Peer Community in Neuroscience (PCI Neuro) is a community of neuroscientists who peer-review and recommend unpublished preprints publicly available from open archives such as HAL, Zenodo, arXiv, OSF-preprints, and bioRxiv. The peer-review process of PCI Neuro is very similar to that of conventional journals, except that it is transparent; peer-reviews and editorial correspondence are published and open data and code are required. Preprints recommended by PCI Neuro are finalized, peer-reviewed articles that can be used and cited, like any other article published in a conventional journal. A refereed preprint by PCI Neuro is a reliable and high quality manuscript that does not need to be published in conventional journals, although further submission in a journal is possible.
At submission, PCI
- Considers all types of articles (experimental work, theory, review, opinion, etc.)
- Does not impose any format or restrictions in terms of article length, number of figures or tables
- Considers anonymous submissions
- Welcomes preregistration submissions and preprint submissions based on preregistrations (with or without prior review)
- Makes sure that raw data, codes and scripts are available
- Helps authors to suggest appropriate recommenders to handle their article
- Informs authors within 20 days if no recommender can be found to handle the article
During evaluation, PCI
- Evaluates only articles considered interesting by at least one of the many recommenders
- Provides explicit guidelines for the recommender handling the preprints (https://peercommunityin.org/2020/10/28/pci-recommender-guide/)
- Organizes rigorous peer-review (https://peercommunityin.org/2020/10/22/pci-reviewer-guide/)
- Provides technical assistance to authors, recommenders and reviewers
- Allows authors to follow the evaluation process of their article online
- Makes sure that recommenders obtain at least two reliable review reports before making editorial decisions on the original version of the article
- Makes sure that recommenders make an editorial decision that is reliable and respectful to the authors
At the revision stage, PCI
- Communicates regularly with the authors to ensure that the revision process is performed correctly and in a timely manner.
- Allows the authors as much time as they need to revise their article.
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- Review requested by
- Reviewer selected by
- Editor, service, or community
- Public interaction
- Inclusion of author response
- Binary decision
- Review coverage
- Complete paper
- Reviewer identity known to
- Editor or service
- Competing interests
- Mahesh Karnani (CNCR, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Marion Mercier (IoN, UCL, United Kingdom)
- Vincent Magloire (IoN, UCL, United Kingdom)
- Thibaut Sesia (University Hospital of Cologne, Germany)
- Florent Lebon (University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France)
- Ian Greenhouse (University of Oregon, USA)
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