Universidad del Norte, also called Uninorte, is the main academic center for higher education in northern Colombia, located in Barranquilla. It is a private university. According to a recent ranking, Universidad del Norte is listed among the five best universities in Colombia. One of the key challenges of institutions in Colombia, or Latin America in general, is to grow the scientific output measured as the number of articles published in international indexed peer-reviewed journals.
Marcela is Head of Publications on Uninorte and responsible to grow the scientific output. The researchers on her university produce a substantial amount of research output and Marcela her challenge is to convert as many articles as possible which are accepted for publication. So she started off with one paper and posted a request on Peerwith. It was a Translation Service request from Spanish into English. That was step 1.
Tony Ferrar, Peerwith Expert page http://peerwith.expert/tonyferrar, is an active editor on Peerwith. Tony is a native English speaker with over 12 years in scientific research. Tony has a B.Sc. and a thesis-based M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary, Canada. He started his career as a researcher in the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain as a research technician, where he continued to publish and broaden his scientific horizon. Tony published his research in many high-impact journals such as Nature Methods, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Molecular Systems Biology. During the 10 years at CRG, he also gained substantial experience in editing manuscripts for colleagues as a peer-reviewer. Being one of the few native English speakers in the laboratory he was often asked for help to review and correct manuscripts before submission. He now has more than 5 years’ experience working as a freelance scientific editor, and developed a large client base. Tony is one of the most active experts on Peerwith and an excellent fit for any translation project Spanish into English in a subject area he understands.
So Tony connected with Marcela for her first request and completed the job with a 5-star rating. In fact, all Tony’s ratings are 5-star. Marcela her comment:
Excelente experiencia, muy rápido y trabajo de buena calidad.
English translation: Excellent experience, very speedy and great quality work.
The best request I received was for a Spanish to English translation of an applied geography article. It was a great opportunity for me to review an article from a completely different field than my own, and most importantly, without the Peerwith platform I never would have connected with this Colombian client.
Our incredible high author satisfaction with an average rating of 4.85 on a scale of maximum 5 stars, often leads to recurring business. This connection between Marcela and Tony is no exception.
Step 2 and further
This positive experience with the Peerwith platform and Tony especially, resulted in Marcela posting many requests afterwards. After a while, the online pre-payment, was becoming a bit cumbersome and was slowing things down, so Peerwith started offering their Payment Solution, part of the Institutional Solutions on offer. Peerwith BV, the Company behind the platform, became a verified supplier for Uninorte and instead of individual transactions, we started doing monthly Collective Invoicing with post-payments. This was already speeding up the process significantly.
As a next step, we setup a special Landing page: www.peerwith.com/delnorte. Researchers signing up for Peerwith through that Landing page are automatically assigned to the Private Marketplace for Universidad del Norte.
At this point, Marcela on behalf of her university and researchers, is still managing the requests and payments. So we agreed on a pre-payment as Managed Budget, also part of the Institutional Solutions offering. The researcher negotiates the deal with the expert directly and within the Private Marketplace concept, the transaction is reduced on any available budget.
We recently announced the Institutional Cockpit Development Program. With the Cockpit Program, we are bringing our Institutional Solutions to the next level, supercharging any pre-publication workflow by providing a helicopter view of all Peerwith projects within a Private Marketplace solution. Giving administrative users like Marcela the power over their publication budgets and planning.
We are pleased that Uninorte also joined the Development Program. It is a logical next step in the partnership between Peerwith and Universidad del Norte where a single Translation Service request grew into Publication Support services as part of our Institutional Solutions.
This case study highlights the value of Peerwith as a platform, how it helps Marcela and Universidad del Norte in achieving their goals: increase scientific output. Yet at the same time, experts active on Peerwith help individual researchers at Uninorte to increase scientific impact. The Payment Solution, Managed Budget, Institutional Landing Page and ultimately the Cockpit application makes this institution’s pre-publication workflow more transparent, efficient and cost-effective. At the same time, it minimizes their administrative costs.