October 8, 2018 – One of the industry’s largest researcher surveys gives publishers critical insights into views of authors in China, Brazil, Japan, Korea, India, and other countries.
Editage, a leading global scholarly communications company, has released a comprehensive report showcasing the perspectives of academic authors on a broad range of topics related to scholarly publishing. This report is unique in that it captures the views of almost 7000 authors worldwide, with over 2000 of these being from China, the world’s leading producer of research output. Most of the respondents are early-career researchers from non-Western, non–English-speaking countries—an author segment that international publishers and journals are increasingly looking to engage with but seldom get access to at such a large scale.
The report, titled, “Author Perspectives on Academic Publishing: Global Survey Report 2018” provides insights into the following aspects:
- Challenges that authors face at different stages of academic publishing, from manuscript preparation to responding to peer reviewer comments
- The level of awareness authors have about ethics-related issues such as plagiarism and authorship
- Authors’ attitudes toward open access
- Authors’ views on and experiences with peer review
- The most pressing concerns in scholarly communications that authors would like to see addressed
In addition to several systemic developments, the scholarly publishing space has been seeing an explosion of submissions from non-native English-speaking authors. International publishers are making concerted efforts to adapt to this demographic shift and find ways to engage better with this author segment. This report is therefore well-timed.
Here’s what Clarinda Cerejo, Editor-in Chief, Editage Insights (the knowledge and education arm of Editage), had to say: “Through our 16 years of experience working with non-native English-speaking authors, we have developed an unparalleled depth of understanding of the challenges they face in getting published in international English-language journals. This report is an effort to serve both authors and publishers better by filling a potential knowledge gap and thus helping to better align the efforts of all stakeholders in the academic publishing system.
In what has emerged as a time of flux for academia and the whole of scholarly publishing, this report sheds light on firm ground for academic publishers to build an author-facing foundation on. Specifically, it lends voice to the needs of a growing swathe of authors from non-native English-speaking research geographies.
The report can be downloaded here: https://campaign.editage.com/global_survey_report_2018/
and shared using #EditageAuthorSurvey.
About Editage – Founded in 2002, Editage (a division of Cactus Communications) is a global scholarly communications company with offices in Japan, China, South Korea, India, United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States. Employing a global in-house workforce of over 750, Editage has served over 240,000 authors and edited over 940,000 papers across 1,200 disciplines to date. Editage aims to help scholars break confines of geography and language, bridge the gap between authors and peer-reviewed journals, and accelerate publication of high-quality research. In addition to offering high-end scientific communication solutions, Editage is actively involved in author education through its comprehensive author resources site Editage Insights. Visit www.editage.com to learn more.