See-through review

May 7, 2015

David Colquhoun’s letter “Pressured peers” (30 April) discussed peer review and some of the reasons why the practice is flawed.

PeerJ has been tackling some of the problematic issues of peer review for the past two years by giving authors the option to publish the entire review history alongside the article, in addition to the usual suite of post-publication commenting. To date, about 80 per cent of authors have opted to have their review history published (and all reviews are CC BY Open Access).

And for those who preprint at PeerJ (that is, an “archive” site as mentioned by Colquhoun), editors can take preprint feedback into account for the peer-reviewed submission as well.

There are still benefits to having peer review, but of course it must be taken with a grain of salt. We believe that added transparency (via an audit trail of the review history) tied into a pre-publication preprint can fill in a lot of the gaps.

Jason Hoyt
Chief executive and co-founder, PeerJ

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, government

There really is no need for the Higher Education and Research Bill, says Anne Sheppard