November/December 2023 Newsletter

Get to know Wiley Workflow Solutions!

Save the date for three upcoming webinars featuring our Workflow Solutions products and services, and the people behind them! Our next three topics are

  • Partnerships & Collaborations | January 18, 10:00 am ET
  • Workflow Solutions, Explained | March 19, 10:00 am ET
  • Ethics & Research Integrity | April 9, 10:00 am ET

Stay tuned for more information and registration links.

Community Day in reviewA stand-up banner reading “Welcome to Community Day: Co-creating the Future”

On November 15, the first ever Wiley Partner Solutions Community Day welcomed eXtyles and Edifix users to the Workflow Solutions meeting track to hear about what’s new and next for our products, learn what else Partner Solutions has to offer, and talk shop with peers.

For networking breaks and roundtables, our Workflow Solutions attendees were joined by attendees at the parallel Atypon Community Meeting track. It’s exciting to see our community expanding, with new opportunities to share questions, ideas, and solutions!

We closed out the day with a XUG classic: Bruce Rosenblum’s “Industry Updates” talk, followed by a Zoom Q&A. Watch Bruce’s talk on our Vimeo channel.

If you weren’t able to be there and would like to check out presenters’ slides, send us an email at [email protected]!

Liz Blake stands at the Workflow Solutions Meeting podium, with a slide on the big screen to her right (our left) that reads "eXtyles as a Service." The “Ask the Experts: eXtyles & Edifix” roundtable, hosted by Liz Blake, with other roundtables in the background.

Get to know Wiley Partner Solutions

For our new Spotlight series, we’re sitting down with the experts and big thinkers behind our solutions for informal and insightful Q&A conversations. You can get to know the Oable OA management solution with Neil Blair Christensen, Head of Publisher Relations; learn about Madgex career centers with Sue O’Neil, VP of Partner Success; and get insight into the Atypon platform with Himanshu Jhamb, VP of Client Management.

Got 30 minutes to learn from industry experts? Check out Research Impacts, a brand-new podcast from Wiley Partner Solutions! Hosted by Wiley Partner Solutions’ own Jude Perera, each episode brings together experts from Partner Solutions and the scholcomms community to tackle a key industry topic. Now available on our website are episode 1:1, “The Evolving World of Open Access” with Sven Fund and Frances Pinter, and episode 1:2, “Empowering Members’ Value and Diversifying Revenue” with Rich Green and Jennifer Baker—or listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify!

Excel news: Is it a date? Now you can decide!

We’ve all heard the jokes. Many of us have stared at our computer screens and said, “No, that’s not a date! Bad Excel! No biscuit!” (Or maybe that last part’s just me?) At least one scientific discipline has changed their practices because they couldn’t change Excel.

So we were delighted to read in The Verge recently that Microsoft is rolling out the ability to toggle the feature called “Convert continuous letters and numbers to a date.” Read all about the update on the Microsoft blog.

What we’re reading: Hijacking, zombie studies, gray literature, and more

In a retrospective study of 134 medical journals across 10 disciplines published in Journal of Internet Medical Research, Paul Sebo et al. found that “women are underrepresented among authors of retracted publications.”

On the Retraction Watch blog, Sune Dueholm Müller, editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, takes readers through the experience of having his journal hijacked, concluding that “until effective solutions to this growing problem emerge, education and awareness are vital. We are all potential victims of this scam.” Anna Albakina’s article in JASIST documents the phenomenon of “indexjacking,” noting that “as of September 2023, 41 hijacked journals are still compromising the data of legitimate journals in Scopus.”

An interview with researcher Guillaume Cabanac on the Retraction Watch blog explores how invisible citations can sneak into published papers and lead to inflated metrics.

On The Hill, Jodi Schneider’s opinion piece “Science is littered with zombie studies. Here’s how to stop their spread” looks at the constellation of issues around retractions—including why researchers may be reluctant to retract and what happens when retracted studies continue to be cited—and explains why “we need a healthy, trustworthy ecosystem that rewards effort, not just results.”


If your work involves health statistics, check out the National Library of Medicine’s revised tutorial, Finding and Using Health Statistics.

And on the Cabells blog, Daley White offers a crash course in why “gray literature,” or non-traditional publications, shouldn’t be overlooked in literature reviews—and how to evaluate its relevance and credibility.


In the latest issue of Science Editor, Leonard Jack, Jr, et al. document how the Council of Science Editors is working to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility resources and best practices for scholarly publishing professionals.

Industry roundup: Resources, recommendations, and news

Presentations from the 2023 Typefi User Conference in Philadelphia are now available on the Typefi website.

Registration for Axe-con 2024 is now open! This free online conference focuses on accessibility and takes place February 20-22, 2024.

The World Health Organization has published a new public health taxonomy for social listening, designed to support planning and preparedness for future pandemics.

The JATS4R Recommendations for Accessibility are now open for public comment—take a look and have your say before December 22, 2023!

The next meeting of the Partner Solutions Accessibility small group is happening on January 12, 2024, at 9:00 am ET. Here’s how to sign up for join one of our small groups!

Word Tip: The search for white space

ℹ️ Our Word Tips are tested on recent versions of Word for Windows. If you are using Word for Mac, which has a smaller feature set, your mileage may vary.

As we’ve discussed before, a Word document can contain many kinds of nonprinting characters. Spaces, non-breaking spaces, tabs, paragraph breaks, page breaks … the list goes on. Until you turn on Show Nonprinting Characters (ctrl-*), it all just looks like white space—but the kind of white space can sometimes make a big difference to how your document behaves!

Quite often, the main thing you’ll want to do with unnecessary white space is get rid of it using Find & Replace (ctrl-H). For instance, you might need to remove double and multiple spaces (search for two spaces, replace with one, repeat until done), or remove initial tabs from hundreds of paragraphs (Find what: ^t; leave Replace with: blank), or condense multiple hard returns into one (Find what: ^p^p, Replace with: ^p, repeat until done).

→ eXtyles users, rejoice! You can use the White Space settings in eXtyles Cleanup to take care of almost everything discussed here. You’ll find everything you need to know about this feature in our user documentation space.

You might also need to find section breaks and page breaks, or replace one kind of break with another. Perhaps your document is full of line breaks (Find what: ^l) that should be paragraph breaks (Replace with: ^p) instead.

In some cases, you might even want to search for any and all instances of white space, and there’s a search term for that too—but you’ll want to use it very carefully, with Show Nonprinting Characters turned on.

So we’ve created this handy guide for all your white space searching needs! Here’s what to put in the Find what: box for the following types of white space:

  • To find a space, type the spacebar
  • To find a nonbreaking space, type ^s
  • To find a tab, type ^t
  • To find a manual line break (“soft return”), type ^l (lower-case ell)
  • To find a paragraph mark (“hard return”), type ^p
  • To find a section break, type ^b 
  • To find a page break, type ^m
  • To find a column break, type ^n
  • To find any white space, type ^w