In a nutshell

O'Peer is a "toy" demo of a cybernetic, democratic approach to Open Peer Review.  It assumes all submissions are already freely available on the Internet; it recognizes (but may or may not reveal) the identity of every author/reviewer; and it (eventually) accumulates the "credibility index" of all registered participants by keeping a running average of their evaluations by others, weighted by the others' credibility in the aspects evaluated.  See

Goals and intentions

The original idea (insofar as it IS original) is depicted as a presentaion at

The possible extension of the concept to broader societal impact is discussed at

and at

Project status
Review process
  • Review requested by
  • Reviewer selected by
    Editor, service, or community
  • Public interaction
  • Author response
  • Decision
    Other scale or rating
Review policy
  • Review coverage
    Complete paper
  • Reviewer identity known to
  • Competing interests
    Not included
Review features
  • Notes

    The entire process is managed cybernetically as a database of submissions, reviews and "credibility indices" or reviewers.  All authors and referees are free to either identify themselves publicly or remain anonymous to readers, but the computer knows who they are.  This is necessary in order to accumulate a "credibility index" for every author/reviewer based on others' evaluations of their submissions, reviews and comments.  Algorithms will have to be refined and protected constantly to discourage "gaming" of the system.

  • Review of code or data
  • Eligible reviewers/editors
    Anyone registered with the system can submit, review or comment. Their reviews and comments will carry "weight" based on their own accumulated credibility.
  • Tags or badges
  • Criteria for inclusion

    All submissions and reviews will be open access on the Internet.  Rather than "tags and badges", each registered participant will, over time, accumulate detailed "credibility indices" based on others' evaluations of their submissions, reviews and comments.

  • Explanation of cost
    Operation of this database and its algorithms on a societalo scale will be expensive, but it should be free to all users. This will obviously require governmental support.
  • Number of scholarly outputs commented on
  • Results summary

    So far almost no one has used my "toy" demo site -- luckily for me, as I'm running it on my own server for free!  It's meant to merely illustrate how this might be done on a grand scale if the idea catches on.  With luck, someone will "steal" my rudimentary implementation and turn it into a game-changing service.  Whether they make money from that or get the government to fund it is of no concern to me.

  • Source of data
    The database on the website itself.
  • Results URL
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