Last week, the new Biophysics Colab Group went live on Sciety. Their review process, carried out in a transparent way, generates high-quality and collegiate feedback on a preprint from its reviewers. The feedback from the reviewers is then consolidated into a single report which is posted on Sciety.
Authors have the opportunity to respond to comments from reviewers and post a new version of their preprint that addresses these comments. The authors’ response is then posted publicly alongside the reviews and can be seen in context on Sciety’s activity pages. The Group recognises studies that are rigorous and robust by posting an endorsement statement.
By experimenting with review and endorsement of publicly available preprints, Biophysics Colab aims to improve the way in which original research is evaluated and disseminated. Their equitable, inclusive and transparent approach is journal-agnostic and results in constructive advice that helps authors to improve the interpretation of their data.
At Sciety we focus on creating an enabling environment through technology and community effort. Providing a platform for Groups that are reviewing, evaluating and screening preprints to focus on doing what they know best, is our core foundation. Implementing such an ambitious scope of work requires collaboration with users at all stages, both for the development and user.
This provides a stage for communities like Biophysics Colab to increase the openness of scientific peer review, make it more accountable, transparent, and accountable. The reward is that research work can continue to improve, with researchers receiving timely feedback and more progress made on findings.
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Header image: Ribbon representation of haemoglobin (PDB: 5NI1) showing two bound haem groups by Angela Ballesteros