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Open Peer Review


Open peer review is an umbrella term for a number of overlapping ways that peer review models can be adapted in line with the aims of Open Science, including making reviewer and author identities open, publishing review reports and enabling greater participation in the peer review process. The full list of traits is:

Source : Tony Ross-Hellauer - What is open peer review ? A systematic review


Scientific knowledge has been built for centuries through peer review, scientists validating each other’s research work to advance science.

Traditionally, the results of research were sent to a scientific journal for evaluation by other scientists.

With the advent of the digital, pre-publication platforms are being set up where researchers can publish their work with this evaluation being carried out in an open manner, with peers reviewing the research without necessarily being selected according to a more public process. For example, the article providing the definition on F1000Research shows validation by 4 reviewers and their comments.

The benefits can be manifold: a greater number of reviewers, improved transparency of evaluation, interaction between scientists, etc. The aim is to achieve higher-quality research.