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Sciforum – A Look Back at 2014

As the year comes to an end, it is time to review the progress of Sciforum throughout 2014.

We have held 6 electronic conferences totaling 363 published proceedings papers and participated by several thousands scholars in 2014. Highlights of the year were the 18th edition of the International Electronic Conference on Synthetic Organic Chemistry (ECSOC), as well as the 4th edition of the World Sustainability Forum (WSF). Further, we have hold the first editions of several electronic, online conferences:

For 2015, we will host the conference websites for two conferences organized by MDPI AG in Basel, Switzerland: the 4th International Symposium on Sensor Sciences (I3S), chaired by Prof. Peter Seitz, will be hold in June 2015 at the University of Basel, and the 5th World Sustainability Forum (WSF), chaired by Prof. Max Bergman, will be hold in September 2015 at the University of Basel.

Additionally, we have passed an agreement with the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) to use the Sciforum platform to host the conference page, abstract submission and the conference registration procedures for the 8th edition of their conference, and with the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) to handle the registration and abstract submission procedures for their ISIS Summit 2015.

Besides supporting conference activities, we have made quite some progress towards positioning Sciforum as a platform for free and open scholarly exchange. For this, we have released numerous major features, such as the discussion groups, shared/collaborative bibliography management tools, tools to exchange and discuss papers amongst peers, or tools to publicly comment on any scholarly paper that has a DOI number. The focus for 2015 will be to get these tools out to the scholarly community. Further, quite a long list of features is currently still being worked on, or planned for later in 2015. Stay tuned in 2015!

Your Sciforum Team

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