The primary goal of researchers.one is to facilitate high quality scholarship without
the pitfalls of a “guild-like” system. Specifically, researchers.one 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 researchers.one 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
researchers.one 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.