Peer review week is almost upon us, yippee! Taking place from the 19-26th of September, this is a global event for celebrating the critical role that peer review plays in the scholarly communication process.
The theme this week is recognising peer review, something that at ScienceOpen we’ve been passionate about since our inception. Other science startups like Publons have already launched amazing initiatives like their Sentinels of Science campaign, well worth checking out. For updates, follow the #RecognizeReview hashtag on Twitter!
This theme couldn’t be better timed. At the moment in scholarly publishing and communications, there’s something of a renaissance happening where we’re exploring aspects of recognising all the different types of review activity, including in publishing, research grants, conference submissions, and promotion and tenure.
Every single peer review conducted with us at ScienceOpen is published openly and creditable through the application of a CC BY license, which enables the unrestricted sharing and re-use of the reviews providing that attribution is given. Furthermore, they are given CrossRef DOIs, which means they are fully citable, and can be interlinked with sites like Publons, ORCID, and ImpactStory, helping to build your profile as a researcher.
We have the platform, but we need the people. That means you! So what we’re offering is this. Anyone who performs a post-publication peer review on our platform from now until the 26th will be entered into a competition to win a fantastic ScienceOpen t-shirt! Just for entering, we will also send you some ScienceOpen swag, including our brand new stickers and postcards.
These peer reviews can be anything you want – summaries, blog posts, commentaries, data analysis, discussion pieces, replication studies, method validations. Anything that enhances the context of the research.
These peer reviews can be performed on any article you want of the nearly 24 million records on our platform, including the arXiv. This means you can add your expertise into the research communication process in the best place that suits you.