The first Peer Community in has been launched in 2017: Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology
Coming in late 2017 or 2018: PCI Ecology, PCI Paleontology and PCI Computational Statistics
More than 300 recommenders have already joined Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology. Visit its website : www.evolbiol.peercommunityin.org
The “Peer Community in” is a non-profit scientific organization aimed at creating specific communities of researchers reviewing and recommending preprints (and also published articles) in their field. These specific communities are entitled Peer Community in X, e.g. Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology, Peer Community in Ecology, Peer Community in Computational Statistics.
Becoming a recommender
Becoming a recommender of a Peer Community in X would not be associated with a substantial workload. Recommenders organize the peer-review process of preprints and may recommend them. They would handle less than 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 preprints by a specific recommendation obtained after peer-reviewing. This system 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 preprints 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 often opaque and 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 after peer-review preprints deposited on open online archive sites (e.g. bioRxiv) (or published in scientific journals). The Managing board of a Peer Community in X will be constituted by a limited number of persons 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 to preprints, and the peer-reviews 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 preprint (either a DOI or the Internet address at which the paper was deposited).
See the Project in a few lines
See the Recommended Preprints
See the FAQ
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