Impact of the global pandemic COVID-19 on the academic publishing industry

Impact of COVID-19 on the education and publishing industry.

It is already over four months since organizations have been working from home, and schools and universities are shut due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. There is still a long way to go before we finally find a vaccine and normality restored. Social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding social gatherings are the new normal world over.

As the number of cases continues to rise every day, companies and industrial sectors are adopting a more flexible approach for a seamless transition for their clients and employees.
Recently, the academic publishing sector witnessed a series of unexpected happenings impacting the overall publishing industry. One of the instances being a decline in the number of submitted papers by female researchers.

We will share a few examples depicting the impact of COVID-19 on the scholarly publishing industry.

1. Review of COVID-19 papers
2. Digital resource solution
3. Free access to research

1. Review of COVID-19 papers

Many academic journals have adopted an advanced process to speed up the peer-review process. The objective behind this approach is to help researchers publish their case studies and research work related to COVID-19. Journal publishers are also offering COVID-19 resources, links, podcasts, and editorials to simplify the submission process and assist authors in publishing their work.

According to the American Psychological Association, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity has started using a rapid review process to streamline the peer review and publication of papers related to COVID-19.

2. Digital resource solution

Journal publishers are responding to the COVID-19 impact by sharing credible articles and news information worldwide. Publishers have ensured to provide free access to relevant data, publications, and studies to the audience.

Recently, Cambridge University Press launched an online training program for students, teachers, and learners. It is providing study material for virtual classrooms and guiding schools and institutions on how to use digital e-learning products as well.

National Geographic Learning is also providing free access to content and digital learning platforms to the U.S. K-12 teachers with the aim to providing training and support to educators.

3. Free access to research

Journal publishers are offering e-books, journals, articles, and other education solutions to students, teachers, scientists, and educators. This is a welcome step by the publishing industry experts considering the current COVID-19 situation. Providing digital support is an effective way to help students and professionals continue to learn and engage in academic activities.

Even Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology is now inviting papers directly related to teaching. They are assessing the virtual classroom communities and environment to set up a strong base for student engagement.

Author Assists, the B2C venture of Cosmic Strands, continues to extend its services in spite of COVID-19. We are supporting researchers, scholars, and academicians during these difficult times by offering customized editing solutions. Our editors are working remotely to deliver edited manuscripts to the authors by strictly adhering to deadlines.

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  1. July 30, 2020

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