“Making the research lifecycle more transparent and connected – and putting the researcher in control”

December 13, 2018

I am pleased to share with you the work we have been doing with the research community to optimize the information system supporting research. At Elsevier, we are excited about our role as a supporter of the research community, helping them share extraordinary breakthroughs and tackle the most urgent global challenges. However, the “information system supporting research” – all the tools researchers have at their disposal to execute research tasks – is outdated and fragmented, burdening researchers instead of supporting them.

Today, we have an obligation to broaden our work by putting the researcher at the center of the entire research information system; addressing many challenges, including enabling effective peer review, matching collaborators seamlessly, facilitating the securing of funding and supporting the important task of demonstrating researchers’ beneficial impact on society. All stakeholders have the responsibility to develop the information system supporting research together.

Through extensive conversations and feedback from researchers, managers of research institutions and funders, four core principles have emerged that will be critical to creating an information system that meets their needs; the system must be source-neutral, interoperable, transparent and it must put the researcher in control.

At Elsevier we see ourselves in a supporting role, working jointly with researchers, institutions and funders to develop tools that facilitate researchers’ important work. We invite all stakeholders to co-create the answers for the future and we are ready to play our part in making the research lifecycle more connected, more transparent and more inclusive.

Visit our resource center to watch our video, read the full article and stay up to date on Elsevier’s activity on the information system supporting research.


Yours sincerely,

Dominic Feltham
President of Research, Elsevier