Remarq goes beyond annotations to create an entire system of engagement around journal articles, with levels of engagement that users can use as they see fit:

  • Private engagement with content – highlighting and private annotations
  • Semi-private engagement – article-sharing, following articles, polls, profiles
  • Public engagement – qualified comments, post-publication reviews, and author and editor updates

This combination of features delivers what David Worlock described succinctly in a recent blog post after he saw Remarq demonstrated at the recent UKSG Meeting in Harrogate, UK:

“Remarq . . . enable[s] any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration.”

A major component of exchange and collaboration is the ability for users to find one another and connect. In a survey of academics, Nature News found that major reasons for using professional networks were “In case contacted” and “Discover peers.”

Clearly, “to see and be seen” are important behavioral incentives for researchers, and collaboration networks provide new means to achieve these ends.

Remarq’s profiles upon launch provide basic information and functionality. As adoption grows, user profiles will gain new dimensions, including:

  • Statistics about the articles users have published, including citations and social media mentions
  • Recommendations for articles to read, other users to follow, and authors to follow
  • A “virtual home” for article-level metrics, updates, and personal notes and comments
  • Search capabilities to find colleagues and collaborate

By providing increased prominence and ways to “see and be seen ” — along with a legal article-sharing solution, private notes and annotations, and qualified users and comments — Remarq provides publishers with solutions that go beyond solving immediate challenges by extending into answering the challenges users face in a crowded information environment.

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