Our latest survey shows that the overwhelming majority of our authors and reviewers support our journal agnostic peer-review process and consider the elimination of multiple cycles of peer review to be the most important benefit of Review Commons. Authors also regard the preparation of the authors’ detailed response as the rate-limiting step for the public posting of refereed preprints.
In a major step toward promoting preprint peer review as a means of increasing transparency and efficiency in scientific publishing, Review Commons is updating its policy: as of 1 June 2022, peer reviews and the authors’ response will be publicly posted by Review Commons to bioRxiv or medRxiv when authors transfer their refereed preprint to the first affiliate journal.
EMBO, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, eLife/Sciety, and the Knowledge Futures Group have recently launched a collaborative pilot project called DocMaps. The project’s goal is to create a common framework that will allow the machine-readable tracking of the peer reviews of individual preprints.
As of August 1, 2021, Review Commons will require all authors to post their manuscript as a preprint, prior to transfer to an affiliate journal. In return, all the affiliate journals provide authors with extended scooping protection.
The pandemic has shown how preprints accelerate the dissemination of research findings, but it also highlights the crucial importance of peer review.