In a nutshell

Science Open Reviewed is an online community of researchers in the natural sciences, health sciences, and social sciences  using a unique model for promoting:

efficient and accountable author-directed open (non-blind) peer review; effective reviewer participation incentives and reputation metrics; and rapid dissemination of discovery and commentary.

SciOR is free to everyone because it is not operated by a profit-driven commercial enterprise, nor by a traditional paywall-based journal — but by front-line researchers, using a novel library-based scholarly communication system, sponsored by a leading university research institution.


Goals and intentions

The mission of SciOR is to promote the progress of science as a mission for discovery, rather than a mission for elitism.  Specifically, SciOR provides support for extension and refinement of mechanisms and opportunities for:

(1) increasing reviewer incentive and reputation rewards, and thus increasing the pool of available and willing reviewers; and

(2) promoting transparent and accountable open peer-review, and thus limiting the incidence of biased and poor quality reviews often associated with blind reviewing.

Project status
Review process
  • Review requested by
  • Reviewer selected by
    Editor, service, or community, Authors
  • Public interaction
  • Author response
  • Decision
    Binary decision
Review policy
  • Review coverage
    Complete paper
  • Reviewer identity known to
  • Competing interests
Review features
  • Manuscript hosting
  • Eligible reviewers/editors
    Authors invite reviewers or respond to potential reviewers who have contacted the author. Reviewers are eligible if they hold a PhD, or are registered in a PhD program at an accredited institution
  • Tags or badges
  • Criteria for inclusion

    Authors submit their reviewed paper to the journal of their choice, together with the reviews, and the identification of the reviewers.

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