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Reviewers’ Information Pack Supporting the Peer Review Process 1. ABOUT ELSEVIER 1.1 A Short History of Elsevier Whereas historians have recorded science and medicine’s key moments of progress – from Galileo’s celestial revelations to Fleming’s discovery of penicillin to the recent identification of SARS as a Corona virus – few have taken the time to examine the role that publishers have played in the history of science. Given that 2005 marked the 125th birthday of Elsevier and the 425th anniversary of the publishing house of Elzevir from which the modern company takes its name, the time seems right to redress that imbalance and reflect on the myriad ways in which Elsevier has played a role in the history of science over the last 128 years. In that time Elsevier has evolved from a small Dutch publishing house devoted to the promulgation of classical scholarship to an international multimedia publishing company that currently provides over 20,000 titles and products to science and healthcare communities worldwide. Elsevier’s history is one of a series of collaborations in the effort to advance science and health. The fruits of the collaboration between Elsevier and the eclectic group of scientific visionaries that it has published – ranging from Jules Verne to Stephen W. Hawking – are obvious. Less obvious, but no less important are the cumulative efforts of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to disseminating and using scientific and medical knowledge: the editors, the printers, the librarians, the nurses, the doctors, the engineers, the information specialists, and the business people who coordinate the effort. Last but not least, Elsevier has enjoyed a number of crucial relationships with other great science publishers – North Holland, Excerpta Medica, Pergamon, Mosby, W.B. Saunders, Churchill Livingstone and academic Press, to name but a few of the companies that are now part of the Elsevier family, bringing with them long and rich histories of their own. As the company moves forward into the new millennium, its founding motto seems more apt than ever: Non Solus (not alone). Above: ‘Le Patissier François’, printed in 1655 by Louis and Daniel Elzevir The use of the word ‘Elzevir’ as a noun describing a ‘pocket-book’ sized collector’s edition of the classics became quite commonplace in the educated parlance of the late nineteenth century. 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Reviewers' Information Pack

Reviewers' Information Pack
About Elsevier
1.1 A Short History of Elsevier
About Peer Review
2.1. What is Peer Review?
2.2. Who Are Reviewers?
2.3. Why Reviewers Review?
2.4. Peer Review Process
2.5. Types of Peer Review
Duties of Reviewers
3.1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions
3.2. Promptness
3.3. Confidentiality
3.4. Standards of Objectivity
3.5. Acknowledgement of Sources
3.6. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
3.7. Adherence to Elsevier Publishing Ethics
Peer Review System
4.1. The EES
4.2. Tools to Help
Supporting Our Reviewers
5.1. Customer Front End
Listening to our Reviewers
6.1 Reviewer Feedback Programme
6.2. Reviewers’ Home
A Brief Guide to Reviewing
7.1. Purpose of Peer Review
7.2. On Being Asked To Review
7.3. Conducting The Review
7.4. Communicating Your Report To The Editor

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