Nearly one sixth of all scientific journals in the world presented their typeset proofs for authors to verify and sign-out on, via Proof Central on debut. This has grown to one fourth by the end of 2014, and is expected to increase further.
Authors, Editors, Suppliers - All on the same page. Literally.
The actors are not sitting in workflows, filesystems, or download bins. In Proof Central, an article equals one URL (for books, a chapter equals one URL). Publishers share a link. Authors view the proof as HTML and edit into HTML, into the XML beneath, and do it WYSIWYG, sans code view, in a Conscious Editing Environment (C2E) that peer-reviewed content depends on, or authors may edit more than is necessary.
Authors find Proof Central fun to work with. When we opened HTML proofing to User Acceptance Tests vis-a-vis PDF, over 80% of the authors chose HTML. Authors also began to come back with the corrected proofs within hours, as opposed to days, even weeks, for PDF.
Proof Central saves publishers a lot of money, spares them from having to transfer PDF comments and annotations manually; equally from having to face irate authors because a new error got introduced while transferring PDF annotations into the manuscript.
One link and the business is done. No more of Download, Store, Open, Work on, Save, Export,
Every edit, comment, query and response in Proof Central is recorded by time, actor and nature of change in an Edit Summary, which then becomes a table of contents of sorts to navigate through the edit points in the manuscript. This valuable record is archived, analysed, databased, secured and cloud-hosted by TNQ.
Elsevier, the world's largest publishers of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) journal content have choosen to run many of their journals on Proof Central. This has risen to more than 1400 in 2014 and promises to increase further. Four of our competitors use Proof Central. Open-access, eFirst Science runs on Proof Central too, the chosen platform for eLife.
Proof Central is TNQ's own one-straw revolution. It is our first, successful implementation of Same-page, Single-URL Publishing for Science. The fundamental principles of the proofing platform are transforming many other aspects of science publishing, as they can all publishing.