Aims & Scope

Why another journal?

ProcPoS is different from other scientific journals. It does not publish new results, nor reviews of a particular topic, nor meta-analyses.

Instead, ProcPoS takes aim at already published research. ProcPoS publishes Commentaries, only. It is a platform for proper post-publication peer review.

Its mission is to focus attention on articles and ideas that deserve attention.

Sometimes that deserved attention is positive - scientists wishing to publish a peer-reviewed statement of support for a new result, for a brilliant hypothesis, for a particularly insightful or important synthesis. Or perhaps there are important new interpretations or implications of a study, that need to be brought to attention.

Quite often the deserved attention is critical - scientists wishing to publish a peer-reviewed shoot-down of a fatally flawed study, or decisively discredit a wrong-headed idea.

ProcPoS seeks to become the venue of choice for both positive and critical commentaries. A place where scientists hope and fear their latest articles and ideas get the attention they deserve.

Wide scope

ProcPoS uses the Peerage of Science peer review service to obtain articles to publish (see How to get published in ProcPoS). Most early Commentaries will be from biological sciences, reflecting the origins of Peerage of Science.

Commentaries in any field of science are welcome. Note though that ProcPoS editors are not obliged to solicit peer reviewers - works need to garner interest among the peers in Peerage of Science by themselves. Hence, if you hope to see articles in your field in ProcPoS, it is a good idea to help get more peers from your field to participate in Peerage of Science. You should sign up, and encourage colleagues to join you.

Measured gatekeepers

Science needs gatekeepers of one kind or another. All kinds of resources come in limited supply, ranging from mere money to the precious talent of new students, so some method is necessary to allot scientific recognition and resources in a way that best serves science.

Unfortunately, where you publish has become more important than what you publish. Consequently, the gatekeeper role falls almost entirely on appointed editors of prestigious journals. The problem is, once appointed there is little peer review of the gatekeepers themselves.

ProcPoS envisions that some scientists with exceptional talent in judging research and articulating their arguments will become respected for their Commentaries. Will you become a famous science critic, a measured gatekeeper, someone whose next peer-reviewed Commentary article is eagerly anticipated?

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Free Access via Public Patronage

What is Public Patronage?

A journal under Public Patronage does not require authors to sign away their rights, does not seek to control public access with paywalls, neither does it accept payments from authors.

Instead, a journal under Public Patronage is built on serving the readers to the best of its ability, and on offering fair royalties to authors. A journal under Public Patronage trusts that readers will want to enable this via small, honour-system payments corresponding to fair value of the work.

In exchange for your kind patronage, you get the right to be attributed in that article as a Public Patron (by pseudonym if designated). In addition to the author's royalties your payment enables, you also support the journal - but only for articles you decide deserve your patronage.

Fair value

Only You know what is the fair value for You. ProcPoS will begin with honour-system, fair-value pricing: if you consider that a given article is useful, to you, and you therefore want to contribute by paying for Public Patron license, you choose what is a fair price.

Where does the money go?

The Public Patron payments provide a tangible "thank you" to authors who write Commentaries. Authors receive progressively increasing royalty percentage, up to 50%.

Public Patrons are attributed in the article, but patronage amounts are not shown publicly. To maintain transparency, ProcPoS does disclose every payment received to authors of the article in question - however, as a patron you can choose to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym if you wish.

Instead of asking authors to transfer away their rights, ProcPoS offers a fair publishing contract. ProcPoS edits, indexes, produces, publishes, promotes and maintains the article, without barriers to public access. In exchange, authors give ProcPoS rights to grant Public Patron licenses, and the right to use part of the proceeds to support the journal. Author keeps full copyright to the work.

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How to get published in ProcPoS

Two ways

ProcPoS obtains material to publish only through the Peerage of Science peer review service. It is not possible to submit directly to ProcPoS. Our editors have two ways to obtain articles:

1) Anyone can submit articles to be peer reviewed in the Peerage of Science peer review service. ProcPoS is participating in the service like many other journals, and may send you a publishing offer, if editors consider your Commentary meets our publishing criteria. Go to submit.peerageofscience.org to start your submission, be sure to choose "Commentary" as the manuscript type.

2) Because peer reviews - Essays - inside Peerage of Science are themselves peer reviewed, a reviewer can choose to have the Essay considered as a draft of ProcPoS Commentary article. ProcPoS will consider the scores and peer feedback, and author's response to the Essay. ProcPoS may then invite the reviewer to write a Commentary article which addresses the content, or the topic, of the target article.

How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing. Instead, ProcPoS pays royalties to You.

Publishing contract

Instead of asking you to give away your rights, or asking you to pay a processing charge, ProcPoS offers a fair publishing contract. In return for publishing your Commentary and providing public free access, ProcPoS gets the right to grant Public Patron licenses to your article.

A progressively increasing percentage, up to 50%, of the Public Patron license fee is your royalty, while the rest is used to support the journal. You can follow who your supporters are, and the amount of royalties due to you. ProcPoS pays the amount accumulated during the preceding year over all your articles at the end of January, every year.

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