Recommendation process of a preprint

 

Preprints

 

  1. You belong to a group of authors that has deposited a preprint in an open repository, such as bioRxiv.

  2. You can inform PCI Evol Biol that you would like this preprint to be considered for recommendation. In doing so, you must clearly state that the preprint concerned is not under review elsewhere. You must also declare that you will wait at least 20 days before submitting this preprint to a journal. This interval will allow PCI Evol Biol to initiate a recommendation process.

  3. Recommenders of PCI Evol Biol are alerted to your request. If one of the recommenders finds the preprint particularly interesting, he/she can decide to initiate the recommendation process.

  4. The recommender then sends you an e-mail to explain the process, and to check that the preprint is still not under review elsewhere. The recommender also checks that you, on behalf of all the authors, would be willing to wait for the completion of the reviewing process (no more than 50 days) and to modify the preprint if necessary to obtain the recommendation.

  5. The recommender then obtains at least two high-quality reviews, which may include his/her own review.

  6. The recommender sends you the reviews (which may or may not be written anonymously, at the reviewer’s discretion) and asks for modifications, if required. If modifications are requested, authors must deposit a new version of the preprint in the preprint server and obtain a DOI for this new version. The recommender writes a short text of recommendation (together with the other reviewers, if they are willing to do so) explaining the recommendation, when all the requested modifications have been made.

  7. The recommendation text signed by the recommender, all reviews (anonymous or otherwise), the link to the preprint, and all correspondence with you are sent to the Managing Board of PCI Evol Biol. Before sending their recommendations and reviews, the recommender and the reviewers must declare that they have no conflict of interest of any kind with the content or the authors of the preprint, and that they are not recommending or reviewing an article published by close colleagues, recent co-authors, relatives or friends. The Managing Board will perform a rapid quality control on the format and deontology of reviews and recommendations.

  8. The recommendation text signed by the recommender, all reviews (anonymous or otherwise), the link to the preprint, and all correspondence with you are finally posted on the PCI Evol Biol website. The recommendation is widely publicized in media and social networks, and becomes a citable reference.

  9. If you want to do so, you can then submit your recommended preprint to the journal of your choice.  

 

Recommendation process of a postprint

 

Postprints

 

  1. You belong to a group of authors that wrote an article and published it in a scientific journal

  2. A recommender of PCI Evol Biol reads this postprint article, finds particularly interesting and wishes to recommend it.

  3. The recommender then looks for a second recommender within PCI Evol Biol, on the basis of his/her expertise, for a joint recommendation of the postprint. The website tool provided can be used to guide this choice.

  4. The recommenders write a short recommendation text (at least half a page or so) together. No detailed review is required, because the postprint has already been reviewed.

  5. The recommenders then send the recommendation to the Managing Board of PCI Evol Biol by completing the form provided on the website. In this form the recommenders must declare that they have no conflict of interest of any kind with the content or with the authors of the postprint, and that they are not recommending a postprint published by close colleagues, recent co-authors, relatives or friends.

  6. The Managing Board performs a quality control check on the format and the deontology of the recommendation and assigns it a DOI.

  7. The recommendation is then posted on the PCI Evol Biol website, widely publicized in media and social networks, and becomes a citable reference.