Editage has launched Ada, an automated document assessment solution designed to assess scientific content in research papers. 

Ada is named after Ada Lovelace, who worked on Babbage’s Analytical Engine and is regarded as the first computer programmer. Ada automatically assesses the quality of a submitted research manuscript vis-à-vis its readability and adherence to certain ethical requirements, saving time and effort required at multiple stages of the publication process, the company says. 

Unlike other automated assessment tools, Editage says, Ada has been designed to assess scientific content and offers high levels of customisation.

Nishchay Shah, vice president for technology at Cactus Communications, explained how Ada works: 'Ada accepts text as input and outputs a quality score that allows publishers to green flag the paper for peer review. 

'We allow publishers to customise their database and rulesets, which means the solution can be customised to a particular journal or subject area. The publisher can even customise the stringency of the assessment for different journals, paper types, or stage of publication cycle.'

Visit for more information.


Danny Kingsley, deputy director at Cambridge University Library, looks back at her early days at Australian National University – and forward to the many challenges facing librarians

Analysis and opinion

While researchers, publishers and funders warm to data sharing, issues over misuse, citation and credit remain, reports Rebecca Pool