We explore how publishers are adopting the newly customised Hypothesis annotation platform to promote scientific discussion online.

In the last year, eLife introduced open annotations to enable our readers to make comments, highlight important sections of articles and engage in an online conversation about our content. eLife worked with open-source software developer Hypothesis to extensively customise its annotation platform to address common publisher pain points, introducing new moderation features, single sign-on authentication and user-interface customisation options. These features were subsequently made available to other publishers, giving them more control over the implementation of annotations on their sites.

Following our work with Hypothesis to create a more versatile open-annotation solution, a wide range of publishers and hosting platforms have integrated the tool, or are using it in their workflow. They include, among others: Highwire, Silverchair, Ingenta, Atypon, the Center for Open Science (COS), the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems, Ubiquity Press, American Diabetes Association (ADA), Cambridge University Press (CUP), American Psychological Association (APA), University of California Press, and the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). We take a look at how some of these organisations are using Hypothesis.

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