Reviewing Article Enrichment Material

As a reviewer, you want to help authors in presenting their research in the best possible way. These days, authors are no longer limited to the traditional text, figures and tables. By including article enrichments, they can include interactive visualizations and add context and references.

Graphs can be turned into Interactive Plots, enabling the author to show a plot that provides access to the underlying data. Maps can be turned into Interactive Maps, enabling readers to explore geospatial data on a GoogleMap - and there are many more options beyond these two examples.

Authors may include enrichments on their own initiative, on the reviewer’s or editor’s suggestion, or simply because the editorial policies of the journal require it. Generally, authors highly appreciate the value it adds to their article, and plan to include enrichments in their next article after having done so once.

Read on to find out:

  • How you can find out what article enrichments a journal offers
  • How you can support authors in enhancing their article
  • How to deal with article enrichments in the article sent to you for review
  • How to check how submitted files will look in ScienceDirect

What article enrichment options does this journal offer? Learn More

When you receive a manuscript for review, the e-mail containing the manuscript, or the PDF attached to it, will mention which material for interactive visualizations or enrichment types is included, if there is any.

If you would like to see if the author missed any opportunities, allows you to search which are available for each journal. The journal homepages will also display this information. The overview page will give brief descriptions of each of the options. Note several of them will work without the author having to submit anything extra.

In addition to including material, authors may also include links to data repositories within their manuscript. The database linking page shows a list of databases and indicates which codes authors should use for linking to data in each of them. If the manuscript contains codes you do not recognize, you may find them here. You could also use this page to confirm if the codes the authors are using are correct.

How can I support authors in enhancing their article? Learn More

Article enrichments are developed to support the author in getting his message across in the best possible way. Sometimes the author is unaware of the opportunities, and highly appreciates the reviewer pointing this out.

Just a few examples: Graphs and plots in the article can be turned into Interactive Plots, showing the plot as well as the underlying data. Maps can be turned into Interactive Maps - which can be made more attractive if the author uses lines, shaded areas, overlays, pins, mouse hover annotations, etc. to emphasize the key points. And 3D models and Virtual Microscope images can allow readers to access and understand your research far better than if you had used plain images.

Most authors highly appreciate linking to data repositories outside ScienceDirect – and you as reviewer may support authors in seizing the available opportunities by flagging any misses e.g. in the way gene names are written.

How do I find material for enrichments in the article sent to me for review? Learn More

As the options to enrich articles go beyond the plain text, figures and tables, materials for applications often need to be accessed for review in a special way.

In some cases the reviewer letter will mention the article enrichment, and how to review it. In EES, you will find links to the files for enrichments in the supplementary materials section, at the end of the PDF containing the manuscript. If the journal you are reviewing for makes use of EVISE, the file will be listed on the last page of the manuscript. You can download the file once you are logged into EVISE.

How can I check how submitted files will look online? Learn More

It is not always easy to review the files at first sight, and for this reason, Elsevier offers a number of validation tools. Authors make use of them to check how their files will look online and reviewers can use them for the same purpose.

Tools are available for:

We try to make use of file types that are commonly used in research. Still it may happen that occasionally, you cannot open a certain file. In this case, please mention this in your report to the Editor.
This table shows which file types are used by which applications.

ApplicationFile TypePart of .ZIP?
3D OBJ/PLY & U3D Viewer.U3D, .PLY, .OBJ, .STL, .VTK, .STL, .JPG, .TIF, .BMP, .MTLYes
3D Viewer for Molecular Models and Crystallographic Data.PDB, .PSE, .MOL, .MOL2, .CIFPossibly
3D Neuroimaging Viewer.HDR, .IMG, .NIIYes
Phylogenetic Trees.NEX, .NWK, .NEWNo (.NWK, .NEW); Yes (.NEX)
Cytoscape Interactive Networks Viewer.JSON, .CYJSYes
Reaxys Chemical Compound Viewer.MOLNo
Interactive Map Viewer.KML, .KMZNo
MATLAB Figure Viewer.FIGNo
Interactive Plot Viewer.CSVNo
Interactive Questions .PDFNo
Data Profile.XMLNo