Academic Notes: Cognella Uses IPG Distribution; Digital Science Integrates Figshare and Symplectic

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Cognella’s ‘teacher-driven course materials’ go into IPG distribution, and Digital Science’s Figshare and Symplectic services come together in new moves just announced, in the USA and UK.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Direct Relationships With Book Buyers’

Increased exposure at professional and bookseller conferences is said to be a benefit of the newly announced partnership between the US distribution company Independent Publishers’ Group (IPG) and Cognella, the academic publisher of “teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials” in print and digital formats.

The partnership would also give Cognella “the opportunity for inclusion in trade bookstores.” IPG describes itself as “the second-largest independent book distributor” in the States with significant interests in academic publishing, including “Spanish-language work, computer and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles.”

In media materials, Cognella spokespeople say that through the new arrangement, “Select Cognella titles will enjoy expanded distribution in the United States through IPG, resulting in increased exposure at professional and bookseller conferences, the opportunity for inclusion in trade bookstores, greater reach through ebook sales platforms, and publicity in IPG’s academic and professional line catalogue.

“The partnership will also allow for wholesale distribution and improved fulfillment of IPG-distributed Cognella titles.”

Cognella operates in three imprints: Cognella Academic Publishing, University Readers, and Cognella Active Learning.

In a prepared statement, IPG’s vice president for academic, art, and professional markets, Paul Murphy, is quoted, saying, “Our investments in innovative digital marketing tools paired with our substantial direct relationships with book buyers will drive more discovery of Cognella’s exceptional content.”

And for his part, Cognella CEO Bassim Hamadeh is quoted talking of how IPG will bring the company “new distribution channels and marketing opportunities” that should result in “new readers discovering Cogenella’s innovative and captivating titles.”

Digital Science ‘Integrates’ Elements and Figshare

Today (December 5) Digital Science announced that it will integrate two of its services, so that, according to the company, “research outputs deposited in either system can be automatically reflected in the other, saving researchers time and delivering valuable insights to institutional administrators.”

The data repository service Figshare and the research data management system Symplectic are the two companies being integrated in a “continued commitment to ensuring researchers get credit for all of their academic work.”

Led by its London offices, Digital Science’s commentary on the move includes five ways that academic institutions can expect to benefit from this integration. We quote them here:

  • “Publications and data can be deposited to Figshare for Institutions via Symplectic Elements
    complementing the existing deposit functionality in Figshare. This provides multiple
    pathways to encourage researchers to make their publications openly available.
  • “Elements can harvest publications and data from Figshare for Institutions and automatically
    claim them for researchers. Figshare content can be viewed within the wider context of
    institutional research activities managed in Symplectic Elements, saving researchers and
    administrators time and effort.
  • “Institutions gain access to a range of sophisticated tools for monitoring and reporting on
    Open Access engagement and compliance, making it easier for institutions to review and
    report on these activities. This integration allows Figshare for Institutions to be used in
    conjunction with the Symplectic Element’s open access monitor.
  • “Figshare records are easily available for reuse in faculty profiles, annual faculty reporting
    activities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and a wide range of other activities.
  • “Institutions can integrate Figshare for Institutions with Elements on its own or in
    combination with other repositories.”

Carnegie Mellon’s University Library dean who directs emerging and integrative media, Keith Webster, is working with Digital Science as an early industry player to utilize the integrated service. In a prepared quote, Webster says, “In our efforts to create a 21st-century library, a significant part of our vision is built upon a large-scale shift to digital forms of content and web-based services. We already are using Symplectic Elements…and we are using Figshare as our repository.

“Through this integration we hope to create an ecosystem for our researchers which encourages them to make more of their research openly available while saving time and effort.”

Overall, the move is contextualized in the effort to open up research data without risk to researchers in terms of gettig proper credit and recognition for their work.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.