Surgical Specialties Innovation Challenge

November 15, 2015.
Update: The winner of the $5000 cash prize is: ‘Markup Carry-over’, submitted by Dr. Jesse Skoch MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Congratulations!!

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In the recently completed Surgical Specialties Innovation Challenge, Elsevier invited members of the surgical community to help shape the future of online surgery publishing. With over 130 submissions, the interest in the challenge exceeded all expectations.

A three member committee reviewed the submissions and selected ‘Markup Carry-over’, submitted by Dr. Jesse Skoch MD of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, as the winner of the $5,000 (USD) prize.

In his submission, Dr. Skoch proposes to enable users to make notes (highlight, comment, etc.) in online articles that can be carried over to PDF versions of the articles.  

“With so many outstanding proposals featuring innovative ideas aimed at improving scientific publishing, it was extremely challenging to select an overall winner. The winning proposal, Markup Carry-Over, addresses a very important limitation of the HTML versions of articles: the inability to mark the article with highlighting, underlining, and comments, and then save the marked-up version for future reference. I am certain that the proposed innovation would lead to wider adoption of online HTML articles among surgeons and others in the scientific community”  saidDr. Scott LeMaire, Professor of Surgery and of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics,  Vice Chair for Research in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Director of Research in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, past-president of the Association for Academic Surgery and current co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Research.

Andrew Berin (Elsevier’s Publishing Director in the Health & Medical Sciences) said “We are very pleased with the quality and number of submissions. The surgical community really stepped up to share with us their ideas on innovating around the published research paper.

The number and quality of the submissions demonstrates the keen interest that readers and authors have in continuous innovation in online Medical publishing. 

Congratulations to Dr. Skoch; and to all participants, a big thank you!

Help Create the Future of Online Publications in Surgical Science

Are you frustrated that the full richness of your results is not supported in the online published article? Do you have a great idea that could change the way surgical research is presented and shared? Do you feel there are better ways for practitioners, students and residents to access information and learn?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this challenge is for you!

The Surgical Specialties Innovation Challenge (the Challenge)

The Challenge is a competition inviting original ideas for innovative and enhanced surgical publishing. We are looking for innovative ideas that will benefit the surgical specialties. Ideas can involve any combination of improvements to findability, presentation, integration, or introduction of new content types. The only limit is your creative spirit!

We welcome submissions from researchers, clinicians, trainees, and anyone else interested in enhancing the publication of surgical research. Submissions will be accepted through midnight, October 31, 2015 EST. A committee of judges from the community and Elsevier will review all ideas and select the overall winner. The winner, who will be announced online in November, will receive a cash prize of $5,000.00(USD).

Elsevier’s Content Innovations

For examples of concrete existing innovations, see the Elsevier Content Innovation page. Here you will find information on more than 30 innovations, including AudioSlides, the Virtual Microscope , the 3D Radiology (DICOM) viewer, and Interactive Case Insights. These are all available today on ScienceDirect and other Elsevier platforms.

These innovations build upon the Elsevier Article of the Future (AoF) project, which has been focusing on improving the online article presentation and supporting new types of digital content as well as contextual information. Today, more than 10 percent of articles published in an Elsevier journal include content innovation.

An example of publishing innovations introduced by Elsevier are in-article viewers

Submit Your Innovation Idea Now!

Submissions Open: August 31, 2015
Submissions Deadline: Midnight EST, October 31, 2015
Winner Announced: November 2015

The Surgical Specialties Innovation Challenge is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! We welcome submissions from researchers, clinicians, trainees, and anyone else interested in enhancing the publication of surgical research.

To submit your innovation idea, complete the Challenge Entry Form. Along with submitting your entry form, you may email supporting documentation to r.kwakkelaar@elsevier.com. Be sure to write the Challenge and include your name in the subject line. All entry forms must be submitted before midnight, October 31, 2015 EST. Submissions and supporting documentation must be in English. Review the Challenge Official Rules prior to submitting your entry form.

Questions? Contact thechallenge@elsevier.com.

Committee of Judges

Scott LeMaire 

Dr. Scott LeMaire
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Scott LeMaire is a Professor of Surgery and of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, the Vice Chair for Research in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, and the Director of Research in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a past-president of the Association for Academic Surgery and is the current co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Research. These roles have afforded him extensive experience in many aspects of scientific publishing, including as an author, as an invited reviewer, and in editorial leadership positions.

Andrew Berin 

Andrew Berin
Elsevier

As Elsevier’s Publishing Director in the Health & Medical Sciences, Andrew Berin oversees a team of global publishers across a range of medical specialties, with a special concentration in surgery. As a market leader in surgery journal publishing, Elsevier supports the mission of our society partners, editors, authors, readers, and reviewers. We take seriously our responsibility to listen and collaborate.

Rolf Kwakkelaar 

Rolf Kwakkelaar
Elsevier

In his role as Senior Content Innovation Manager Health & Medical Sciences, Rolf Kwakkelaar works closely with publishers, editors, and societies on new innovations. Rolf has initiated and delivered a number of successful and well-received features such as Interactive Case Insights and the Virtual Microscope (which won the 2015 PROSE award for best App/eProduct).