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Peerage of Science
16 Aug 2016

Peerage of Science, an innovative independent submission and peer review service, has established a contract with Taylor & Francis Group. The collaboration brings in 30 more journal destinations into Peerage of Science.

The journals are now available for authors directly inside the Peerage of Science system, in author's manuscript and peer review view. Authors can initiate correspondence with journal editors with a few clicks. Editors of the participating journals have access to all peer review processes on the platform, and they can proactively initiate correspondence with authors on already-peer-reviewed content and invite manuscripts which best fit their journal's profile, aims and scope.

The new collaboration expands the direct access "The Select" –destination list in Peerage of Science to 67 journals. Among the new entries are for example broad-scope ecological titles such as Écoscience (in association with University of Laval), prominent evolutionary biology journal Systematics and Biodiversity (in association with The Natural History Museum, London), and highly focused field-defining leaders such as Bioacoustics (in association with The British Library Sound Archive). The expansion also broadens author's choices in Peerage of Science in fields of entomology, agriculture, herpetology, plant sciences, geology, climate change and zoology.

Dr. Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, Founder and Managing Director at Peerage of Science, said,

"In the brief history of the premium "The Select" –service in Peerage of Science, the addition of 30 new destinations at once is the largest single expansion to date. I am excited to launch collaboration with Taylor & Francis with this milestone, and see tremendous potential for more in the future. I am particularly happy that our destination selection expands with so many highly specialized, high-quality journals. I know many scientists in the Peerage of Science community are devoted to the subjects these journals focus on, and they often prefer to publish their research in outlets like these, curated for and by their core communities. With this expansion, the "just right" destination journal is directly available for so many more kinds of articles, making the service that much more useful for the scientific community."

Deborah Kahn, Editorial Director, Taylor & Francis commented,

“I am delighted that Taylor & Francis are partnering with Peerage of Science. Their excellent and innovative peer review services will be welcomed by authors and editors across our journals portfolio in biology, ecology and natural history”.

Peerage of Science differs from the traditional approach to publishing science, in the three core social innovations:

First, peer reviewer selection is not limited to editors. Through Open Engagement, any scientist with user account validated by Peerage of Science is free to engage to peer review any manuscript, as long as the peer is not affiliated with authors through institution or recent co-authorship. The affiliation filters are automated by the web service. Editors, authors and all peers can recommend a person as a good potential peer reviewer, and those recommendations are recorded as academic recognition in the peer's public profile, even if the recommended person has no time to contribute a review at the time.

Second, and perhaps the most important difference in approach, is Cross-Evaluation, or peer-review-of-peer-review. This means that the standardized-structure peer review reports in Peerage of Science – Essays – are subject to judgement, scoring and feedback from other peer reviewers. Although reviewers are usually anonymous, this creates a beneficial social incentive to write careful, thorough peer reviews. Also, the scores accumulate in peer's public profile, allowing quantitative, peer-reviewed academic recognition for high-quality peer reviewing work.

Third, journals participating in the direct access "The Select" –part of the Peerage of Science service get full access to every manuscript and it's peer review process, but they also agree that other participating journals have the same right, concurrently. Through Concurrent Consideration, the time-consuming and wasteful repeated cycle of submissions and peer reviews can be reduced, when many manuscripts can be matched to suitable journals during a single round of peer review and revision. This can dramatically reduce the workload on the academic community, as well as facilitate enhanced stewardship of journals by editors – they can invite manuscripts building their journal's scope and profile, before the work is submitted elsewhere.

More information:

Janne Seppänen, Founder and Managing Director, Peerage of Science
email: janne.seppanen@peerageofscience.org, tel: +358-452337273

Jodie Bell - Communications Manager, Taylor & Francis Group
email: jodie.bell@tandf.co.uk, tel: +44 (0) 207 017 6571

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