1. What is Peer Community Journal?

2. What articles are published by the Peer Community Journal?

3. What is the evaluation process?

4. What does the Peer Community Journal do?

5. What does the Peer Community Journal not do?

6. Is Peer Community Journal an overlay journal?

7. Governance of the Peer Community Journal

8. Publication ethics

9. Support for Peer Community Journal

10. Contact us


 

1. What is Peer Community Journal?

This journal, created and funded by the not-for-profit and non-commercial “Peer Community In” (PCI) organisation, publishes PCI-recommended articles in open access, without further peer review, at no cost to the authors.

 

 

The evaluation of articles, by peer review, is performed by each thematic PCI. Once an article has been evaluated, accepted and recommended by a PCI, the authors can opt to publish it in Peer Community Journal.
Peer Community journal is run by researchers for researchers and is funded by public research institutions. It is:

Peer Community journal is under evaluation by international scientific databases for indexation.

Open access policy

Peer Community Journal is a diamond open access journal. It is free for both authors and readers.

The articles published by Peer Community Journal are published under a CC-BY license

Authors retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions.

According to the submission and evaluation procedures (see below), the submitted version and the accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) must be deposited in an open repository. In addition, the published version (Version of Record) can be deposited in an open repository.


2. Aims and scope?

Acceptance of an article for publication in the journal is conditional on the recommendation by one of the original thematic PCI of the article:

Peer Community Journal publishes articles dealing with all fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, zoology, neuroscience, paleontology, animal science, archaeology, genomics, mathematical and computational biology, network Science, forest and wood science, biotic interactions, ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. It will also publish articles based on registered reports dealing with all physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The articles must describe empirical or theoretical studies, and be based on observations from experiments or nature, or previously acquired data. They may also report the results of verbal, computer or mathematical models. Studies of methodologies are also appreciated. Perspectives, reviews and opinions and comments on previously published articles are also welcome.   

Peer Community Journal publishes only articles of high scientific quality that are methodologically and ethically sound. To this end, Peer Community Journal: 


3. What is the evaluation process?

For each article, the process of evaluation is performed by one of the original thematic PCI. This evaluation is very similar to the process of article evaluation in ‘traditional’ journals. Just like journal editors, the recommenders appointed by the PCI handle preprints: they are responsible for finding reviewers, collecting reviews, and making editorial decisions based on reviews. They may eventually recommend articles after one or several rounds of review. Preregistration recommendation works in a similar way, with one recommender appointed to handle the preregistration and a few reviewers to judge the value of the proposed study. 

3.1 At submission, PCI

3.2 During evaluation, PCI

3.3 At the revision stage, PCI

3.4 In case of acceptance, PCI


4. What does the Peer Community Journal do?

The Peer Community Journal:

To see what each PCI does before recommendation, please consult the help/How does it work section of each PCI


5. What does the Peer Community Journal not do?


6. Is Peer Community Journal an overlay journal?

Peer Community Journal is not an overlay journal. Why? because authors submitting their articles to PCI can use all preprint servers and open archives that currently exist (arXiv, bioRxiv, OSF preprints, HAL, etc.), and some of them: 


7. Governance of the Peer Community Journal

Peer Community journal belongs to, and is published and funded by the PCI organisation.
Peer Community Journal is member of the Centre Mersenne for Open Scientific Publishing
The Peer Community Journal is endowed with:

 


8. Publication ethics

Peer Community Journal follows strong ethical principles. Read more on the journal's publication ethics.


9. Support for Peer Community Journal

Peer Community Journal is supported by more 20 universities and major research organisations including: See the full list here.


10. Contact us

To get in touch with the journal please use the following e-mail address: contact@peercommunityjournal.org