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Two manuscripts acquired directly from Peerage of Science

Peerage of Science
22 Nov 2012

Authors of two manuscripts have accepted publishing offers they received directly through the Peerage of Science service!

Peerage of Science has already shown that the peer review part of the service works as it should. Now here are two first examples of the submission/acquisition part of Peerage of Science working as well.

Read what the authors, reviewers and editors have to say about their experience.

The very first paper, and the very first visionary journal to acquire an article via Peerage of Science:

Ethier D.M. & Nocera J.J. An alternative method for tracking movement in elusive carnivores - Annales Zoologici Fennici (in press)

"We are excited that Annales Zoologici Fennici took the first bold step with our manuscript, and that ours is the first of (what I hope to be) many papers that will be published via direct offer from a fully subscribing journal. I admire the effort put forth by the journal and its intrepid editor in making this happen. Peerage is at the vanguard of a new model of scientific publishing."

Editor-in-Chief of Annales Zoologici Fennici, Kai Lindström:
"Annales Zoologici Fennici receives submissions on very wide range of topics in zoology. Sometimes it can be really difficult to locate reviewers and especially reviewers that make good evaluations. My experience with Peerage of Science suggests that this is a system that has potentially overcome many of these problems. Not only do you get a good number of reviews, but you also get quality control, which I as an editor felt was extremely useful. The manuscript also underwent two rounds of reviewing, one before revision as usual, but also another after revision [like all manuscripts do in Peerage of Science]. Such a thorough review process would have demanded a lot of editor work and time if ran it the usual way. Now all this was done on a voluntary basis by the community of eager scientists. I believe there lies great potential for Peerage of Science in the future."

The second paper received a conditional offer (journals are free to set the terms of their offers, and authors are free to accept or decline) where final acceptance will be made after additional round of reviews. The paper will be part of a theme issue:

Heger T., Pahl A.T., Botta-Dukát Z., Gherardi F., Hoppe C., Hoste I., Jax K., Lindström L., Boets P., Haider S., Kollmann J., Wittmann M. & Jeschke J.M. Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology - AMBIO (pending final acceptance)

Tina Heger:
"I was amazed how fast the whole process was. The most striking event to me was to receive an offer to publish only 20 hours after the last phase of the reviewing process was completed, and 8 hours after I referred our manuscript to AMBIO using the direct referral tool of Peerage of Science. We agreed with the Editor-in-Chief on having another quick round of reviews based on the Peers' comments on our revised version, and hope to soon be able to agree on a version to be published in AMBIO."

Jonathan Jeschke:
"Peerage of Science is a highly recommendable platform. It saves valuable time for the scientific community by avoiding redundant rounds of peer reviews that can result when manuscripts are consecutively sent to multiple journals after rejection. I particularly like that peers can actively pick which manuscripts they want to review, rather than being asked by journal editors to do so."

Johannes Kollmann:
"Peerage of Science is a promising tool that helps creating a more objective, fair and quick reviewing system. Its success will depend on getting further and (even more important) some of the first-class journals interested. As soon as this happens the scientific community will have a procedure that is a strong competitor for the established ways of quality control in science."

Anonymous peer reviewer:
"It was a pleasure to be able to participate in the Peerage of Science review process. I appreciate that the review process is more open than traditional journals, because it holds reviewers accountable to dedicating time and effort to making a high quality review. I also like being able to search for a paper to review that suits my topics of interest, when I am available, which seems much more efficient than for an editor to fish for interested and available reviewers. I was impressed with the quality of the manuscript I reviewed, and am glad to hear it is accepted for publication. I look forward to hearing more successful publications through Peerage of Science."

Editor-in-Chief of AMBIO, Bo Söderström:
"We are delighted that AMBIO, as one of the pioneering journals joining Peerage of Science, also became one of the first to make a publishing offer to a manuscript through the Peerage of Science service.

Four factors were decisive in this decision; first, the high quality of the submission on a topic that will increasingly affect the human environment (biological invasions); second, AMBIO will highlight this theme in the coming year; third, this contribution will fit nicely in our new article category 'Perspective' that aim bridging the gap between research and its implementation; fourth, the high quality of the evaluations made by the two reviewers.

Referrals from Peerage of Science alert me when interesting manuscripts have been submitted. This service is a very convenient way for me, in my capacity as editor-in-chief, to keep track of recent submissions that may be of interest to AMBIO.

In my publishing offer to the authors (their identities were not disclosed to me until they accepted the offer) I stated that a further round of reviews was necessary before formally accepting the article. Given the high quality of previous Peerage of Science reviews we anticipate that this process will be significantly faster than normal."

By Peerage of Science Team

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