Open Engagement expands in Peerage of Science
One of the defining new things Peerage of Science brings to scientific peer review has always been Open Engagement. It means giving the freedom for validated peers to engage themselves, rather than being appointed by an editor. We sincerely believe this leads to better peer reviewing, as scientists can commit to peer reviewing things that interest them most, where they feel they are most qualified, and at a time when they can commit to deadlines.
Coupled to our peer-review-of-peer-review procedure, Open Engagement also means that as a peer reviewer you write your essay knowing that any Peer may come and judge your arguments. Is your criticism justified? Is your enthusiasm for the implications warranted? Get these things wrong, and it most probably will reflect poorly in your profile scores. Get it right, and the positive, quantitative acknowledgement of your expertise goes up. So peer reviewers put that bit more effort and thought into their work.
Starting today, Open Engagement in Peerage of Science is expanded in two important ways:
Freedom to engage a peer review process in any stage
You can now come in to a peer review processes even after the first stage, to judge and score the peer reviews, and to give final evaluation for the revised manuscript. Our policy for the essay deadline remains strict however - you can only send your own essay and receive PEQ scores into your profile if you engage and send it before the first deadline. But now you have the power to make your voice heard in any peer review process.
By judging and scoring the peer reviews you help maintain the quality of peer reviewing in our community, and help in giving deserved recognition for those who do excellent peer reviewing.
Ability to recommend a journal to the authors, and vice versa.
You can also engage just in order to tell the authors they should consider a given journal as a destination for their research. The journal's editor also receives a note of your recommendation.
By carefully recommending journals, you are not only helping the authors in choosing the most suitable destination, you are also highlighting your ability to judge suitability. Savvy editors will take note of good recommendations, and are likely to remember your name when thinking of appointing new members to the editorial team.
So, sign in, or sign up, engage, and start making a difference!