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We are experiencing a period of growth – growth in the number of submissions received and growth in the number of researchers penning those articles. Never has it been more important to find a transparent method of linking research activities. Thanks to ORCID, an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers, author ambiguity could soon be at an end. In New ORCID ID Aims to Resolve Authorship Confusion, we take a detailed look at the project and what it might mean for you.

Growth is also the inspiration for our second article in this issue, The Changing Face of Journal Metrics. The growing importance of social networking - combined with a rising number of platforms making their activity data publicly available - has resulted in new ways of measuring scholarly communication activities dubbed altmetrics. We give you the lowdown.

There are a wide range of factors to consider when taking the decision to launch a new Elsevier journal and we know from your feedback that many of you are curious as to what those factors are. In Deciding to Launch a New Journal we offer an insight into the decision process.

Not only is social networking on the rise, the use of mobile devices is too and we have a number of new apps available to help you access journals anytime and anywhere. Find out more about the range of tools we have recently launched in New Apps Boost Mobile Access to Articles.

Alongside ORCID, another community project we have been involved in is the CrossMark identification service. In Interactive Logo Helps Researchers Decide which Scholarly Content to Trust, we discuss this new CrossRef/publisher initiative and how it can help.

In the last issue of Editors’ Update, we touched on Elsevier’s Peer Review Challenge which invited reviewers to send in their ideas for improvements to the peer-review system. In this edition, we learn about the three winning entries in Peer Review Challenge Winners Unveiled.

Last, but certainly not least, we meet Michel Tibayrenc, MD, PhD, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Genetics and Evolution in our regular Editor in the Spotlight feature.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and interest in Editors’ Update, and the feedback you have shared with us. This site has been developed with you, and for you, so if there is a topic you would like to see covered, please do let us know. You can either post your suggestion below or email us as

Linda Willems