The Publishing Research Consortium (PRC) has published a new study titled ‘Peer Review in Scholarly Journals - perspective of the scholarly community’. According to the study, most researchers are not in favour of changing the current system of peer review for journal articles, as it is believed to help improve scientific communications and increase the overall quality of published papers. Alternatives such as 'open peer review' (where papers are available for public comment prior to publication) were not popular in the new study, which covered over 3,000 senior authors, reviewers and editors from around the world. However, some were interested in post-publication review, where a published paper is opened up for public comment, as a useful supplement to, but not a replacement for, traditional peer review.
The Publishing Research Consortium is a group of associations and publishers, which supports global research into scholarly communication in order to enable evidence-based discussion. The Consortium seeks to promote an understanding of the role of publishing and its impact on research and teaching.
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