Why should you use Peerage of Science as an Editor?
Greatly reduced management workload (“track-and-forget”)
In Peerage of Science peer review management is an option instead of an obligation. As an Editor, you can find manuscripts fitting your Journal’s scope by automated e-mail alerts, or via Referrals from Authors, Reviewers, your associate editors or your trusted colleagues. Once you find a manuscript of interest, you can start to follow the peer review process with a simple click of a button. If you wish, you can solicit reviews from scientists using the Referrals, just like you would in the traditional system, but this is optional; Peers in Peerage of Science engage as Reviewers in processes they find interesting on their own initiative, and strive to perform well and in time. Only qualified, non-affiliated scientists can engage as Reviewers. Automated e-mail alerts will inform you about any events in the process. With dependable deadlines and informative and easy-to-access data produced during the process, you can focus on important events in the process, and decide efficiently whether to continue tracking, drop tracking, or offer publication to the Authors.
Build stronger relationships with your Reviewers
When you solicit reviews from trusted scientists in Peerage of Science with Referrals, you present them an opportunity, rather than strain the relationship with an unrewarded request. With Peerage of Science, your established relationships now can work both ways - experts you trust can send personal Referrals to you, alerting you early about work they consider attractive for your Journal. Reviewers gain personal benefit as a peer reviewed reviewing reputation from their reviewing work. Reviewers can also get publications by writing commentary papers based on their reviews; these commentaries always cite the published article. Read more about what Peerage of Science offers for Reviewers.
In Peerage of Science, you don’t have to manage deadlines! All deadlines are set by the Authors in the beginning of the process, and are automatically enforced by the software – you can count on them. The automated scheduling also takes care of reminding the Authors and Reviewers about approaching deadlines.
Standardized review structure
All reviews are written in a standardized structure (with optional "additional comments" in free format). Each review is organized into Introduction, Merits, Critique and Discussion, max 1000 words. This makes it quick to extract key arguments for and against, and about the significance of the work. Moreover, you can easily compare the reviews. In addition, at the end of the process Reviewers provide quantitative scoring of the revised manuscript, on Breadth, Impact, Originality, Methods, Data, Inference and Literature, plus verbal assessment of publishability and any remaining issues.
Quantified review quality
In Peerage of Science, the Reviewers evaluate each other’s reviews, scoring Merits, Critique and Discussion separately, and averaged as PEQ. The evaluation scores can be easily compared to score distributions of earlier processes.
Quantified article quality
The average of the seven scores on revised manuscript over all Reviewers provides quick handle to focus your evaluation to most promising manuscripts. Peerage Article Quality (PAQ) is an average weighed by the PEQ's of each Reviewer - high-quality reviews impact this index more than poorly justified reviews. Both the individual evaluation scores and PAQ can be are easily compared to score distributions of earlier manuscripts. Furthermore, the relative number of clicks on the manuscript, number of downloads, and of course the number of reviews indicate how interesting the manuscript is likely to be for your readers!
Reviewer profile shows reviewing history and quality
As an Editor, you have access to the profiles of the Reviewers. The profile shows the number of reviews done and the average evaluation scores (PEQ) received from those reviews, for each scientific field. By default Reviewer profiles are anonymous, but asking a Reviewer to disclose identity to you privately is just a click of a button.
All data and files in single view
All tools, files and evaluation scores of the peer review process are provided to you in a single, easy-to-access view, available at any time.
If you decide you are not interested in the manuscript, just click to stop tracking the process. Since tracking is silent and anonymous, no one knows about your interest towards the manuscript in the first place, so no one will notice you are no longer tracking either – rejection letters are not needed anymore!
Publishing offer sent with a click of a button
Once you have reached a decision to make a publishing offer, the document describing the terms of the offer can be sent to the Authors simply by a click of a button. Publishing offers are private: other journals do not know you have made an offer, nor the contents of your term sheet. You can also set an expiry date, by which Authors must decide whether to accept your offer.
Acquire best manuscripts before they are submitted to other journals
In Peerage of Science Editors get a significant advantage: the opportunity to offer publishing proactively (with terms freely defined by your Journal) to the best manuscripts, before they are sent to other journals!