Open Peer Review at ScienceOpen

Open Peer Review at ScienceOpen

Review by academic peers is at the core of the scientific publishing process. By making reviews and comments accessible, open peer review practices build upon the traditional peer review process. Transparency helps to enhance the reliability and credibility of both peer review and research results. The visible and shared feedback can foster collaboration and increase public trust in scientific findings.  

Since its inception, ScienceOpen has been actively promoting and facilitating open peer review, both within its network and across the whole digital publishing landscape. Over the years, we have continued to explore open peer review tools and workflows to support preprint management, post-publication review, and the creation of open access journals based on open peer review. 

How does it work? 

On ScienceOpen, you can post a review of any of the over 2.5 million preprints from every major repository and discipline or add any preprints that are missing via DOI. All reviews on ScienceOpen are published with a Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY (4.0) license and receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from CrossRef. This means that reviews are re-usable, citable, and permanent records of your reviewing activities that can be integrated with ORCID, Publons, and ImpactStory, helping to build your profile as a researcher and ensuring you will receive the credit for your review work. 

Click here to learn more about peer review on ScienceOpen. Below is a selection of journals that have introduced open peer review as an integral part of their workflow. You are welcome to join the discussion and support them by reviewing a manuscript.

Just launched: New Psychiatry 

In psychiatry, new ideas are often more difficult to get published in comparison to articles that support more mainstream and already-established views. New Psychiatry is therefore a journal dedicated to new ideas, as long as they are conceptually defensible and scientifically supportable. 

To encourage new ideas, peer review will be open to foster a fair publication process. Expert reviewers are identifiable while their reviews remain publicly accessible throughout the publication’s lifecycle. High scientific standards will be maintained: sufficient scientific evidence or rationale will be required for any submission to be accepted, and conceptual soundness and rigor will be evaluated. 

You can read the editorial of this New Psychiatry here and submit your research to the journal here where it will be posted as a preprint and openly reviewed.   

Journal of Systems Thinking 

The Journal of Systems Thinking (JoST) is the first and only open-access post-publication peer-reviewed (PPPR) journal dedicated to basic scientific research, innovation, and public understanding in the areas of Systems Thinking (cognitive complexity), Systems Mapping (visual complexity), Systems Leadership (organizational complexity), and Systems Science (ontological complexity).  

The Journal of Systems Thinking has chosen a novel open peer review system based on rapid posting of a preprint, open review, discussion and revision and then final publication in the Journal. The reviewers’ identities and comments are visible on both the preprints and the published manuscripts, thereby increasing the transparency of the whole publication process. 


DrugRxiv is an open community resource for preprints from the field of Drug Repurposing, funded and managed by RePo4EU consortium. The platform welcomes submissions from various topics in drug repurposing, from freedom-to-operate analysis to intellectual property protection and business development, health technology assessment, ethics and data governance considerations. All preprints are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation. The unique DrugRxiv preprint submission system includes an automated check for scientific rigor by SciScore and a similarity check by Crossref powered by iThenticate

AfricArXiv Preprints 

AfricArxiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication that provides a non-profit platform to upload working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), presentations and datasets. AfricArxiv is dedicated to opening up research and collaboration among African scientists, increasing the visibility of African research output and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration globally.  

Some recent preprints from the collection: 


Born from a partnership between ScienceOpen and the University of South Africa (Unisa), UnisaRxiv is a preprint repository that facilitates open peer-review and allows for rapid dissemination of the latest findings in diverse topics and disciplines. Manuscripts submitted to UnisaRxiv are first evaluated on their merit and scientific validity by a member of the appropriate discipline and copy-edited by the editorial team of UNISA Press before being posted on the ScienceOpen platform, ready to be reviewed. Once a preprint has been reviewed, authors can upload revised versions of their manuscripts which will be posted on the server and linked to the initial paper. 

Join our network!  

ScienceOpen and its discovery environment are here to help you through the various stages of the process by making workflow management easier with a user-friendly interface, cutting-edge discovery tools, and innovative features that aid in the dissemination and communication of research outputs. To learn more about how we can fit our services to your needs, contact Stephanie Dawson.    

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