ability to generate low but sustainable growth.

Megajournals are defined as journals that are ‘designed to be much larger than a traditional journal by exercising low selectivity among accepted articles’, meaning that they do not reject articles for lack of novelty or significance as long as they are original and scientifically sound. In addition, they accept articles from more than one discipline, and they are Open Access, typically charging article processing charges (APCs).

Three journals that meet the definition and have also been commercially successful are PLOS ONE, Scientific Reports, and IEEE Access. Their profiles are shown on Table 1 and on Figure 1 alongside the profiles of two selective, large OA journals (Nature Communications and eLife) that have been publishing more impactful research (at least in terms of citation metrics) and serve as a point of contrast in this analysis. The three megajournals publish about 53k papers per annum...

March 2020

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