Nature is undertaking an Open Peer Review trial

For the next three months, Nature is conducting an open peer review trial. Authors submitting articles for peer review are given the option to participate also in a open peer review process in which their papers are open for public comments. The public comments will not have an effect on whether or not the papers are accepted in Nature. However, at the end of the trial the Editors of Nature will study the comments to assess their value.

Even though this is a great initiative, I do not think that three months is enough for this type of trials. Anyways, kudos to Nature for trying new ways to improve the traditional peer review process.

For more information:

Nature’s home page

Nature’s page on the peer review trial

FAQ’s on the trial

Lino

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