Open Access Biomedical Publisher Using Post Publication Peer Review
WebmedCentral will soon launch a new online publication portal "WebmedCentral plus", which will publish peer reviewed articles. Our planned community of external reviewers will not only assist in reviewing articles submitted to WebmedCentral plus but also strengthen WebmedCentral's post publication peer review.
For WebmedCentral plus, these reviewers will assist WebmedCentral Editorial Board and Team of Editors in deciding which articles are suitable for publication on WebmedCentral plus. We hope that since plus articles will be "peer reviewed" articles, they will be indexed by scientific databases and hence be more widely accessible to the scientific commmunity.
For WebmedCentral, these reviewers will provide a separate, independent post publication assessment of articles on request from our faculty/lead faculty. This is a part of our strategy to further reinforce post publicaiton peer review on WebmedCentral. We already have multiple tiers and functionalities to create a vibrant and dynamic post publication review community.
Our first tier comprises of author invited reviewers. We believe authors know best who the right people in their subject matter are to review the article. It is more than likely that they would have come across these names while conducting and writing up their research. Also, this approach is in line with our approach of trusting authors first. We do not believe authors need policing. It hinders the vast majority of honest authors and does not prevent those who wish to manipulate science. This approach does however place more responsibility on authors and a need for them to be very careful in conducting and writing their research as well as inviting the reviewers.
Our second tier comprises of WebmedCentral scholarly reviewers and faculty. Number of people joining WebmedCentral for these roles is increasing every day. In near future, we hope to have a sizable community to be able to generate and sustain a post publication debate on each article. These scientists have no affiliation to authors and hence this tier of reviewers is likely to be perceived as more "neutral" and "independent".
We are now taking this a step further by creating a database of external reviewers. These will be the people our faculty and lead faculty will draw upon for further critical post publication assessment of articles.
If you would like to register for this external reviewer database, please provide us following details and click on submit.
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