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Publons launches reviewer search and matchmaking tool, Publons Reviewer Connect
- 17 Jul 2018

Publons - the scholarly peer review platform - has launched Publons Reviewer Connect, a reviewer search and matchmaking tool to enable journal editors to confidently and reliably find, screen, and connect with reviewers. The AI-powered technology combines Publons' cross-publisher peer review platform of more than 400k reviewers with Web of Science - the world's largest curated author and citation database to deliver a high number of precise recommendations from more than seven million authors.

Participation in peer review is a cornerstone of science and academic research; it plays a critical role in ensuring the accuracy, quality, and credibility of research papers. Refereeing can be both a heavy responsibility and an honour; members of the scholarly research community willingly take part without remuneration. As such, the entire peer-review system depends on the goodwill and availability of suitable referees.

Using Publons Reviewer Connect journal editors will be able to source expert, motivated reviewers with relevant expertise and experience. It can also provide editors with a view as to whether a candidate is available to review via a unique 'availability tool.' This means reviewers will have more control over when they receive peer review invitations and subsequently editors will have more confidence in reviewers' cross-publisher availability to participate.

The 2018 Publons' Global Reviewer Survey showed that editors often struggle to find the right candidates to participate in peer review - 71% of respondents stated that the most common reason they decline peer review invitations is because they are invited to review papers outside of their area of expertise. This is not surprising, given that Publons' 2016 Editor Survey, demonstrated that finding and recruiting peer reviewers was the most challenging part of the job for 75% of journal editors.

Publons Reviewer Connect will provide precise reviewer suggestions to journal editors to deliver comprehensive, accurate, and suitable information, to approach the right reviewers; dramatically improve productivity, save time and costs. As a result, reviewers will receive invitations to review more of the papers they care about and fewer invitations to review papers ill-suited to their expertise. Publons unique ability to work across publishers and understand reviewer workloads globally, has resulted in a tool that will speed up publisher workflows and reduce inefficiencies, ultimately accelerating the pace of research.

Publons reviewer connect is available as a standalone web interface on Publons.com and via an API immediately. Further integrations to deliver reviewer suggestions into existing workflows will be available later this year.

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The BMJ launches special collection on research for health in the Americas
- 16 Jul 2018

The BMJ is launching a special collection of articles that will explore how research can drive effective and efficient health systems across the Americas. The collection seeks to shape the research agenda and help fulfil the promise of high quality health for all.

High quality research - and the evidence that it yields - is essential for improving global health and health equity, as well as economic development. Research for health refers to a system which seeks to harness science, technology and broader knowledge to produce research-based evidence and tools for improving global health.

It is a top priority for the World Health Organization (WHO) to help strengthen health systems and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2009, member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) therefore approved a regional policy on research for health in the Americas.

It was developed to complement the WHO's Strategy on Research for Health, based on the premise that policies and practices in support of health worldwide should be grounded in the best scientific knowledge.

By December 2017, 16 countries reported a national policy on research for health, and 18 Caribbean community countries endorsed a common policy.

Yet striking differences remain between countries in their ability to deliver, use, and organise research for health, or to monitor their research capacity, argue Dr Kamran Abbasi, Executive Editor at The BMJ, along with Carissa Etienne and Luis Gabriel Cuervo at Pan American Health, in an editorial to launch the collection.

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The CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe launch joint deposition and access services for crystal structure data
- 13 Jul 2018

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (FIZ Karlsruhe) have announced the launch of their joint deposition and access services for crystallographic data across all chemistry. These services will enable researchers to share data through a single deposition portal and explore all chemical structures for free worldwide.

With this joint depot, FIZ Karlsruhe supports the community's need for a reliable infrastructure for research data from crystallography.

Recent advances in chemistry have meant that the distinctions between inorganic and organic structures have become blurred, for instance through research to design new batteries, gas storage systems, zeolites, catalysts, magnets, and fuel additives. This, coupled with the desire from researchers for more integrated databases, has been the driving force behind the development of these joint services.

As a result, researchers and educators worldwide, working across all fields of chemistry, are able to explore over one million crystallographic structures through a joint Access Structures service enabling them to view and retrieve deposited datasets associated with structures in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD).

Crystallographers can deposit organic, inorganic and metal-organic structures through a unified deposition service. This features a streamlined online portal for easy submission and integrates a variety of checks to alert researchers about the validity, integrity and originality of their data. Additional features include the rapid assignment of deposition numbers and the ability for depositors to choose to share their data immediately through an appropriate database. Alternatively, data destined for inclusion in a scientific article is automatically shared at the point of publication through workflows with most major publishers. Anyone looking for structures previously stored in the FIZ Karlsruhe depot can still find them using the published depot number.

All of the existing expert data curation and publishing processes will remain in place, ensuring that users will still have access to the high-quality data and advanced analysis capabilities on which they can depend. The highly curated CSD and ICSD databases and their associated advanced software will continue to develop and to be available independently from the CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe, respectively.

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ASTM International launches ASTM SpecBuilder, a collaboration platform for document development
- 12 Jul 2018

International standards organisation ASTM International has launched the ASTM SpecBuilder platform which empowers organisations to streamline collaboration and document development for internal documents such as specifications, test methods, guidelines, and procedures.

In an effort to refine the platform, the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and others have tested SpecBuilder over the past year.

SpecBuilder provides a single platform to ensure organisations' internal drafts, comments, votes, and supporting documents, are uploaded, acted on, and archived within a single secure tool. Specifically, the tool allows team members to manage changes to documents; revise multiple documents simultaneously; accelerate voting processes; add hyperlinks to standards; streamline communications; and securely store and restart projects; and more.

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Elsevier expands medication dose checking capabilities in its Gold Standard Drug Database
- 11 Jul 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and part of RELX Group, has announced the expansion of medication dose checking capabilities in its Gold Standard Drug Database. Expanded content in Gold Standard Drug Database supports health professionals and healthcare organisations in preventing clinically and financially harmful drug dosing errors.

The dose checking content protects against excessive, inadequate and/or potentially dangerous doses to ensure optimal delivery of the patient's medication. Available within the clinical decision support suite of Gold Standard Drug Database, the dose checking content is now the most robust in the industry.

Gold Standard Drug Database exclusively offers TRUE Daily Updates to deliver advanced drug data and decision support for integration into health systems and applications. In tandem with evidence-based, peer-reviewed content, intelligent screening tools in the Gold Standard Drug Database protect against false negative alerts that can lead to unsafe drug therapy decisions, and false positive alerts that cause dangerous alert fatigue and overrides. These safeguards are designed to help reduce the nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year due to adverse drug events (U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ahrq.gov).

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