Editor resilience center

In times of local or global stress, carrying on researching and publishing is difficult. Your main priority is and must remain your own health & safety and that of your families, of course. In order to assist you with continuing your editing activities as far as possible, we offer here a selection of resources that you might find helpful. Some of these are doubtless tools with which you will be already familiar but we trust this center will add some measure of support in difficult times. With very best wishes for your health and personal endeavours.
-The Elsevier Editor Experience Team

Philippe TerheggenA personal letter from Philippe Terheggen

Dear Editors,
The current COVID-19 pandemic affects us all and I very much hope that you, your families and colleagues are safe and well.
Before anything else, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation for the efforts of all of you who are on the front lines, fighting the
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Stay safe


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Stay connected

  • Depending on your situation, you may not be able to access your library, lab or other physical resources.
  • Harness the power of social media to stay in touch with editorial colleagues as well as family and friends.
  • Make sure you are familiar with how to access materials remotely. Here is advice on accessing ScienceDirect.
  • If you need any assistance in accessing either ScienceDirect or Scopus, please reach out to your Publisher.
  • If you are able to, use communications tools such as WebEx, WhatsApp, Skype, WeChat, Google Hangouts, or Zoom.
  • We encourage authors of manuscripts covering research related to Covid-19 which have passed desk review and appear to be of sufficient quality to enter external peer review to submit the manuscript to SSRN, our pre-print server. SSRN has opened a dedicated COVID-19 portal for this purpose.
  • We'd be grateful if you could alert us to any (near)-accepted manuscript that includes research related to Covid-19 which you deem appropriate and relevant to be added to the Information Center by emailing the manuscript's details to chennaimcateam@elsevier.com.

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Stay organized

  • Having to stay away from the office or lab will cause you to rethink your approach to work.
  • Consider using tools to help plan and organize your tasks and team such as Trello, Google Tasks, Asana or Slack.
  • Where possible, we would ask you to be flexible towards any requests for extending author and reviewer deadlines. Our support staff and Journal Managers have been advised to grant any Covid-19 related requests unless you indicate differently, so please contact your publishing contact if you would like to discuss this.
  • In these highly unusual times, most organizations are looking at contingency plans and our journals are no exception. It may be wise to begin considering this for your title in case of any unforeseen scenarios, for example if you become ill or are unable to continue your duties – please reach out to your publishing contact to discuss any ideas.
  • Try to maintain in regular contact with your publishing contact and feel free to raise any difficulties you may come across. We're here to support you so don't be shy about coming forward if you need to!

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Stay focused

  • Most journals and other publication outlets are still operating semi-normally, but we fully appreciate that the editorial process may take longer than normal.
  • As well as the author-facing resources on Author Hub, Researcher Academy and Authors’ Update, we have also launched an author resilience center for help and advice during this difficult time.
  • We are actively advising authors to be wary of "quick fixes" in the form of predatory journals.

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Help & support

In need of assistance? Visit our support center where you'll find answers to many questions as well as being able to email, chat, phone and set up callback with our dedicated support agents.

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