Wiley trials 'transferable peer review'

Wiley trials 'transferable peer review'

Wiley is to trial a transferable peer review scheme for nine of its neuroscience journals, which it says will save time for authors, reviewers and editors.

Research articles submitted to Wiley journals are reviewed by a minimum of two suitably qualified experts before an editor makes a decision to publish, based on the reviews provided. If a paper is rejected from an author’s first choice journal, the peer review process starts again on resubmission.

In Wiley’s pilot scheme, peer reviews can simply be transferred to another journal.

In addition to their usual review format, the journals taking part in the trial will also use a standard scorecard. The author of a rejected paper will have the option to transfer the review and scorecard to another journal, and will also be able to revise their manuscript prior to resubmission.

Philip Carpenter, vice-president and managing director for research communications at Wiley, said: “Peer review is an essential cornerstone for scientific publishing, where rigorous scrutiny results in high quality research.

“As an example of the best traditional practices evolving to fit the needs of 21st century researchers, we believe this enhanced system will save authors, reviewers and editors valuable time and significantly increase the publication speed of many papers.”

The neuroscience journals taking part in the pilot are Brain and Behavior, Human Brain Mapping, Hippocampus, Journal of Comparative Neurology (JCN), Journal of Neuroscience Research, Depression and Anxiety, Developmental Neurobiology, Synapse and Genes, Brain & Behavior.

The pilot scheme will run for at least six months, Wiley said, and the results used to expand the scheme.