Hypothesis is a new effort to implement an old idea: A conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere, without needing implementation by any underlying site. Our team creates open source software, pushes for standards, and fosters community. Using annotation, we enable sentence-level note taking or critique on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. Everything we build is guided by our principles -- that it be open, neutral, and lasting. We are a non-profit organization funded through the generosity of sponsors like the Knight, Mellon, Shuttleworth, Sloan, Helmsley, and Omidyar Foundation. Our efforts are based on the annotation standards for digital documents developed by the W3C Web Annotation Working Group. We are partnering boradly with developers, publishers, academic institutions, researchers, journalists, and individuals to develop a platform for the next generation of read-write web applications.
Open annotation enables a conversation across web-based content through the creation of private, group, or public in-line annotations. Integration with manuscript submission systems can enable editors, reviewers, and authors to engage in all types of peer review (from traditional single-blind or double-blind to open) in either pre-publication or post-publication form. The tool can also be used outside of a manuscript submission system by publications who wish to undertake peer review experiments. One example is In Review, via which Biomed Central and Research Square offer authors the ability to opt into community feedback in parallel with traditional peer review. Feedback on pre-prints is an ideal use case for providing suggestions (public or in private groups) on early versions of articles. Because it works anywhere on the web, open annotation is an ideal tool to enable overlay journals. It can also raise the visibility of peer review reports posted as supplementary materials.
-Works with either pre-publication or post-publication peer review
-Enables open peer review
-Enables traditional peer review either within manuscript submission system integrations or as a stand alone. Publisher can assign reviewer accounts for reviewer anonymity.
-Can be used to post peer review reports or summaries
-Can be used to provide feedback on content anywhere on the web in html, PDF, EPBU, or data formats.
Anyone can use the tool through implementation of public or private groups. Should a publisher wish to host their own branded and moderated layer, there is a cost. Please contact us for details.
Hypothesis has integrations with all major hosting platforms, but an integration is not necessary for the tool to be utilized by end users. Content which is currently annotated (4.8M as of 2/28/2019) includes scholarly content and main stream web content.