BMJ Open begins Penelope trial

Today we are delighted to announce that BMJ Open will be inviting their authors to try Penelope. We have created a version of Penelope customised to their journal guidelines, and we will be excited to learn what authors think of the tool over the next few months. 

We are thrilled to be working with the BMJ, whose staff have been so generous during our development, giving us feedback and advice from day 1. The BMJ publishing group has a long-standing commitment to research integrity; it is an ever-present voice in discussions around improving research, a champion of reporting guidelines and a partner of the Methods In Research on Research PhD programme.

We are particularly excited to be working with BMJ Open, an innovative journal that is fully committed to transparency and reproducibility. In the words of Adrian Aldcroft, Editor of BMJ Open, “We want to embrace technology and tools that can help us achieve a high editorial standard whilst also simplifying the publication process for our authors. We are excited to pilot the Penelope tool with the hope that it improves the author experience, simplifies the submission process, and helps us achieve our editorial goals.”

You can read more on BMJ Open's blog.  

Update: Journal personalisation

Our latest update now allows journals to specify the exact wording they want Penelope to use when it gives feedback to an author, including the links it provides for extra info. This means Penelope can mirror the instructions of a journal’s author guidelines. 

Journals can also specify the exact wording for headings and where items should go. For example, should it be “Conflicts of Interest” or “Competing Interests”? Should informed consent be addressed in the methods section or in a separate ethics section?

This level of customisation means that Penelope can truly become an extension of a journal's workforce. 

Penelope at UKSG conference

This month our founder, James, was delighted to be invited to present at the UKSG conference about the scholarly ecosystem. It was a great conference, with some really interesting talks showcasing innovative projects being lead by a wide array of publishers, libraries and institutions. You can watch James’ presentation here, where he discusses latest results from our first 500 users, and read a write-up of the event on the scholarly kitchen

Our first mention in an academic journal!

Yesterday the good people of the EQUATOR Network forwarded me this PLOS Medicine editorial article, From Checklists to Tools: Lowering the Barrier to Better Research Reporting. The editors talk about the work we are doing with EQUATOR, and then go on to say other nice things about our main product offering. As I had no idea anyone was writing about us, it was a great surprise when it landed in my inbox!