Peer Community In. What is it?

Peer Community In. What is it?



scientists are revolutionising the way they communicate their discoveries about our world to the public and to the scientific community traditionally new findings are published in scientific journals in this process a manuscript is peer reviewed to assure accurate and high-quality scientific work however this system is too expensive especially as it relies heavily on scientists working as authors editors and reviewers at no cost for the publishers in addition the general lack of transparency means that readers cannot evaluate the quality of the peer reviews finally the publication process can take many months delaying the accessibility of novel findings to accelerate scientific progress scientists have started using pre print servers to upload their manuscripts this allows scientists to establish priority of their discoveries and share their work for free however pre prints are usually not peer reviewed and therefore the scientific community often perceives preprints as fallible and unreliable to resolve this a team created peer community and PCI a new and totally free method of scientific dissemination based on recommendation of preprints a PCI is a group of hundreds of scientists within a scientific discipline for example neurobiology evolutionary biology chemistry etc who evaluate and recommend preprints by this process a scientist can deposit a manuscript into an open access preprint server for free the author can then request a free recommendation of the preprint from the peer community in his field if a scientist from this pci reads the preprint and thinks it is particularly interesting they can become the recommender of this preprint and ensure it is reviewed by two or more peer reviewers the recommender then sends their comments and the peer reviews including any requested modifications to the author the authors then updates the manuscript with its improvements or further experiments and deposits a new version to the preprint server after one or several rounds of peer review the recommender decides whether to officially recommend the preprint if so the recommender writes a short formal recommendation explaining why the preprint is remarkable and should be read and shared by the rest of the scientific community each recommended preprint manuscript is linked to the recommendation the reviews and comments all posted on the website of the PCI this provides transparency to the scientific community and encourages the recommender and the reviewers to make high-quality evaluations furthermore the recommendation itself is considered a scientific contribution and therefore can be separately cited the recommended preprint can be cited as peer reviewed it can also be widely publicized on social networks and media increasing the visibility of the scientists work at this point the author can submit their work to a traditional scientific journal for publication if they choose in conclusion the PCI workflow is an appropriation of the publication process by scientists that is designed to quickly and efficiently provide free access to novel discoveries while transparently and freely assuring the validity and integrity of the scientific process

2 thoughts on “Peer Community In. What is it?

  1. Great to learn about PCI. I was thinking in the same direction. Was thinking of keeping the peer review more traditional (at least if the authors prefer). Was hoping to add more value than normal review by publishing the reviews (but also anonymous reviews allowed) like you do, but keep the reviews up to date and also by categorising the articles and helping outsiders to find their way into the literature (like normally your supervisor would). For details see the blog I started on the topic. https://grassrootspublishing.wordpress.com/

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