Research Workflow Tools and User Experience

This guest blog is written by Kent Anderson, CEO of RedLink, a partner in the Silverchair Universe program. 

As the researcher workflow has evolved to emphasize digital tools, expectations have changed. New solutions have emerged to support research workflow as researchers navigate an increasingly vast landscape of online content. Researchers are embracing more annotation tools, reading list-builders, commenting platforms, and tools that enable the sharing of content to help them manage information and professional demands.

Because researchers are inundated with information, it’s important to support their efforts to gather their thoughts, keep track of important articles, contribute in the moment to networking and discussions, and gather up new insights.

Collaborating and engaging with colleagues is also important to researchers, whether in private group conversations or on public commenting platforms. Solutions that help them interact with the content they are reading in new ways, participate in useful discussions, and enhance the discoverability of relevant information meet real workflow needs.

From a researcher perspective, it is important for tools to be user-centric and to work seamlessly across platforms. That is, they should be where the researcher already works – on the journals or books they use, or in the browser they prefer.


Consistency Fosters Confidence

Remarq®, the engagement system from RedLink®, brings useful and consistent tools to researchers and practitioners across  articles, journals, and books. Its consistent design and carefully designed features help editors, authors, and readers alike.

Remarq’s annotation tools help readers take notes as they read articles, whether in HTML, PDF, or EPUB formats. Private notes can be referenced later to aid recall. Remarq’s robust public commenting features allow for editorial moderation, ensure users are qualified to make comments, and even allow editors to invite expert commentators and work with them independently prior to publishing their comments. Users can share articles with Remarq, in a manner that keeps any paypoints intact. Recommendations suggest further relevant reading to aid in exploration and discovery. And users can work together in groups – private groups, invited groups, or public groups – to help them collaborate on projects, papers, or causes.

Remarq Lite is a browser plugin that lets users take Remarq anywhere online, so they can add notes to articles outside the scholarly realm, keep track of a variety of sources, and bring content from around the Web into group discussions, all while working within a robust social profile that travels with them as they visit different platforms and content providers.

Editors and publishers can use polls and surveys via Remarq to gain insights on articles, and post-publication review features allow editors to test and refine approaches to this emerging practice, all in an easy-to-use and intuitive interface.

Remarq Reading List

Remarq's commenting feature

Adoption Is Fast, Easy, and Growing Fast

Publishers using Remarq are impressed by how easy it is to install, how it handles nearly all interactions without support, and its elegant and thoughtful design. As users adopt it, publishers gain the benefits of increased engagement, while staff isn’t distracted by upkeep or monitoring.

Remarq has a growing user-base, with biomedical publishers like BMJ, Rockefeller University Press, the American Society of Hematology, JOSPT, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Genetics Society of America, and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy deploying it to enhance editorial engagement. Other publishers using Remarq include the University of California Press, Karger Publishing, and the American Mathematical Society.

Installation of Remarq on the Silverchair Platform is simple and straightforward. As a member of the Silverchair Universe, RedLink is able to provide advantageous pricing for Remarq as well as our analytics and customer discovery services.

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