Articles evaluated by more than one group

3 years ago   •   3 min read

By The Sciety Team
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One of the early goals for Sciety was to have an article evaluated by more than one group. We liked this goal because it demonstrates the value in bringing evaluations from a diverse group of evaluators and curators together but also exhibits something that isn’t obvious in the journal world - that more than one set of experts can have opinions about a particular paper.

As we discussed in a previous post, preprints come with many benefits for authors, readers, reviewers, practitioners and a host of others working within the ecosystem. We’ve also highlighted that recent groups joining Sciety have a shared research area but different approaches to how they evaluate preprints.

Sciety leverages the advantage that preprints offer, that they can be evaluated by more than one entity in a way that traditional journal submissions cannot. The form these evaluations take may range from multi-part peer reviews to automated screenings and may be accumulated over time from a multitude of sources. In these cases, not only has the author gained valuable insights from reputable and trusted peers, the readers benefit from multiple perspectives that inform their own interpretation.

Searching for articles on Sciety will surface how many evaluations they have received.

On Sciety, the article is enriched with diverse opinions alongside information about subsequent versions as the authors respond to feedback, transforming it into a living document accessible to all. The unique activity feed linked to each article facilitates this scenario by displaying every evaluation as an event linked to a particular group.

Recent examples of articles with more than one evaluation from different groups:

We hope to see many more examples of preprints that have attracted comment from multiple groups, since this will signal the behavioural change we firmly believe in. As a group on Sciety you have the opportunity to add your voice to an existing network of opinions and don’t have to limit yourself to evaluating preprints that others haven’t. We support the formation of new groups and are always keen to hear from experts who are currently, or interested in, evaluating preprints together.

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