Why should you submit to Peerage of Science?
One peer review available to any journal
Tired descending down the journal prestige ladder one slow rejection at a time? Peerage of Science peer review is done once, before submitting to any journal; Editors of any journal can access the peer review process.
You set the deadlines
Author sets the deadlines of the peer review process upon submission, balancing the trade-off between speed on one hand, and time for deliberation and writing on the other. Once set, these deadlines are automatically enforced by the software throughout the process – neither Reviewers nor you can extend the deadlines. Authors typically give 21 days for reviews to come in, and get on average 2.8 reviews in that time. Whatever you choose, you will always know in advance when the reviews will be all in, when your revision deadline is, and when the process will be complete.
You are free to decide whether the manuscript displays your name and affiliation or not. Peerage of Science encourages Authors to remain anonymous during the review process, to ensure unbiased peer review and publishing decisions. Reviewers usually expect this too, and may perceive signed submissions as attempts to influence their evaluation and respond accordingly.
Real time tracking of the process
Automated e-mail alerts inform you whenever anything happens in your process – you can access the reviews and publishing offers immediately when they are uploaded. You also get automated reminders of the deadline for revision.
Standardized review structure
All reviews are written in a standardized structure (with optional "additional comments" in free format). Each review is organized into Introduction, Merits, Critique and Discussion. This makes it easy to grasp and compare the reviews.
Quantified peer review quality
Reviews are scored, separately for Merits, Critique and Discussion. You can focus on the most competent reviews when writing your revision. The quality of reviews is higher and more consistent, as the Reviewers are motivated by the peer-review-of-peer-review and the possibility for personal merit. If you nonetheless receive a review with unjustified critique, with a low score from other Reviewers... well, you have peer-reviewed justification to simply ignore it. But note that low-scoring praise is not very convincing either. Final evaluations are weighed by review quality, so in both cases low-scoring reviews have less impact than reviews with high scores.
Quantified article quality
The end result includes standardized quantitative evaluation of your manuscript, in addition to the reviews. You can show your average article quality (PAQ) in your Profile, and include it in your CV!
Freedom of choice
You are free to choose from publishing offers sent by subscribing journals, or to submit your peer-reviewed work to any journal of your choice with a link to the completed process. Naturally it is up to the receiving Editor if and how they wish to use Peerage of Science reviews. But many journals already officially welcome links to Peerage of Science peer reviews!
All data and links to files in a single view
You can easily send Referrals, access all files and evaluation scores of the process – any time you wish.
For Authors and Reviewers, the submission and peer review process in Peerage of Science is free of any charges. Note, however, that subscribing journals have different publishing models. Open-access journals usually require fees from authors upon acceptance; these fees must be stated to Authors in the publishing offer sent via Peerage of Science, but Peerage of Science is not collecting any fees itself.