New Investment Joins the Digital Science Family: Peerwith – Platform Offering Quality Author Services

Digital Science are proud to announce our investment in Peerwith –  a marketplace for author services, matching academics seeking support for their work with experts who can provide a plethora of services to increase the scientific impact of their work. These include: editing, translation, illustration and consultancy.  Moreover, Peerwith allows its 800+ experts to build a visible profile through ratings and recommendations.

This new relationship further strengthens our author and publisher offerings.

Based in Amsterdam, Peerwith has also formed valuable partnerships with leading publishers and societies, offering a white-labelled platform that caters to their needs. Current partnerships include Brill, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) and Emerald Publishing. Their customised Peerwith offering enables their authors to connect with experts to achieve their academic goals.

Peerwith was founded by Joris van Rossum and Ivo Verbeek, who both have extensive backgrounds in academic publishing, product development, and launching startups. Digital Science’s investment will enable the company  to scale its activities, expand its reach to academic institutions to allow researchers and students to optimally access author services through Peerwith.


The Peerwith team: Ivo, Monique and Joris

Joris van Rossum, co-founder and CEO, Peerwith says of the news:

“Academics often have difficulties finding highly skilled individuals in specific areas, regularly relying on intermediaries to connect them. Peerwith’s aim is to change these slow processes making it more affordable, transparent and efficient. With investment from Digital Science, we will be able to achieve our goal of becoming the number one marketplace for author services.”

Digital Science supports a suite of renowned author and publishing services, across a global portfolio of companies including: Overleaf, ReadCube, Figshare and Altmetric. Steve Scott, Director of Portfolio Development at Digital Science will join the Peerwith supervisory board. Steve adds:

“The addition of Peerwith to our portfolio enables the support of more comprehensive solutions for authors and researchers. It is already integrated into the authoring tool provided by another of our portfolio companies, Overleaf and offers an exciting addition to our portfolio of author, publisher and institutional offerings.”

If you want to find out more about Peerwith and why Digital Science invested, please take a listen to our podcast where Cameron Shepherd interviews Joris and Steve.