JNE pilots transparent peer review
Journal of Neuroendocrinology (JNE), the official journal of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology, is piloting transparent peer review as of February 2020.
Transparent peer review gives authors the option for reviewer reports, author responses (rebuttals), and the editor’s decision letters to be linked from the published article to where they appear on Publons. However, authors will retain the option not to engage with transparent peer review should they so wish, and reviewers will remain anonymous unless they elect to sign their report.
Traditional peer review has been subject to criticism for lack of accountability, biases, lack of incentives and wastefulness. Taking part in the pilot is a commitment by JNE and Wiley, JNE’s publisher, to greater openness and reproducibility of research, including increasing transparency in peer review. A transparent peer review workflow shows readers the process behind editorial decision-making, increases accountability, and helps recognise the work of editors and peer reviewers.
“Opening up peer review allows us to clearly demonstrate the quality of the review that the Journal, its Editors and reviewers provide to our authors – our peer review process and its rigor is a measure of quality, the hallmark of the Journal.” - Professor Julian Mercer, Journal of Neuroendocrinology Editor-in-Chief.