The real peer review of work always has and always will occur post-publication which is why we will rely on it | http://ow.ly/pt5pG
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- As I understand, you will publish manuscripts immediately and publish the accompanying reviews of them when ready. Will these manuscripts be open to review by anyone, will you find reviewers, or a combination thereof?
In principle, it would be "most open" to allow reviews by anyone, but specifically when some paper is not "popular" enough to attract reviewers spontaneously, I guess it might also be necessary to actively engage reviewers? If so, do you consider somehow paying (monetarily or otherwise) reviewers?Oct 4, 2013
- The papers will indeed be open to review by anyone. We want it to be completely transparent and open. We also wish to be completely clear that papers without reviews linked to them have not been reviewed and should be viewed accordingly. We would like to engage reviewers with different incentives in the future and will explore the best ways to do that as we move forward. Our system will in essence be quite similar to "pre-prints" where authors are allowed to solicit reviews and anyone is allowed to review but it will all occur in the open. We will charge $100 per publication so that we can sustain the site without relying in grants. We would love to hear more of your feedback should you have any!Oct 4, 2013
- I have been considering for some time how an open peer review system can attract reviewers and possibly encourage them to identify themselves to "earn" reputation.
The Stackexhange network, among others, seems to be quite popular and it seems to me that one of the things driving users to contribute is the reputation system where a reputation score becomes the "currency" of the site. Users can vote other users' questions and answers up or down. This lets other users quickly assess which questions and answers are "good". Votes earn the poster of the question or answer reputation points and this encourages posters to make an effort to write good questions and answers.
It seems to me that such a system could be used more or less directly on a peer review platform. It would both encourage users to write reviews and let other users assess and score reviews (review of reviews).Oct 4, 2013
- We agree with you 100%. We would even like to offer the "best" reviewers, as judged by the community, free publishing rights. Ultimately we would also like to make the reviews citeable. Some of these features will not be present in the initial launch but will be expanded upon and rolled out over time. We hope you will consider submitting in 2014 and reviewing!Oct 4, 2013
- We have a few other select features that will be present in the initial build to attract reviews. Some of these will be discussed in future blog posts.Oct 4, 2013
- Looking forward to it!Oct 4, 2013
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