Elsevier Pilots PeerChoice in Chemical Physics Letters

June 21, 2010

AMSTERDAM, June 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Reviewers Choose Articles in Innovative Peer Review Pilot

Elsevier announced the launch of PeerChoice, a new pilot peer review
program for Chemical Physics Letters where reviewers now have the freedom to
choose which articles they would like to review. By choosing articles
matching their expertise and interest, efficiency and effectiveness of the
peer review process will be increased. The PeerChoice pilot will initially
run for three months, starting in June.

PeerChoice reverses the traditional model in which the Editor selects
articles for a reviewer to review. Using high-end software, the reviewer will
be able to select the article that matches his academic competency and
current interest, while committing to a timely review. This will
significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the review
process. Current checks and balances in the peer review process remain in
place to ensure the usual high quality of the process.

“We aim to support the research community in the fundamentally important
task of peer review in scientific publication,” remarked Martin Tanke,
Managing Director of Elsevier’s Science and Technology Journals. “That’s why
we’re continuously looking for new, innovative ways to enhance the peer
review process. By developing new technologies, but also by listening to the
needs of our reviewers and authors – the 2009 Peer Review Survey, which we
conducted with our partner Sense About Science, showed that a significant
number of reviewers were sometimes hesitant to review an article because of a
lack of expertise in that particular field. In addition, researchers made
clear they want to improve peer review by improving article relevancy and
speeding up turnaround time. PeerChoice can contribute to solving both

Professor David Clary, Editor of Chemical Physics Letters, said, “The
community of authors, reviewers and editors for Chemical Physics Letters is a
dynamic and engaged one, and as such, the perfect environment to experiment
with a new empowerment model in which reviewers can choose to review online
the articles most interesting and relevant for them.”

About Chemical Physics Letters

Chemical Physics Letters (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/
journaldescription.cws_home/505707/description#description) is an
international rapid communications journal publishing the results of frontier
research in chemical physics and physical chemistry, molecular sciences,
materials science and biological systems. The Journal celebrated its 40th
year of publication in 2007. The Editors of the Journal are currently
Professors David Clary (University of Oxford, UK), Mitchio Okumura
(California Institute of Technology, USA), Richard Saykally (University of
California, Berkeley
, USA) and Villy Sundstrom (Lund University, Sweden). The
Editors are supported by an Advisory Editorial Board of about 100 leading
scientists. For more information: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cplett

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About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. The company works in partnership
with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000
journals, including The Lancet (http://www.thelancet.com) and Cell
(http://www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include
ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (http://www.scopus.com),
Reaxys (http://www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com) and
Nursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance the
productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite
(http://www.scival.com) and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review (http://www.medai.com),
which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
(http://www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part
of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading
publisher and information provider. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
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