IOP Publishing Launches Transparent Portfolio-Wide Peer Review

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IOP Publishing (IOPP) puts all of its open access (OA) journals through transparent peer review, making it the first physics publisher to adopt the portfolio-wide approach.

Transparent peer review involves publishing the entire peer review process, from initial review to final decision. This means that alongside the published article, readers can see a full history of peer review, including reviewers’ reports, editor’s decision letters, and author responses. Making this process visible to the community increases accountability and allows reviewers to be more recognized for their hard work.

Marc Gillett, Publishing Operations Manager at IOPP, said: “With this exciting new development, we will bring greater transparency to research published in IOP Publishing journals and increase the quality of the peer review process. while helping to teach best practices in peer review”.

The launch follows a year-long trial in which authors and reviewers were given the choice of whether or not to display their reviewer reports alongside the published article in three IOPP journals . Since then, IOPP has extended this choice to more than 50% of all IOPP open access journals. About half of all authors who publish in open access with IOPP choose to disclose reviewer reports showing a positive attitude toward this relatively new way of disclosing scholarly information.

Transparent peer review complements double-blind peer review, where the identities of authors and reviewers are concealed, which IOPP also offers across its portfolio. The difference is that an anonymous double peer review is applied before publication and a transparent review is carried out after publication. Together, these two processes complement each other, allowing for maximum objectivity during the review process and maximum transparency after publication.

To ensure a smooth implementation that will enable seamless peer review at scale, IOPP has partnered with Publons to introduce a new solution based on ScholarOne technology.

The transparent peer review option will be made available to authors and reviewers publishing in one of IOPP’s open access journals from 1 February 2022.

– This press release was originally published on the IOP Publishing website

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