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Karger Publishers and Scite Launch Automated Reference Check Pilot

Basel, Switzerland, 15 April 2021
Karger Publishers, a leading health sciences publisher based in Switzerland, and Scite, a platform developing the next generation of citations, have launched a pilot to test the Scite Reference Check on selected submissions.

The Scite Reference Check works by automatically detecting references from a manuscript and highlighting how those references have been cited by others and if any of them have been retracted, been withdrawn, or have received another form of editorial notice. This allows authors, editors, and peer-reviewers to ensure that their references are reliable. In addition, it gives editors a new way of finding relevant peer reviewers by identifying those who have cited a reference in the manuscript under review.

In this pilot, Karger Publishers will incorporate the Scite Reference Check into eight of its journals to test how it can improve the peer-review process and to solicit feedback from various stakeholders.

Josh Nicholson, co-founder and CEO of Scite, says, “We’re thrilled to be working with Karger to pilot our Reference Check solution on a subset of their journals. We’re confident that our tool can help all those involved in peer-review to ensure that their references, the foundation of a scientific paper, are sound.”

Angela Lorenz, Editorial Office Manager at Karger Publishers, says, “Introducing Scite’s Reference Check within the Karger ecosystem highlights our commitment to explore innovative ways to improve the peer-review process by providing our editors and reviewers with additional insight into the context of articles referenced in submitted manuscripts.”

Karger Publishers is a worldwide publisher of scientific and medical content based in Basel, Switzerland. It is independent and family-led in the fourth generation by Chairwoman and Publisher Gabriella Karger. Connecting and advancing health sciences since 1890, Karger has been continuously evolving, keeping pace with the current developments and shifts in research and publishing. The publishing house is dedicated to serving the information needs of the scientific community, clinicians, and patients with publications of high-quality content and services in health sciences. Karger Publishers has 240 employees and is present in 15 countries around the globe.

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Scite is a Brooklyn-based startup that helps researchers better discover and evaluate scientific articles through Smart Citations–citations that display the context of the citation and describe whether the article provides supporting or contradicting evidence. Scite is used by researchers from dozens of countries and is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. For more information, please visit Scite, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, and download our Chrome or Firefox plugin. For careers, please see our jobs page.



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