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
A personal letter from Philippe Terheggen
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 theRead more
pandemic, trying to understand the biology of COVID-19, developing tools and treatments, or caring for people affected by the virus. In this situation, our unity – though we cannot express this face-to-face – is what will help move us through the pandemic, and I thank each and every one of you for all you are doing.
Our priority is to do everything we can to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners. At this time, we are not seeing any major impact to our journal services. In these unprecedented times, we consider it more important than ever that we continue to publish relevant and timely research results. Obviously, you as editors and editorial board members play an instrumental role in this process.
We are therefore doing our utmost to support you, and the research community, for example:
- We have created this editor resilience center, a new support hub to you to continue your regular editorial activities. We have created a similar resilience center for our authors.
- In order to ensure access for all our readers, we have an extensive guide including webcasts on how to get remote access to our platforms like ScienceDirect, Scopus and Reaxys. All our ScienceDirect article pages now also include a link to our remote access options.
- Earlier this year, we established the Novel Coronavirus Information Center with the latest research and information, including a link to almost 20,000 textbook chapters and articles from across all our journals including Cell and The Lancet. All are freely available freely to help the global response.
- We have made all our Covid-19 related research and data content available to PubMed Central, and also made it freely available for download from the Information Center in a machine-readable format with rights for full text and data mining, re-use and analyses, for as long as needed.
As the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding rapidly, the needs from authors and reviewers may vary across the globe, making a “one size fits all” approach less suitable. I encourage you to be flexible towards requests from authors and reviewers (for example, with regards to extending deadlines) and discuss any specific requests you may receive with your Publishing contact.
Lastly, I understand that many of you may be experiencing a significant disruption of your regular editorial activities. If you are faced with any challenges, I urge you to reach out to your Publishing contact to discuss what we might be able to do to help. We will do all we can to support you.
I am very grateful for your ongoing support to the journal, even in these times where you may well have concerns for others and for yourself.
My sincere thanks to you,
Managing Director, Elsevier Journals
- The most important consideration is your own health and safety, and that of your family.
- Consult your own country’s medical advice service and do not neglect your mental health!
- For further information about the Covid-19 pandemic, see Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center and associated resources.
- Mindfulness for researchers: an approach for a healthier, more productive career
- 5 things you should know about burnout
- WHO advice about mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak
- Elsevier resources for patients and family
- Covid-19 related articles on ScienceDirect
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!
- 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.