How and why becoming a recommender for a PCI?

Five good reasons to become a PCI recommender

  1. PCI is a new, innovative and totally free publication process managed by scientists for scientists. This set-up reduces the financial burden on academic institutions in terms of publication costs and journal purchases.
  2. PCI accelerates the dissemination of science. It promotes the use of preprints, whilst ensuring that these preprints are peer-reviewed, and therefore scientifically validated.
  3. Not all preprints will be considered. PCI recommenders initiate the recommendation process only if they feel that a preprint is worthy of recommendation. This prevents recommenders from being inundated with low-quality preprints that they are obliged to handle.
  4. The reviews and recommendations of the PCI are publicly available and valued. Recommendations and reviews are posted on the PCI website and are therefore publicly available, free of charge. Individual recommenders and reviewers have their own webpage, including all their reviews and recommendations. Each recommendation has a specific DOI, can be cited and is referenced as a scientific article by Google Scholars.
  5. Becoming a recommender for PCI does not entail a large workload. PCI recommenders decide whether and when to initiate a recommendation process. They are expected to recommend one or two papers per year, but are under no obligation to initiate any recommendation processes if they are too busy at a particular time. A very different task from that required of associate editors! You can therefore become a recommender without fear of having insufficient time to fulfil your obligations.

How to become a new recommender for a PCI?

Peer Community In (PCI) encourages researchers to become recommenders for all PCIs. We are particularly open to welcome ‘early/middle-career’ scientists if they have a significant experience in writing and evaluating articles.

The role of recommenders is similar to that of journal editors (finding reviewers, obtaining peer reviews, making editorial decisions based on these reviews), and they may reject or recommend the preprints they are handling after one or several rounds of reviews. If a recommender eventually decides to recommend a preprint, he/she writes a “recommendation” text that has its own DOI and is published on the website of the corresponding PCI.

Becoming a recommender for a PCI is not associated with a substantial workload. recommenders organize the peer-review process of preprints and may recommend them. Most recommenders handle no more than a single article per year.

New recommenders are nominated by current recommenders and approved by the Managing Board of the corresponding PCI.

If you are interested in becoming a recommender, you may

  • contact PCI at and specify which PCI you would like to join,
  • or ask a current recommender of a specific PCI to suggest your name to the Managing Board of this PCI, and then wait for their decision.