Experimenting with the peer-review process via Mendeley

Author: Dr. Joris van Rossum

issue19-home-img5Elsevier is currently exploring the ways in which Mendeley can be used to improve the peer-review process.

Mendeley, a London-based company that operates a global research management and collaboration platform, was acquired by Elsevier in April 2013. Researchers worldwide use Mendeley's desktop and cloud-based tools to manage and annotate documents, create citations and bibliographies, collaborate on research projects and network with fellow academics.

These advanced collaborative features could benefit the peer-review process. Manuscripts can be annotated online, and these annotations can be shared in private groups. Moreover, editors and reviewers can discuss manuscripts in discussion forums. We are curious to see whether peer review within this environment will streamline the peer-review process, increase its efficiency and, in the end, lead to a better manuscript review. As part of this experiment, papers will be brought within the Mendeley environment - naturally only with the consent of the reviewers and editors. This pilot began with a few titles earlier this year. If it proves successful we will look to make it more widely available.

Please see the autumn edition for information on the pilot results.

Author biography

Dr. Joris van RossumDr. Joris van Rossum
DIRECTOR PUBLISHING INNOVATION

For the past 12 years, Dr. van Rossum has been involved with the launch and further development of many products and initiatives within Elsevier. He worked as a Product Manager on Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, from its inception, and he worked on Elsevier's search engine for scientific information as Head of Scirus. Later, he developed the Elsevier WebShop, which offers support and services for authors at many stages of the publication workflow. As Director Publishing Innovation, Dr. van Rossum is focused on testing and introducing important innovations with a focus on peer review. He holds a master's of science in biology from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in philosophy from VU University Amsterdam.