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


 

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.

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.

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 recommended manuscript (see below the 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​​​

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, preferably, 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:


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 following points, defined by the European Association for Science Editors:

 Original or acceptable secondary publication

Authorship

Ethical experimentation and interpretation

Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest

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


4. Formatting your article for Peer Community Journal

4.1 Structure of your article

4.2 For LaTex users

4.3 For Microsoft Word users

4.4 For LibreOffice/OpenOffice 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 (an example of an article formatted for submission/transfer can be seen here).
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 generally follow this classic structure: 

To format your article,

4.2 For LaTex users:

Use this LaTex package, and please add the option mode=plain to the class. In addition,

 

4.3 For Microsoft Word users:

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

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

4.2.2 If you start a document from scratch

4.2.2bis If you want to format an existing document

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

Then, clean your document:

4.2.3 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 appears in the style gallery of the home tab. 

Once you have attached your article to the PCJ.dotx template, 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:

4.2.4 Format your references

References should:

4.2.5 Save your document

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

 

4.4 For LibreOffice/OpenOffice users:

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

4.3.1 If you start a document from scratch

4.3.2 If you want to format an existing document

4.3.3 Format your text

See 2.3 (for Word Users)

4.3.4 Format your references

See 2.4 (for Word Users)

4.3.5 Save your document

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