Moving to the Mainstream

Rebecca Pool asks: was 2017 the year that scholarly publishing let in open peer review? Peer review forms the crux of good science, yet few would argue it works well. Ensuring research quality, tracking down competent reviewers and avoiding peer review manipulation are just a few of the problems that have left many in scholarly publishing searching for a new way. Enter open peer review; a transparent alternative that includes peer review reports being published alongside the research article. And from BioMed Central, PeerJ and F1000 Research to Springer Nature, Elsevier and The Royal Society, more and more publishers are taking part. Andrew Preston, co-founder and chief executive of peer review service provider, Publons, recently acquired by Clarivate, reckons 2017 was the first year that he actually saw a marked shift towards transparent peer review. He points out how the 2017 Peer Review Week – focusing on transparency – was ‘remarkably bigger’ than past years, with the US-based Peer Review Congress also reflecting the enormous interest in peer review right now. But, importantly, Preston also believes interest from industry’s traditional publishing heavyweights is on the rise. As he highlights: ‘We’re seeing a number of publishers talking publicly about the […]

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