Web of Science launches partner program within ScholarOne

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The Web of Science Group has launched a partner program to connect publishers with trusted third parties within ScholarOne, the workflow-management system for publishers. 

Keith Collier, vice president for product management at Web of Science, said: 'With up-and-coming vendors entering the marketplace all the time, the ScholarOne partner program supports publishers in working with trusted third parties seamlessly. 

'It will connect publishers with more than 15 of our partners, including bioRxiv, UNSILO, Copyright Clearance Center, and Code Ocean to name just a few. It will help publishers to speed up their submission times, build relationships with their authors and reviewers, and streamline their peer review workflow. In addition, partners will get access to extensive API and integration capabilities, and ScholarOne users will have a wider range of options.'  

One of the inaugural partners is UNSILO – the result of a successful pilot conducted over the past year, with 43 editors across seven publishers. The pilot tested five AI capabilities focused on improving the time to screen and peer review papers. 

As a result, ScholarOne has already integrated two new capabilities from UNSILO; Key Sentences, and Key Words, which give editors additional insight into the manuscript, simplifying their decision to send a paper out for peer review. The ability to view the Key Sentences and Key Words extracted from the manuscript is built directly into the ScholarOne platform workflow, providing editors with assistance at exactly the time and place that they need it. 

Collier added: 'The next phase of the partnership will test new automated technical checks. Our initial goal is to reduce the time it takes to make a decision about whether to send the manuscript to peer review, and to reduce the number of manuscripts that go to peer review and end up rejected.'

In addition to providing these services to editors, the UNSILO integration also provides checks directly to authors at the point of submission, allowing them to correct errors or provide missing data before the manuscript reaches an editor.