Commenting on scientific articles is at the core of research. MyScienceWork, like many others, wants to tackle the question of putting those exchanges online through open peer review (OPR) of published articles. Here is a first step.
On 22 November, we put online a new functionality that allows you to comment on and rate the articles available on MyScienceWork (30 million publications). Start posting your own review of published articles, whether recent or older. You can also filter positive or negative comments only, by clicking on the wheel on the righthand side: click on the red or green section and you will get only negative or positive comments. Click on the grey and you’ll get comments not associated with a rating. You can also rate comments yourself. Apart from yours, which stays at the top, comments will appear from the most positively evaluated to the least.
The evaluation of scientific publications by peers, also called peer review, has come under criticism from several angles. Open peer review is the main flag brandished in the quest to vanquish the complexity of reforming peer review – by opening it to everyone, without anonymity.
So here we go. As a first step, we’ve allowed comments to evaluate and rate articles. What we will need now is your feedback.
Do you wish to be able to comment within the article (to annotate a graph, a paragraph, a formula)? Would this help build collaborative reading and evaluation of the product of research? Do you think peer review should be handled differently for different disciplines? Should peer review be included in a researcher’s evaluation metrics? Should reviews be licenced? Should we produce a DOI identification for reviews?
Those questions should find an answer soon. Whether gold or green, open access will very soon become widespread. If gold open access prevails, an open process of reviewing articles will bring more transparency and lower the cost of publication. If green OA prevails, the volume of available articles might reach a massive quantity. When this day comes, there needs to be another way to:
1- evaluate articles to keep their quality high
2- filter content according to its relevance
In this near future, what will be the role of peer review? Can social networks and platforms provide efficient ways to filter articles according to their relevance and quality? What will be the impact of a good review on a researcher’s online reputation? What will be the impact on the speed of the publication process?
We are waiting for your feedback and eager to see if we will enter a time when rejection rates from publications will be very low and based only on scientific rigor, while open evaluation and open, multi-parameter metrics allow us to reach the most helpful publications.
The MyScienceWork team