Publishing Lab

Collaborate with us to innovate publishing

Enhancing the publishing experience

At Elsevier, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the way we publish in order to enhance the overall experience for researchers.

Having direct input and feedback from the scientific community is essential to ensure we develop tools and services that researchers find important and useful.

Through the Elsevier Publishing Lab, we aim to interact with a wide cross-section of the author, reviewer and editor communities and learn about their impressions of the various ideas and experiments that we are considering. As a member of the Publishing Lab, you will be able to directly influence the development of these experiments and will play a pivotal role in shaping the tools for a new generation of researchers.

Have a great idea yourself?

Got a great idea for a publishing improvement yourself? We'd love to hear it! Please feel free to send your suggestions to publishinglab@elsevier.com

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For authors

Developing innovative ideas ranging from facilitating collaboration and improving papers to getting articles noticed by the right audience.

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For reviewers

Exploring novel reviewing models and tools and recognizing reviewers’ efforts in a tangible way.

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For editors

Helping editors to work more efficiently and manage their workload and enabling them to make quicker and better-informed decisions.

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Publishinglab presubmission checks

Pre-submission checks and services

Getting manuscripts in the right shape


We hear that many authors struggle with manuscript preparation: it’s time-consuming, difficult to predict an editor’s expectations, and journal requirements vary widely. We are currently experimenting with several ways to help authors with their challenges in the pre-submission phase. One of the things we are looking at is an AI-based tool that screens manuscripts on a number of dimensions, such as scope match, completeness, ethical compliance and language quality. The tool will be able to offer authors a set of customized recommendations to increase the chances of success. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the usefulness of this idea!

Innovation in peer review: introducing “volunpeers”

Innovation in peer review: introducing “volunpeers”

Referees can learn the ropes of reviewing on papers perfectly matched to their interests


We know that editors often struggle when it comes to finding reviewers. Through the information captured by the Elsevier reviewer recognition platform, we are enabling enthusiastic reviewers to volunteer their services for journals matching their expertise. These “volunpeers” are notified when a matching paper is submitted and can “reserve” the article to review it. After submitting their review report, the handling editor provides them with concise and personalized feedback about their review, thereby turning it into a learning experience.

Manuscript dashboard

Help editors make well-informed decisions


Using data science to provide editors with relevant information for the decision-making process.

The purpose of this tool, which has been developed in partnership with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, is to assist editors with the initial manuscript evaluation process by providing them with relevant information about a paper so that they can make the best, most well-informed decision.

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