Innovation in Publishing

New open access journal will publish across all disciplines

Researchers — find out how you can get involved in further developing this journal

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Broad-scope open access journals that publish sound science have added an important dimension to the publishing landscape. Now, Elsevier is preparing to build upon what has come before and take it to the next level with the help of the research community.

Here, Sara Grimme, Publishing & Product Director for this upcoming journal, gives a preview.

Update: Journal name, blog and APC

The Heliyon blog

We are excited to announce the name of this new journal: Heliyon! Over the past few weeks, we have received many questions about what the article publishing charge (APC) will be. The APC has now been finalized: authors who publish their research in Heliyon will pay an APC of $1,250 (plus VAT/local taxes). To learn more about Heliyon's name and development, please visit The Heliyon Blog

– Sara Grimme, Publishing & Product Director, Heliyon


"A home for all sound research"

When it comes to publishing, there is no one-size-fits-all approach or format. In years gone by, getting published was largely limited to presenting research in a specialized field. But with the vast increase in research output – and more and more researchers collaborating across borders and disciplines – things are changing rapidly. While there is still a vital role for the traditional field-specific journal, researchers want more choices of where and how to publish their research. Journals that feature sound research across all disciplines significantly broaden those much-coveted publishing options.

The Editor-in-Chief

Claudia Lupp, PhDDr. Claudia Lupp brings many years of editorial experience to the journal. Before beginning her publishing career in 2005, she completed an engineering degree in biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim, Germany, and a PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, followed by postdoctoral research in microbiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She began her editorial career as an editor at the scientific journal Nature in London and most recently managed the biology team at Nature Communications.

Claudia joined Elsevier in October and is based in London.

To expand and refine that concept even further, Elsevier is preparing to collaborate with the research community to develop an open access journal covering all disciplines on a platform that will enable continual experimentation and innovation. Plans include improving the end-to-end publishing process and integrating our smart technologies to improve search and discovery.

The new journal will offer researchers a streamlined, simple and intuitive publishing platform that connects their research to the relevant communities. Articles will be assessed for sound research rather than their scope or impact.

The journal reflects Elsevier's goal to provide a home for all sound research.

A simple and intuitive publication process

We are building an online interface that provides authors with a step-by-step, quick and intuitive submission process. As part of a transparent publishing process, we will alert authors on the progress of their submitted papers at each stage.

To streamline the editorial process, we plan to use assets and technology developed by Elsevier. For example, by using data from Scopus and the technology behind it, we can quickly match papers to relevant editors and reviewers, significantly shortening peer review times.

Getting the research into the right hands

Once papers have been reviewed, edited and published, the goal is to bring this vast amount of information to readers and help them make sense of it for their own research. Every reputable journal aims to publish papers that are accurate and disseminate them to the right reader to support the advancement of science. But how do you do that effectively when there are more researchers and research papers than ever before?

Key Points

  • Elsevier is creating an online open access journal covering all disciplines.
  • The journal will be developed in close collaboration with the research community and will evolve in response to feedback.
  • 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.
  • We will use data and technology behind Scopus to quickly match papers to relevant editors and reviewers, shortening peer review times.
  • We aim to provide a superior user experience through a streamlined, simple and intuitive article submission and publication process.
  • As part of a transparent publication process, we will actively alert authors to the progress of their submitted papers at every stage.
  • To enable greater visibility for research, the platform will use smart technologies developed by Elsevier and Mendeley, enabling us to make papers easily discoverable and to connect them to the relevant research communities and readers.
  • Authors will have the choice of publishing under Creative Commons licenses CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND.

Elsevier has spent nearly two decades developing smart content, search-and-discovery tools, and a wide range of platforms that are used by researchers worldwide. For example, we use semantic indexing to make search results more relevant and enable more efficient browsing for research on specific subjects. By adding citation and usage data to the indexing, we can enable readers to identify the articles most important to their research.

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.

Collaboration with the research community

Developing this journal together with the research community will enable us to continuously improve and evolve it in line with their needs and feedback. The feedback process will be as transparent as possible, and researchers will be able to provide continuous feedback through a variety of channels.

The journal will be launched this year. We are announcing our plans early to ensure the involvement of the research community. We invite members of the research community to be our collaborators in innovative publishing, and our technology will allow us to implement new features and services based on the feedback we receive.

Most of the journal technologists and developers will work at Elsevier's new center in London's Tech City, where Mendeley and the ScienceDirect front-end teams will soon be located. This will allow us to share best practices, iterate quickly, and build a better product for the community. 

"A platform for innovation"

Elsevier's new journal will also be a platform for innovation, aiming to provide best-in-class service from submission to peer review to content dissemination. We will take the learnings from this journal to inform and benefit our full portfolio, creating a fresh and modern publishing approach for the next decade.

Stay tuned for more information on Elsevier's journal in the months leading up to our official launch.

To get involved

Members of the global research community who have constructive ideas to further develop this journal are welcome to submit their feedback in comments below or to


Elsevier Connect Contributor

Sara GrimmeSara 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. She attended Monash University in Australia, where she studied business and arts.

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