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ACS pilots transparent peer review for two journals
The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) introduced Transparent Peer Review, a peer review process implemented as a pilot for ACS Central Science and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. ACS notes, “For authors and reviewers who choose to participate, transparent peer review makes reviewer comments and author response to reviewers visible to readers of a published article. … For a manuscript to go through the new process, all authors and reviewers must opt for transparent peer review. If all parties agree, their reports and responses will be published with an article as additional information.
“This new approach provides insight into an essential part of the publishing process that has generally remained private,” says Sarah Tegen, senior vice president of the newspaper publishing group at ACS. “Transparent peer review fosters open science by providing access to exchange between reviewers and authors. It performs another function of helping to educate early career researchers who are just beginning to edit or publish research articles. Seeing real examples of opinions and comments from other researchers can be an invaluable tool for these young scientists. “
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