7. Dissemination and valorisation

The publication, especially in the open access context, must not only represent a final goal, but it is at the same time the starting point of a path of enhancement and dissemination of your work, aimed at reaching the widest audience and having an impact in the scientific community and get citations.

Metadata and indexes

The phase immediately following publication is the production and dissemination of the metadata. ECF uses a series of highly qualified tools in the open access academic publishing sector.

Crossref and DOI
ECF is member of Crossref, a non-profit organisation that runs a registry of metadata and DOIs, and involves staff, board, working groups, and committees as well as a broad range of collaborators, users, and supporters in the wider scholarly communications community. Together, we are all working toward the same goal – to enhance scholarly communications. Everything is designed to put scholarly content in context so that the content members publish can be found, cited, used, and re-used.

Crossref makes research outputs easy to find, cite, link, and assess, and exists to make scholarly communications better.

Crossref helps increase discoverability and create persistent links between research outputs such as articles, books, references, data, components, versions, and more. Crossref members send their metadata – which include fields such as dates, titles, authors, affiliations, etc. – to Crossref, together with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which allows to always retrieve an object even if the website changes.

Through Crossref, members are distributing their metadata downstream, making it available to numerous systems and organisations that together help credit and cite the work, track outcomes and activity, and more.

You can find more information here: https://www.crossref.org/about/.

An initiative to open up citation data

As a Crossref member, ECF participates to the i4oc initiative.

The aim of this initiative is to promote the availability of data on citations that are structured, separable, and open.

This means that the metadata associated with our publication are freely accessible and reusable; they describe each of our publications and every instance of citation in common, machine-readable and programmatically accessible formats, without the need to access the source bibliographic products.

Printed editions of our volumes

ECF is not only an online publisher, but is also a publisher of printed books, to which it dedicates the same degree of editorial care.

Print on demand

At the request of authors, editors or Scientific Direction, a minimum circulation of 50 copies is made, not intended for trade but for free distribution to libraries and analogue institutions. The cost of this print run is established on a case-by-case basis and communicated in advance to the lender.

In addition to the first print run, it is also possible to request other ones in a minimum number of 30 copies.

Commercial print edition

A further printed edition can be decided by the Publisher, subject to a specific agreement with the authors/editors and is aimed at commercial distribution through the Publisher’s e-commerce, bookshops and online bookstores, as a further useful channel for disseminating the publication.

The dissemination of these printed editions is international and is carried out using the most qualified forms of distribution specialised in national and international academic publishing.

To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at ecf@unive.it.