Issue 11

Welcome to our eleventh issue - July 2012

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 As I step into Andrea’s shoes with my first issue as Editor-in-Chief I hope to be able to follow in her footsteps and further establish Reviewers’ Update as the newsletter where reviewers can seek guidance and support during peer review. A place where you can be confident that we are interested in hearing your feedback and listen to your concerns, and where I can invite my colleagues here at Elsevier to share their news around projects, events, research and innovations of interest to you, as reviewers.

In our first article “Refereeing Behavior and the Determinants of Altruism” the Editors of the Journal of Public Economics talk about an innovative experiment they have conducted yielding new insights into refereeing behaviour. “Early Career Researchers Share their Thoughts on the Future” takes a closer look at the younger generation of academics; our authors, reviewers and editors of tomorrow and they openly discuss a range of topics, from how they like to be communicated with to their concerns over access to funding. In “Planned 2012 Innovations Promise an Easier-to-Use EES” Edward O’Breen talks about planned 2012 innovations to EES (Elsevier Editorial System) and the roll out of Evise, the next generation online submission and peer-review system Elsevier is in the process of developing. And lastly, we meet Iouli Gordon, a Physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who shares some of his reviewer experience with us.

I would like to sincerely thank those of you who support this newsletter by sending in your feedback and comments and encourage you to contact me with ideas about what you would like to see included in future issues.

I hope you enjoy this issue.

Kind regards

Ursula Culligan
Editor-in-Chief

Refereeing Behavior and the Determinants of Altruism

In 2010 the Editors of the Journal of Public Economics conducted an innovative experiment, with approximately 1,000 referees, into how we can motivate pro-social behavior. This study was presented at the National Tax Association Annual Conference in November 2011 and was part of a session on journals and academic publishing at the Summer Institute of the National Bureau of Economic Research in July 2012. More...

Early Career Researchers Share their Thoughts on the Future

Few industries or organizations have escaped the global economic downturn unscathed and among those feeling the strain are national governments.The resulting decrease in funding for research by those governments has proved to be a hot topic for early career researchers aged 36 and under (ECRs) during Elsevier’s Researcher Insight Index, a biannual survey with published researchers. More...

Planned 2012 Innovations Promise an Easier to Use EES

As many of you know, Elsevier is currently building Evise, our next generation online submission and peer-review system. The rollout of Evise is planned to begin in the second half of 2013 and to prepare for a smooth transition, 2012 will see the introduction of new features to our current system, EES. More...

Reviewer Profile

In this issue's Reviewer Profile, we speak with Iouli Gordon, a Physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Atomic and Molecular Physics Division) located in Cambridge, MA, USA. Here he shares some of his reviewer experiences with us. More...