Transparent Peer Review
Transparent peer review shows the complete peer review process from initial review to final decision. This means that alongside the published article, readers can see a full peer review history, including reviewer reports, editor decision letters and the authors’ responses. Each element has its own digital object identifier (DOI) to help readers easily reference and cite the peer review content.
“It’s possible transparency may increase the quality of the peer review process, and could also aid teaching of best practice in peer review,” said Marc Gillett, Head of Publishing Operations at IOP Publishing.
“We want to test the appetite for transparent peer review in our communities by giving authors and reviewers the choice to display the review history of the article. We hope the community will find it useful, and we’re looking forward to seeing what level of uptake it gets.”
The first articles with transparent peer review were published in early 2020 in Journal of Neural Engineering:
In Environmental Research Letters:
In JPhys Materials:
You can read the complete peer review history of these published articles by clicking on the Publons badge on the article page.