[open-science] Community Comments and Peer Review: A Preprint Commenting Pilot at PLOS

David Knutson dknutson at plos.org
Tue Nov 5 16:42:04 UTC 2019

PLOS today launched a pilot to see if community feedback could help improve the quality and speed of the review process at a journal. Researchers have told us<https://blogs.plos.org/plos/2019/10/trends-in-preprints/> that posting manuscripts as preprints before-or at the same time as-submitting them to a journal is a great way to gain additional feedback from the community and improve their paper. So we wanted to put that feedback to the test.
Starting today, PLOS staff will be checking comments left on preprinted submissions to PLOS Computational Biology<https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/>, PLOS Genetics<https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/>, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases <https://journals.plos.org/ntds/> and PLOS Pathogens<https://journals.plos.org/pathogens/> using the PLOS preprint posting service. Those comments that could be relevant to the scientific evaluation of the manuscript will be made available to the editor handling the peer review of the manuscript at PLOS. At the discretion of the handling editor, useful comments can then complement the peer reviews that they have commissioned. As they are communicated to authors by the editor, these comments can then become part of the published peer review history for the article upon publication-making the entire review process completely transparent. You can read more about it on the Official PLOS Blog<https://blogs.plos.org/plos/2019/11/community-comments-and-peer-review-a-preprint-commenting-pilot-at-plos/>.
David Knutson
Sr. Communications Manager, PLOS
Cell +1 651-260-8288

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