Publons launches reviewer search and matchmaking tool, Publons Reviewer Connect

– the scholarly peer review platform – has launched , a reviewer search and matchmaking tool to enable journal editors to confidently and reliably find, screen, and connect with reviewers. The AI-powered technology combines Publons’ cross-publisher peer review platform of more than 400k reviewers with Web of Science – the world’s largest curated author and citation database to deliver a high number of precise recommendations from more than seven million authors.

Clarivate Analytics’ citation data now integrated into DeepDyve’s online rental service for scientific and scholarly research

and have announced that Clarivate Analytics’ citation data is now integrated into DeepDyve’s online rental service for scientific and scholarly research. Articles from the Web of Science that appear on DeepDyve will now include a Times Cited feature indicating how many times those articles have been cited. These real-time citation metrics, powered by Web of Science, enable users to quickly assess the authority and impact of a given article and focus their research efforts accordingly.

The NIH Center of Scientific Review in deal with Elsevier to support the peer review process of grant applications

The Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has signed an agreement with , the information analytics company specializing in science and health, to support improving the peer review process of NIH grant applications by using Expert Lookup, Elsevier’s tool that identifies scientific experts. Expert Lookup use Elsevier’s powerful semantic Fingerprinting algorithms, the Scopus abstract and citation database of over 69 million records, and 10 disciplinary and multidisciplinary thesauri to ensure the recommended reviewers are relevant and thought leaders in their fields.

Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group selects PubFactory to host its journals

The Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG), the non-profit publication arm of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, has announced that beginning in Fall 2018, all JNSPG journals will launch on with a refreshed design and increased platform controls, enabling JNSPG to continuously improve reader experience. PubFactory’s customer support and full-service account management, coupled with continuous enhancements to an already dynamic platform, made them the logical choice for JNSPG.

Emerald signs up to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

Academic publisher has become a signatory to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, a framework supported by the Center for Open Science (COS) that increases the reproducibility of research through the adoption of transparent research practices. All Emerald journals will encourage adoption of TOP transparency standards, in particular working with the COS to improve the openness of data and research methods and design.

The University of Sheffield and Figshare partner to launch ORDA, a custom portal to manage research data

The University of Sheffield has announced the outcomes of a joint venture with , an online digital repository for academic researchers. Through this partnership, they have delivered an integrated hub for managing and sharing research data, named ORDA (Online Research Data ). The University of Sheffield has developed this custom-branded portal on top of their Figshare portal () using the Figshare API.

Collaboration essential for the future of the academic book, reveals Academic Book of the Future report

Two major new reports demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to develop a new vision for the sector that embraces technology and focuses on enhancing the readers experience….

The Academic Book of the Future project has produced a substantial range of outputs over the past two years, including the Project Report, Policy Report, numerous commissioned reports on specific issues, surveys, over 50 blog posts, formal articles and collections, BOOC (an innovative OA publication from UCL Press), Academic Book Week, the Academic Book of the Global South and much more. Additional background and resources can be found on the Academic Book of the Future website:

The full reports can be viewed at:

HighWire Press partners with Peer Review Evaluation to increase transparency for peer review

Scholarly publishing company has announced a partnership with to offer turn-key integration of PRE, a transparency service from AAAS that improves the visibility of the peer review process. To mark this partnership and help publishers illustrate the integrity of their peer review process, PRE will cover any development costs for the first five HighWire publishing partners to adopt PRE in 2017.

Thieme’s Synlett journal introduces ‘intelligent crowd’ peer review

The chemistry journal Synlett, published by Thieme, has trialled a new system of peer review that allows a crowd of 100 approved researchers to comment on manuscripts online.

“The crowd consists of 100 hand-picked reviewers based on recommendations from the editorial board, as well as researchers who volunteered to take part. The reviewers can access a secure, bespoke online platform and view papers being considered for publication. They can annotate and comment on manuscripts, as well as respond to comments left by others. “

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