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Newsletter September 2021

PEER COMMUNITY JOURNAL

The PCI association has decided to launch a diamond open-access journal: Peer Community Journal.

This journal will provide an outlet for the immediate publication of all articles recommended by any PCI, at the request of the authors needing to publish in journals (e.g. if they are required to do so by their evaluation committees).

This journal should be launched in early November 2021 and will be published by the public publishing platform “Centre Mersenne” (https://www.centre-mersenne.org/page/about-the-centre-mersenne/).

The Peer Community Journal is a separate entity from the PCIs. It will be run by the founders of PCI, the members of the managing boards of the thematic PCIs, and by a managing co-ordinator. More than 75 recommended articles will be published in the first issue of the journal in 2021. Furthermore, the authors of 22 articles currently under evaluation by the various PCIs have also agreed to publish their articles in Peer Community Journal if they are recommended.
A dedicated page has been created on the PCI website: https://peercommunityin.org/pc-journal/

PCI-FRIENDLY JOURNALS

For journals agreeing to consider submissions of articles recommended by a PCI (=PCI-friendly journals), the PCI association has defined three types of commitment concerning PCI assessments:

1. These journals agree to accept, without further peer review, any manuscript recommended by a PCI meeting any additional procedural requirements and not requiring further scientific evaluation by the journal. Such additional requirements may include compatibility with a defined disciplinary scope.
OR
2. They agree that, following the submission of a PCI-recommended article, they will provide the authors with one of the three following responses within a specified short response time (e.g. 5 days):
• Acceptance with minor modifications, with no further peer review,
• Need for further peer review before decision,
• Not interested.
OR
3. They will consider submissions of articles recommended by a PCI and may use PCI reviews and recommendations for their own review processes, if appropriate.

A dedicated page has been created on the PCI website: https://peercommunityin.org/pci-friendly-journals/
If you wish to suggest a new PCI-friendly journal, please contact us!

NEW PCIs

In May and August 2021, 2 new PCIs were launched:

• PCI Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry:
https://ecotoxenvchem.peercommunityin.org/
Twitter: @PCI_EcotoxEnvCh
PCI Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry (PCI Ecotox Env Chem) covers the interfaces of environmental chemistry, ecology and environmental toxicology.
It includes papers describing original work (observational, experimental, modelling or theoretical studies) providing significant advances in our understanding of aquatic or terrestrial ecotoxicology. PCI Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry also covers the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment, their transfer to living organisms and within food webs, and their effects at various biological levels (subindividual to communities and landscapes).
If you would like more information or wish to be involved in this PCI, please send an e-mail to: contact@ecotoxenvchem.peercommunityin.org

• PCI Infections
https://infections.peercommunityin.org/
Twitter: @PInfections
PCI Infections considers studies on all biotic interactions regardless of the precise nature of the interaction and of the scientific discipline. PCI Infections encompasses all types of interacting organisms (pathogens, commensals, mutualists, or vectors), including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites (protists, plants or animals), as well as all species of hosts (bacteria, protists, fungi, animals and plants). Scientific investigations on human pathogens or mutualists are welcome but pure clinical investigations are not in the scope of PCI Infections. If you would like more information or wish to be involved in this PCI, please send an e-mail to contact@infections.peercommunityin.org

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT PCI

A blog post on ScienceMag was dedicated to the launch of PCI Registered Reports and to the 15 PCI RR-friendly journals:
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/fifteen-journals-outsource-peer-review-decisions

JOINT WEBINAR DORA/ASAPBIO ON PREPRINTS IN ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT

Denis Bourguet and Thomas Guillemaud represented PCI at the DORA/Asapbio joint webinar “Incorporating Preprints into Academic Assessment” on June 29th. https://sfdora.org/2021/08/30/preprints-in-academic-assessment/

SAVE THE DATE! WEBINAR ON THE FUTURE OF PREPRINT PEER REVIEW ON 23/09/21

Tatiana Giraud will represent PCI at the webinar organised by Europe PMC during the 2021 Peer Review Week, on 23/09/21 at 11 a.m. (Paris time). https://t.co/ipytDVrJlc?amp=1

NEW WEBSITE DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITIES

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Have a look at the PCI general website: we have updated most of the pages!
New menu sections:
• PCI and journals: https://peercommunityin.org/pci-and-journals/
• About: https://peercommunityin.org/about/
o Who’s who: https://peercommunityin.org/people/
o History and structure of PCI:

PCI structure and history


o Materials and resources:

Material & Ressources

PCI WEBSITES

New submenus have been added:
• 3 guides: authors’ guide, reviewers’ guide and recommenders’ guide (plus a short “Become a recommender” page)
• A menu “PCI and journals” linked to the general website page and dedicated to the fate of recommended articles

WELCOME TO OLIVIER FAMBON, OUR NEW PCI WEBSITE DEVELOPER!

Olivier Fambon is a freelance developer who started working for PCI in June. He is currently working with Gabriel Franck (another freelance developer working for PCI) and will replace him in September. Many thanks to Gabriel who is leaving us to take on new exciting projects in web development!

NEW SUPPORT FOR PCI

Financial sponsorship:
• Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives
• Université de Guyane
• Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
• Université Libre de Bruxelles
• Royal Danish Library
• Université Paris-Saclay

Symbolic sponsorship:
• Doctoral School Environmental Sciences, Univ. de Bordeaux
• LabEx Arbre
• Regroupement des Ecotoxicologues du Québec
• Doctoral School SVSAE – Univ. Clermont Auvergne
• Société d’Ecotoxicologie Fondamentale et Appliquée

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PCI ASSOCIATION

The 2021 General Assembly of the PCI Association will be held in early December as an open discussion thread on Loomio over a period of several days to maximise the number of possible interactions.

Best regards,

The “Peer Community in” (PCI) team