The first Peer Community in has been launched: Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology
More than 260 recommenders have already joined Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology. Visit its website : www.evolbiol.peercommunityin.org
The “Peer Community in” project is a non-profit scientific organization aimed at creating specific communities of researchers reviewing and recommending papers in their field. These specific communities are entitled Peer Community in X, e.g. Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology, Peer Community in Microbiology.
Becoming a recommender
Becoming a recommender of a Peer Community in X would not be associated with a substantial workload. Each recommender would review and recommend 1 or 2 articles per year in average.
The motivation behind this project is the establishment of a high-quality, free, public system for identifying high-quality papers by a specific recommendation that would be recognized within and subsequently beyond the community, including by funding and research agencies.
This project should lead to a new scientific publication system, in which papers are deposited in open and free archives, and if appropriate, reviewed and awarded a recommendation publicly guaranteeing their scientific quality. This recommendation could replace the current evaluation and editing process of scientific journals, which is very costly for research institutions.
The non-profit “Peer Community in” organization is responsible for the creation and the functioning of the various specific Peer Communities in X.
Each Peer Community in X will include an unlimited number of recommenders appointed by its Managing board. These recommenders would recommend and review papers either published in scientific journals or deposited on open online archive sites (e.g. bioRxiv). The Managing board of a Peer Community in X will be constituted by a limited number of persons randomly chosen among the recommenders of this Peer Community in X and they will be regularly replaced.
The Managing board members of each Peer Community in X will also be members of the non-profit “Peer Community in” organization. Hence, representatives of all existing Peer Communities in X would decide the creation of new Peer Community in X collectively.
The recommending process
The recommendations attributed, and the reviews/comments leading to their attribution, would be posted and freely readable on the website of the Peer community in X concerned and widely publicized through social networks. Each recommendation would provide a link to the internet location of the corresponding paper (either a DOI or the Internet address at which the paper was deposited).
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