The 2nd SPARC Japan Seminar 2012
"Further Progress of Journals - Focusing on Platform Transfer"
Time: June 19, 2012, 13:00 - 17:00
Place: National Institute of Informatics, 12F 1208 & 1210 meeting room

The event was held on June 19, 2012. Around 60 people participated.


Dissemination of online journals and rapid developments of digital technology bring substantial changes to platforms which publish journals and transmit academic information. The current technical innovations create various new functions, designs, and additional values. Transmissions of information via internet were the first priority for us thus far, but now it would be the right time to reconsider the platforms and their transfers on the basis of the future prospects and progress due to the changes in technology, academic market, and research environments. We will clarify merits, demerits, and key points, and then discuss them in this seminar. We welcome many people to participate in this opportunity. (On the day, interpretation service is available.)

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Moderator: Kazuko Yamashita (The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan)




Opening Greeting


UniBio Press - dissemination and broadening of information


Yuko Nagai
(UniBio Press)


What open access publishing can offer Society journals - Case studies in journal development


Deborah Kahn
(Publishing Director, BioMed Central)




Moving to a new platform toward the further promotion of our journal


Akira Yasukouchi
(Japan Society Physiological Anthropology)


Panel Discussion

[[ Moderator ]]
* Kazuko Yamashita
(The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan)

[[ Panelist ]]
* Yuko Nagai
(UniBio Press)
* Deborah Kahn
(Springer / BioMed Central)
* Akira Yasukouchi
(Japan Society Physiological Anthropology)



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Ms. Yuko Nagai (Secretary-General, Zoological Society of Japan; Director, UniBio Press)

Ms. Nagai has been working for Zoological Society of Japan as a secretary-general since 1993 and now is doctoral candidate, Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba.

Deborah Kahn (Publishing Director, BioMed Central)

Deborah Kahn is Publishing Director at BioMed Central, and is responsible for leading the publishing teams to provide an excellent experience for our authors, editors and referees, and for ensuring that BioMed Central continues to grow its portfolio of open access journals. Deborah's career has spanned STM journal and book publishing, database publishing, and research and consultancy. She has been a supporter of open access since the beginning.

Dr. Akira Yasukouchi (Japan Society Physiological Anthropology)

Akira Yasukouchi graduated from Graduate School of Kyushu Institute of Design in 1979. After joining to research activity at National Institute of Industrial Health, Ministry of Labor, Japan from 1982 to 1990, he was back to his old school, Kyushu Institute of Design, to educate and research physiological anthropology as associate professor in 1990 and professor in 1999.
He is now professor in Kyushu University. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY since 1997. He was awarded for scientific article in Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology (JSPS) in 1996.

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UniBio Press - dissemination and broadening of information
(Yuko Nagai)

We will explain the background and experiences on our transition of the platform of UniBio Press, J-STAGE, BioOne, WEKO, and current platform, PierOnline. We will also present the practical side of things, how to ensure the information delivery to researchers who need it, promotion, distribution, and subscriptions. Increasing our journals' recognitions was the first priority for us, though Open Access was and is very important theme for us.

What open access publishing can offer Society journals - Case studies in journal development
(Deborah Kahn)

The open access (OA) publishing could be one of the options for societies considering platform transfer. Over the last decade, the OA publishing model has become an important part of the scientific publishing. Many journals which have launched or transferred to the open access model have seen major benefits in visibility, international reach and citations, and this is especially true for regional society-owned journals. This presentation will give an overview of recent progress and developments in OA journal publishing. It will go on to summarise the benefits to journals of using this publishing model and using some relevant case studies of Asian journals which have transferred to the OA model, will describe the experiences of different types of journal in launching in or moving to an open access model.

Moving to a new platform toward the further promotion of our journal
(Akira Yasukouchi)

The Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (JPA) made a new start as an open access journal in January 2012, and published by BioMed Central (BMC). BMC has its own marketing team for strategic public relations, millions of registered users and newsletter subscribers and has also successfully improved its visibility internationally through electronic media such as e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. JPA will gain the first impact factor in 2013 which will likely increase by BMC's enormous advertising power and our research articles will gain enhanced visibility and thus a greater chance to be appreciated by a larger number of readers worldwide. Here, we would like to briefly explain our decision to move to BMC.

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Last Updated: 2012/06/14