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Communications Award 2013

Peerage of Science
06 Jun 2013

Unofficial translation from original finnish press release:

This year's recognition award of the Communications Professionals of Finnish Universities goes to the online peer review service Peerage of Science. The service has been founded and developed by University of Jyväskylä's postdoctoral researcher Janne-Tuomas Seppänen and professors Mikko Mönkkönen and Janne Kotiaho. The service comprises of a free service for researchers and a paid discovery service of manuscripts, peer reviews and quality indices for publishers. The operation is supported by University of Jyväskylä and University of Eastern Finland.

- Peerage of Science offers a new, innovative way to conduct scientific peer review. The service has ventured to boldly challenge and commercialize traditional peer review practices. It facilitates in particular international scientific communications, says Head of Communications and Marketing at University of Jyväskylä, Mikka Kimari, explaining the grounds for granting the award.

Peerage of Science started in early 2012. Kimari says that the service, which started inside the researcher community, has proven to be popular in a short time, showing there is a clear need for it. Using the service, journal editors can identify best manuscripts early with the tools available to them. Higher peer review report quality, and diverse and objective quality metrics facilitate faster and more successful decision-making, and a publishing offer can be sent to the authors at any point of the process.

In 2012, Peerage of Science won the Award for Publishing Innovation, given by the international publishing trade organization Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

The communicators of Finnish universities give this annual award to persons or organizations for accomplishment in scholarly communication. The award was given for the first time in 1986, and it was founded to honour the memory and lifetime contribution of Jorma Rakkolainen, a communications secretary at University of Turku. The aim of the award is to activate and inspire communication of research. The award is a bronze relief depicting a lyre, designed by professor Pentti Papinaho.

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