16. Juli 2018
  NEWS

Elsevier Announces the Launch of Atlas: Research for a Better World

Publishing about the science behind global issues that affect us all
in a format that can be read by all

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of a new virtual journal: Atlas. Published as a virtual journal, Atlas selects already published research on topics that hold high societal relevance or address global issues, and summarizes and presents the science in a lay-friendly, story format to reach an as wide as possible global audience.

Atlas showcases research that can (or already has) significantly impact(ed) people's lives around the world. Articles published are selected by an external advisory board made up of representatives of some of the world's most renowned Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), including the United Nations University and Oxfam. Every month the Board selects a paper from a shortlist of suggested articles published in any of Elsevier's 1800+ journals. Once selected, the author(s) of the paper are awarded "The Atlas" and work with a team of dedicated Atlas science journalists to summarize the research into an easy-to-digest, lay-friendly story format which will be published online. Additionally, all articles featured on Atlas will include a direct link to the full research paper on ScienceDirect which will be made freely available for all.

"With Atlas we want to reach further than our traditional audiences," said Floris de Hon, Publishing Director STMJ at Elsevier. "Many, if not all, of our current global issues, hold elements of science, technology and health. In order to truly understand the impact of the issues and to help find solutions, people need to know the science too. Although researchers are well placed to explain concepts and theories, journalists hold a key position to integrate science into society. Atlas' unique publishing format makes best use and combines the roles of both scientists and journalists have in recognising the impact of research on people's lives around the world."

"Research findings need to be understood by all. By working hand in hand with the authors of selected papers, journalists can help to communicate research for general audiences, while minimizing common problems related to journalism such as exaggeration, bias and misrepresentation," said Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Healthcare Information for All (HIFA), member of the Atlas advisory board.

The first three Atlas awards have been announced. The selected research papers have been published in story format on Atlas. These include:

The next Atlas award will be announced and its story will be published on Atlas in February.

www.elsevier.com/atlas

 



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