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Enago Participates in 2015 ISMTE North American ConferencePreeminent Academic Editing Provider Meets with Peers at Event Focused on Publication Ethics
New York: Enago, a leading provider of English editing and publication support to academic authors across the globe, recently attended the International Society of Managing & Technical Editors’ (ISMTE) North American conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The focus this year was ethics in scholarly publishing, among other current issues in the industry.
ISMTE was founded in 2007 with a mission to “connect the community of professionals committed to the peer review and publication of academic and scholarly journals.” Today the society boasts nearly 600 members who drive the editorial process at scholarly publications in the fields of science, technology, medicine, business, finance, economics, law, and criminology, and the humanities. Since its inception, ISMTE has hosted two annual conferences, one in North America and the other in Europe. This year’s 8th annual North American meeting was the society’s largest event to date, with more than 200 attendees.
The tone for the event was set by Jeffrey Beall, associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library. Dr. Beall is a vocal opponent of the growing trend of unscrupulous publishing practices such as false peer-review, duplicate publication, and selling of authorship attribution, among other unethical author scamming. His keynote address, “Scholarly Communication Free-for-All: An Update on the Current State of Predatory Publishing and Related Scams,” sparked much debate about the state of open-access publishing. Dr. Beall also participated in the breakout session, “The Landscape of Predatory Publishing: An Exploration of Concerns,” in which participants called for the creation of a Coalition for Responsive Publication Resources. The coalition would set standards that hold author-services vendors accountable to industry-set codes of conduct.
“There is no better time to address the growing problem of unethical publishers and authoring services,” said Gregory Loxton, Vice president of North American Operations at Crimson Interactive,Enago’s parent company. “ISMTE’s annual meetings serve as excellent networking forums to touch base with our peers about important issues facing the industry. Beyond ethics, the conference also highlighted the challenges of supporting authors from emerging research centers such as China. We look forward to further exploring these topics at ISMTE’s first-ever Asia conference in April, as well as meeting back up for the North American conference in Philadelphia next summer.”
Enago is the flagship brand of Crimson Interactive Inc., one of the world’s leading language solutions providers, supplying English editing, translating, and journal-publishing support to more than 81,000 authors across the globe.Enago employs one of the market’s largest teams of editors (850+) who are language and subject-matter experts in more than 1,100 disciplines.Enago’s partner company, Ulatus, provides high-quality, timely, and cost-effective translation services to academic publishers and journals worldwide. Crimson Interactive has a local presence in Japan, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Korea, Brazil, Germany, Russia, India, and the United States.
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