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Peerage of Science
29 Oct 2014

With new collaboration with Springer, the number of destination journals available to authors using the Peerage of Science peer review service just expanded to nearly 3000 titles.

Authors can now choose to export their peer review process to the Springer Transfer Desk, along with an optional list of preferred Springer journals. Springer Transfer Desk then works together with the author to find the most suitable journal, and forwards the material to editors of the destination journal. From there, the process continues according to each journal's own policies: editors may make a decision based on the Peerage of Science peer reviews, or solicit further in-journal reviews if necessary. In addition to Springer's all 2900+ subject area journals, the new Springer Plus open-access mega-journal is also included: all articles deemed sound science are guaranteed publication in Springer Plus regardless of subject area or perceived importance.

"We are very excited about this new expansion, and happy that we can offer all authors a destination selection from which they can surely find suitable outlets for their research. And we are particularly happy to work together with Springer, which again is demonstrating its openness and interest in improving the publishing world for scientists.", says Dr. Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, the Founder and Managing Director of Peerage of Science.

Dr. Harry Blom, Vice President of Publishing Development at Springer, said “Springer benefits from higher quality initial submissions and increased efficiency, and authors benefit from a reduced timeframe in getting their work published. Springer is always open to exploring these kinds of partnerships and making the publication process easier for our authors. This new endeavor with Peerage of Science holds great promise as a way of streamlining the review process, and we are all very excited to see where this goes.”

"I am delighted that the support and environment for innovation which we cultivate at University of Jyväskylä has given birth to Peerage of Science. The expansive Springer collaboration demonstrates that Peerage of Science is successful in providing services to the international academic publishing industry," says University of Jyväskylä Rector Matti Manninen.

Academic Rector Jukka Mönkkönen from University of Eastern Finland considers the news very positive for Finland: "University of Eastern Finland saw the potential in the Peerage of Science peer review service immediately when we heard about the innovation, and we have been a supporter of the initiative right from the beginning. This Springer collaboration is a major step in lifting the service to mainstream, and I think it is probable that Peerage of Science will emerge as a major international service provider for the publishing industry. I also see as a very welcome and positive development that Peerage of Science just posted an international job advertisement to seek IT-professionals to further develop the service. These are the kind of news and new jobs that Finland needs right now."

In the heels of the new Springer collaboration, also University of Turku has joined in with University of Jyväskylä and University of Eastern Finland as a supporter of the service. "We are also looking forward to now focus on building Peerage of Science further, and just posted a job advertisement for developers. I trust that having major publishers as customers and a new university supporter will help us attracting top talent to the team," says Janne-Tuomas Seppänen.

Rector Kalervo Väänänen notes that University of Turku is glad to be a supporter of the peer review service: "I am very proud that in Finland this kind of grass-roots initiative can be found, seeking to improve the publishing landscape for scientists. Now, as the large international publishers are taking the message home and participating in the service, it is time for the academic community to show our support. Researchers at University of Turku are exemplary in this, forming the largest user community among Finnish universities after the home institution of Peerage of Science. Consequently, we were happy to sign a collaboration agreement with Peerage of Science.

About Peerage of Science

Peerage of Science was founded by Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, and professors Mikko Mönkkönen and Janne Kotiaho. The service is free for scientists, and offers two alternative paid modes of participation for publishers, called The Connect and The Select. The Connect includes, in addition to the new inclusion of Springer Journals Collection, PLOS Biology and PLOS ONE. The Select is a deeper dive into the new features Peerage of Science offers, allowing journals to track any process before it is submitted anywhere, and gives rights to send publishing offers pro-actively. 17 journals currently participate in The Select: AMBIO, Annales Zoologici Fennici, BioRisk, BMC Biology, BMC Ecology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Entomologica Fennica, Ethology, Frontiers in Zoology, Journal of Avian Biology, MycoKeys, Nature Conservation, NeoBiota, Ornis Fennica, PeerJ , PhytoKeys, ZooKeys. Furthermore, journals who welcome author-included links to Peerage of Science reviews in their own traditional submissions, can ask for Listing in Peerage of Science website.

Interviews and enquiries: Peerage of Science Dr. Janne-Tuomas Seppänen Founder and Managing Director Email: janne.seppanen@peerageofscience.org Springer Alexander K. Brown Manager, Corporate Communications Email: alexander.brown@springer.com www.springer.com

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