What is the “Scientific Cloud for Books”?
Books, while representing a fundamental resource for the dissemination of
knowledge and the advancement of academic careers, have remained on the
edge of the digital revolution that has involved other forms of scientific
literature, such as scientific journals.
Firenze University Press has created the "FUP Scientific Cloud for Books"
initiative to enhance the ecosystem surrounding high-quality scientific
books, filling the existing gap with journals and taking full advantage of
digital tools. Ensuring greater visibility and impact to monographs and
collective volumes is the main goal of the Scientific Cloud which provides
the scholar community with new and more efficient tools for publishing
Using a cloud of metadata, the Scientific Cloud describes in a systematic
and comprehensive way all the key aspects of the scientific book:
authorship, evaluation process, publication formats, dissemination tools,
as well as access modes and data recording of its impact. In other words,
the creation, evaluation, dissemination, and conservation of a book are no
longer complementary elements, but attributes that certify its value and
quality. Thus all the crucial characteristics of a volume are appropriately
described and easily accessible to researchers, research institutions,
evaluation panels for competitive projects, public funders and, more
generally, to the whole community of students and readers.
The Scientific Cloud allows FUP to fulfil its role as a non-profit "Public
Publisher", offering authors and scholars an open and inclusive publishing
environment, with sustainable business models and adopting copyright
policies that enable access to research content to everyone. Since we
encourage an equal participation to and distribution of knowledge, it is
natural to adopt Open Access as the main tool for disseminating research
and assessing its impact in terms of views and downloads through
What is “Scientific Cloud for Books”?
Although the content, created by an Author or a group of Authors, is the
heart of each monograph, we should not ignore that every volume benefits
from the intervention of other actors: it is selected by an Editor,
discussed with the Series Director, evaluated by a Scientific Board and
certified through a peer review process.
The FUP Scientific Cloud for Books project, adopting appropriate editorial
practices and specific metadata, captures these fundamental aspects of the
book and creates next-generation digital editions capable of increasing the
diffusion and impact of monographs, certifying the process and the referees
involved in each phase.
In a communicative landscape in which metadata and the dissemination of
scientific discoveries go hand in hand, metadata actually become key
factors for the success of a publication.
Each volume present in the FUP catalogue is characterized by the following
editorial best practices related to the four main areas of a publication:
All the authorial components of a volume are identified by a
well-defined set of metadata. This means that the Authors of books or
books chapters and the Editors of a volume are systematically described
using simple but effective metadata: name/surname, affiliation,
nationality, ORCID, e-mail (Authors List).
Each volume clearly reports the characteristics of the evaluation
process to which it was subjected. Each book and volume includes the
link to the Referees List of the Publishing House posted on the site (Referees List), to the
composition and Members of the FUP Series Scientific Board (Scientific Boards Members), to the editorial best practices applied in the evaluation process
(Ethics Policy, Peer Review Policy,Open Access, Copyright and Licensing
FUP Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing).
To increase both discoverability of every Author and the dissemination
and impact of each research product, all miscellaneous volumes are also
published as individual book chapters. Furthermore, all volumes adopt
the best international standards in scholarly publishing which include
the attribution of the DOI registration for books and book chapters,
ISBN registration for books and attribution of an ISSN to series, and
encourage Authors and Publishers to provide an ORCID code. Finally,
books and book chapters are published in multi-format digital editions
(PDF, epub, html or xml) as well as printed copy, with particular
attention to machine-readable formats that are functional both to
machine learning (IR) processes and to dissemination processes via
indexes and aggregators.
Access, Dissemination and Impact:
: the open access digital edition is the privileged, even if not
exclusive, form of publication. FUP fully supports Open Access
publishing as the primary tool to share ideas and knowledge in all
disciplines with an open, collaborative and non-profit approach. Open
Access books and book chapters allow the research community to achieve
wide and rapid dissemination in all book formats, as well as a high
impact of their research. All FUP content and metadata are published in
Open Access, released under Creative Commons licensees stating the
Author as the copyright holder (Open Access Policy).
: to increase discoverability, access and share of scientific research,
FUP endeavours an ongoing activity of indexing its books and book
chapters in dedicated platforms for dissemination, discovery and
preservation. At the same time, FUP supports and encourages research
libraries, as much as profit and not-for-profit indexing services, to
list its series, books and book chapters among their electronic
resources. All book metadata are openly available for download in
various formats by any indexing service (Distributions, Indexing and Abstracting Policy).
: for each book and book chapter published, FUP processes and makes
available to the Author periodically updated access statistics for
views and downloads according to the standards currently used in the
positioning and evaluation processes (The COUNTER Code of Practice for Release 5).
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