Five good reasons to request a PCI recommendation for your preprint
- PCI, based on preprints, is a free, innovative project. It does not rely on private or for-profit publishers, but on your scientific community. Preprints are scientifically validated and recommended free of charge.
- PCI guarantees the scientific validity of preprints. Once recommended, your preprint can be cited as “peer-reviewed”! Moreover, it is associated with a high-quality recommendation text signed by renowned scientists in the field, which is likely to stimulate interest in your preprint. Readers have access to your preprint and its recommendation entirely free of charge.
- PCI recommendations are transparent: the entire editorial process is public. Readers will have access to reviews and will know on what basis your preprint has been recommended, which is not the case for the vast majority of articles published in journals.
- PCI recommendation and publication in a journal are not mutually exclusive: your preprint can be recommended by a PCI and then submitted to a journal. Authors need only wait for the outcome of the recommendation process before submitting their preprints for publication in traditional journals. This requirement is imposed solely to prevent parallel reviewing processes.
- PCI can increase the chances of your preprint being accepted by a traditional journal. The reviews of your preprint and the modifications requested can substantially increase the quality of your preprint before its submission to a traditional journal, thereby increasing the likelihood of acceptance. For instance, in ecology and evolution, the Editors-in-Chief of Ecology Letters, Oikos, Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Applications, Molecular Ecology and the expected next Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Evolutionary Biology have indicated they will consider submissions of recommended preprints and they may use PCI reviews and recommendations for their own review processes.
Five good reasons to become a PCI recommender
- 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.
- PCI accelerates the dissemination of science. It promotes the use of preprints, whilst ensuring that these preprints are peer-reviewed, and therefore scientifically validated.
- 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 review.
- 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.
- 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.
To become a recommender of a Peer Community In, visit its website, ask a current recommender in your field to suggest your name to the Managing Board, and then wait for their decision.
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