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The peer review landscape – what do researchers think?

June 19, 2014

  • Adrian Mulligan, Research Director, Elsevier
  • Dr. Joris van Rossum, Publishing Innovation Director, Elsevier


Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers

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Peer review has been the cornerstone of scholarly publishing for hundreds of years but:

  • How important is peer review to the research community today?
  • What do researchers believe is the purpose of peer review?
  • Is peer review still valued?
  • How should peer review change?
  • What is the reaction of the research community to proposed changes?

Drawing upon the results of studies recently conducted by Elsevier that examine the attitudes of over 3,000 active researchers, in this session we answer those questions.

We also provide you with an overview of some of the new initiatives that Elsevier is working on to improve the peer-review process.


Open access publishing

April 24, 2014

  • Els Bosma, Program Director Open Access, Elsevier


Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers

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Find out all about open access publishing through live presentation and discussion on:

  • Different open access models (gold versus green)
  • Hybrid journals versus full open access journals
  • Delayed open access


Ethics and Responsibilities

March 18, 2014

  • Catriona Fennell, Director Publishing Services, Elsevier
  • Christiaan Van Vliet, Company Counsel, Elsevier

Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers

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Elsevier offers many resources to support you if you encounter publishing ethics issues in your role as editor.

This webinar contains live presentations and discussions on Elsevier’s Publishing Ethics program – including a demo of CrossCheck/iThenticate – and a Q&A with Elsevier’s Publishing Services Director Catriona Fennell & Elsevier’s Counsel, Christiaan Van Vliet.

Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer altmetrics

Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer altmetrics

June 11, 2013

  • Paul Groth, Assistant Professor, Web & Media Group, VU University of Amsterdam
  • Mike Taylor, Research Specialist, Elsevier Labs
  • Sweitze Roffel, Sr. Publisher, Computer Sciences, Elsevier

Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers

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Short for ‘alternative metrics’, these article-level metrics go beyond traditional citation-based indicators. They integrate data on web content consumption such as HTML page views, PDF downloads, social usage, (e.g. tweets and Facebook comments), to give a broader picture of the impact of scholarly content.

Altmetrics is a movement that Elsevier is fully engaged with. Last year, Scopus launched “ for Scopus,” to track mentions of papers across social media sites, science blogs, media outlets, and reference managers.

But why is it important for your journal? What are the correlations between traditional bibliometrics vs. article altmetrics?

Our expert panel: Paul Groth (Assistant Professor, Web & Media Group, VU University of Amsterdam), Mike Taylor (Technology Research Specialist, Elsevier LABS) and Sweitze Roffel (Publisher, Computer Science, Elsevier) host an open debate on this exciting topic.

  • Wondering what article metrics actually means for you as a journal editor? What does it really measure? We’ll tell you…
  • Understand the correlation between altmetrics and traditional bibliometrics and how to ensure the metrics remain meaningful.
  • We’ll show you exactly how these metrics work and how you can get involved as a journal editor. 

Understanding ethics policy

Publishing ethics – how Elsevier can help

May 28, 2013

  • Linda Lavelle General Counsel, Legal, Elsevier
  • Laura Schmidt, Publisher, Mathematics Journals, Elsevier
  • Catriona Fennell, Director Publishing Services, Elsevier

Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers

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Elsevier offers many resources to fully support you, should you encounter any publishing ethics issues in your role as editor. 

This webinar contains advice on interpreting CrossCheck reports and Elsevier’s General Counsel, Linda Lavelle, answers editors’ questions.


Webinar: Article of the Future and the Interactive Map viewer on ScienceDirect

October 3, 2012



  • Dr C. Özgen Karacan, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Coal Geology
  • Dr Daniel Pastor Galán, Geologist
  • Dr Hylke Koers, Content Innovation Manager, Elsevier


Of interest to: Journal editors and authors, particularly in social sciences and earth and planetary sciences fields
Archive views to date: 145+
Average feedback: 4.1 out of 5

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Research output in the digital age is more than text and images: computer code, data, multimedia, and domain-specific data formats are increasingly important elements of the scientific record. Supporting researchers to disseminate this work calls for solutions that go beyond the traditional print or PDF medium. Elsevier has been a pioneer in this space with projects like the Article of the Future and SciVerse Applications that leverage modern web technologies to enhance online publications.

For the author who wishes to display geospatial data in an interactive manner and the editor who wishes to provide this functionality via their journal, this webinar will cover:

1.       Article of the Future – a new online article format that allows researchers to express their work in its full (digital) breadth

2.       Interactive Map viewer- this tool allows authors to upload KML/KMZ files with geospatial data to be displayed in an interactive Google Maps viewer integrated into their online article

3.       Added value to researchers and editors and what authors need to do to make optimal use of this feature

We invite you to submit your thoughts or questions during the registration process so that we can address as many of these as possible. Are you familiar with Geographical Information Systems (like Google Earth) to organize your data? Do you have best practices to share with your peers? If you have submitted KML/KMZ files with your article, how was your experience? How do you think interactive maps can be useful for readers and for the peer-review process? During the webinar, there will be a live Q&A session so we encourage you to add your perspective to this discussion.


What does ‘Open Access’ mean to you and your research community?

December 8, 2011

  • Alicia Wise,  Director Universal Access
  • Michiel Kolman, Senior Vice President, Global Academic Relations

Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers
Archive views to date: 180+
Average feedback: 3.3 out of 5

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Did you know that 93% of University researchers report1 that access to journal articles is ‘easy or very easy’? Yet only 70% of researchers in small businesses can report the same. Access to journals is 14th on researchers’ list of concerns (lack of funding is number one; too much paperwork is number five). We also know that journal articles are the easiest form of research content to access, while being the most important according to researchers. Why then is access such a hot topic?

‘Open Access’ is a widely used umbrella term that covers a number of different initiatives, models, motivations, and objectives. The term ‘Universal access’ is Elsevier’s vision to enable the broadest possible access to quality research content in ways that meet needs sustainably. We are open to any business model that helps us achieve this vision, and believe that a viable information ecology requires a diverse mix of funding models. This means benefits and costs are spread equitably across stakeholders.

Join us fvor a live discussion on the publishing models and initiatives currently shaping the ‘access’ question. Tell us what you think about the quality of open access published research and what you see within your own research community. There is still work to be done to close access gaps, and Elsevier is committed to doing this in sustainable ways – as editors you are a key stakeholder in this discussion.


A Discussion on How to Improve Journal Performance

September 22, 2011

  • Andrew Plume, Associate Director – Scientometrics & Market Analysis
  • Professor GJ Laurent, PhD, FRCP(Hon), FRCPath. FMedSciDirector, Centre for Respiratory Research, University College London
  • Anne Kitson, Elsevier Senior Vice President of Life Sciences

Of interest to: Journal editors (key), additionally authors and reviewers
Archive views to date: 310+
Average feedback: 4.4 out of 5

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Love it or loathe it the journal Impact Factor remains a consistent and widely used benchmark by authors to decide which journal to submit their manuscript to. Eagerly awaited and diligently scrutinized by journal editors, publishers and published (or prospective) authors, the Impact Factor has become one of the most dominant measurements of journal quality.  But it doesn’t come without shortcomings and whilst we recognize the Impact Factor at Elsevier, we also nurture the idea of using other indicators of journal performance for a multi-dimensional perspective.

Furthermore, as the gatekeepers of research, your role as journal editors stands central to the discussion on journal performance and measures. The decisions and actions you take are pivotal to improving journal quality. Join us for a live discussion where we will focus on three key points:

  1. Examining data and indicators used to measure the performance of a journal, and how to build the bigger picture.
  2. Real-life experience from an Elsevier journal editor on how to improve journal quality and attract the best manuscripts in the field.
  3. Additional perspectives and tips from Elsevier on ways to improve your journal performance.

We invite you to submit your thoughts or questions during the registration process. We hope to address as many of these as possible. Share with us your experience of journal quality measurement either as an editor or as an author. Perhaps tell us how you feel about the importance of publication speeds and rejection rates and how they can be improved. Share your thoughts on the role that Elsevier and other publishers play in this important discussion. During the webinar, there will be a dedicated open Q&A session so we encourage you to add your perspective during the registration process and the live event itself.


Rethink the Way You Publish – Benefits of Participating in the Genetics Editorial Community

September 15, 2011

  • Andre van Wijnen, Editor-in-Chief, GENE
  • Bart Wacek, Executive Publisher Life Sciences

Of interest to: Authors (key), additionally journal editors and reviewers
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Average feedback: 4.3 out of 5

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The scientific publishing world is witnessing rapid change, especially in the speed-of-light world of genetics and genomics.

You are invited to join Professor Andre van Wijnen, Editor-in-Chief of GENE and Bart Wacek, Publisher (Elsevier), together with the wider genetics community to discuss how authors, reviewers, and editors can not only benefit from, but contribute to, the editorial process.

This webinar will feature Professor Andre van Wijnen whose experiences as a fellow author, reviewer and editor have led him to rethink the way people publish in his journal. He will explain how a re-launch of GENE will better meet the needs of the changing genetics community by introducing:

• Platforms for rapid paper submission and review
• Manuscript transfers between journals
• Reviews that focus less on rejections and more on retention

Bart Wacek will also give us a brief glimpse into the future with some of the latest developments designed to help authors disseminate their research.

This is a unique opportunity to discuss your publishing questions during an open question and answer session, hear from your community and help to shape the way you will be publishing in the future.

In the future, will authors have only a few mega journals to choose from when submitting their manuscripts?

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Short Communications

  • Elsevier is expanding its use of altmetrics

    Learn more about our plans to expand the use of almetrics on our platforms and the other metrics-related projects we are working on. Learn more

  • Open access FAQs for editors now available

    This new resource on the editor pages of is designed to provide you with answers to some of the most common open access questions. Learn more

  • What role should we play at conferences?

    We would like to hear your thoughts about how publishers can best support you at conferences. Learn more

  • Humanizing the values for publishing in India

    Dr. D Chandramohan argues that Indian researchers should be encouraged to prioritize Indian journals when choosing a home for their papers. Learn more

  • New program offers funding to research on evaluation metrics

    As interest in measurement metrics continues to grow, Elsevier's launches a new program to fund research in this area. Learn more

  • Registrations are now open for the first Altmetrics Conference

    A conference dedicated to altmetrics - the first of its kind - will take place in London this September. Find out how you can register. Learn more

  • Registrations open for journal editor webinar series

    Registrations are now open for the remaining webinars in our 2014 series for journal editors. Learn more

  • Finding reviewers in EES just got easier…

    Improvements to the Find Reviewers tool in EES have simplified the process of searching for potential referees. Find out more... Learn more

  • An author’s experience of peer review

    Researcher Mounir Adjrad dwells on why constructive reviews are so important to the peer-review process. Learn more

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Trends in journal publishing
Thursday 18th September, 2014

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Tuesday 21st October, 2014

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