Welcome to STM Frontlines, a new quarterly newsletter that we hope will help you to successfully navigate the dynamic, evolving scholarly publishing market. As with all AIP publishing services, STM Frontlines seeks to add value to your publishing program by leveraging the proactive, forward-thinking approach AIP applies to its own publications as well as those of its publishing partners.
Toward that end, our first issue includes a new white paper entitled, ‘Increasing Usage and Revenue Online,' offering concrete techniques you can use to increase the visibility of your content and generate more article downloads. As you'll read, these are critical strategies for scholarly publishers striving to succeed in a challenging library market.
Concurrent with the newsletter is a newly redesigned website for AIP Publishing Services, where you can learn more about AIP's first-rate services as well as our involvement with media, government, and market-wide publishing organizations to advance the interests of scholarly publishers worldwide. AIP is firmly committed to advocating for publishers in this regard, and is proactively engaged in important industry initiatives.
As AIP's new Vice President for Publishing, I am proud of the leadership role AIP plays in the scholarly publishing community. I look forward to working together with our member and affiliated societies, clients and other partners to create an even more vibrant publishing market, and to support the interests and benefits of scientific research worldwide.
My colleagues and I are pleased to introduce STM Frontlines. I hope you find value in the information we provide, and that you'll take the time to subscribe. Also, please share with us your ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on how you would like to see STM Frontlines develop in the future.
Vice President for Publishing
American Institute of Physics
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Paul DeCillis, Director, Online Publishing
Paul DeCillis, AIP's Director of Online Publishing, has more than 17 years experience in the online information publishing business, the last 12 at AIP. Prior to becoming Director of Online Publishing, Paul was Manager of Scitation Operations for two years, and before that was Supervisor of Electronic Archive Systems in the Publishing Technology Division.
Paul also gained valuable experience working for Disclosure, Inc. (formerly SEC Online, Inc), a provider of digital content to financial information providers and an early adapter of SGML technologies. At Disclosure, he was responsible for producing an online database of SEC corporate filings, which included procurement, SGML tagging, formatting and dissemination to vendors, such as Dialog, Dow Jones, Ebsco, and Silver Platter.
Paul is currently responsible for the overall direction, development, and success of AIP's Scitation online hosting platform. At present he's taking a hands-on role in AIP's ongoing C3 development initiative, which will soon bring Scitation's next-generation, engineered-for-XML platform to fruition.
We recently asked Paul what he felt was most important for STM publishers to be thinking about at this time. His response? "Development of content services -- leveraging XML, taxonomies, RDF and the web to make content actionable by users and agents along its full life cycle."
When asked about near-term development plans and priorities for Scitation, Paul noted that there are three major milestones to be achieved this summer: A June beta release of AIP's newest journal, the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE) on the C3 platform; the release of AIP's eBooks beta site in July; and the beta release of AIP's journals on C3.
Paul and his staff are always interested in feedback and ideas from AIP's publishing partners and the broader STM community. Feel free to visit the SciLabs development site at http://scitation.aip.org/labs/ and utilize the "Have a Suggestion?" feature.