The scientific peer review landscape is finally opening up. The traditional anonymous peer review process is being fiercely challenged by alternative models promoted either by innovative publishers or journal-independent companies. In the light of recent advances, inviting representatives of all emerging initiatives —as well as other independent experts— to an open discussion about peer review […]
Why aren’t articles on arXiv —or any other open access repository— formally credited as publications? What is it exactly that separates open access repositories from publishers? The simple answer is that publications in journals come with an amorphous quality indicator associated with the journal’s perceived prestige. Articles posted on a repository on the other hand, are considered to be “provided at the reader’s own risk”, as they are not accompanied by any measurable guarantee of their scientific merit. We think the time has come to change all that.