As Artificial Intelligence sweeps publishing, what does it mean for Open Access models? Kevin Paul of Ribbonfish sets out some of the benefits in the submissions process and how his company’s innovations can help

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing in significance in the digital transformation of many industries, but particularly in publishing. It’s creating innovative tools and solutions that can streamline operations, enhance decision-making and personalise users’ experiences. Deployed properly and responsibly, AI doesn’t replace the expertise of publishing professionals, but streamlines and optimizes their work and helps solve complex challenges. AI solutions should empower authors, editors and publishers, and free them up to focus on more creative and strategic aspects of their work, while improving their efficiency and productivity.

Ribbonfish has made AI a top priority in our support of publishers. One example of their application is in submissions, which can be a time-consuming process for many teams. Our AI tools can help to make these more accessible, efficient and aligned with the needs of authors, researchers and the wider academic community. They can save time, speed up the process and ultimately bring down important metrics like submission times.

By extending publishers’ capabilities, they allow teams to process and evaluate a much higher volume of submissions, without significant increases in operational costs. For authors, our user-friendly AI-powered portal can indicate the most suitable journals for articles, based on the content and context of their submissions. It can also provide personalized guidance about issues like waivers for article processing charges and funding opportunities to support their publication efforts. All this makes the submission process simpler, faster and more accessible to authors.

We have also integrated AI into the submissions assessment process, providing valuable insights to evaluators. They include recommendations on journal suitability with detailed explanations, enhancing the decision-making process and ensuring a good match between submissions and publications.

This example is just the start of Ribbonfish’s vision for AI. We are on a mission to build a comprehensive suite of AI tools designed to support and enhance productivity across the publishing industry—for publishers, authors and academic institutions alike.

Kevin Paul is head of professional services at Ribbonfish, a leading publishing consultancy specialising in sales force, cloud CRM, business technology and rights management systems. It delivers bespoke applications and tools for publishers, with a focus on innovation, solving business problems and driving efficiency and productivity.

This article first appeared as a guest post with the Independent Publishers Guild