The story and the slides from last week's #FuturePub #Pint15 event!

By John Hammersley
Overleaf futurepub 5 event May 19th

If you missed it, or if you just need a recap, here's a rundown of last week's #FuturePub event, starting with the slides from our six amazing speakers!

F1000Workspace demo

Overleaf futurepub 5 Eva F1000 demo

Eva Amsen, Community Strategy Manager for Faculty of 1000

F1000 has just launched F1000Workspace, where researchers can collect, cite and discuss scientific literature with their colleagues. This is a brief demo of the most exciting features of this new tool, including the very useful Word plugin, and the collaborative annotation tool. Feedback welcome!

Eva holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, but has exchanged cell cultures and LB broth for a career in science communication, publishing, and communities.

Download Eva's slides, or try out the new F1000 Workspace for yourself!

Penelope: automated manuscript screening

Overleaf futurepub 5 James Penelope demo

James Harwood, Co-founder of Penelope

We would like to introduce Penelope, an automated tool that helps authors improve their work before submitting to a journal. Penelope scans manuscripts for common reporting errors and suggests improvements along with links to relevant resources. In doing so, she makes sure that all manuscripts meet journal standards before landing on an editor's desk.

We are working towards releasing Penelope's closed beta version and would be really grateful for any feedback or suggestions from the FuturePub community!

James is one of the founders of Penelope. His background is in neuroscience and biology, with a brief diversion into environmental research and policy.

Download James's slides, or find out more at the Penelope Research website.

Paper discovery for life scientists

Overleaf futurepub 5 Richard Nowomics demo

Richard Smith, founder of Nowomics

The current pace of publishing demands better ways for researchers to keep up with the latest literature. The new Nowomics website allows scientists to ‘follow’ biological terms to create a personalised news feed of new papers. With inline abstracts, search and altmetrics it aims to make content discovery simpler than sifting through email alerts and tables of contents.

Richard founded Nowomics after over a decade building software for biology research, and collaborating with many major academic projects around the world.

Download Richard's slides, or find out more at the Nowomics website.

SciencePOD: raising the profile of research, via on-demand popular science articles

Overleaf futurepub 5 Sabine SciencePOD demo

Sabine Louët, founder of SciencePOD

SciencePOD delivers Science Prose On-Demand by translating complex scientific ideas into articles written in an accessible language. It then publishes this high-quality content in a slick magazine format and distributes it widely.

The service offers science publishers, as well as individual scientists, the opportunity to call upon the talents of a broad network of science writers and journalists, editors and proofreaders. These talented editorial professionals help turn research findings into a story, suitable for a wider, targeted audience.

Sabine is a physicist by training and has worked in science publishing for almost 20 years. She was previously the news editor at Nature Biotechnology. She has been covering a broad spectrum of research-related topics from biotech to material sciences as well as innovation and science policy.

Find out more at the SciencePOD website, or contact Sabine to request a copy of her slides.

CrossRef's REST API: All-you-can-eat Scholarly Metadata

Overleaf futurepub 5 Karl CrossRef API demo

Karl Ward, principal engineer at CrossRef

CrossRef's REST API provides free and open search of metadata covering over 70 million journal articles, books and conference proceedings. Find out how anyone can build services using CrossRef's metadata, including basic bibliographic information, funding, award and license data for published works and more.

Karl is principal engineer at CrossRef and has given up a week in Barcelona to spend 5 minutes evangelising about his baby - the CrossRef REST API. That’s how good it is.

Download Karl's slides, or check out the CrossRef REST API for yourself!

Futurescaper: How do you make sense of 300+ citations in a day?

Overleaf futurepub 5 Giorgos Futurescaper demo

Giorgos Georgopoulos - product, delivery, and business development at Futurescaper

Scientific collaboration needs collaborators to have a common understanding of the literature they're working from. Futurescaper is a tool that connects people's thinking on complex issues, and is being used to help coordinate teams of researchers working on long-term, multi-author projects. We'll show an example of how a team of analysts used Futurescaper to make sense of 300+ citations, collected over 3 months by 24 environmental researchers, in just a day.

Giorgos manages Futurescaper's operations in product, delivery, and business development. His background combines professional services, policy, and technology as an innovation consultant, and he's been involved in three other start-ups and social enterprises.

Check out the Futurescaper website for more information, or take a look at:

  • a short video showing how the visualisation back-end of Futurescaper itself is used in analysis;
  • a report and executive brief building on the analysis done from Futurescaper, and covering the methodology in a bit more detail.

Or simply get in touch with Giorgos if you'd like to know more!

You can also check out a Storify summary of the evening through everyone's tweets below, and watch out for details of the next #FuturePub to be announced soon!

John Hammersley

Co-founder, CEO

Mathematician; physicist; dancer. Entrepreneur; founder; CEO. Co-founder of Overleaf. Did driverless taxis at Ultra PRT. Forever learning :)