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The website of Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology was launched in January 2017. For practical reasons, mostly postprint recommendations have been posted to date, but this website will, in the future, focus primarily on the publication of preprint recommendations.

What is Peer Community In Evolutionary Biology?

Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology (PCI Evol Biol) is a community of researchers working in Evolutionary Biology who review and recommend articles publicly available from preprint servers (such as bioRxiv) and recommend a selection of already published articles in conventional journals.
This project was driven by the desire to establish a free public system for recommending articles in Evolutionary Biology.
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. Click here to find out the economic model of PCI Evol Biol and here to know what is the policy of academic journals concerning PCI Evol Biol.

Key features of PCI Evol Biol

Stimulating: PCI Evol Biol will recommend remarkable articles.

Free: there will be no fees associated with the recommending process, and no charge for access to the comments and recommendations. The website will be freely accessible.

Transparent: Comments (for articles published in traditional journals), reviews and accompanying texts (for articles deposited in open archives) justifying the recommendations are freely available for consultation. Comments and accompanying texts are signed by the recommenders proposing the recommendation of the text. Reviews may be signed if the reviewers agree to do so.

Flexible and simple: The Managing Board does not intervene in the process (i.e. it does not act as an editorial committee), other than to resolve problems between authors and the recommenders of their articles and to check the quality of the format and deontology of reviews and recommendation.

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 classical journal.

Why request a recommendation from a PCI?



Which manuscripts can be recommended?

PCI Evol Biol will recommend articles 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.

Managing Board

Guillaume Achaz (Paris, MNHN, ISyEB, France)
Juan Arroyo (Sevilla, Univ. Sevilla, Spain)
Denis Bourguet (Montpellier, CBGP, France)
Marianne Elias (Paris, MNHN, ISEB, France)
Benoit Facon (La Réunion, 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 Univ., Hungary)

To contact the Managing Board please send a mail to

Recommenders of PCI Evol Biol

Recommenders of PCI Evol Biol can recommend up to five preprints and postprints per year. They are expected to comply with the code of ethical 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 and approved by the Managing Board. If you are interested in becoming a recommender, please contact a current recommender in your field.

Why be a recommender of a PCI?