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Thomson Reuters Highlights Peer Review Models Designed to Increase Journal Quality While Saving Time

Philadelphia, PA, London UK, February 16, 2011 - The peer review process is without a doubt one of the most vital parts of scholarly publishing.  It can also be the most time consuming.  To publishers that time equals money. 

A new report from ScholarOne, a Thomson Reuters business, examines new practices publishers are using — with the help of electronic management tools — to streamline the review process.

The report, Increasing the Quality and Timeliness of Scholarly Peer Review, takes a close look at how publishers can speed up the review process without sacrificing the quality of their journals.  While the actual workflow model of the peer review process may differ among various journals and publishers, this report is designed to highlight emerging practices and the electronic tools that have helped journals adapt to 21st century scholarly publishing.

“Timeliness and quality are paramount to any journal,” said Keith Collier, Vice President and General Manager of ScholarOne at Thomson Reuters.  “And with today’s tools and technologies these goals are not mutually exclusive.  Strategies that improve the peer review process also improve the quality of published articles, and, ultimately, their value to the scientific community.”

While peer review will likely always remain an integral part of scholarly publishing, workflow processes are dynamic.  The Thomson Reuters report looks at emerging practices in the evolution of peer review, including open models of peer review, integration of author registries such as ResearcherID and ORCID into the review process, and new types of content submissions, including video abstracts.

The report presents strategies for:

  • Shortening submission time and providing authors with a more intuitive submission process.
  • Creating uniform submissions that are quicker to review and ultimately publish.
  • Identifying the appropriate reviewers who are available right now.

For more information, please go to: http://scholarone.com/about/industry_insights/

About ScholarOne®
ScholarOne, a Thomson Reuters Business, provides comprehensive workflow management systems for scholarly journals, books and conferences. Its Web-based applications enable publishers to manage the submission, peer review, production, and publication processes more efficiently, increasing their profile among authors, decreasing time-to-market for critical scientific data, and lowering infrastructure costs. ScholarOne offers workflow solutions for the submission and review of manuscripts, abstracts, proceedings, books, grants & awards and production. ScholarOne supports over 365 societies and publishers, over 3800 books and journals, and 13 million users.

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