SPI-Hub™: a gateway to scholarly publishing information


  • Taneya Y. Koonce Associate Director for Research, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4014-467X
  • Mallory N. Blasingame Information Scientist, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0356-9481
  • Jerry Zhao Senior Application Developer, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Annette M. Williams Senior Information Scientist, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2526-3857
  • Jing Su Information Scientist, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Spencer J. DesAutels Information Scientist, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6120-2496
  • Dario A. Giuse Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • John D. Clark Senior Application Developer, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Zachary E. Fox Associate Director for Information Services, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Nunzia Bettinsoli Giuse Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine; Vice President for Knowledge Management; and Director, Center for Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7644-9803




Knowledge Management, Scholarly Communication, Open Access Publishing, Metadata, Decision Making


Background: Advances in the health sciences rely on sharing research and data through publication. As information professionals are often asked to contribute their knowledge to assist clinicians and researchers in selecting journals for publication, the authors recognized an opportunity to build a decision support tool, SPI-Hub: Scholarly Publishing Information Hub™, to capture the team’s collective publishing industry knowledge, while carefully retaining the quality of service.

Case Presentation: SPI-Hub’s decision support functionality relies on a data framework that describes journal publication policies and practices through a newly designed metadata structure, the Knowledge Management Journal Record™. Metadata fields are populated through a semi-automated process that uses custom programming to access content from multiple sources. Each record includes 25 metadata fields representing best publishing practices. Currently, the database includes more than 24,000 health sciences journal records. To correctly capture the resources needed for both completion and future maintenance of the project, the team conducted an internal study to assess time requirements for completing records through different stages of automation.

Conclusions: The journal decision support tool, SPI-Hub, provides an opportunity to assess publication practices by compiling data from a variety of sources in a single location. Automated and semi-automated approaches have effectively reduced the time needed for data collection. Through a comprehensive knowledge management framework and the incorporation of multiple quality points specific to each journal, SPI-Hub provides prospective users with both recommendations for publication and holistic assessment of the trustworthiness of journals in which to publish research and acquire trusted knowledge.


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