Innovation in Publishing

New Elsevier open access journal will publish across all disciplines

The journal will be developed in close collaboration with the research community and will evolve in response to feedback

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Elsevier is working with the research community to develop a new open access journal covering all disciplines. The official launch is scheduled for this year (2015).

Researchers are now being invited to submit their feedback and requirements – simply email or post your comments below.

The new journal – what you need to know

  • Broad scope: Articles will be assessed for sound research rather than their scope or impact with the new journal reflecting Elsevier's goal to provide a home for all sound research.
  • Discoverability: The content will appear on ScienceDirect, which has more global usage than any other scientific publication platform, and on a dedicated website, where we aim to structure the content in a way that will make it extremely easy to discover so authors gain maximum visibility and credit for their work.
  • Simple submission: A new online interface is being built to provide authors with a step-by-step, quick and intuitive submission process.
  • Faster peer review: We will use data and technology behind Scopus to quickly match papers to relevant editors and reviewers, shortening peer review times.
  • Easy to track papers: As part of a transparent publishing process, we will alert authors on the progress of their submitted papers at each stage.
  • Continual improvement: The platform will enable continual experimentation and innovation. Our technology will allow us to implement new features and services based on the feedback we receive.
  • OA options: Authors will have the choice of publishing under Creative Commons licenses.

Philippe TerheggenPhilippe Terheggen, Managing Director of Elsevier Journals, said: "We are in the business of supporting researchers to advance science. The new journal embodies that mission. It leverages Elsevier's full potential for the benefit of researchers, by combining quality content with our technological innovations that enable broad content visibility and access, and by facilitating sharing and collaboration. Moreover, we will use the journal as a platform for experimentation and innovation and we'll take the learnings from this journal to enhance our full portfolio of journals."

Claudia LuppClaudia Lupp, Editor-in-Chief of the journal, added: "We invite the research community to be our collaborators in innovative publishing. Researchers know best what they need in terms of publishing options and requirements, and we have the technology that allows us to implement new features and services based on their feedback."

The journal is currently recruiting Editorial Advisors and Editorial Board Members spanning all disciplines. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at

To find out more about the project, visit Elsevier Connect.


Author biography

Sara Grimme (@sara10088) is the Publishing and Product Director for Elsevier's upcoming open access journal that will publish across all disciplines. Based in London, Sara joined Elsevier in December 2013 as an Executive Publisher in Neuroscience, where she managed a portfolio of journals. Prior to joining Elsevier, Sara worked as Publishing Manager of Nature Publishing Group's open access publication Scientific Reports. Sara attended Monash University in Australia, where she studied business and arts.

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