Cambridge University Press is launching an early and open content platform to publish research outputs such as preprint papers, abstracts, conference proceedings and open data.
Cambridge Open Engage will enable authors to easily share their research in advance of peer review and production, and to discuss and develop it with peers and build an audience ahead of formal publication. The content will be open and free to the reader, and free for authors to upload.
The platform will host content from learned societies, research departments and funders, as well as directly from researchers, and CUP’s first major partner on the new services is the American Political Science Association (APSA), with APSA Preprints launching on 29th August.
Bridget Schull, CUP's director of Scholarly Communications Research and Development, said: “Put simply, Cambridge Open Engage is a collaborative platform to upload, share and advance your research. It will offer functionality to support collaboration that often happens informally now and extend the interaction of conferences to the online space and connect all of this rich, early interaction through to the final publishing process.”
CUP is inviting researchers to take part in shaping the development of the site. Vicky Drummond, director of online customer experience at CUP, said: “Co-creation will be a major part of the Cambridge Open Engage platform and we will be working with researchers to actively help us shape the functionality.
“We created a new user panel of political science researchers to help co-create the APSA Preprints site. This was a huge help during the development process in understanding which features and functionality are most important to researchers when reading and submitting early research in political science. Since then the panel have been providing feedback on the submission process, helping us to fine tune it ahead of the broader roll-out.”
More details can be had from www.cambridge.org/engage.