1. Submission procedure and workflow

2. Editorial policy

3. Requirements for submission to the thematic PCIs

4. Formatting your article for the Peer Community Journal

5. Templates


 

1. Submission procedure and workflow

Peer Community Journal publishes only articles first peer-reviewed and recommended by one of the thematic PCIs (see current thematic PCIs). The editorial policy, evaluation process, and appeal process of the Peer Community Journal are those of the thematic PCIs.

 

 

1) Deposit your article on a preprint server or in an open archive and obtain a DOI (or another unique identifier). Raw data, scripts, and codes must also be deposited in a dedicated open archive and be attributed a DOI. Templates for preprints are available for word and for latex users (no google docs here because line numbering is impossible in google docs).

2) Submit your article to one of the thematic PCIs according to their scope. Please consult the guide for authors of the corresponding PCI.

3) In case of acceptance by the thematic PCI, your article is recommended. Templates to format articles just before their recommendation are available.

4) Submit your article to the Peer Community Journal for publication by completing a basic form on the journal website and uploading a formatted version of your manuscript (see below section 4. Formatting your article for Peer Community Journal).

The instructions described below are those of the thematic PCIs.


2. Editorial policy​

2.1 Scope

2.2 Editorial criteria

2.3 Types of articles

2.4 Repeatability of science and open science

2.5 Ethics

2.6 New taxon names

2.1 Scope​​​

You should choose one of the thematic PCIs, according to the topic of your article, for submission. The scope of the PCIs is not exhaustive. Please look at the current thematic PCIs to decide which is the most suitable for your article.

2.2 Editorial criteria

​The Peer Community Journal publishes only preprints recommended by the thematic PCIs as of high scientific quality and methodologically and ethically sound. To this end, the thematic PCIs: 
- Require raw data, computer codes and mathematical and statistical analysis scripts to be made available at least to reviewers and recommenders at the time of submission, and also to readers after recommendation. 
- Welcome reproductions of studies. 
- Welcome preprint submissions based on preregistrations (whether or not reviewed) 
- Welcome preprints reporting negative results, provided that the questions addressed and the methodology are sound. 
- Do not accept submissions of preprints presenting financial conflicts of interest. Other conflicts of interest must be minimal and declared. 
- Ensure that, as far as possible, the recommenders and referees have no conflict of interest with the content or authors of the study being evaluated. 

The thematic PCIs do not guarantee the evaluation or recommendation of all submitted preprints. Only preprints considered interesting by at least one competent recommender (equivalent to an associate editor in a classical journal) from the thematic PCI to which the preprint is submitted will be peer-reviewed. The interest of the preprint, as determined by the recommender, can relate to its context, the scientific question addressed, the methodology, or the results. Each thematic PCI has a large number of recommenders, ensuring a considerable diversity of interests.

2.3 Types of article

The articles recommended may be of different types: reviews, comments, opinion papers, research articles, data papers, technical notes, computer notes, etc. Preregistrations should be submitted to PCI Registered Reports.​

2.4 Repeatability of science and open science​

The Peer Community Journal wishes to promote scientific repeatability and reliability, to improve the overall robustness and integrity of science.

To this end, the Peer Community Journal has established three mandatory rules and makes two additional suggestions to authors:

Mandatory rules:

Articles published by the Peer Community Journal must provide readers with: 
-Raw data, made available directly in the text or through an open repository, such as Zenodo, Dryad or some other institutional repository (see Directory of Open Access Repositories) with a DOI. Data must be reusable, and the metadata and accompanying text must, therefore, carefully describe them.

-Details of quantitative analyses (e.g. data processing and statistical scripts in R, bioinformatic pipeline scripts, etc.) and simulations (scripts, codes) must be provided in the text or through an open repository, such as Zenodo, Dryad or some other institutional repository (see Directory of Open Access Repositories) with a DOI. The scripts or codes must be carefully described such that another researcher can run them. 

-Details of experimental procedures must be provided in the text.​

Suggestions to authors:

-The Peer Community Journal encourages authors to use preregistrations. Authors may post their research questions and analysis plan to an independent registry before observing the research outcomes, and, thus, before writing and submitting their article to a thematic PCI. This provides a way of clarifying their hypotheses, avoiding confusing “postdictions” and predictions, and carefully planning appropriate statistical processing of the data (e.g. see 10.1073/pnas.1708274114).​​​

-For evaluation and recommendation, preregistrations should be submitted to PCI Registered Reports

-The Peer Community Journal welcomes recommended articles proposing replication studies. All submissions are assessed by the thematic PCIs according to the same criteria, provided that the article is considered interesting by the recommender handling it and the research question is judged to be scientifically valid.​​​

2.5 Ethics​

The Peer Community Journal is published by Peer Community In, which is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In addition, articles published by the Peer Community Journal respect the ethical principles defined by the European Association for Science Editors:

Original or acceptable secondary publication

Authorship

Ethical experimentation and interpretation

Acknowledgments

Conflict of interest

Complaints and appeal process

Authors of rejected manuscripts can appeal against the thematic PCI decision within 30 days of receiving it, by contacting the managing board of the thematic PCI at the contact email address. Appeals will be considered by the specialist recommender(s) that handled the manuscript and the thematic PCI Managing Board. Decisions following appeal are final.

Data sharing and reproducibility

See the paragraph "2.4 Repeatability of science and open science" ​above.

Ethical oversight

The Managing Board of each thematic PCI (who belongs to the editorial board of the journal) is responsible for monitoring the ethical aspects of submitted articles. Reviewers are invited to expose their concerns (if any) about ethics or scientific misconduct during peer review. 
iThenticate’s CrossCheck software is used to detect plagiarism.

Misconducts
Peer Community Journal will follow the recommendations of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics) in the event of misconduct. 
When the executive board of Peer Community Journal has knowledge of potential misconduct regarding a paper published in Peer Community Journal, it will ask an ad hoc committee of editors to investigate the case. The ad hoc committee will advise the Executive Board of the journal, and based on COPE's recommendations, the Executive Board will make a decision on what action to take.
Retractions, expressions of concern, or corrections may be published by the journal.

Intellectual property

The articles published by Peer Community Journal are published under a CC-BY license. Authors retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions.

Post-publication discussions and corrections

Readers are invited to submit articles discussing articles published by Peer Community Journal. These submissions should be submitted to the corresponding thematic PCI for evaluation and then, in case of acceptance, transferred to Peer Community Journal for publication.
In case of misconduct, retractions, expressions of concern or corrections may be published by the journal.

Reference Sources

https://www.ease.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/doi.10.20316.ESE_.2018.44.e1.pdf

https://www.wma.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DoH-Oct2013-JAMA.pdf

http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/

https://ethics.iit.edu/ecodes/node/5487

2.6 New taxon names​

Electronic publication of new taxonomic names is now permitted by the relevant codes of nomenclature. However, a certain number of requirements must be met for the electronic version of the work and the new names to be considered published. Authors of new zoological, botanical, and fungal names must comply with the following requirements.

Zoological names

The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) allows electronic publication of new zoological names and nomenclatural acts as long as the work in which they appear is properly archived and registered. Details of the publication must be entered into Zoobank, the official ICZN registry. Peer Community Journal is archived in CLOCKSS and will appear as a known journal during the Zoobank registration process.

Authors must register their publication and their new names into Zoobank to obtain corresponding LSIDs (Life Science Identifiers). For nomenclatural acts other that a new species, genus, or family name, only the registration of the published work is currently mandatory.

In the Systematics or Results section, the LSID must be listed after each new species, genus, and family name, for example:

Homo naledi sp. nov.

urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:C85CAAC2-658B-4189-B1D8-F9488F67E544

In the Methods section, authors must also include the following statement:

"The electronic version of this article conforms with the requirements of the amended International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Hence the new names and nomenclatural acts contained herein are effectively published under that Code from the electronic edition alone. This published work and the nomenclatural acts it contains have been registered in ZooBank, the online registration system for the ICZN. The ZooBank LSIDs (Life Science Identifiers) can be resolved and the associated information viewed through any standard web browser by appending the LSID to the prefix “http://zoobank.org/”. The LSID for this publication is: urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:XXXXXXX. The electronic edition of this work is archived and available from the following digital repositories: Peer Community Journal and CLOCKSS."

Botanical names

Since January 2012, the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN) recognizes electronic work published with an ISSN or an ISBN as effectively published under the Code. It is also accepted that the description or diagnosis of a new taxon can be given in either Latin or English. For vascular plants and fungi, please see the additional requirements below.

For vascular plants

Peer Community Journal requires new names, new combinations, or replacement names to be registered into the International Plant Names Index (IPNI).

The LSIDs (Life Science Identifiers) obtained from the IPNI should be listed under the new names in the Systematics or Results section. And the following text should be added in the Methods section:

"The electronic version of this article conforms with the requirements of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN). Hence the new names and nomenclatural acts contained herein are effectively published under that Code from the electronic edition alone. In addition, new names contained in this work have been submitted to the International Plant Names Index (IPNI), from where they will be made available to the Global Names Index. The IPNI LSIDs can be resolved and the associated information viewed through any standard web browser by appending the LSID to the prefix https://ipni.org/. The electronic edition of this work is archived and available from the following digital repositories: Peer Community Journal and CLOCKSS."

For fungi

Authors need to contact either MycoBank or Index Fungorum to obtain a LSID (Life Science identifier) for their new name or nomenclatural act (mandatory since January 1st, 2013). The LSID must be included in the protologue. Authors must also add the following text in the Methods section (update as necessary):

"The electronic version of this article conforms with the requirements of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN). Hence the new names and nomenclatural acts contained herein are effectively published under that Code from the electronic edition alone. In addition, new names contained in this work have been submitted to the MycoBank / Index Fungorum, from where they will be made available to the Global Names Index. The LSIDs can be resolved and the associated information viewed through any standard web browser by appending the LSID to the prefix https://www.MycoBank.org/MB/ OR http://www.indexfungorum.org/Names/NamesRecord.asp?RecordID=. The electronic edition of this work is archived and available from the following digital repositories: Peer Community Journal and CLOCKSS."


3. Requirements for submission to the thematic PCIs

3.1 Deposition of the MS and supplementary information, submission to a thematic PCI, recommendation by the thematic PCI

3.2 Ethics

When submitting their manuscripts to a thematic PCI, authors should agree to respect the ethical principles described above.


4. Formatting your article for Peer Community Journal

4.1 Structure of your article

4.2 If you formatted your article with the PCI template before recommendation

4.3 If you did not use the PCI template before recommendation

4.3.1 For LaTex users

4.3.2 For Microsoft Word users

4.3.3 For LibreOffice / OpenOffice users

4.3.4 For Google Docs users

 

4.1 Structure of your article

The format of the article for submission (i.e. transfer from a PCI) to the Peer Community Journal is very simple. The text should begin with the introduction, with no cover page, header or footer. Templates are available for word, Google Docs and for latex users.
We will add a cover page, headers and footers to the pdf of your article after submission (an example of an article can be seen here).

The structure of your article should follow this classic structure (the first 4 sections can be changed depending on the article type): 

Data, statistical scripts, command lines and simulation code, and all supplementary information must be made available to readers, in an open repository with a DOI (see the repositories listed by OpenDOAR, eg. Zenodo). A perennial URL can be provided if no DOI is available; please note that GitHub URLs are not perennial. Information on how to issue a DOI for a GitHub repository is given at https://docs.github.com/en/repositories/archiving-a-github-repository/referencing-and-citing-content
If data are not directly accessible, the reason should be given in the "Data, scripts, code, and supplementary information availability" section
Wherever possible, data, scripts, codes, and supplementary information should be provided in machine-readable formats. Avoid PDFs other than for textual or figure supplementary information.
Readme files explaining data, scripts, and code are required to make data, scripts, and code understandable and reusable by the reader.

If the data, script, code and supplementary information availability section contains one or several dois (or urls), it is necessary to cite the corresponding reference(s) in the text when data, scripts, code or supplementary information are mentioned and to list the corresponding reference(s) in the reference list

Make sure that your references are correct, and accurate and have a DOI when possible (e.g. https://doi.org/10111/100.1023). All the citations in the text should be cited in the references and reciprocally (see 4.3.2.4 for the complete requirements for references). A simple way to obtain the URL for the DOI at the end of each reference is to copy/paste your list of references into https://apps.crossref.org/simpleTextQuery. Some DOIs cannot be found in this way, but a Google search with the title of the article generally finds the corresponding DOI.

4.2 If you formatted your article with the PCI template before recommendation

The optional templates provided for the different PCI to prepare the final formatted version of your article prior to recommendation allow to have your article ready for submission to Peer Community Journal very quickly and simply: Just delete the first page of the pdf file that you formatted before uploading it on the preprint server. It’s ready to be transferred to Peer Community Journal.
Please do NOT use the file downloaded from the preprint server (because it often includes inappropriate formatting, such as unwanted headers and footers).

4.3 If you did not use the PCI template before recommendation

4.3.1 For LaTex users

Simply use this PCJ LaTex package, and please add the option mode=plain to the classcopy. Paste your text, figures, tables, etc. into the PCJ-sample.tex file, change the PCJ-sample.bib file, add the required image files. Do not fill the metadata fields (names, affiliations, emails, etc.).

4.3.2 For Microsoft Word users

Use the word template file (PCJ.dotx) and follow the instructions below.

4.3.2.1 Download and save the template PCJ.dotx on your computer

4.3.2.2 If you start a document from scratch

4.3.2.2bis If you want to format an existing document

Open your document and link it to the PCJ.dotx template. To do this:

4.3.2.3 Format your text

In all cases:

==> Do not include any front page containing the title, authors' names and affiliations, key words and abstract. We will insert these items ourselves after the submission of your article.

==> Do not include any footer, page numbers or header. We will insert these items ourselves after the submission of your article.

==> Do not insert blank lines or tabs; just use the predefined styles.

 

Use the predefined PCJ styles:

PCJ styles appear in the style gallery of the home tab. 

Once you have attached your article to the template PCJ.dotx, you can use the predefined style: click on the text you want to format (e.g. a section title) and then click on the corresponding predefined PCJ style in the style gallery of the home tab.

Use the following predefined PCJ styles in the corresponding parts of the document:

4.3.2.4 Format your references

Please carefully check that all the references cited in the text are in the reference list, and reciprocally

Please also check that the references are complete (with authors, title, year, volume number, page number or article number and DOI at the end) and correct. If any of the preprints listed in your reference list have been published in a journal in the meantime, you may either leave the reference to the preprint or indicate the reference to the journal - in the latter case, please update your reference list accordingly.

References may be formatted using the following styles:

References should mandatorily:

4.3.2.5 Save your document

Once your document is fully formatted, save it as a .docx file and then as a PDF file.

4.3.3 For LibreOffice/OpenOffice users

The word template file (PCJ.dotx) can be used in LibreOffice/OpenOffice.

4.3.3.1 If you start a document from scratch

4.3.3.2 If you want to format an existing document

4.3.3.3 Format your text

See 4.3.2.3 (for Word Users)

4.3.3.4 Format your references

See 4.3.2.4 (for Word Users)

4.3.3.5 Save your document

Once your document is fully formatted, save it as an .odt file and then as a PDF file

4.3.4 For Google Docs users

Use the Google Doc template.

 

5. Templates