BioMed Central journals BMC Biology, BMC Ecology, BMC Evolutionary Biology and Frontiers in Zoology now welcome manuscripts that have been reviewed through the community peer-review initiative Peerage of Science.
This initiative aims to not only bring greater accountability and openness to the traditional peer-review process, but also to reward reviewers for the quality of their reviewing. By decoupling from journals the process of finding and assessing reviews, the founders hope to be able to create a more efficient experience for researchers as they try to find a suitable home for their research.
Speaking to BioMed Central, co-founder Janne-Tuomas Seppänen says:
“As one of the original founders of the initiative, I am very happy to see more open access journals also among the participating journals. Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Zoology are among the core research fields represented by the growing user community, so I am sure both the community and the journals will benefit immensely from the ability to use Peerage of Science peer reviews in manuscript submissions.”
For interested readers, further details about BioMed Central’s support of this new service can be found on the BMC-series blog:
Authors wishing to take advantage of this process should indicate clearly in their covering letter if their manuscript has previously been reviewed through Peerage of Science.