About PCI Evol Biol

What is Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology?

Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology (PCI Evol Biol) has been launched in January 2017. It is a community of 350 recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend unpublished preprints based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles, without the need for publication in ‘traditional’ journals. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Evol Biol are free of charge. When a recommender decides to recommend a preprint, he/she writes a recommendation text that is published along with all the editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender's decisions, authors’ replies) by PCI Evol Biol. The preprint itself is not published by PCI Evol Biol; it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors. PCI Evol Biol recommenders can also recommend, but to a lesser extent, postprints.


PCI Evol Biol is the first community of the parent project Peer Community In, an original idea of Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud.

PCI Evol Biol is not designed to be a free peer-reviewing service for authors aiming to improve their articles before submission to a journal. It is, of course, possible, for authors to then submit their recommended preprint to a traditional journal, but this is not the goal of PCI Evol Biol.

PCI Evol Biol is stimulating: it recommends remarkable articles.

PCI Evol Biol is free: there are no fees associated with the evaluation process, and no charge for access to the comments and recommendations. The website is freely accessible.

PCI Evol Biol is transparent: Reviews and recommendations (for preprints) and recommendations (for postprints) are freely available for consultation. Recommendations are signed by the recommenders. Reviews may also be signed if the reviewers agree to do so.

PCI Evol Biol is not exclusive: An article may be recommended by different Peer Communities in X (a feature of particular interest for articles relating to multidisciplinary studies) and may even be published in a traditional journal (although this is not the goal of PCI Evol Biol).

Why submit your preprint to PCI Evol Biol?



Which manuscripts can be recommended?

PCI Evol Biol will recommend preprints, and to a lesser extent postrpints, dealing with all fields of evolutionary biology. The articles recommended may have diverse formats: reviews, comments, opinion papers, research articles, data papers, technical notes, computer notes, movies, etc. No editing, formatting or proofing of the recommended papers is required. We only ask the authors of recommended preprints to add a cover page to their preprint and a sentence at the beginning of the abstract stating that their preprint has been recommended by PCI Evol Biol.

Managing board of PCI Evol Biol

Guillaume Achaz (Paris, MNHN, ISyEB, France)
Juan Arroyo (Seville, University of Seville, Spain)
Denis Bourguet (Montpellier, CBGP, France)
Marianne Elias (Paris, MNHN, ISEB, France)
Benoit Facon (La RĂ©union, PVBMT, France)
Tatiana Giraud (Orsay, ESE, France)
Thomas Guillemaud (Sophia Antipolis, ISA, France)
Ruth Hufbauer (Fort Collins, Colorado S. Univ., USA)
Gergely J Szollosi (Budapest, Eötvös University, Hungary)

To contact the Managing Board please send a message to contact@evolbiol.peercommunityin.org

PCI Evol Biol recommenders

Recommenders manage the evaluation of preprints (and, to a lesser extent, postprints), which they may choose to recommend. Recommenders have a role similar to that of a journal editor (finding reviewers, collecting reviews, and taking an editorial decision based on reviews), and they may eventually recommend the preprint after several rounds of reviews. If they decide to recommend a preprint, they write a “recommendation” that has its own DOI and is published in the PCI Evol Biol electronic journal.

PCI Evol Biol recommenders can recommend up to five preprints or postprints per year. They are expected to comply with the code of conduct of PCI Evol Biol, are eligible for selection as a member of the Managing Board for a period of two years, and they can propose the nomination of new recommenders to the Managing Board. The current list of recommenders can be found here.

New recommenders are nominated by current recommenders, with the approval of the Managing Board. If you are interested in becoming a recommender, please contact a current recommender in your field.

Why be a recommender for a PCI?