DOI for Peer Reviews

Peer ReviewsMost journals follow peer review process to assess and select manuscripts for publication. Peer reviews can provide you with information on the strengths and weaknesses of your paper. The reviewers are either chosen by the publishers or suggested by the author. They should be unbiased and expert in the subject area they are reviewing. Reviewers…
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Crossref: Text and Data Mining for Researchers

Each year, millions of books and journals are published. When researchers need to answer a question, how exactly do they find what they need? In the past, researchers used to gather data through screen scraping, which is the process of capturing data from a website using a computer. Today, sophisticated tools allow text and data…
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Can Toll-Free Links Improve Access to Academic Research?

Major publishers, like Elsevier, benefit from robust online manuscript access. Meanwhile, the research community prefers sharing their research. When articles are posted to ScienceDirect, conventional wisdom dictates that a subscription will be needed to access the article. However, a new trend is emerging to make access free to the public! Such a system, generally involving…
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How Researchers Utilize Reference Resources?

A quick Google search on virtually any topic yields a list of sources of information on the search engine’s first page. Traditionally, scholarly publishing has always relied on the peer-reviewed journal articles as references in research and academic writing. A fair and rigorous peer-review process guarantees credible and verified content.  However, a new dichotomy has…
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Open Citations Take Off

Open citation refers to the practice of making papers in a reference list accessible. Open citations use a common, machine readable format. The listed papers can be accessed independently of the main article and are freely available. This is an important way to share knowledge. The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) represents a new approach…
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BioRxiv and Authorea Partner to Streamline Preprint Submission


Science communication is very important. As researchers increasingly forge global collaborations in biological research, the scientific community will need more collaborative tools. To meet that need, Authorea developed a collaborative document editor service. It helps collaborators edit shared documents. Furthermore, it facilitates the process of archiving preprints or publication-ready manuscripts (not peer reviewed) and submitting  … Read more

Dryad and DANS Ensure Permanence of Research Data

DryadDryad and DANS have entered into a new partnership. These free research databases announced a collaboration to ensure the preservation of a rich research data repository. Dryad makes the data underlying published research available online. This data is often linked to the associated peer reviewed publication in academic journals. The work of more than 50,000  … Read more

Scientific Papers: Is Readability Declining?

Scientific Papers

Are scientific papers getting more difficult to comprehend? According to a report in BioRxiv, the readability of scientific texts has been declining significantly. Science articles and abstracts alike have become fraught with confusing phrases and terms familiar only to experts or specialists in that field. Now, it almost seems that part of the scientific process  … Read more

Video Research: Open Access Academic Video Journals

Open access publication has already altered the academic landscape vis a vis the final stage of research: publication. One such change stands as yet another means of communicating research results: open access video journals. The beginning of scientific and academic video (or visual) journals, means that researchers have more outlets to share their work. Though different  … Read more

Newly Launched Publons Academy Offers Peer Review Training

Publons Academy


In just a few short years, Publons membership has reached more than 80,000, comprising of researchers, editors, and publishers, and by December 2016, that number rose to a solid 100,000 expert reviewers! At present, they currently have over 150,000 researchers. The company recognizes that not all reviewers are equally dedicated to the process, so recognition might help them feel more attached to their assignment. To this end, Publons has invited editors to rate the reviewers using a four-point scale and to provide written remarks. Those with excellent scores are recognized with a gold star on their individual profiles, which can be used as a selling point of their skills in a particular field of study. Written remarks can also be good training tools to improve performance and determine what editors deem important. With continuous feedback from all involved, Publons intends to continue increasing the ways by which researchers, editors, authors, and publishers interact.

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