Connecting experts is at the core of what we do. At Peerwith, we believe that allowing researchers to engage directly with experts in author services, such as language editors and translators, is the best way to guarantee an optimal result. Moreover, the internet has developed great tools and software to facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration, allowing researchers to work in a smarter and more efficient way in a transparent environment. It is this kind of innovation that the author services industry is in need of. With the rise of publications coming from China and other non-native English-speaking countries, the ability to find expert help in preparing material for publication is only increasing. It is with this vision that we launched Peerwith.
So connecting experts is what Peerwith is essentially about, but at the same time we realize that scientists and experts work using a variety of platforms and systems, such as workflow tools and publishing platforms. Therefore, in our mission to connect experts, partnerships have always been at the core of what we do. Next to that, through our marketplace www.peerwith.com, we have allowed academics to connect to the right experts by placing a service request, and get connected to the right expert.
In light of our mission to facilitate author services in the smartest and most effective way, this week we launched (in beta) an important new feature: the Peerwith expert pages.
The bulk of the work in author services is done by freelancers, most often by academics themselves. Making author services more effective, efficient and transparent therefore implies empowering the experts, such as copy editors and scientific editors. This is what the expert pages are all about.
What are the expert pages?
- All experts that have signed up to Peerwith automatically receive their own expert page. See for example http://peerwith.expert/joannamackiemscphd. This page lists the specialties of the expert, and contains reviews received through the Peerwith platform. Moreover, all expert pages contain a ‘request service’ button, allowing clients to contact the experts directly and engage with them in the safe and secure Peerwith environment.
- Moreover, we have developed an advanced search and browse functionality on top of our database of experts, peerwith.expert. This means that researchers, alongside placing a request on Peerwith.com, can first identify the right expert by browsing or searching for subject areas or journal experience on Peerwith.expert. They can then contact them directly.
By empowering experts and allowing researchers to connect with them directly without the mediation of an agency, author services are made transparent, more effective, and more efficient. This, we are confident, will help the advancement of science in an increasingly global environment.