the Peer Community journal [not the PCI journal!]

After a debate within the PCI (Peer Community in) communities as to whether or not create a Peer Community Journal, the decision was made to launch it and it is now ready. A really great initiative that I support (albeit from a fringe field when considering the range of the PCIs) and which can only succeed (to bypass traditional journals) if submissions happen. (There already exists a PCI Journal, specialising in research on precast, prestressed concrete. Not to be confused with!) To quote from the journal webpage,

Once an article has been recommended by a PCI, the authors can opt to leave it on a preprint server, to publish it in Peer Community Journal, to submit it to a PCI-friendly journal or to any other journal.

Peer Community Journal is run by researchers for researchers and is funded by public research institutions. It is:

  • Unique = it is a single journal for all PCIs, and a generalist journal (Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genomics, Archaeology, Paleontology, Network Science, Zoology, Infection, etc. )
  • Free = it is a diamond open-access journal (free for both authors and readers), financed by public research institutions and Plan S compatible.
  • Exclusive = it publishes only articles recommended by PCI
  • Unconditional = it can publish any PCI-recommended article in its recommended version
  • Opt-in = it publishes articles only if the authors wish it
  • Immediate = after recommendation by a PCI, no delay between transfer to the journal and publication
  • Community-based, with more than 1500 recommenders playing the role of Editors

This journal, created and funded by the PCI organization, accepts PCI-recommended articles without further peer reviews.

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