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Editors' Update

Editors' Update has evolved from its origins as a quarterly online newsletter on to become a more robust online resource centre with its own dedicated microsite. Everything published on the site is designed to help you learn more about the latest developments in journal publishing, policies and initiatives.

With the use of social media and improved online functionality, Editors' Update aims to allow us to engage in discussions with you about various publishing topics in order to better understand your needs.

The Newsletter

Published three to four times per year, each edition contains articles offering support to editors in their journal role. These may focus on practical matters such as tips and tricks to lighten workloads or improve publication speeds, or wider issues faced by the industry such as retractions and coerced citations. Each edition also includes an Editor in the Spotlight. Once a year, we publish a special edition which puts a hot topic under the microscope. In 2011 the focus was Asia, in 2012 it was Open Access and an Ethics & Plagiarism issue is planned for 2013.

Sign up to receive an email alert when each new issue is published.

Short Communications

Has your journal introduced a new initiative? Is there a topic you feel strongly about? Is there a recent success you would like to share? Our Short Communications bulletin board has been created so you can have your say. The board features posts by editors and Elsevier staff on topics of interest to the editor community. Submissions can be made via our online form and are subject to moderation.

Monthly research selection for journalists: This spotlights interesting, topical research articles for health and science press as part of our effort to promote authors and research findings through the media

Editor Training and Workshops

Editor Webinars

You can access new and archived webinars to help you develop skills and knowledge to support your work as an editor.

  • Ethics and Responsibilities
  • Publishing Ethics: how Elsevier can help
  • Research and Publishing Ethics
  • Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer article altmetrics

Webpart: upcoming webinars
Webpart: archived webinars

Editors' Update Webinars

The team behind Editors' Update regularly organizes live webinar events for Elsevier's editor and author communities. You will receive an e-invite when a new webinar is announced and we will also offer registration opportunities via the Editors' Update website. Each webinar typically lasts 60 minutes and is presented by a panel of experts in their fields. Topics covered include those we know are dear to editors' hearts such as A Discussion on How to Improve Journal Performance and A 20:20 Vision on the Future of Peer Review.

Our webinar archive is available to download free of charge.

Editors' Update Webcasts

These bite-sized training webcasts cover a range of topics useful to you in your work, for example, Ethics and Plagiarism in Publishing, Finding and Retaining Reviewers and our latest webcast – Marketing your journal.

View them free of charge in our webcast library.

Journal Editors' Conferences

Aimed at our key receiving editors these events are held twice a year in key locations worldwide. They offer a unique forum for meeting other Elsevier editors from other sciences and other countries, sharing ideas and learning about new developments in publishing.

For upcoming Journal Editors' Conferences: please contact your publisher for more information.

Scopus analysis training

Watch the tutorial for using the Journal Analyzer
Learn how SNIP and SJR are calculated
Download the Journal Metrics Factsheet

Tools and Websites

Policies: You can access all of Elsevier’s policies online.

Editor research tools: you can benefit from a seamless integration between Scopus, ScienceDirect and EES, with free access to Scopus and ScienceDirect.

  • Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is an online system to help authors, editors and reviewers throughout the submission, peer review and editorial process.
  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
  • ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from nearly 2,500 journals and 26,000 books.

Publications for editors

Editor Welcome Pack

This useful guide has been created with newly appointed editors in mind and was developed together with experienced editors and staff. It provides key information about Elsevier, as well as more specific details on the role of an editor and the tools available to support you. Please contact your publisher if you are interested in receiving a copy.

Guest Editor Guide

Step-by-step guidance for guest editors on how to put together a Special Issue, from proposal to publication and promotion.

Social media guides

Editors' guide to Facebook
Editors' guide to Twitter
Editors' guide to Mendeley
Editors' guide to Google+
Editors' guide to LinkedIn

Need help?

You can always get in touch with your Elsevier support team.

Technical issues: Contact your journal manager or the helpdesk for technical issues relating to the Elsevier Editorial System (EES):

  • Email
  • The Americas: +1 888 834 7287 (toll free for US & Canadian customers)
  • Asia + Pacific: + 81 3 5561 5032
  • Europe & all other areas: +44 1865 84 3577

Access for editors: For any questions related to the EES/Scopus integration, please visit our support and self help site, or contact:

  • For the Americas: +1 888 834 7287 (toll-free for US & Canadian callers)
  • For Asia & Pacific: +81 3 5561 5032
  • For Europe & Rest of the World: +353 61 709190
  • Fax: +353 61 709 228