Simple, streamlined peer review: Taylor & Francis announce new trial with Peerage of Science

Taylor and Francis today announce a new trial with Peerage of Science, offering a simpler, transparent peer review process across its portfolio of Botany, Ecology and Zoology journals.

Peerage of Science is now available across 30 journals within this portfolio, including the Journal of Natural History, International Journal of Acarology, and Climate and Development. The journals included in the initiative will enjoy more efficient publishing process, enabling peer review of articles prior to authors submitting to a specific journal. It encourages greater transparency, with submitted articles being made instantly available for review to any of the qualified registered peers. Peer reviews are also themselves reviewed, increasing and quantifying the quality of the overall process.

Peerage of Science was created for researchers by researchers, facilitating greater engagement between authors and journal editors. Authors can submit their manuscript to the service, set their own deadlines for review, and track its progress. Once peer review is complete, the service enables both authors to choose which journal best suits their manuscript, and editors to select articles they feel are suitable for their journal. 

The resource aims to speed up the whole publishing process, provide consistent, rigorous and fair reviewing practice, while continuing to offer authors and journal editors the freedom to choice of where and what to publish.

“In the brief history of the Peerage of Science, the addition of 30 new direct destinations with full editorial access at once is the largest single expansion to date”, says Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Peerage of Science. “I am excited to launch a collaboration with Taylor & Francis with this milestone, and see tremendous potential for more in the future. Also, I am particularly happy to welcome the editors of so many highly specialized high-quality journals into Peerage of Science, in several subject areas that together cover a large portion of our current community. I know many scientists prefer to publish their research in outlets just like these, curated specifically for and by their own core international research communities. With this expansion, the ‘just right’ destination journal is directly available for so many more articles, making Peerage of Science that much more useful for the scientific community.”

Deborah Kahn, Editorial Director, Taylor & Francis commented, “I am delighted that Taylor & Francis are partnering with Peerage of Science. Their excellent and innovative peer review services will be welcomed by authors and editors across our journals portfolio in biology, ecology and natural history”.