Thinking of Charlottesville image

The events in Charlottesville this weekend and their aftermath shocked most people. We’ve been thinking of Charlottesville for many reasons, including the friends we have made there via Silverchair Information Systems and the publishers who work with them. The actions of the white supremacists, racists, and bigots in Charlottesville are intolerable and inexcusable on their face. When those actions turn into domestic terrorism through the weaponizing of an automobile, events take on an entirely new gravity. We condemn anyone who seeks to divide Americans along any lines whatsoever — racial, financial, political, or spiritual. The American dream and idea is about inclusion, tolerance, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. We send our love to the residents of Charlottesville and ...

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Remarq™ and Commenting 2.0 image

Commenting has gotten a bad rap over the years, as many venues on social media and news sites have become breeding grounds for trolls. This has led to a belief in some corners that good commenting isn’t possible, can’t occur at scale, and that given all this, maybe scholarly publishers should just avoid it, despite examples of approaches that have worked, at least one for well more than a decade. Remarq™ brings new approaches to commenting that have been developed from lessons drawn from other successful venues, now brought to scale for the benefit of multiple communities: Commenters are qualified by education, publication, and membership criteria. Before anyone can make a public comment via Remarq, their educational, publication, and membership credentials are ...

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Sci-Hub Has Papers. Are You Keeping Your Users? image

The recent pre-print about scholarly materials available via Sci-Hub (https://peerj.com/preprints/3100/) reveals that most scholarly and scientific publishers have suffered what may be irreparable damage to their stores of intellectual capital. That said, their users remain loyal and remain engaged with their brands — for now. The game has clearly shifted, from protecting content to protecting user loyalty. If publishers can do that well, they could make Sci-Hub a toothless threat. Remarq™ is built to increase engagement on the publisher’s Version of Record. It does this by encouraging collaboration, fostering engagement with a trusted brand and its emissaries (editors, authors, publishing personnel), supporting legal article-sharing, and making it easy to connect with colleagues. Studies have shown that despite this wide availability of ...

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Star Wars, Tesla, and the Evolution of Things image

There are inflection points in the development of various technologies and media, points of departure before which things were a jumble and after which change accelerates and there’s no turning back. Take, for instance, color in cinema. It had been experimented with and dreamed about and talked about, but once The Wizard of Oz brought it to life in a memorable, mainstream, and meta manner (with the movie itself jumping from black-and-white to vibrant color inside the movie), there was no turning back. A similar moment came in the late 1970s for cinema with the release of the original Star Wars. There’s a convincing argument that you can describe people as pre-Star Wars or post-Star Wars in their expectations of special effects, ...

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RedLink Partners with Publishers Communication Group (PCG) image

RedLink seeks to accelerate its growth within the North American library market through representation by Publisher Communication Group (PCG) July 13, 2017, Westborough MA, USA, and Boston MA, USA — RedLink, providers of the Library Dashboard data analysis and visualization tool for libraries and consortia and RedLink Network for maintaining and communicating credentials with publishers, is pleased to announce an exclusive representation agreement with Publisher Communication Group (PCG), an Ingenta company, for the North American region, inclusive of the US and Canada. Launched late in 2016, Library Dashboard provides a complete, normalized overview of usage and turn-away statistics to help with collection decision-making, and offers easy to use data integration, analysis, and visualization tools.  Library Dashboard gathers data for libraries ...

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Remarq™ and Why Products Make a Difference image

With Remarq™, RedLink has introduced the first decentralized scholarly collaboration network. It is a fully realized product that incorporates article-sharing, user profiles, author and editor updates, annotations, comments, real-time alerting, and more, all in a sensible and elegant interface that works easily with any publisher’s site design. Consolidating the technology behind Remarq™ into an elegant product is important, and it takes work. It’s something that some others in the space have not taken the time to do or been able to accomplish. This results in jumbled technology stacks that can thwart engagement with complicated and disparate user experiences and barebones interfaces. Because of these shortcomings, such offerings fall short of actual engagement. Without the fit and finish of a product, ...

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The Pedigree of Remarq™ image

Remarq™ is a powerful new engagement tool publishers can easily and affordably adopt to help them bring article-sharing, annotation, user profiles, author and editor updates, commenting, and more to their sites. Unlike some other approaches to engaging readers, Remarq™ has a long and proven pedigree, stretching back more than a decade at one of the world’s top journals. Many of the ideas for Remarq™ were inspired by a feature launched in 2007 at the New England Journal of Medicine. This feature, called “Clinical Decisions,” focuses on a common and controversial medical diagnosis or condition, asks a number of experts to defend certain therapeutic or diagnostic approaches, engages readers with polls and commenting, and then follows up with results and a ...

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Peak Subscription? SiteLeads™ Says Otherwise image

RedLink’s SiteLeads™ has been on the market less than six months now, and already publishers using it are adjusting their strategies, finding new tiers and sources of subscription sales opportunities, and realizing that the rumors of “peak subscription” may have stemmed from an inability to overcome a market blindspot. Testimonials have already come in attesting to the product’s power and value. In just six months, SiteLeads™ has identified more than $14.5 million in potential new revenues for its clients. SiteLeads™ turns anonymous traffic and denials from non-customers into visualized opportunities — via our Opportunity Map, list of leads, projected usage bounded by current customers, and revenue projections. Easily implemented and affordable, SiteLeads™ works for publishers small and large as the ...

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The “Build or Buy” Decision image

Every publisher faces a “build or buy” decision when assessing their technology options. As more IT personnel are hired and integrated into organizations, the decision becomes more complex, and teasing apart direct costs, capabilities, opportunity costs, and maintenance costs is difficult. Add to this the roles and time needed to build solutions, and a lot of care needs to be taken in making technology commitments. To help prospective customers with this decision as they consider RedLink’s Publisher Dashboard and its related suite (RedLink Network and SiteLeads™), we asked DeltaThink to bring their extensive experience with technology deployments for STM publishers to assemble an overview of the general requirements, level of effort, business stakeholder time allocations, and cost ranges. In addition, ...

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RedLink Announces Partnerships with Burgundy Information Services and USACO Corporation standard

RedLink looks to expand into the library markets in the UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, South Africa, and Japan through representation by Burgundy Information Services and USACO Corporation. January 24, 2017, Westborough MA, USA — RedLink, providers of the Library Dashboard data analysis and visualization tool, has announced an exclusive representation agreement with Burgundy Information Services for libraries in the regions of the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Israel and South Africa, and with USACO Corporation in Japan. Launched late last year, Library Dashboard provides a complete, normalized overview of usage and turn-away statistics to help with collection decision-making, and offers easy to use data integration, analysis, and visualization tools.  Library Dashboard gathers data for libraries via existing system access, and allows ...

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