Scholarly and Research Communication: Announcements <p><strong>Scholarly and Research Communication</strong>&nbsp;is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access online journal that publishes original contributions to the understanding of production, dissemination, and usage of knowledge. It emphasizes the dynamics of representation and changing organizational elements, including technologically mediated workflows, ownership, and legal structures.</p> en-US Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Award Announcement <p>The purpose of the SRC Scholarly and Research Communication awards is not only to provide recognition to outstanding work but also to highlight the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of prevailing attention to open access, it is important to ensure that the means remain in place for journals to continue their good work in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology making possible. The SRC Innovation Awards are also intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact. We look forward to next year’s submissions.</p> <p>The winner of the inaugural <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em> Innovation Award is Canadian Science Publishing’s <em>FACETS</em> Journal, Canada’s first multidisciplinary, open access science journal. In making their decision on the award, the judges took particular note of <em>FACETS</em> launch success – since its 2016 launch it has already published over 100 articles and is closing in on 100,000 page views. Its emphasis on both multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity with its integrative science section has provided Canadian (and other) scientists with a forum to speak across disciplines. Added to this, its plain language summaries and continuing use of Twitter have already strengthened the community of researchers and citizens with an interest in science. <em>FACETS</em> also received commendation for its maintenance of the high quality of vetting for which Canadian Science Publishing is already known. Complementary to these praiseworthy characteristics is the use of mobile friendly design, Altmetrics journal scoring, and an inaugural application of an XML foundation provided by Atypon. In terms of recognition, in a first of its kind, the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science has endorsed <em>FACETS</em> as its official journal.</p> <p>The winner of the <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em> Innovation Award for Social Science and Humanities Journals is the <em>Toronto Journal of Theology</em> for its video introductory presentations of both journal issues and individual articles. In one recent instance, not only are site users introduced to the topic and the author but also the author’s acapella rendition of the song that is the focus of the author’s textual exploration. The video abstracts help situate the scholarship for readers, allowing them to see and hear elements that are not necessarily communicated through print alone. Clearly, there is a welcome humanizing element in such introductions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It should be noted that the resources required to launch and carry forward <em>FACETS</em> dwarf the needed investment to add well-produced introductory videos. The judges felt that it was appropriate to recognize the vast diversity that exists in Canada’s journal community.&nbsp;</p> <p>A number of other submissions were made. Each had its own strengths. In particular, two impressed the jury. In one, the submitting journal emphasized its efforts to reflect the co-engagements of researchers with research populations to take on real world problems. At the same time, the journal staff noted a real excitement in the journal world surrounding emerging possibilities focused on multi-sensory research and documentation. The other notable entry outlined its efforts to increase reader and author engagement through topic modelling, a technique for describing a large corpus of documents by means of weighted measurements of a finite number of topics. In this instance the development of such a tool was in its early stages and this awards program would welcome a subsequent submission as the tool is finalized, tested and applied.</p> <p>Our thanks go out to all journals who submitted nominations for the awards.</p> <p>The judges for the 2018 awards were:</p> <p>Philippa Benson, Managing Editor, <em>Science Advances</em>, an open access journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science</p> <p>Adrian Stanley, Vice President, Global Business Development, Journals, Digital Science</p> <p>Eugenia Zuroski, Editor, <em>Eighteenth-Century Fiction</em>.</p> <p>Chair: Rowland Lorimer. Publisher and Editor, <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-07-06 SRC Volume 9.1: Special Issue on Canada's History Journals and Eighteenth Century Fiction <p>The inspiration for this volume came from an awareness that, while the primary role of journals is to create a record of knowledge and thereby to put current researchers in<br>touch with their colleagues, past and present, the nature and orientations of journals themselves has, for the most part, gone unrecorded. By bringing these articles forward,<br>the aim is at two goals: 1) to begin to create a public record of Canada’s scholarly&nbsp;journals, and 2) to create a resource, which researchers might use in placing their research.</p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-03-20 The 2018 Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Award <p><span lang="EN-US">The Canadian journal and member of CALJ, Scholarly and Research Communication, has created a <strong>new journal award</strong>.  </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">The purpose of the award is to recognize and publicize new Canadian scholarly journal communication initiatives. Eligibility is defined in the attached poster and is focused on recent innovation that increases the </span><span lang="EN-US">influence of a journal among readers and is notable by other journals as significant. More generally, the award is intended to underline the creative and innovative contributions that scholarly journals make to effective and inspired scholarly communication. </span></p><p><a href="/public/site/images/mbittman/CALJ_Award_Announcement-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="display: block; width: auto; height: 100%; max-height: 400px;" src="/public/site/images/mbittman/CALJ_Award_Announcement-1.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-01-31 Volume 7(2/3): Double Issue <p>Visit our current issue to view the Table of Contents:</p><p></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2016-11-16 Special Science Communication issue <span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">Against a background of the federal government muzzling scientists, it is the intention of <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Scholarly and Research Communication </em>(SRC), to publish a collection of 30 or (many) more personal compelling narratives, hopefully including all disciplines, on the nature of science and scientific research, the necessary conditions of collaboration, consultation, and free exchange of data, conjecture and research findings that are essential to the pursuit of science. SRC invites you to submit commentary on how you see <span style="text-decoration: underline;">the science you do</span> as contributing to both knowledge and society. The journal is not looking for statements that say all science must be basic science (or applied) but rather statements that underscore the nature of scientific inquiry that should inform science policy. The guest editor, Britt Hall, and SRC see this collection of personal statements as an effort to increase scientific literacy and, hence, as an indirect but powerful way to take on the issue of government censorship. At the same time, we believe that the collection could contribute measurably to the foundation of science policy decision-making.</span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">Please be concrete and specific and address your commentary to both scientists and non-scientists, including potential scientists now in high school.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">Suggested issues to address/questions to answer: (please use only as an orientation)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">What were the concrete realities that inspired you to become a scientist (e.g., a mentor, a profound curiosity about the cosmos, birds, life forms)?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">What have you come to understand personally as the nature of science and the essential elements of scientific research? </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">What picture did you have of your life as a scientist and how did that pan out? Relatedly, what are the positive elements of being a scientist? </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">What inspires you in your work?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">How do you see the scientific work you are doing as contributing to both knowledge and society?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">The above questions are not meant to be answered directly but rather to inform an eloquent personal statement that you would like to make on the benefits and management of scientific research. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;"><strong>INQUIRIES:</strong> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">Britt Hall, Guest Editor &lt;;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">Rowland Lorimer, SRC Editor and Publisher &lt;;</span></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2013-06-21