Remarq Proves Its Effectiveness

As 2017 ended, analyses of the initial pilots for Remarq® revealed how effectively the product increases engagement for editors, authors, and publishers.

We compared statistics before and after activation of Remarq in some cases, but also were able to compare Remarq journals to non-Remarq journals in portfolios where Remarq was only placed on a subset of titles. Using the first 60 journals employing Remarq as the population, we found a comparative effect and a portfolio effect. Continue reading “Remarq Proves Its Effectiveness”

Collaboration and Annotation Tips for Students Using Remarq®

Remarq Lite offers students tools to boost their participation and collaboration, and enrich their online reading experience. You can use the Remarq Lite browser extension on any site you read, whether for projects, hobbies, or schoolwork. If your instructor or professor has suggested you to use this tool, here are a few ways you can use it: Continue reading “Collaboration and Annotation Tips for Students Using Remarq®”

Remarq™ Launches “Lite” Version to Support Students, Instructors

Remarq™, the decentralized scholarly collaboration network, has launched a Chrome browser extension to facilitate annotation, collaboration, and connection across the Web, specifically to help students and instructors be more effective in their classroom collaborations, while also extending the value of Remarq for scholarly users generally.

Called Remarq™ Lite, this browser extension allows users to seamlessly integrate notes and highlights from any online source into their unified Remarq profile. It also allows users to create and join public and private groups for collaboration.

The plugin is free, and available for download now. Remarq Lite works best with Chrome. It is also compatible with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari as a bookmark users can activate (fully integrated plugins for these browsers are being developed).

Designed specifically to support users in the education market, Remarq Lite allows:

  • instructors to create private classroom groups for collaboration
  • students to create private groups for project work
  • other teams to create private or public groups for various purposes.

Users can include rich media, math, annotated text, and more in their group conversations using Remarq Lite.

Users of Remarq Lite will see their notes, highlights, and group activity reflected in their full Remarq profiles. Remarq is available on a growing number of journals. Users of Remarq on journals can also benefit from using Remarq Lite, as the plugin notifies them of activity in Remarq, while allowing them to extend the value of their profile across other sources and media.

Collaboration is central to our vision of a healthier web. Try Remarq Lite today, and see what you’re missing.


RedLink Is Not Just a Product

Joe Esposito’s 2015 Scholarly Kitchen post, “When is a Feature a Product, and a Product a Business?” resurfaced in our Twitter feed recently, and led to some interesting discussions here at RedLink. Esposito wrote:

“The differences between a feature, a product, and a business are critical for any businessperson, but in the world of digital media the lines between them are often obscure. . . . [the] creative process is valuable, but it ultimately has to be married to how the new capability will be expressed in an economic context. Hence the defining question of the age: What is the business model?”

These words are important for all businesses, but especially for start-ups like RedLink. Fortunately, the vision for RedLink from the beginning was broader than one “good idea.” RedLink was founded as a business with the goal of solving common issues we saw in the scholarly publishing community, and has developed a portfolio of products to address these needs.  We began with data and collaboration products for libraries and publishers – RedLink Network (a public benefit subsidiary that serves as a free IP registry and COUNTER reports storehouse) and our analytics Dashboards so publishers and librarians can easily analyze usage data. For publishers, we layered on SiteLeads, an additional offering using denial data to identify unmet demand from new places, helping to identify actionable leads and opportunities to grow the audience for valuable content.

This May, we launched Remarq™.  We created Remarq™ to address several needs we saw developing for both publishers and their stakeholders: authors, editors, and readers. As end-users have become interested in online collaboration, article-sharing, and scholarly profiles, the publishing community saw the emergence of tools to address these needs: purely social tools encouraging communication (Facebook, Twitter), focused tools addressing a specific feature ( offers annotation; ReadCube offers an enhanced PDF, etc.); tools that exist within a specific publisher’s remit (AAAS Trellis, IEEE Collaboratec, and others).  Most problematically, tools have emerged that draw traffic away from publisher sites and, at best, turn a blind eye to piracy (ResearchGate,

Remarq™ offers a new path, addressing the needs of authors, editors, and end-users while supporting publishers by bringing traffic back to the version of record. Remarq™ pulls multiple features together into a complete collaboration offering, including personal annotation, public commenting, author and editor updates, article-sharing, and a robust social profile accessible for end-users across publisher platforms. Like our data offerings, Remarq™ is a fully realized product with a robust and growing feature set atop an elegant design that is easily integrated into a publisher site and is intuitive to use, with no need for additional staff or a large technology footprint.

As noted by Outsell in an “Insight” published May 10, 2017, Remarq™ capitalizes on technological advancements that make collaboration among researchers simpler while alleviating concerns about the legality of content-sharing and enabling publishers to keep users on their own website, reduce content leakage, and strengthen publisher brands.

“With Remarq, RedLink has pinpointed a broad industry challenge, taken learnings from best practice examples already out there and combined them with the latest innovative thinking to create a . . . product that . . . move[s] the market forward in a more efficient and streamlined way.”

To return to Esposito’s important question about a sustainable business model, by building a robust product suite, RedLink can address real challenges faced by publishers, and design products in a variety of ways. For Remarq™, this means an appealing and elegant product that is free to end-users while supported by publishers with an affordable and easily scalable subscription model.  We can only echo Outsell’s Jo McShea:

we . . .recommend that publishers test it out and encourage their authors and editors to do the same.

Join us for a complimentary webinar, August 1, to learn more:

Remarq™ and Why Products Make a Difference

With Remarq™, RedLink has introduced the first decentralized scholarly collaboration network. It is a fully realized product that incorporates article-sharing, user profiles, author and editor updates, annotations, comments, real-time alerting, and more, all in a sensible and elegant interface that works easily with any publisher’s site design.

Consolidating the technology behind Remarq™ into an elegant product is important, and it takes work.

It’s something that some others in the space have not taken the time to do or been able to accomplish. This results in jumbled technology stacks that can thwart engagement with complicated and disparate user experiences and barebones interfaces. Because of these shortcomings, such offerings fall short of actual engagement.

Without the fit and finish of a product, these offerings increase the burden on the user. And by not building the infrastructure to enable roles-based and scholarly collaboration, other offerings fall short of actually addressing the challenges posed by centralized scholarly collaboration networks like ResearchGate and

Remarq™ is a fully realized product. Analogies abound, as in the illustration above. While a computer hobbyist may want to build a machine from a pile of parts, most customers want someone to have thought through the integrations, capabilities, and usability beforehand. Most customers want a finished product that just works.

This also applies to software. iTunes has been a game-changer not because it introduced new technologies — MP3s and MP3 players, Gracenote data, e-commerce, and so forth were all available to end-users and other companies. Apple won with iTunes because they had a better-designed end-to-end product set.

Engagement with Remarq™ is proving the importance of product again, with a high percentage of users registering, using its features, and managing their notes and relationships.

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Remarq — Decentralized Scholarly Collaboration

Remarq goes beyond annotations to create an entire system of engagement around journal articles, with levels of engagement that users can use as they see fit:

  • Private engagement with content – highlighting and private annotations
  • Semi-private engagement – article-sharing, following articles, polls, profiles
  • Public engagement – qualified comments, post-publication reviews, and author and editor updates

This approach, which is essentially “decentralized social,” provides a combination of features that David Worlock described succinctly in a recent blog post:

“Remarq . . . enable[s] any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration.”

Publishers and users are familiar with the downsides of centralized social media — algorithms that litter feeds with misinformation or distractions; social networks filled with irrelevant comments from anonymous or unqualified users; and no private layer for personal work. With centralized scholarly collaboration networks, the costs can be even steeper, as some centralized social approaches have depended upon users filling these systems with source content from publishers’ sites.

Remarq “flips the script” by bringing the social features to the publishers’ sites, tailoring them to scholarly communication, and allowing publishers and users to benefit from an approach that doesn’t require unacceptable compromises (e.g., content leakage, user displacement, aggressive social feeds).

By decentralizing the scholarly collaboration network, Remarq is able to both unify experiences across disparate information sources, platforms, and outlets, while creating customized local implementations with a shared digital DNA.

You can find out more about Remarq’s approach to the decentralized scholarly collaboration network at

Remarq — The Power of the Profile

Remarq goes beyond annotations to create an entire system of engagement around journal articles, with levels of engagement that users can use as they see fit:

  • Private engagement with content – highlighting and private annotations
  • Semi-private engagement – article-sharing, following articles, polls, profiles
  • Public engagement – qualified comments, post-publication reviews, and author and editor updates

This combination of features delivers what David Worlock described succinctly in a recent blog post after he saw Remarq demonstrated at the recent UKSG Meeting in Harrogate, UK:

“Remarq . . . enable[s] any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration.”

A major component of exchange and collaboration is the ability for users to find one another and connect. In a survey of academics, Nature News found that major reasons for using professional networks were “In case contacted” and “Discover peers.”

Clearly, “to see and be seen” are important behavioral incentives for researchers, and collaboration networks provide new means to achieve these ends.

Remarq’s profiles upon launch provide basic information and functionality. As adoption grows, user profiles will gain new dimensions, including:

  • Statistics about the articles users have published, including citations and social media mentions
  • Recommendations for articles to read, other users to follow, and authors to follow
  • A “virtual home” for article-level metrics, updates, and personal notes and comments
  • Search capabilities to find colleagues and collaborate

By providing increased prominence and ways to “see and be seen ” — along with a legal article-sharing solution, private notes and annotations, and qualified users and comments — Remarq provides publishers with solutions that go beyond solving immediate challenges by extending into answering the challenges users face in a crowded information environment.

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Remarq Goes Well Beyond Annotation


Remarq goes beyond annotations to create an entire system of engagement around journal articles, with levels of engagement that users can use as they see fit:

  • Private engagement with content – highlighting and private annotations
  • Semi-public engagement – article-sharing, following articles, polls, profiles
  • Public engagement – qualified comments, post-publication reviews, and author and editor updates

This combination of features delivers what David Worlock described succinctly in a recent blog post after he saw Remarq demonstrated at the recent UKSG Meeting in Harrogate, UK:

“Remarq . . . enable[s] any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration.”

By offering a full-featured service, Remarq is built to help publishers compete with ResearchGate and Remarq gathers features readers have found valuable on these platforms – profiles, article-sharing, annotations, comments – and combines these with the strengths publishers offer, including editorial and author involvement, the version of record, post-publication reviews, and article-sharing.

Remarq’s design fits quietly into any web site, requiring no expensive redesigns or unattractive design compromises. Outsell recently noted the strengths of Remarq in a May 10, 2017, Insight:

“Taking on the likes of ResearchGate and means matching (or exceeding) their offerings in terms of simplicity and ease of use – which Remarq does.”

Remarq enables all of these features in ways publishers prefer. For instance, Remarq’s sophisticated commenting feature ensures that commenters are qualified in the fields the journal covers. If the system has not registered expertise via the user’s publication record, educational background, professional position, or professional memberships, comments are held and the user can add more information.

One pain point for publishers is that article-sharing in ResearchGate and removes usage from their sites. Article-sharing via Remarq occurs via the publisher’s site, so usage counts in the standard ways publishers prefer.

We think Remarq represents an important leap forward for online tools available for editors, authors, and readers – the constituents publishers serve. By allowing publishers to quickly become competitive in the scholarly collaboration space, Remarq can solve many strategic conundrums simultaneously, as well.

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UKSG 40 : The Temple of Change

The sunny but sometimes chill air of Harrogate this week was a good metaphor for the scholarly communications marketplace . Once the worshippers at the shrine of the Big Deal , the librarians and information managers who form the majority of the 950 or so attendees now march to a different tune . From the form of the article to the nature of collaboration this was a confident organization talking about the future of the sector . And at no point was this a discussion about more of the same . Three sunny days , but for publishers present there was an occasional chill in the wind .

I started the week with a particular purpose in mind , which was all about the current state of collaboration . I was impressed by the announcement with Highwire ( . There are now some 3000 journals using open source annotation platforms like the not-for-profit to encourage discoverable ( and private ) annotation . Not since Copernicus , when scholars toured monasteries to read and record annotations of observations of the galaxies in copies of his texts , have we had the ability to track scholarly commentary on recent work and work in progress so completely . And no sooner had I begun talking about collaboration as annotation than I met people willing to take the ideas further , into the basis of real community-building activity .

It seems to me that as soon as the journal publsher has imported an annotation interface then he is inviting scholars and researchers into a new relationship with his publishing activity . And for anyone who seeks a defence against the perceived threat of ResearchGate or the answer must lie in building patterns of collaborative annotation into the articles themselves , and becoming the intermediary in the creation of the community dialogue at the level of issues in the scholarly workflow . So it seemed natural that my next conversation was with the ever-inventive Kent Anderson of Redlink , who was able to show me Remarq , in its beta version and due to be formally launched on 1 May . Here discoverable annotations lie in the base of layers of service environments which enable any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration . We have talked for many years about the publishing role moving beyond selecting, editing, issuing and archiving – increasingly , I suspect, the roles of librarians – and moving towards the active support of scholarly communication . And this , as Remaeq makes clear , includes tweets , blogs , posters , theses , books and slide sets as well as articles . Services like and Remarq are real harbingers of the future of publishing when articles appear on preprint servers and in repositories or from funder Open Access outlets , where the subject classification of the research is less important than who put up the research investment .

And , of course , the other change factor here is the evolution of the article ( often ignored- for some reason we seem to like talking about change but are reluctant to grip the simple truth that when one thing changes – in this case the networked connectivity of researchers – then all the forms around it change as well , and that includes the print heritage research article . Already challenged by digital inclusivity – does it have room for the lab video , the data , the analytics software , the adjustable graphs and replayable modelling ? – it now becomes the public and private annotation scratchpad . Can it be read efficiently by a computer and discussed between computers ? We heard reports of good progress on machine readability using Open Science Jupiter Notebooks , but can we do all we want to fork or copy papers and manipulate them while still preserving the trust and integrity in the system derived from being able to identify what the original was and being always able to revert to it . We have to be able to use machine analysis to protect ourselves from the global flood of fresh research – if the huge agenda was light anywhere then it was on how we absorb what is happening in India , China , Brazil and Russia into the scholarly corpus effectively . But how good it was to hear from John Hammersley of Overleaf , now leading the charge in connecting up the disconnected and providing the vital enabling factor to some 600,000 users via F1000 and thus in future the funder-publisher mills of Wellcome and Gates , as well as seeing Martin Roelandse of Springer Nature demonstrating that publishers can potentially join up dots too with their SciGraph application for relating snippets , video, animations sources and data .

Of course , connectivity has to be based on common referencing , so at every moment we were reminded of the huge importance of CrossRef and Orcid Incontrovertible identity is everything , I was left hoping that Orcid can fully integrate with the new CrossRef Events data service , using triples in classical mode to relate references to relationships to mentions . Here again , in tracking 2.7 million events since service inception last month , they are already demonstrating the efficacy of the New Publishing – the business of joining up the dots .

So I wish UKSG a happy 40th birthday – they are obviously in rude health . And I thank Charlotte Rouchie , closing speaker , for reminding me of Robert Estienne , who I have long revered as the first master of metadata . In 1551 he divide the bible into verses – and to better compare Greek with Latin , he numbered them . Always good to recall revolutionaries of the past !

PS. In my last three blogs I have avoided , I hope , use of the word Platform . Since I no longer know what it means , i have decided to ignore it until usage clarifies it again !

Remarq™ from RedLink prepares for initial launch

Remarq™, the article-sharing, commenting, annotation, and collaboration tool from RedLink, is preparing for its initial feature-set launch next month.

Publishers are facing new and substantial challenges from interaction environments that are well-funded yet built largely on publishers’ goodwill and content. Remarq™ has been designed to give publishers all of this functionality and more, while supporting their businesses by making content-sharing count, providing new tools for editorial engagement, and allowing users a single profile across the journals they know and respect.

Features in the initial release, which focuses on user interactions with articles and content, will include:

  • Annotation and private notes: The ability for users to annotate specific words, sentences, paragraphs, figures, or tables with private notes for later.
  • Controlled commenting: The ability for users to comment at an article, paragraph, sentence, figure, or table. Comments will not be anonymous, and only users with documented expertise in areas related to the content will be allowed to comment.
  • Article sharing: Users will be allowed to share articles with others, with sharing activity counting in publishers’ usage statistics.
  • Highlighting: Users can highlight specific elements of an article.
  • Reviews: Journals can enable post-publication reviews that utilize a journal-specific review template to structure the reviews.
  • Cross-format commenting, highlighting, and annotation: Whether working in PDF or HTML, users will be able to view and add comments, highlights, or notes in one format, and they will appear in the other — anchored specifically to the correct text or element.
  • Basic user profiles: The initial release will include basic user profiles focused on account management functions.

Scheduled to launch on select journals participating in the first deployment, development will continue on the next feature set, which will focus on enhancing the user and collaboration experiences in Remarq. Scheduled to be completed in May, these features will include:

  • Full public and private profiles: Profiles for authors, editors, and users will include rosters of publications and related metrics, education, memberships and professional affiliations, and more. Private profiles will also provide users with content feeds, access to notes and comments, and recommendations for articles and connections.
  • Search: The ability to search by keyword, DOI, and people to locate the content or expert you want.
  • Polling: Editors can create new interactions with users by placing polls at the journal or article level, making the content more engaging and current.
  • Author updates: Authors can submit updates to articles, such as news about new related datasets, updates to links in the article, or upcoming presentations of the research.
  • Invited comments: Editors can invite experts to comment on articles as they are published, ensuring a strong start to the post-publication exchanges.
  • Editorial updates: Editors can use Remarq™ to broadcast updates to articles or their journal to users who follow these. As Remarq™ grows, the effect of these updates will, as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about Remarq™, please contact us.

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