In a nutshell

PeerRef is a journal-independent open peer review service.

We believe that journal publication is not required for all research.

Our aim is to improve the process of getting research peer reviewed and disseminated.

We are simplifying the process of peer review. We do not require specific manuscript formatting and we send manuscripts directly to potential peer reviewers. Additionally, peer review is based on validity, not perceived novelty. This will reduce unnecessary rejections and means research such as negative results and replication studies can be peer reviewed.

Validated manuscripts and peer review reports can be placed in a Preprint server where they can be read, downloaded and cited. This is a simple, and no-cost solution to disseminating research.

Goals and intentions

In combination with Preprint servers, we aim to:

- Put an end to expensive, delayed publications

- Increase the prevalence of peer reviewed negative results and replication studies

- Stop resubmission and review at multiple journals

- Put an end to journal-specific formatting

- Reduce the cost of open research

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
Social Networks
Review features
  • Manuscript hosting
  • Review of code or data
  • Eligible reviewers/editors
    Contacted by the service.
  • Number of scholarly outputs commented on
  • Metrics
    usage and participation is tracked
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