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eLife unveils demo of open-source research journal publishing system


By Paul Brackley


eLife, the Cambridge non-profit organisation that provides a platform for research communication, has announced the first working example of its open-source journal hosting and post-production publishing system, Libero Publisher.

Showcasing some of the key components of a journal, including a homepage and research articles with author lists and affiliations, figures and references, the demo is designed to show how publishers can deliver attractively presented content on any device.

Michael Eisen, the editor-in-chief of eLife (14004187)
Michael Eisen, the editor-in-chief of eLife (14004187)

New features are being added at least weekly to Libero Publisher, which is just one part of the community driven, open-source Libero platform of services and applications.

Paul Shannon, eLife Head of Technology, said: “We’re really pleased to share this first important release for Libero Publisher. It reflects a significant coming together of the technology and publisher communities to help identify publisher needs and build solutions accordingly.

“All the components of this project, and Libero as a whole, are being actively developed in the open, with work on existing and upcoming features freely available to view in GitHub.”

eLife, based in the Westbrooke Centre, aims to accelerate discovery by operating an open platform for research communications, which are evaluated by scientists, and offered free and without delay.

Earlier this year, it announced a collaboration with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko), Hindawi Limited and Digirati to develop the Libero product suite.

Products within the end-to-end Libero publishing suite can be seen at https://libero.pub, which also include Libero Reviewer, for submission and peer review, Libero Producer, for production workflow management and Libero Data Hub, offering business intelligence tools.

Journal publishers and developers are invited to offer their feedback to aid the modular creation of the products.

“You can never have too much community involvement in an open-source project like Libero,” added Shannon.

View the demo at https://demo.libero.pub/.

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