Publishing Lab

Collaborate with us to innovate publishing

Enhancing the publishing experience

At Elsevier, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the way we publish in order to enhance the overall experience for researchers.

Having direct input and feedback from the scientific community is essential to ensure we develop tools and services that researchers find important and useful.

Through the Elsevier Publishing Lab, we aim to interact with a wide cross-section of the author, reviewer and editor communities and learn about their impressions of the various ideas and experiments that we are considering. As a member of the Publishing Lab, you will be able to directly influence the development of these experiments and will play a pivotal role in shaping the tools for a new generation of researchers.

Have a great idea yourself?

Got a great idea for a publishing improvement yourself? We'd love to hear it! Please feel free to send your suggestions to publishinglab@elsevier.com

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For authors

Developing innovative ideas ranging from facilitating collaboration and improving papers to getting articles noticed by the right audience.

For reviewers

Exploring novel reviewing models and tools and recognizing reviewers’ efforts in a tangible way.

For editors

Helping editors to work more efficiently and manage their workload and enabling them to make quicker and better-informed decisions.

Innovation examples

Publishinglab presubmission checks

Author Transfer Tool

Helping authors find the best home for their submission

We know it is disappointing for authors to have a manuscript rejected. But rejection isn’t the end of the road. Many manuscripts are turned down because their content does not fit well with the aims and scope of the journal to which it was submitted. To support authors in finding the best suited journal for their paper, we are developing the Transfer Tool on top of our Article Transfer Service. After receiving a transfer decision, authors are directed to a page with alternative journal recommendations, offering insightful information on these alternative journals. The Transfer Tool is currently in pilot stage; should the experiment be successful we intend to scale up. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Innovation in peer review: introducing “volunpeers”

Innovation in peer review: introducing “volunpeers”

Learning referees the ropes of reviewing on papers perfectly matched to their interests


We know that editors often struggle when it comes to finding reviewers. Through the information captured by the Elsevier reviewer recognition platform, we are enabling enthusiastic reviewers to volunteer their services for journals matching their expertise. These “volunpeers” are notified when a matching paper is submitted and can “reserve” the article to review it. After submitting their review report, the handling editor provides them with concise and personalized feedback about their review, thereby turning it into a learning experience.

Manuscript dashboard

Helping editors make well-informed decisions


With the Manuscript Dashboard, we are using the power of data science to help editors making faster yet well-informed decisions. The tool provides additional information about the submission, such as information about the authors and co-authors, similar published articles in the journal (and in other journals), and highlights similar articles published by the same author group. All this information is displayed in an easy-to-grasp dashboard, which is available via a single click for all new submissions. Already successfully tested on EVISE, we aim to pilot this tool on Editorial Manager soon - stay tuned!

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