Wiley pilots transferable peer review

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Quiz time! How long would you estimate it takes for a paper to go through peer review?

On average, it takes 80 days per paper or 1,920 hours (according to an article by M. Ware in Publishing Research Consortium). That’s a lot of time spent waiting for a decision. In hopes to alievating this pain point, Wiley is piloting “transferable peer review.” As outlined in a  recent Wiley Exchanges article, this new system will cut down on review time.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • The system allows you the option to preserve and transfer initial peer review, should you receive a decision to reject from one journal and wish to request transfer to another.
  • The review is now able to travel with the article on its route to publication. By reducing the number of reviews in the universe, the aim is to reduce the burden on reviewers, while helping editors to make faster decisions and increase the publication speed.

There are initiatives to take some journals out of the peer review process altogether and detach reviewer reports from publication in a specific journal. Many authors know which journals they would prefer to publish and would rather not be told which journal they should submit. Many authors do not want undesirable journals to bid for publication of their paper.

The system is currently been piloted among nine of our high impact neuroscience titles  and will run for about six months. The results will be used to develop a new process. 

For more information, check out the full article visit the Wiley Exchanges page here.

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