Cambridge University Press Teams with Hypothesis to Add New Layers of Knowledge on Cambridge Core

By Nate Angell | 13 February, 2020

A red Hypothesis logo sitting on top of the Cambridge University Press coat of arms and wordmark.

Cambridge University Press has partnered with the not-for-profit organization Hypothesis, to give authors, editors and readers the ability to add annotation to its online publishing.

The Hypothesis annotation tool will be free to use as part of Cambridge Core, the Press’s online home for its books and journals publishing. It will allow users to add and organize notes, comments and additional information, collaborate with others and take part in online discussions.

The move builds on a successful collaboration with Hypothesis and the Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University, on the Annotation for Transparent Inquiry project (ATI). This enabled authors of selected works to add annotation, explaining how they generated and analyzed the data on which their research was based.

Nisha Doshi, Senior Digital Development Publisher at the Press, said: “Building on the success of the ATI project, we are very excited to extend our partnership with Hypothesis to a wider range of published content on Cambridge Core. The Hypothesis annotation tool will facilitate author and reader discussions, open post-publication commentary and peer review, and will enable authors to overlay their publications with additional rich content such as lay summaries, methodological detail and links to related resources. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how our authors and readers use Hypothesis to annotate publications on Cambridge Core.”

“We are very excited to see annotation at the Press,” said Hypothesis VP of Partnerships, Butch Porter. “This is the kind of innovation that can add incredibly valuable new dimensions to how we create and read scholarly works.”

In addition to the articles and books in the ATI initiative, the Hypothesis annotation tool can now be used with:

  • The new, open access journal, Experimental Results, which was launched last year to tackle the crisis in the reproducibility of results, and provide an outlet for valid research that currently goes unpublished.
  • Cambridge Elements, the Press’s new, digital-first publishing model for world-class research and writing that sits in between the traditional formats of book or journal article. Edited by leading scholars and enabled by the increased speed, flexibility and versatility of digital, Elements were themselves a direct response to researchers who felt constrained by established models of scholarly publishing. ​
  • The Nine Dots Prize-winning book, Stand out of Our Light, philosopher and former Google advertising strategist, James Williams’ take on the war being waged by technology on our attention spans.

You can check the Press’s Hypothesis user guidelines to see how to view and add comments.

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