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Zendy Talks Affordable Access & Open Access Publishing With ChronosHub

In this webinar, Zendy Co-Founder Kamran Kardan joined an expert panel to discuss current issues and solutions for researchers regarding accessing content and paying for OA publications. 

The panel was hosted by Open Access publishing expert Romy Beard, with other guests including researcher and ecosystems ecologist Dr Varun Varma and Plos Strategic Partnerships Director Sara Rouhi

Challenges of Open Access

Open publishing is becoming increasingly popular. However, researchers are still experiencing many challenges when they want to access paywalled content such as previous research and archived material. 

Similarly, Open Access (OA) publishing can be an unaffordable route for unfunded researchers or researchers whose institutions haven’t signed up for any OA agreements, such as NGOs or organisations leveraging research. 

Bringing together a range of perspectives, the panel discussed a vast array of topics, including OA agreements, discounts, waivers, technical and cultural barriers, the role and value of publishers that end-users often don’t see, and the solutions that companies like Zendy are proposing to support affordability and accessibility. 

A Researchers Perspective

Dr Varun Varma commenced panel discussions by recounting his personal experience as a researcher and the many barriers he has faced in accessing content and publishing his research. After studying in the UK and then moving to a developing country to commence a PhD, Dr Varma felt what he described as his ‘first shock’ of access when suddenly, his access to journals was ‘extremely limited’ simply because he was now located in a different region. 

Regional-based access limitations are one of the core pillars of inequality that many industry commentators address in conversations about reform. With the signing of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) publishers’ contract launched in 2020 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, inclusivity and equality within the academic publishing sector are under the spotlight. 

The flow-on effect of access limitation in developing regions is far-reaching as it significantly increases the time involved in screening literature. What should take weeks then takes months, and as Dr Varma indicated, the tedious nature of the process leaves researchers with missing references, sometimes making the paper incomplete. 

The Publishing Spectrum

The narrative for academic publishing is shifting rapidly, with many moving elements working in parallel to ultimately address the pain points of the end-user. 

Institutions, publishers, organisations, researchers, librarians, and end-users are all key drivers forcing immense movement and excitement across the entire spectrum of academic publishing and content consumption. 

Paid content sits at the crux of the spectrum. The major challenges of availability and affordability associated with paid content motivate other players, such as Open Access and illegal content platforms. 

While the Open Access movement generates rapid support and participation, its scattered nature makes the content difficult to discover. Each publisher has an element of Open Access, while some are completely open access. This is great news for end-users who need access to new content, but older content is few and far between, making the research process arduous. 

The third participant in the publishing spectrum is illegal content publishing platforms. Praised by many for eliminating barriers to access, unlicensed publishing platforms pose a great risk to the future of research. It all comes down to the role of analytics, and the immense need for the data publishers’ produce based on usage.

The Economy of Academic Publishing 

What is the role of a publisher? This is a question asked time and time again. As journal subscription costs increase and the cost of article processing charges (APCs) weigh heavy on researchers, many people wonder where that money goes. And importantly, how does society benefit?

As PLOS Strategic Partnerships Director, Sara Rouhi and Zendy Co-Founder Kamran Kardan explain, publishers completely absorb the exponential costs of technical infrastructure, analytics, and marketing. Here’s why these processes matter: 

  • Infrastructure: hosting and indexing millions upon millions of records is no easy task. The technical infrastructure developed by publishers grants researchers’ visibility and ensures end-users find what they are looking for. 
  • Analytics: usage of the vast troves of information in academic databases needs to be measured and analysed to ascertain future research as part of the scholarly process, identify trends in readership, and drive enhancements for better user experience. 
  • Marketing: activities such as social media, author engagement, and press releases are critical tasks for publishers to provide alternative metrics that positively impact researcher citations and downloads.

Sara Rouhi, of PLOS, discussed some of the key-value points of publishers and the incredible costs associated in detail throughout the ChronosHub webinar while highlighting PLOS’ approach to making the business of OA equitable. She also detailed, the future of Open Access business models must diversify to survive and account for regional affordability, cost-recovery, reducing author friction, and engaging Read institutions. 

Despite this value, it is evident that the paid publishing model is not sustainable, as it hinders the frameworks of inclusivity and equality. As publishers work on their models of diversification, there are many fast movers in the industry offering alternative methods for publishing and access. 

The Zendy Movement: Accessibility & Affordability 

With so many moving elements within the Open Access and academic publishing domains, Zendy has a clear mission and purpose of addressing the tribulations of all key stakeholders in the conversation. 

Since 2019, Zendy has spearheaded a movement to change the dialogue of academic content access, especially in emerging regions where quality content and affordable avenues of access are few and far between.  

As a firm believer in empowering communities through knowledge, Zendy CEO Kamran Kardan saw a new way to connect end-users with quality content from top publishers. Instead of hitting paywalls for every piece of content, Zendy Plus was developed as a subscription-based service to reduce end-user costs without compromising access. Zendy users can access unlimited content for the monthly price of a single research paper. 

Currently available with a free 7-day trial in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, Zendy Plus is constantly updated with new research material. 

Addressing the global need for access, Zendy offers Zendy Open, a comprehensive open-access library available for free in all regions. 

While a relatively new concept, this hybrid user-centric model for affordable access is gaining traction. 

For more information about the ChronosHub Webinar, Open Access, Publishing, or Zendy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us: hello@zendy.io

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Zendy Showcases at The Middle East Thought Leadership Forum in London

CEO of Knowledge E & Co-Founder of Zendy Kamran Kardan speaks at the Thought Leadership Forum

UAE startup Zendy (a product of Knowledge E) recently spoke at the Middle East Thought Leadership Forum in London, an event spotlighting trailblazing innovations in the academic world. 

The Middle East Thought Leadership Forum in London is the second annual event by Gulf Conferences, a London-based education networking company. The event showcased the latest developments in education, empowering a hub of collaboration between the MENA region’s key drivers and the wider international community. 

Under the patronage of the secretary-general of the Association of Arab Universities, the Forum featured a host of attendees, including ministers of education and higher-education experts from various regions and institutions. 

CEO of Knowledge E and Zendy Co-Founder, Kamran Kardan, held a session on the global impact of knowledge and discussed Zendy’s pursuit of democratizing access to research and literature both in MENA and around the globe. Zendy offers a premium subscription in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Zendy also offers a free open-access global platform.

Access to quality academic research helps governments, communities, and individuals thrive and innovate to create a better tomorrow. Zendy’s mission is to transform access to academic content globally, but right now we have a key focus on enriching the MENA region with a seamless digital platform enabling unlimited access to world-class journals, articles, e-books and more.” said CEO of Knowledge E and Zendy’s Co-Founder Kamran Kardan. 

In the wake of COVID-19, the Forum addressed key challenges in the education sector, including the fundamentals of knowledge development, information sharing, and the immense role of technology in facilitating an equitable learning experience.

To find out more about Zendy, visit: www.zendy.io

About Zendy

Zendy is a product of Knowledge E. Since its inception in 2019, Zendy has introduced thousands of users in MENA to a knowledge experience like no other. Zendy’s intuitive digital library features millions of journals, articles, e-books, and magazines, allowing users to access unlimited content for an affordable monthly price. Zendy also offers a global knowledge solution with a free open-access platform. 

Press contact: 

Monica Chinsami 

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m.chinsami@zendy.io 

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Top 5 reads of August 2021

Libraries have come a long way since they were first invented. During the Middle Ages, books were a valuable commodity and were therefore chained to the shelves. Today, books are not only more accessible but also more available. Digital libraries like Zendy have made it possible to browse millions of books, articles, and other manuscripts without having to step outside.

The plenitude of available resources can also be overwhelming in itself. For this reason, we keep coming back with a monthly list of top reads from Zendy Plus. This month’s series is packed with research, articles, and e-books about social issues, mental and physical well-being, the latest in orthodontic advancements, herbal medicine, and employee engagement.

Here are Zendy’s top 5 reads in August:

Social media influence

1. Phones and social media turn consumers into whistle-blowers (Article)

This news article from the Canadian Press examines how the corporate sphere is changing with the use of smartphones and social media. Now, consumers are able to record and share content that can quickly spiral out of control and cause corporations a PR nightmare. The article mentions several examples of incidents in which consumers went from being bystanders to calling out companies for bad customer service and other odd behaviour. Companies can no longer sweep embarrassing complaints under the rug in the age of social media. They now need to respond and acknowledge mishaps and shortcomings to regain public trust.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/34102

Read about Yoga

2. Yoga Journal (Magazine Issue)

Perhaps one of the reasons that yoga has become increasingly popular in our modern age is because its benefits are both physical and mental, allowing us to return to ourselves and bask in silence and harmony. This issue of Yoga Journal features many enlightening articles about different yoga poses for relaxation, tips for more effective meditation, and moves for better hip rotation. The issue also features a segment with the inspirational Dr Ingrid Yang who is using yoga to help COVID patients heal. By breathing with her patients in a rhythmic manner, Yang tries to counter the side effects of the predominant prescription for COVID-19 patients – isolation.

To learn more about mantras, poses, and meditation, continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/33850

Clear Aligners

3. Orthodontic Biomechanics: Treatment of Complex Cases Using Clear Aligner (e-Book)

Clear aligners have been around since as early as the 1900s, but they were initially used to correct mild cases and or re-align relapsed cases. This e-book dives into the technicalities and biomechanics of using clear aligners to treat a broader spectrum of cases. The authors discuss the chemical composition and elasticity of plastics needed for these aligners before outlining the objectives, detailing suitable treatment planning, and evaluating progress for different teeth crowding cases classed according to severity. The e-book goes into extensive detail, allowing orthodontists and other industry professionals to harbour a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, benefits, and limitations of this technology.

To continue reading about clear aligners, click here: https://app.zendy.io/title/33660

Heart Disease Remedies

4. Cardiovascular Diseases (e-Book)

Herbal remedies and treatments were historically common and reliable in many cultures. In this first volume of ‘Herbal Medicine: Back to the future’ edited by Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad, you’ll find essays, and articles about how different herbal remedies could treat various cardiovascular complications and ease symptoms. The e-book examines multiple cardioprotective plants, relates medications to their herbal equivalents, as well as review and discredit several cardio-related myths and facts. This volume’s content was carefully selected and consolidated with research from China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Portugal, and the United States.

Click here to continue reading: https://app.zendy.io/title/34106

Employee Engagement ROI

5. Measuring the Success of Employee Engagement : A Step-by-step Guide for Measuring Impact and Calculating ROI (e-Book)

Employee engagement is one of the most significant factors affecting company operations and cost. The growing need for employee engagement systems and programmes is often challenged because of the difficulty of measuring the impact of such initiatives. The first part of the book details the methodology for calculating the return on investments for these initiatives while the second part features multiple case studies in order to showcase the success of this methodology across different sectors and industries. This book is perfect for any human resource or other type of professional aiming to lift employees to achieve their highest potential.

Wondering how motivation and engagement can translate into numbers? Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/33045

Access articles, e-books, magazines and more on Zendy – your gateway to knowledge and discovery! Zendy Plus is available in Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE. For everywhere else in the world, there’s always Zendy Open.

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Top 5 reads of July 2021

Looking for a fresh perspective for your research paper? Having trouble finding comprehensive and credible sources to cite in your article? Check back monthly for our top reads, and you’ll always be fired up with new ideas.

Research often uncovers truths about topics that we rarely think about. This month, our top Zendy reads include exciting articles and e-books that will expand your worldview and your knowledge about design, the history of law, and social behaviour. From analysing human attitudes towards sharks to exploring the fundamentals of packaging, these eye-opening e-books and articles will leave you mentally stimulated.

Here are Zendy’s top 5 reads in July:

Agency in human–shark encounter

1) Agency in human–shark encounter (Article)

Though shark bites are quite rare and not always fatal, sharks are often vilified to the extent that has deeply rooted the “killer shark” trope into our minds. Exaggerated emphasis on the dangers that sharks pose to humans affects the attitude of the public and the policies adopted to control those threats. This study aims to shed light on how this inaccurate representation has affected how we view, treat, and interact with sharks on national levels.

Want to know more about this issue? Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/32609

Consumer behaviour in a health crisis: What happened to cash?

2) Consumer behaviour in a health crisis: What happened to cash? (Article)

Human behaviour is affected by many factors, and it most certainly is bound to change in times of crisis. This article compares data from different surveys to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cash holdings and payment activity. With many individuals reporting having precautionary amounts of cash, especially during natural disasters, the article attempts to draw patterns of human behaviour in response to uncertainty. Could the pandemic have decreased the popularity of cash payments among consumers for fear of contamination? Or have global levels of uncertainty indirectly urged people to hold on to increased amounts of cash?

Curious? Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/31709

Packaging Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Creating Packages

3) Packaging Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Creating Packages (e-Book)

Don’t judge a book by its cover is a popular saying, but consumers often do judge a product by its packaging. The truth is that packaging can greatly affect buyers’ perceptions of a product’s quality, reliability, and likeability. This e-book is a uniquely comprehensive guide that packaging and other design professionals will find delightful to read. It features numerous design examples and explains the guidelines for creating appealing packages. Which considerations should one keep in mind? How can a designer create more sustainable packaging, tell a story, or use symbolism?

Intrigued already? Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/31632

Landmark Cases in Public Law

4) Landmark Cases in Public Law (e-Book) 

It is said that the past foretells the future. In the case of public law, this is more accurate than most people care to believe. This publication uses a contextualised historical approach to examine the judicial outcomes of many landmark cases that are often referred to in modern courtrooms. By doing so, the article allows for an analysis of the, often human, factors leading to these outcomes. The e-book argues that factors like attitudes and personality traits often influence a verdict. By referring to different landmark cases throughout history and readdressing their historical contexts, the paper offers a fresh perspective on cases that have been considered canonical.

Did you suddenly find yourself interested in Public Law? If so, continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/31398

Stress Testing: Approaches, Methods and Applications

5) Stress Testing: Approaches, Methods and Applications (e-Book)

We often associate stress with mental and physical states. In this e-book, stress testing refers to the tool that banks and financial institutions can use to determine vulnerabilities in a system. When a global or national crisis occurs, it usually affects the flow of payments. Stress testing can help foresee these changes and prepare an institution to respond to those factors and adapt. By reading this e-book, risk managers, consultants, and other professionals will learn the methodologies and frameworks of this increasingly valuable tool to assess risk.

Wondering how stress testing can be used to foster risk awareness? Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/3184

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