PLOS Journals Now OPEN for Published Peer Review
Starting as we speak, ALL PLOS journals will provide authors the choice to publish their peer evaluate historical past alongside their accepted manuscript! We’ve been excited to make this announcement, and make main strides in the direction of a extra open publication course of, since final fall once we signed ASAPbio’s open letter committing to clear peer evaluate choices.
What will it seem like?
Our philosophy going into this venture has been to open up the peer evaluate course of in a method that offers authors and reviewers extra selections about how they publish and declare credit score for their work.
As earlier than, our peer evaluate course of defaults to single-blind, though reviewers have the choice to signal their names to their evaluations if they need. What we’ve added to our course of is an possibility at acceptance for authors to resolve whether or not to publish the complete peer evaluate historical past alongside their work. This package deal consists of the editor’s full resolution letter, full with reviewer feedback and authors’ responses for every revision of the manuscript. Peer evaluate historical past can have its personal DOI enabling reviewers to take credit score and earn citations for their contributions. If the reviewers have chosen to signal their evaluations, their title may even seem on the printed evaluations however they will additionally selected to stay nameless.
All manuscripts submitted after May 22, 2019 can be eligible for this feature if accepted at a PLOS Journal. Here’s a take a look at the variations of open our opt-in mannequin gives:
A significant step for PLOS, and scholarly communication
The peer evaluate historical past reveals essential views and selections that offer further context for readers and researchers. Because of the potential advantages, we’re making this feature accessible now on all seven PLOS journals.
Other journals which have experimented with printed peer evaluate fashions have proven that the standard of suggestions offered is at the very least nearly as good as different fashions – we predict it has the potential to be even higher by means of elevated accountability and transparency. We’re constructing off the foundations and classes realized by these examples and are assured our mannequin can provide authors extra selections to make their analysis and the publishing course of open, and showcase the rigorous evaluate of their work.
Through the size of our publishing output throughout all seven PLOS journals, we see this as a possibility to make a big change within the scholarly communication panorama and lay the inspiration for a extra open view of the manuscript dealing with course of from begin to end.
Open past Open Access
While the advantages of transparency are quite a few, we see printed peer evaluate as a vital first step in the direction of fixing two elementary issues: reviewer credit score and public understanding of the peer evaluate course of. So far, Open Access has made it doable for analysis to achieve a worldwide group of readers however now we have not but demonstrated the work that goes on behind the scenes to validate scientific claims.
Publishing peer evaluate historical past is a method of enriching the scientific file by giving context to analysis and publication selections. We hope that is additionally an vital step towards elevating peer evaluations to scholarly outputs in their very own proper that reviewers can take credit score for.
In conjunction with the work it describes, peer evaluate historical past may also be a supply of fabric for educating college students and most people about peer evaluate. Our content material can also be machine readable, paving the best way for deeper evaluation and dialogue by the group.
We’ve developed this feature in session with our editors who’re devoted to enhancing our journals, and we additionally dedicated to reporting again our findings. As we study extra about how printed peer evaluate shapes writer and reviewer selections, and reader expertise, we’ll proceed to replace you on what we discover.