In a nutshell

The primary goal of is to facilitate high quality scholarship without
the pitfalls of a “guild-like” system. Specifically, separates the scholarly aspects of peer review from the administrative by offering researchers the 3 A’s:

  • Autonomy to pursue their passions,
  • Authority to develop and disseminate their ideas and
  • Access to engage with the international community of scholars.

Some basic attributes of the platform include: there are no editors, there are no
accept-reject decisions or other barriers to publication, and there are no barriers to access. In removing these barriers, the autonomous publishing model gives authors total control over the publication process from start to finish, which includes selecting the mode of peer review (public access or traditional), choosing the invited reviewers (if traditional peer review is chosen), determining whether and how to address reviewer comments, and deciding whether or not to publish their work. Once published, articles are publicly accessible on the site, with options for other users to provide non-anonymous commentary and post-publication peer review. Ultimately, the quality of published work must stand on its own, without the crutch of impact factors, journal prestige, ‘likes’, ‘thumbs up’, or the artificial stamp of approval signaled by the label ‘peer review’.

Goals and intentions is dedicated to providing a platform that promotes transparency, openness, fairness, and creativity while allowing researchers and scholars to create, communicate, and improve their work at their own discretion.

Project status
Review process
  • Review requested by
  • Reviewer selected by
  • Public interaction
  • Author response
  • Decision
Review policy
  • Review coverage
    Complete paper, Specific aspects
  • Reviewer identity known to
    Editor or service
  • Competing interests
    Not included
Social Networks
Review features
  • Manuscript hosting
  • Review of code or data
  • Eligible reviewers/editors
    Pre-publication reviews are done by the reviewers selected by the author. Post-publication review is open to public.
  • Tags or badges
  • Cost
  • Explanation of cost
    Cost of publishing per article
  • Number of scholarly outputs commented on
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