Reviewers' Update

Issue 21 - November 2014

Logo and sign-upWelcome to Issue 21 of Reviewers' Update - our last edition of 2014. It will also be our last in this format as the next few weeks will see us launching a new-look site with news items published as they become available. There will also be more opportunities for you to share your views, e.g. comment on articles and vote in polls.

But back to Issue 21... Articles include a first person-piece by experienced Editor-in-Chief Verity Brown who explains why your contribution as a reviewer is so important. And in our regular Reviewer Profile feature, Professor Luisa F Cabeza looks back at the lessons she has learnt over the past 10 years.

At Elsevier, we welcome innovation and in our last two articles, journal editors reflect on the publishing pilots their journals have trialled. These include a series of Cell Press collaborative peer-review experiments with Mendeley, and Cortex's interesting Registered Reports initiative, which has since been adopted by other journals.

As always, if you have a story you would like to share or feedback on Reviewers' Update we would love to hear from you. You can email us at

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From early career researcher to Editor-in-Chief in 5 steps

Professor Verity J BrownHow your contributions as an author and reviewer are important milestones on your path to success.

Reviewer Profile – Professor Luisa F Cabeza

Luisa CabezaProfessor Luisa F Cabeza shares the experience she has gained during a decade of reviewing research papers.

Experimenting with collaborative peer review

Mendeley LogoWe look at the experiences of three Cell Press journals who carried out trials on Mendeley.

Registered Reports: A step change in scientific publishing

Chris ChambersProfessor Chris Chambers, Registered Reports Editor of the Elsevier journal Cortex and one of the concept's founders, on how the initiative combats publication bias.