AI boost to benefit authors of open access articles

Open Access Publisher Hindawi expands its use of Writefull technology

One of the world’s largest open access journal publishers, Hindawi, is set to expand its use of AI-based technology Writefull.

Writefull, which is part of Digital Science, is an AI-based language platform that helps authors, institutions, publishers, and typesetters with all stages of manuscript and academic book and journal production. It applies machine learning, trained on millions of scientific papers. 

Following two years of successful partnership – during which Hindawi’s authors have used Writefull’s Language Revise tool to improve grammar, spelling, and scientific language in their work – Hindawi and Writefull have now extended their agreement to offer structural checks on all submitted articles. This will provide authors with direct feedback on any aspects of their paper that do not meet the relevant journal’s submission criteria.

As with the language revision service, the structural checks report helps both the author and the publisher. Authors can ensure their manuscripts meet the requirements to be handled by an editor – reducing the chances of immediate rejection and helping to speed up the screening process after submission. Hindawi in turn saves a considerable amount of time checking all requirements after submission and can provide a smoother, faster, more effective experience for its authors and editorial staff.

Juan Castro, co-founder and CEO of Writefull, says: “The use of Writefull’s manuscript tracking system has seen impressive uptake over the past two years by tens of thousands of enthusiastic authors submitting their work to Hindawi’s open access journals. Automated writing feedback is useful across the whole journey of a manuscript. We are delighted that Hindawi can see the benefits for its authors, as well as for its journals’ ability to manage and guide submissions through the publishing process.” 

Mathias Astell, Chief Journal Development Officer at Hindawi, says: “Being the first publisher to integrate Writefull into our submission workflow has greatly enhanced the user experience for many of our authors by helping them to easily check and improve the quality and structure of the language in their paper. Our goal through this extended partnership is to further support the researchers who submit to our 240+ journals by reducing the time and effort needed to submit a well-structured manuscript (that editors will be able to easily evaluate) and increasing the chances of their work quickly getting out to peer review.”