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New member: GECCO

Peerage of Science
26 Sep 2018

With a new journal member, there are now 70 journals in biological sciences in Peerage of Science: Global Ecology and Conservation (GECCO) is the newest member of the community.

GECCO is an Open Access journal publishing science in all subfields of ecology and conservation. Headed by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Richard Corlett, GECCO’s scope ranges from local to global research that connects original research to its ecological and/or conservation consequences.

“We’re delighted to be working with the vibrant community of Peerage of Science, whose peers have a perfect-fit expertise for the aims and scope of GECCO. This innovative approach to the process of peer review could lead to stronger papers and better dialogue in the environmental sciences globally. We’re proud to have our well-established, Open Access journal as part of this endeavor,”
says Danielle Descoteaux, Publisher at Elsevier.

Janne Seppänen, Founder of Peerage of Science, is happy to welcome GECCO to the community:

“It is great to have GECCO as a member, and I think it brings important new ground to expand the publishing opportunities for authors in Peerage of Science. With GECCO on board, there is now a really nice ‘biodiversity’ of different ecology and conservation biology journals in the Peerage of Science community. This means authors in these fields are more likely to get publishing invitations they are happy to accept, and peers know their reviews matter and get seen by more editors. Welcome GECCO!”

About Peerage of Science

The new member journal GECCO is published by Elsevier, another major publisher to now bring journals into Peerage of Science, along with Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, and Brill. Peerage of Science is also used by innovative smaller publishers like Pensoft Publishers and PeerJ, as well as journals of international scientific societies and governmental organizations like Society for Conservation Biology, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and French National Institute of Agricultural Research.

Peerage of Science is a new way to peer review and publish science. Working together with journals, it is a free-of-charge service for scientists to submit their work, choose what and when they want to peer review, and get feedback and public recognition for the quality of their peer reviewing work. The community features 70 participating journals, over 4000 registered users and 2800 scientists individually validated to access content as peer reviewers.

Instead of peer reviewers being appointed only by an editor, in addition any validated scientist not affiliated with authors can engage or recommend colleagues as reviewers. Peer reviewers then complete standardized Essays and revision recommendations as reviews, by a deadline set by the authors and agreed on by the reviewers, after which the Essays themselves are peer reviewed for accuracy and fairness. The resulting high-quality review process is simultaneously available for all participating journals (https://www.peerageofscience.org/journals/), which can make direct submission invitations to authors, or be contacted by the authors with a click of a button. All this leads to unhurried, rigorous but fair peer review, yet with publication achieved in half the time it takes traditionally.

Peerage of Science is supported by University of Jyväskylä, University of Eastern Finland, and University of Turku.


Peerage of Science:
Dr. Janne Seppänen, Founder, janne.seppanen@peerageofscience.org, +358452337273

Dr. Richard T. Corlett, Editor-in-Chief, corlett@xtbg.org.cn
Danielle Descoteaux, Publisher, d.descoteaux@elsevier.com

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