Publishing Campus - working together to train authors and reviewers

As we look back at the platform's first six months, we ask for your input into future development plans

Publishing CampusWhen our free online training platform, the Elsevier Publishing Campus, launched in April this year we had two clear goals:

  • Support authors and reviewers by providing them with access to vital training – wherever they are in the world.
  • Support our editors by helping to improve the quality of submissions and reviews to their journals.

Now, six months later, the Publishing Campus has garnered more than 1 million page views from countries as diverse as the US, UK, Brazil and Iran to Russia, Spain, India and China. And it is clear we have hit a nerve with one researcher commenting:  “God bless you for providing equal and excellent chances of learning for students all over the world.”

So, with phase one of development under our belts, our thoughts are now turning to how we can improve the information on offer and that’s where we need your help….

What is the Publishing Campus?

The Publishing Campus is an online platform providing researchers with free training designed to improve their article writing and reviewing skills. It is an extension of the face to face workshops our publishers and editors have carried out at institutes worldwide for many years.

Certificate sample when a researcher completes a moduleYou can help support your authors and reviewers by pointing them towards relevant training modules and information on the Elsevier Publishing Campus.

Researchers are awarded a certificate for each online course or lecture completed.

Next steps - providing discipline-specific training

Many of the current Publishing Campus training materials are useful to researchers, whatever their specialty. However, if we dive one level deeper, there could be areas within your field that are creating specific roadblocks for both you and the author. For example, when it comes to Chemistry, are your authors using the correct nomenclature? It is not uncommon that a paper is denied consideration or even rejected after technical review if there is substantial use of nonstandard symbols for molecules or compounds.

We were recently delighted to add to the Campus ‘Some Hints on Mathematical Style’ provided by Professor David (D.M.) Goss, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Number Theory, to help guide the writing of mathematics papers. Do you have similar advice or tips for your discipline? If you would like to recommend or contribute to trainings for your field, we would really love to hear from you at Our team will offer full support in the preparations.

Author biography

Linda WillemsIn her usual role of Senior Researcher Communications Manager, Linda Willems is Editor-in-Chief of Editors’ Update, Authors’ Update and Reviewers’ Update and leads a number of projects designed to support our editors. She is currently on secondment as Head of Researcher Relations with responsibility for the Publishing Campus and related early career researcher-focused projects.

Archived comments

Dr. Santosh Chaudhary says: November 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm
Thanks for continued efforts. It is much needed help for mathematicians especially who are weak on languages

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