Issue 15

Welcome to our fifteenth issue - July 2013


Dear Reader,

I am stepping in for Ursula Culligan as the Editor-in-Chief for this issue of the Reviewers' Update.  This issue, which features 4 articles, aims to keep you informed of some of the new processes being developed to simplify your work as reviewers and authors.

The first article introduces a new tool called 'Journal Finder', aimed at making it easier and quicker for authors to select the correct journal for publication.         

The second article outlines the choices available for authors using open access publishing.  This is a rapidly evolving area so we aim to keep you up to speed with any relevant new developments.

PDF vs. html is the topic of our third article and also the subject of this issue's opinion poll.   This opinion poll is also running in the current issue of Editor's Update so it will be interesting to compare the results.

Another newsworthy item is the recent acquisition of Mendeley by Elsevier.  Research is such a key part of the work carried out by you, our reviewers, and this article highlights the ways in which the technology now available can make the time you spend on research more efficient and effective.

The results of the opinion poll from the last issue concerning open access are listed below.  

Last but by no means least, we have our Reviewer Profile.  In this issue we meet Dr. Manuel Moya, Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Pediatric Department of the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain.

We are always looking for new topics to write about and discuss with our reviewers.  If there is anything that you would like more information on, or you have suggestions for new articles, please let us know.

I hope you enjoy this issue and wish you a pleasant summer.

 Kind regards,

Rachael Engels

Rachael Engels is temporarily working as Customer Communications Manager at Elsevier, based in the Amsterdam office.

Rachael Engels

What's the best paper for my journal?

Elizabeth AshJournalFinder, in beta, was developed by Elsevier in response to feedback from authors.  Read more...

How authors can publish open access

Els BosmaSince 2010, we have been busy scaling our services.  Alongside traditional subscription publishing, authors are now offered a greater choice of open access (OA) options. Read more...

PDF versus HTML

Ijsbrand AalbersbergWhich do researchers prefer?

Mendeley and Elsevier

MendelyLogoWhat does the future hold? Read more

Reviewer Profile

Manuel MoyaIn this issue's Reviewer Profile we meet Dr. Manuel Moya, Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Pediatric Department at the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain.

 Manuel graduated with Extraordinary Award from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Literaria de Valencia.  His thesis was awarded a Sobresaliente Cum Laude.  Following graduation, he worked as a specialist in pediatrics and child health in the Spanish National Health Service and then as a full Professor of pediatrics and Chief of the Pediatric Department at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias in Tenerife.  He has received training in both the United Kingdom and the United States. His fields of interest are pediatric nutrition, obesity and lipid metabolism   As well as his current position at the University of Miguel Hernandez, Manuel is also Vice-President of the European Pediatric Association, a Member of the IPA Foundation Board and a Member of the IPA's Expert Committee on Nutrition. Read more...

Opinion Poll

PDF vs. HTML - how do you prefer to access information online?
Click here to vote

Results from Opinion Poll in Issue 14

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent poll. With major changes being heralded by the Finch Report and other developments, Open Access is a phrase on many lips. We asked you, "Would you be more likely to review an article if you knew it was open access?".

Yes No Not sure
50.4% ( 126 responses) 31.6 % ( 126 responses) 18% (45 responses)

Results as of 6 June 2013

Useful Links

Access our online reviewer information pack

Read our guidelines for reviewers

View our series of 3 reviewer webcasts titled 'How to review a manuscript'

View a recording of our peer review webinar 'A 20:20 Vision on the Future of Peer Review'

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