News Blog

News Blog

  • New Profile Page Launched

    27 Jul. 2015

    Hi Everyone,

    after months of work, we finally revamped our profile page. The new layout makes it easier for you to manage your papers on Open Rev. It also includes

    • notifications about new comments, replies and news
    • profile icon
    • statistics about how often your papers have been viewed and downloaded
    • bronze, silver and gold badges for your contributions

    and best of all: A public version of your profile with all your publications:

    Open Rev. Public User Proifle

  • Open Rev. meets Harvard DASH

    30 May. 2015

    We're happy to announce that Open Rev. is now officially collaborating with DASH, Harvard's open access archive.

    Open Rev. meets Harvard DASH

  • Update: We're now fully encrypted and import Metadata automatically

    2 May. 2015

    Dear Open Reviewer,

    Open Rev. is now fully encrypted using secure SSL technology - sorry NSA! The encryption is indicated by the s in https at the beginning of the URL and is the same technology that powers banks around the world and Google. If you want to learn more about SSL / HTTPS, there is an excellent article on Stackexchange.

    Otherwise, we now automatically extract arXiv and DOI's from papers during the upload and fill in the metadata for you! That means, no more typing in of paper IDs (for most papers):

    Automatic meta information extraction from Papers

    Enjoy the update and keep up the good feedback,

    The Open Rev. Team

  • Open Rev. featured in Fall Issue of Colloquy

    30 Nov. 2014

    Colloquy is Harvard's GSAS Alumni magazin and sent out to more than 10000 readers. We're glad Harvard is supporting our mission to open up science once more!

    Colloquy Feature

  • Important Bug Fixes

    15 Nov. 2014

    Hi Open Revler,

    we just had to release some bug fixes so please provide us feedback if you discover some strange behavior on the website!

    Thanks a lot!

    Open Rev. Team

  • Ask Me Science - Out of the White Hole: A Holographic Origin for the Big Bang

    17 Aug. 2014

    Dear Science friends,

    We are happy to announce the start of our Ask Me Science (AMS) series where we invite outstanding researchers to answer questions on their newly published papers. The rules are simple:

    1. Ask something related to the paper or the research presented
    2. Be nice

    The beginning of our series is made possible by Robert Mann, Professor of Physics & Applied Mathematics at Waterloo, and Niayesh Afshordi, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Waterloo and they will answer your questions on their recent paper, written with Razieh Pourhasan, Out of the White Hole: A Holographic Origin for the Big Bang. The topic is featured in the current issue of Scientific American and made it onto the cover.

    Robert, Niayesh and Razieh present in their paper an alternative explanation for the origin of the universe known as the Big Bang. In their discussed model they avoid singularities, which would have lead to infinite densities and temperatures and the break down of the law of physics at that point of time.

    We hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to ask them questions and get answers from real experts.

  • Newsletters Aug 2014 - We've launched!!

    10 Aug. 2014

    Dear Open Reviewer,

    We’ve launched! Welcome to our first newsletter and thank you for being on board. We have officially launched Open Rev.! Announcements are following through various media in the upcoming weeks but we wanted you to know first.

    Since our initial idea of creating a platform for scientists to share knowledge from spring of last year, we have come a long way. Last fall semester, we were able test Open Rev. for the first time in a class. The class consisted of 12 students who commented every week on two publications using Open Rev. The overall outcome was extremely positive for us and the students gave us great feedback. In March of this year, we won the Harvard education Bridge competition placing 2nd out of over 70 teams. These events lead us to where we are today, and, while typing this, Google Bots are indexing the 200 papers and more than 1000 public comments on our platform we have already. This would have not been possible without you!
    One of the major goals of Open Rev. is to foster discussions surrounding scientific papers in such a way that they can be provided to future generations. We allow scientists worldwide to assess and comment on scientific advances instantly, share and build knowledge and drive research further. The platform also leverages the full potential of open access material making an excellent case for why research results should be open to the public. And not to forget, open review can provide a true alternative to the so-often criticized closed peer-review system that almost all major journals have in place.

    Tell us what you think, invite your friends interested in science and give us feedback - good or bad. Help us shape Open Rev. and turn it into a superior platform for students and scientists.

    Thank you for sharing our vision and we look forward to continuing this journey with you.

    All the best,

    The Open Rev. Team

    PS: And don't forget to follow us on twitter and Facebook.

  • November Update: Group Pages and Text Annotations

    13 Nov. 2013

    Hi Open Review Community,

    we just released a new version that brings some smaller cosmetic changes and two great features: Group pages and inline-comments!

    Group Pages:

    Papers are now organized in groups and a list of groups can be found on the front page or here. All categories like Physics and Math are groups too. This will be the first step to being able to start your own groups in the future to which you can upload presentation, posters, etc. and invite your peers. Each group page contains an overview of the papers in that group, recent comments and comment statistics of its group members. Here is a screenshot of the Physics 95 group page:

    Group Pages

    Leave Annotation via Text Selection:

    It is now very easy to make comments or search keywords by just selecting a word. A small menu will appear, from which you can choose to comment, search Google or Wikipedia right away. It is remarkably handy for looking up words quickly:

    Inline Annotations

    But you can still use the rectangle to leave comments.

    Looking forward to your comments and leave some feedback!


  • Open Review Update

    20 Sep. 2013

    Awesome, we have just made a huge update to Open Review. A much sleeker commenting window allows you to annotate much faster and without page reloads. Cross-referencing can now be used inline in your comments via simple copy-paste. The addition of markdown code in your text input allows you to properly style your comments (show me how). Also, we have made many design changes and added alot of content, so enjoy!

  • Open Review featured in Physics 95 in fall semester

    20 Sep. 2013

    We are very happy that Melissa Franklin, Department Chair in Physics at Harvard, agreed to use Open Review for her seminar class Physics 95: Topics in Current Research this fall. The students will read each week two papers throughout Physics, that are chosen by the Prof. who is giving the seminar on Wed.