Review Commons is a platform for high-quality journal-independent peer review in the life sciences.

Review Commons provides authors with a Refereed Preprint, which includes the authors’ manuscript, reports from a single round of peer review and the authors’ response. Review Commons also facilitates author-directed submission of Refereed Preprints to affiliate journals to expedite editorial consideration, reduce serial re-review and streamline publication.

Review Commons transfers Refereed Preprints on behalf of the authors to bioRxiv and 28 affiliate journals from EMBO Press, eLife, ASCB, The Company of Biologists, Rockefeller University Press, PLOS, the Biochemical Society, the Australia and New Zealand Socieity for Immunology and FEBS.

Review Commons will:

  • Allow reviewers to focus on the science, not specific journal fit.
  • Enrich the value of preprints.
  • Reduce re-reviewing at multiple journals.
  • Accelerate the publishing process by providing journals with high-quality referee reports.

How it works

Review Commons empowers authors by providing them with a Refereed Preprint and facilitating its submission to affiliate journals.

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Learn more about the scope of Review Commons and its peer review process:

Senior Advisory Board

The senior advisory board provides EMBO with high-level strategic guidance for the development of Review Commons.

Portrait of David Baulcombe
David Baulcombe University of Cambridge
Portrait of Stefano Bertozzi
Stefano Bertozzi Berkeley School of Public Health
Portrait of Gautam Dey
Gautam Dey European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Portrait of Pierre Gönczy
Pierre Gönczy Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL
Ruth Lehmann
Ruth Lehmann Whitehead Institute, MIT
Portrait of Maria Leptin
Maria Leptin European Research Council
Portrait of Ron Vale
Ron Vale HHMI Janelia Research Campus

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