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Quality in Peer Review

The long-awaited Peer Review Week has just started, and we could not be more excited! This year’s edition is all about quality in peer review. So, what does quality peer review look like and why is it important?  

Peer review is key to facilitating the growth of scientific knowledge. It allows the community to pool its resources, provide guidance and maintain a common standard of research. It is in everybody’s interest to ensure its highest quality, and the more is invested into this process, the higher the returns. However, the lack of transparency, accountability, and recognition for reviewers creates an unsustainable model of peer review and hampers realizing its full potential. 

ScienceOpen is set to change this!  

We believe that peer review should be open and fair, and that reviewers should earn due recognition for their valiant efforts. That is why each of the 58 million research articles and records listed in our database can be openly commented on and reviewed through our post-publication review system. We believe that research never stops, and peer feedback should be possible after publication. In order to become a reviewer, all it takes is to have 5 records associated with an ORCID profile. It is as simple as that! 


How to Review 


At ScienceOpen, the identity of the reviewers and their comments are always visible. This means that reviews must be constructive, courteous, and well-written, as we should expect. Moreover, integration with ORCID provides additional quality checks and ensures that access to the post-publication review system is based on merit, and not on a financial status or a position in an academic hierarchy.   

Example of review on ScienceOpen by Rolf Georg Beutel.

Reviews are published with a Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY (4.0) and receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from CrossRef, similar to a formal research publication. This means that reviews are re-usable, citable, and permanent records of your reviewing activities. Public reviews are included on the article homepage and receive a CrossRef DOI separate from the reviewed publication. This means that a review itself is citable and can be automatically integrated into an ORCID profile, expanding and diversifying your portfolio. 

Example of review on ScienceOpen by Rolf Georg Beutel.

To us, quality in peer review means openness and recognition. We are proud to provide a platform, where reviewing is widely accessible, effortless, and most importantly – properly acknowledged.  

Would you like to strengthen your profile as a researcher? Leave a review on our platform and celebrate Peer Review Week with us!  

#PeerRevWk19 

Written by: Bartosz Radomski

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