Technology and innovation led, TNQ is a global leader in niche aspects of STM publishing. Proof Central, the company’s proofing platform, is fast-replacing PDF proofing processes, and is used by nearly a fourth of all STM journals globally. This transformational technology, first rolled out in October 2012, has received widespread acceptance and acclaim among end users, the authors. It eliminates errors that are inevitable in the content-integration process after PDF annotation, contributing substantially to publishers'
credibility, and cuts both process time and costs. TNQ expects to leverage the underlying principles of this technology to other areas of STM publishing and beyond. The writable web is here to stay and TNQ sees HTML-first (that subsumes XML) as the way forward. Conceptually, this is Single-URL Publishing in which all actors (authors, editors, reviewers, typesetters, publishers) work on the same HTML page from submission to publishing, in a workflow that is content-centric rather than actor-centric. In this scheme of things, an article or a chapter equals a URL.
Over the last two years, TNQ has tested this concept and the associated processes and technologies in live production for the Review of Agrarian Studies (ras.org.in) with an HTML platform in which the whole process from submission to publishing is managed online. The page view is nuanced by the rights that each actor is entitled to, configured also to each actor’s time of intervention. TNQ expects to find market relevance for this technology among a large number of society publishers.
As TNQ regards it, some of the company’s most important customers are its own employees. The 2000+ people in TNQ production enjoy best-of-class automation. The copyeditors employ automation-assisted human interaction tools to handle the complexities of editing scientific manuscripts to a wide array of styles, and machine-learning-based neural networked tools to convert manuscripts. The workflow systems are built around RESTFUL web services and message-driven protocols.
Before making it easy for the people as a company should, TNQ makes it tough. Its recruitment, induction and training processes are rigorous. At any given time 10% of the company's workforce is in training. Genetic to the TNQ culture is Equal Opportunity. The company is blind to gender, caste, ethnicity, and religion.
TNQ is equally committed to CSR, covering wildlife and environment, society and community, and education. The annual lecture series that TNQ co-sponsors with Cell Press (cell.com), features scientists at the cutting edge of the biological sciences. It is a major event in the Indian science calendar, looked forward to by policy makers as much as medical practitioners, researchers and students. The company sponsors a chair at the Chennai Mathematical Institute, provides scholarships for the study of journalism and the performing arts, contributes to the Integrated Child Development Scheme, a Government of India initiative, assists in running a school for the differently abled, facilitates wildlife-tribal life harmony by funding NGOs committed to this task, and has done its bit for the Lepra India Trust, founded on the ideals of Mother Teresa.
These are humbling experiences that level the highs that TNQ experiences in being at the forefront of transforming publishing as it is understood now.