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Technologies That Are Changing the Academic Publishing Landscape

Academic publishing is a natural breeding ground for innovation. Evolving technologies are changing most all aspects of the industry. The following are some of the more significant advances and what they might mean for your publishing operations.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to make the academic publishing industry more accurate and efficient. Apps are already available that can read and summarize research papers in seconds or evaluate the veracity of such papers. AI can also be used to detect plagiarism and fake data.

One area of scholarly publishing where AI has tremendous potential to disrupt the current state is peer review. Journals can use AI to identify potential reviewers, as well as search the web and scholarly databases for related research that the author might not have found through traditional literature searches. The technology can also be used to verify citations, check statistics, and summarize the findings. Although AI technology is not yet able to replace an editor’s evaluation and decision of whether to accept or reject a paper, it can provide additional information and analysis to augment the reviewer’s examination of the research.


Academic publishing today is facing many challenges. Among the most notable are the lengthy time to publish, tampering with and misreporting research findings, plagiarism, research reproducibility, and managing grant applications. What these challenges have in common is that they might all be solved or lessened by an up-and-coming technology called “blockchain.”

Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, is a decentralized database distributed across a peer-to-peer network. One person can’t change a record, so data is more secure, and there is an indisputable trail of transactions. Blockchain would speed up the peer review process and preserve research integrity, while building trust and allowing transparent critique and collaboration.

Other technology trends

There are a few other new and notable technologies that will impact academic publishing. Among them:

  • Identity and access management technologies — These will change the way researchers exchange information with academic libraries and allow new ways to authenticate for access to library content.
  • Capturing user feedback — Publishers are using advanced technologies to capture reader feedback as well as allow experts to rate articles for impact, both of which can influence reader behavior.
  • Mobile apps — Journal publishers cannot afford to ignore mobile technology. Today’s researchers want access to relevant content anytime, anywhere.
  • Workflow Automation — Technologies have evolved to take content from manuscript to coded data to print and digital publication quickly and efficiently.

New technologies are continually changing up the academic publishing industry; so much so that it’s often hard for publishers to stay abreast of new technologies, much less take advantage of them. Sheridan’s experts can help you navigate the ever-evolving technologies that can transform your publishing practices and processes.

Contact your Sheridan representative for a consultation or visit our contact page to learn how Sheridan experts can help streamline and simplify your publishing processes.

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