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, particularly in publishing. It’s creating innovative tools and solutions that streamline operations, enhance decision-making, and personalize user experiences. Deployed properly, AI does not replace the expertise of publishing professionals but rather streamlines and optimizes their work, helping to solve complex challenges. Additionally, AI solutions empower authors, editors, and publishers, allowing them to focus on more strategic aspects of their work, thus improving their efficiency and productivity.

Empowering Publishers with AI Tools

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. Significantly, they can save time, speed up the process and ultimately bring down important metrics like submission times.

Enhancing Efficiency and Productivity

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. In addition, it provides 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.

Optimizing Submissions Assessment 

Moreover, we have integrated AI into the submissions assessment process, providing valuable insights to evaluators. These insights include recommendations on journal suitability with detailed explanations. Furthermore, this enhancement ensures a good match between submissions and publications while improving the decision-making process.

Our Vision for AI in Publishing

This example is just the start of Ribbonfish’s vision for AI. Looking forward, we are aiming 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. They specialize in Salesforce, cloud CRM, business technology, and rights management systems. Ribbonfish delivers bespoke applications and tools for publishers, focusing on innovation, problem-solving, and efficiency.

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