Elsevier Launches Executable Paper Grand Challenge

Contest created to improve the way scientific information is communicated and used

New York, 14 December 2010 – Elsevier, a leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, announced today that it has launched a new competition that invites scientists to improve how data intensive research is represented in a scholarly journal article. The Elsevier Executable Paper Grand Challenge is designed to enhance how scientific information is used and communicated in computer- and computational sciences.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 15, 2011. Winning ideas should have innovative answers to the question, how can data intensive research be made repeatable and workable within the context of a scholarly journal article? A panel of international judges will select a number of finalists from all submissions. Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2011. Demo of the prototype/instantiation/application and a short paper by the finalists are due on May 20, 2011. The finalists will present their prototype on June 3, 2011 at ICCS 2011 in Tsukuba, Japan.

The first place winner will receive $10,000 USD. The second and third place winners will receive $5,000 USD and $2,500 USD respectively. All winners will receive the latest Apple iPad.

"This Grand Challenge will provide innovative ways to present scientific results in the future by changing the publishing paradigm from static and passive papers into a kind of living interactive papers", remarked Peter Sloot, Chair Panel of Judges, Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Computational Science and Future Generation Computer Systems, and Professor of Computational Science at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

"The Executable Paper Grand Challenge presents an exciting opportunity for researchers and Elsevier to continue our collaborative effort to move beyond the traditional electronic rendering of a journal article," says Ann Gabriel, Publishing Director for Computer Science Journals at Elsevier. "The computer science and engineering communities we serve are best positioned to help us find innovative solutions for enhanced scholarly communication that could have a positive impact across multiple areas of research."

Visit www.executablepapers.com for more information.

About Elsevier
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