Axios Review exists to eliminate the huge inefficiency at the heart of scientific publishing: Authors cannot currently submit to a journal that wants their paper. The resulting search for a suitable journal wastes researcher time, inflates the cost of journals, and ultimately slows the progress of science.
Axios applies the long-established brokerage model to scientific publishing. We conduct a rigorous editor-led peer review process and then find a journal that wants the paper. This approach is highly effective: 85% of Axios papers get accepted at the journal (compared to <30% for the current system). Half of the accepted Axios papers are not re-reviewed by the journal. Our papers are published with under 2 rounds of review (vs. 5 in the current system) without any loss of rigour.
Goals and intentions
The current process for publishing scientific research is highly inefficient:
- Researchers need to publish their papers in high profile journals to win funding.
- High profile journals receive many thousands of research papers every year.
- 70 to 95% of these papers are rejected, the majority for poor fit or lack of novelty.
- Researchers must then submit their papers to another journal.
- Most papers are assessed again and again by different journals before being published.
- This takes up researcher time, raises the cost of journals, and slows the progress of science.
We received 470 submissions, with almost 200 of those arriving in 2016. At the last time of checking (early 2017) 130 had been published in academic journals, mostly high profile journals in ecology and evolution.
We consistently found that 85% of Axios papers were accepted at the interested journal (compared to under 30% for the current system). Half of the accepted Axios papers are not re-reviewed by the journal, greatly increasing the speed of the publishing process.
Most Axios papers were published with fewer than 2 rounds of review, compared to over 5 in the current system. Excluding the time authors spend on revisions, we averaged 3 months between the paper arriving at Axios and being published in a journal.