Monthly Archives: June 2015

Five years of SpringerOpen

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SpringerOpen continues to grow; our journals are taking off and publishing more articles every day. And we are also adding new journals to the list.

New metrics for new models of evaluation

Sensitive dogs

Scholarly publishing has long relied on the expertise of editors and pre-publication closed peer review to determine the quality and significance of a research article, and in turn the overall content of a journal. How does the introduction of more granular metrics at the individual article level impact this approach, and what value do they add?


Portrait of a journal: AMB Express


AMB express devotes itself to red and white biotechnology, which have become increasingly important in the last decades, and they are steadily further developing and continuously increasing in importance and impacts for industry and society.

Evaluating the evaluators

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Should we judge the quality of articles based on the journals that published them, and if so, how do we judge whether or not those journals are good at this evaluation? Put more briefly—how do we evaluate the evaluators?


Smart Learning Environments Thematic Series on “Smart Environments and Analytics on Video-Based Learning”


We are soliciting manuscripts for a special issue of Smart Learning Environments under the thematic area of “Smart Environments and Analytics on Video-Based Learning”. Articles published in this special issue will present current, state-of-art research and critical thinking, designed to equip scholars and practitioners with the necessary knowledge in the specific area of the use and impacts of Videos in Learning.

Our goals for Cancer Nanotechnology

Stephen Curley and Fred J. Currell EiCs of Cancer Nanotechnology

(Guest post by Fred J. Currell and Stephen Curley) Human malignant disease is a major public health problem worldwide. Despite the innumerable advances made in understanding cancer, most patients afflicted with this disease still suffer from the side effects associated with major surgical procedures, cytotoxic chemotherapy, and ionizing radiation therapy. Additionally, a significant proportion of… 1

Business & Economics at SpringerPlus


Professor David Audretsch, Section Editor for Business & Economics David Audretsch, Editor-in-Chief for the B&E Section, is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. Dr Audretsch is also an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the… Read more »

Solving cloud data access problems


Companies that use cloud solutions for their data have to turn over administration of access to that data to the cloud provider, and they lose the governance of their outsourced assets. Now, a new article in the open access Journal of Internet Services and Applications proposes a novel solution to this conundrum.

Weather and crime


Weather and crime—seems pretty intuitive to say that crime comes down either when the temperature, or the rain, does, right? Makes sense, right?

But what about seasons, time of day (or night) and weather? In a recent study published in Crime Science, Lisa A. Tompson and Kate J. Bowers at University College London apply recent developments in weather data availability and statistical modeling to test various hypotheses about weather and crime, and what they found depended on the time of day.