Scholarly Publishing Round-up August 2020

Becker Medical Library and Washington University Libraries recently renewed their contract with Elsevier and as part of the renewal process, corresponding authors from WUSTL are entitled to a 25% discount on article processing charges (APCs) for most Elsevier journals. Eligible titles include over 2,000 Elsevier-owned journals, with the exception of Cell Press and The Lancet, and certain society titles. Please check the Washington University in St. Louis Journal Finder List to confirm eligible titles. The discount applies to corresponding authors from WUSTL whose manuscripts were submitted to eligible Elsevier journals as of Jan. 1, 2020, and will continue through Dec. 31, 2022. Authors who submitted prior to implementation of the workflow should be notified automatically and the discount will be applied retroactively. Authors on the medical campus should reach out to Cathy Sarli to learn more about the discount. Similar arrangements with other publishers are on the Discounts on Article Processing Charges (APCs) page.

The 2020 edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Clarivate Analytics was recently released and contains more than 12,000 journals with 351 journals being listed for the first time. Clarivate Analytics also suppressed 17 journals due to anomalous citation patterns.

Announcements from Clarivate Analytics:

The latest values for Elsevier’s journal metrics, known as CiteScore, are also available. CiteScore 2019 is available for over 25,000 active titles on Scopus, including all types of active serial titles on Scopus–peer-reviewed journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals, in 330 disciplines.

Announcements from Elsevier:


Are you looking to publish a preprint? Check out the new Preprint guide that provides information on selecting a preprint repository, citing a preprint for a grant report, how to find preprints, and more.


How I learned to speak up for myself about authorship. Science. June 11, 2020.

Publishers: let transgender scholars correct their names. Nature. July 22, 2020.

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job. Wired. June 25, 2020.

Opinion: Scientists in the US and China Collaborating on COVID-19. The Scientist. June 22, 2020.

Assessment of Preprint Policies of Top-Ranked Clinical Journals. JAMA Netw Open. July 22, 2020.