Issue 1

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Welcome to the first issue of Elsevier Reviewers' Update. Our objective is to provide the reviewer community with relevant information on developments in peer review, the Elsevier submission & peer review system and other ways we support reviewers in their important task to safeguard the scientific quality of journals. Please join me in congratulating Dr Jonathan Webb of the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Sydney as the winner of the first Prize draw. An iPod Nano is on its way to Australia!


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The role of reviewers in improving journal quality
Although scientific journals vary greatly in scope and subject matter, and even in their processes, there is one goal all journal editors share: to maintain and improve the quality of their journals. Reviewers’ Update spoke to two prominent journal editors about the crucial role reviewers play in improving journal quality.

New web application to enhance research collaboration
2collab is an online collaboration tool for researchers. It enables you to share, connect and discuss relevant research with your peers.

Attaining gender balance among managers, editors and reviewers
Research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that women make up less than 20% of senior academic staff in the majority of EU countries – a surprising statistic when numbers of male and female university students are roughly equal. Verity Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews, talks to Editors’ Update about the possible reasons for this mismatch.

FAQ for reviewers
Answers to the most common questions we receive from our reviewer community.