Wiley Opens New Pilot Program With Germany’s ResearchGate

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Content from more than 100 journals is expected to be included eventually in this new pilot from Berlin-based ResearchGate and Hoboken’s Wiley.

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

Verses: ‘Enabling Discovery’
Intended to enhance the discoverability and visibility of academic authors—and to measure the impact of their work—the new pilot announced by Wiley and ResearchGate will make articles published in selected Wiley journals available on the ResearchGate platform.

This is, actually, an expansion of a previous liaison, announced in May 2020, between the States-based Wiley and Germany-based ResearchGate. (ResearchGate, in fact, was in the United States, as well, in Boston, in 2008. It soon moved to Berlin.)

Opened on Thursday (April 8), the initial phase of the new pilot is to make articles from 17 of Wiley’s gold open-access journals available on ResearchGate. As new articles then are published in those journals, the pilot will apply to them. Also included are existing articles published from 2019 forward.

Journals in this first phase include Advanced ScienceBrain and Behavior; and AGU Advances, which is published on behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

During a second phase of the pilot, expected to begin later this year, Wiley and ResearchGate have agreed “to work to facilitate access to 85 subscription and hybrid open access journals on ResearchGate.”

Users with institutional access to journal content from participating Wiley journals will be able to access the content on ResearchGate, supporting off-campus access as well as, it’s hoped, generating discussion and collaboration around scholarly communications.

The pilot is expected eventually to include content from more than 100 journals, including American Geophysical Union journals.

Hofmayer: ‘To Drive Value’

Judy Verses

In a prepared statement from the two companies, Wiley Research’s executive vice-president Judy Verses is quoted, saying, “Enabling discovery is both essential to the global research ecosystem and necessary to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

“Together, Wiley and ResearchGate are making it easier for researchers to access, share, and build upon the important research that drives our world forward.”

Sören Hofmayer

And speaking for ResearchGate, the company’s co-founding chief strategy officer Sören Hofmayer says, “We’re seeing open access rapidly gaining an increasing market share of research articles.

“The questions we ‘e exploring with Wiley in the early stages of this pilot relate to how best to drive value for authors and researchers in the open-access future. While open-access content is generally free to use and share, the way it’s discovered and its impact is measured requires novel solutions.

“ResearchGate is well-placed to respond to these challenges and opportunities.”

Currently, ResearchGate reports having a research community of some 20 million registrants. They connect with each other through topical areas including engineering, mathematics, biology, computers science, climate change, medicine, physics, social science, astrophysics, and chemistry.

The impact-measurement functionality has to do with tracking a research writer’s citations and views of her or his work in the system.

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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.com, 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.