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.