Remarq™, the article-sharing, commenting, annotation, and collaboration tool from RedLink, is preparing for its initial feature-set launch next month.

Publishers are facing new and substantial challenges from interaction environments that are well-funded yet built largely on publishers’ goodwill and content. Remarq™ has been designed to give publishers all of this functionality and more, while supporting their businesses by making content-sharing count, providing new tools for editorial engagement, and allowing users a single profile across the journals they know and respect.

Features in the initial release, which focuses on user interactions with articles and content, will include:

  • Annotation and private notes: The ability for users to annotate specific words, sentences, paragraphs, figures, or tables with private notes for later.
  • Controlled commenting: The ability for users to comment at an article, paragraph, sentence, figure, or table. Comments will not be anonymous, and only users with documented expertise in areas related to the content will be allowed to comment.
  • Article sharing: Users will be allowed to share articles with others, with sharing activity counting in publishers’ usage statistics.
  • Highlighting: Users can highlight specific elements of an article.
  • Reviews: Journals can enable post-publication reviews that utilize a journal-specific review template to structure the reviews.
  • Cross-format commenting, highlighting, and annotation: Whether working in PDF or HTML, users will be able to view and add comments, highlights, or notes in one format, and they will appear in the other — anchored specifically to the correct text or element.
  • Basic user profiles: The initial release will include basic user profiles focused on account management functions.

Scheduled to launch on select journals participating in the first deployment, development will continue on the next feature set, which will focus on enhancing the user and collaboration experiences in Remarq. Scheduled to be completed in May, these features will include:

  • Full public and private profiles: Profiles for authors, editors, and users will include rosters of publications and related metrics, education, memberships and professional affiliations, and more. Private profiles will also provide users with content feeds, access to notes and comments, and recommendations for articles and connections.
  • Search: The ability to search by keyword, DOI, and people to locate the content or expert you want.
  • Polling: Editors can create new interactions with users by placing polls at the journal or article level, making the content more engaging and current.
  • Author updates: Authors can submit updates to articles, such as news about new related datasets, updates to links in the article, or upcoming presentations of the research.
  • Invited comments: Editors can invite experts to comment on articles as they are published, ensuring a strong start to the post-publication exchanges.
  • Editorial updates: Editors can use Remarq™ to broadcast updates to articles or their journal to users who follow these. As Remarq™ grows, the effect of these updates will, as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about Remarq™, please contact us.