【2017年3月14日晚，伦敦国际书展颁奖大厅，国际出版卓越奖16个类别奖项正式揭晓。在“学术与专业出版奖”类别，中国的Journal of Zhejiang University-Science (JZUS)与澳大利亚的CSIRO Publishing（Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation，联邦科学与工业研究出版社，简称CSIRO）被提名，来自法国的OECD Publishing（Organizationfor Economic Co-operation and Development，世经合组织出版社，OECD）赢得正式奖。】
Journal of Zhejiang University-Science ---A voice of Chinese academic journal
Yuehong (Helen) Zhang
Another Chinese company in the shortlist of this year's International Academic and Professional Publisher Award of LBF is Journal of Zhejiang University-Science (JZUS). JZUS is the first Chinese journal to use CrossCheck text analysis software to spotplagiarism and it uses automated alerts to reach out to authors after publication if their articles are in the top 10 downloaded papers.
Not just a campus journal
As Zhang Yuehong (Helen), Chief Editor of JZUS introduced, there are roughly 5,000 STM periodicals in China, including more than 300 published in English. Around 1,000 are 'campus' journals that mostly publish papers from Chinese universities. Zhang has had a dream that to run an international scientific journal that meets international standards. So in 2008, JZUS started using CrossCheck. Zhang says, it is inaccurate to describe JZUS as a 'campus' journal. In fact, it is an international publication with a pool of some 26,000 referees from more than 67 countries. On average, 64.4% of its contributions come from outside Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, of which 50% are from more than 46 countries and regions. The editorial board is international too.
JZUS publishes articles in press to avoid publishing delays, and identifies the 'hot topic' or most downloaded articles to help readers identify trends and the best articles published. It allows post-publication comments, and has added Power Point summaries of each article to help readers use its content in their own presentations and ensure correct citation.
Rather than aiming for anonymous 'international' status, JZUS is conscious of its roots, and celebrates the cultural heritage of China. Chinese cultural tokens are used to reward its reviewers, wherever in the world they are, in addition to the recent addition of Chinese language abstracts to increase usability to Chinese researchers.
Enhancing text and data mining tech
Since 2014, JZUS has collected and deposited CrossMark, ORCID (a persistent digital identifier for a researcher), and FundRef (funder information) metadata for every paper, and displays them both in the web and PDF version.
JZUS recognizes that text and data mining (TDM) is increasingly seen as a useful method for analyzing large volumes of unstructured documents, which can meet the needs of researchers and support the innovation and development of new knowledge. Because of its participation in CrossRef Text and Data Mining Services, Researchers are able to text mine subscription content since 2015 accessed via CrossRef and Springer's Metadata API, provided the purpose is noncommercial research.
In 2015, aiming at persisting in anti-plagiarism and its high international peer review standards, Zhang Yuehong, worked with her two colleagues, posted a 2015 JZUS-policy online. The Policy, based on the ethical code and flowcharts of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and their experience at Journals of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A/B & FITEE, includes three sections: Forms of Plagiarism, Anti-Plagiarism Policy, and CrossCheck Workflow. This policy is available free at the official website of JZUS, noting that JZUS will strictly follow its anti-plagiarism policy, while CrossCheck will be used to check authors' submitted papers in order to identify unduly high levels of similar text, which gives rise to the possibility of plagiarism.
In 2016, Springer and Zhejiang University Press published two newbooks about JZUS respectively, one is Against plagiarism: a guide for editors and authors, which published by Springer, and supported by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), the other one is Chinese Cultural Kaleidoscope, which published in Zhejiang University Press. Both books mark the academic achievements of JZUS in these years.
Focus on service rather than innovation
In the report of The Association of Learning and Professional Society Publishers, it commended that a good journal is the one focusing its activities on authors and readers. While it may not be developing truly innovative services, it is thinking about what they need and developing new ways of providing them.
Being nominated and shortlisted for LBF International Excellence Awards 2017 is a new progress of JZUS, Zhang Yuehong shows her gratitudes, saying "We are very appreciated international nominators who recognize JZUS in academic publishing area!"