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Press Release: Elsevier [July 14, 2022]

Elsevier launches global collaboration to understand the impact of the pandemic on confidence in scientific research

New York, NY -- July 13, 2022. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, has today announced the launch of a global collaboration that will include new, independent research led by Economist Impact. The initiative aims to assess the drivers of confidence in research, examine how researchers have experienced the increased public attention on science during the pandemic, and the implications this has had on the academic research community. It is also looking at changes in the ways in which researchers communicate their findings.

A main focus of the initiative will be a landmark global survey conducted by Economist Impact, experts in helping to identify critical and actionable insights of 3,000 researchers across Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

The insights will be published in a free report in Autumn 2022, and be used to create a set of actionable commitments and recommendations that will support researchers in their efforts to advance knowledge that benefits society.

The initiative sees Elsevier partner with Sense about Science, which has pioneered wider engagement on the reliability of research internationally, to bring together world-renowned experts to advise and inform the collaboration via a Global Advisory Board tasked with shaping the primary research, and a Global Expert Panel that will drive the co-creation of actionable insights and recommendations to benefit the research community.

Elsevier is also working in partnership with leading science and research organisations in six regions:

  • Chinese Association for Science of Science and Science & Technology Policy (China)
  • Körber Stiftung (Germany)
  • Japanese Association for the Advancement of Science (Japan)
  • Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen - Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities(Netherlands)
  • Sense about Science (UK & global)
  • Research!America (US)

These organisations will bring unique perspectives from their respective countries, and co-host roundtables with Elsevier to explore the findings and discuss potential recommendations the collaboration will put forward.

Anne Kitson, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Cell Press and The Lancet, Elsevier said: "Ensuring quality research can accelerate progress for society is at the heart of what Elsevier does. Science is making extraordinary advances at an accelerated pace, but amid this change lie new challenges for researchers. We're privileged to partner with and bring together some of the world's leading experts to consider these challenges, and work towards recommendations that we hope will help researchers to navigate this fast-evolving scientific landscape."

Tracey Brown, Director, Sense about Science, said: "This work builds on our long-standing collaboration with Elsevier to support initiatives that improve understanding of research quality and accessible findings. If researchers have questions about the reliability of research on which to build, then these are also questions for the public and how we more broadly place confidence in findings. We are looking to this initiative to provide more of an evidence base on which initiatives can be developed and benchmarked."

Jonathan Birdwell, Regional Head of Policy Research & Insights for EMEA, Economist Impact said: "2020 was a landmark year for scientific research. The development of Covid-19 vaccines marked an extraordinary achievement for science and global scientific cooperation. The pandemic turned previously unknown researchers into household names, with politicians, business leaders and the general public more invested than ever before in the outcomes of the scientific process. But the pandemic also appears to have accelerated a number of longer-term trends affecting the research community, including the speed and volume of research published and the role of social media. What impact has the pandemic had on how researchers produce and communicate their research? How do researchers' experiences differ by geography, gender identity and career stage? What types of tools and resources do researchers need to produce and communicate research effectively? Our research hopes to answer these questions and identify solutions that could help researchers navigate this changing landscape with confidence."

The collaboration comes as Elsevier's Research Futures report reveals that the most cited ‘red flags' for researchers to engage with and trust research was the source of data being unclear (60%), the journal being of low quality (57%) and the research not being peer reviewed (55%). The report, which surveyed over 1,000 researchers globally, also found that the most stated challenges to effective communication of research were pressure to publish to advance your career (63%), the sheer volume of articles being published (51%), and the growing emphasis on demonstrating novelty in research (47%). Researchers also reported an increase in their use of sharing sites, academic community platforms, and publisher websites.

Global Advisory Board members include:

  • Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
  • Dr. Cary Funk, Director of science and society research, the Pew Research Center
  • Dr. John Grove, Director of Quality Assurance for Norms & Standards, World Health Organisation
  • Dr. Heide Hatheckmann, Senior Advisor for Transdisciplinarity and Global Knowledge Networks, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship of the University of Pretoria and Interim Director for Future Africa.
  • Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-chief, The Lancet
  • Dr. Reiko Kuroda, Professor at Chubu University, Japan and Professor Emeritus at The University of Tokyo
  • Dr. Nick Perkins, Board Member, International Science Council
  • Dr. John Pham, Editor-in-chief, Cell
  • Dr. Wim van Saarloos, Chair of the Energy Programme, European Academies Science Council (EASAC); Professor of theoretical physics, the Instituut-Lorentz, University of Leiden
  • Dr. Michael Saliba, Professor and Head of the Institute of Photovoltaics, University of Stuttgart and Co-chair, Global Young Academy
  • Dr. Karla Soares-Weiser, Editor-in-chief, Cochrane
  • Dr. Jack Stilgoe, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, Dept of Science & Technology Studies, Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences, University College London
  • Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

About Sense about Science

Sense about Science is an independent non-profit that promotes the public interest in sound science and evidence. It produced the first public guide to peer review, ‘I Don't Know What to Believe' over a decade ago, and has since produced the first international guide to data science, co-created with user groups around the world. With its AllTrials campaign, with patients, doctors and researchers, it has achieved major changes in international regulation and compliance on the publication of clinical trial results.

Sense about Science will chair the Global Expert Panel, to develop plans for improving scientific practices and helping researchers and the public to navigate research outputs. It will represent UK-based stakeholders as the local Regional Convening Partner, to draw people into a discussion of what actions and interventions researchers, scholarly publishers, universities, funders and others can make to improve confidence in research in the UK.

About Economist Impact

Economist Impact combines the rigour of a think-tank with the creativity of a media brand to engage a globally influential audience. We believe that evidence-based insights can open debate, broaden perspectives and catalyse progress across three core areas of expertise and leadership including sustainability, new globalisation and health. The services offered by Economist Impact previously existed within The Economist Group as separate entities, including EIU Thought Leadership, EIU Public Policy, Economist Events and SignalNoise.

Our track record spans 75 years across 205 countries. Along with creative storytelling, events expertise, design-thinking solutions and market-leading media products, we produce framework design, benchmarking, economic and social impact analysis, forecasting and scenario modelling, making Economist Impact's offering unique in the marketplace. Visit www.economistimpact.com for more information.

About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems.

In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders.

Elsevier employs 8,700 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our 2,700+ digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our 43,000+ eBook titles; and our iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world.

Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems.

In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders.

Elsevier employs 8,700 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our over 2,700 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our over 43,000 eBook titles; and our iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world.

Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com.


Summary: Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, announced the launch of a global collaboration that will include new, independent research led by Economist Impact. The initiative aims to assess the drivers of confidence in research, examine how researchers have experienced the increased public attention on science during the pandemic, and the implications this has had on the academic research community. It is also looking at changes in the ways in which researchers communicate their findings. A main focus of the initiative will be a landmark global survey conducted by Economist Impact, experts in helping to identify critical and actionable insights of 3,000 researchers across Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Publication Year:2022
Type of Material:Press Release
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Date Issued:July 14, 2022
Publisher:Elsevier
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Company: Elsevier
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