9 March 2016—The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) today announced the integration of the Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) service across the Science family of journals to provide readers with greater confidence in the integrity of the publishing process, and new insights into the peer- review of the articles they read, share, and cite.
All journals published by AAAS, including Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, and Science Advances, will now feature the PRE “badge” on articles published in 2016 and beyond. By clicking the badge, readers can quickly see detailed information about the peer-review process, including the number of reviewers and rounds of review.
To increase the transparency of publishing practices, PRE also offers readers and researchers direct links to Science’s peer-review policy and the industry initiatives that Science supports, including the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), The Equator Network, and the International Association of STM Publishers. These organizations offer important guidelines for the responsible conduct of research, and training resources for researchers in their roles as authors and reviewers.
“Peer review is vital to the integrity of scientific communication,” said Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt. “As a leader in scientific publishing, the Science family of journals recognizes the considerable contribution that editors and peer reviewers make to the quality of published research with their evaluation and comment. PRE demonstrates the rigor of our peer-review process, applied to each article, to increase confidence in published research among readers and the research community.”
The nonprofit AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, publisher of Science, acquired PRE in 2015, expanding PRE’s efforts to support new research about peer-review practices and to develop training programs and resources that advance best practices and the quality of peer review.
“AAAS is proud to play a leadership role in advancing the transparency and integrity of scientific peer review, which is fundamental to the progress of the scientific enterprise,” said Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. “PRE supports this goal as the continued growth in scientific research and communication has placed more demands on the peer-review process, editors, and reviewers. PRE provides important insights into current practices of peer review and will be an important tool for understanding this critical component of scientific discourse. PRE is uniquely positioned to work across organizations and support the evolution of peer-review best practice and training to increase trust in the integrity of peer review.”
PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) is a not-for-profit program committed to improving the integrity of peer review by enabling greater transparency, supporting ongoing research, establishing best practices and standards, and providing resources and training. The PRE service enables journals to showcase the integrity of their peer review process and commitment to best practices and standards. It is currently available on AAAS journals as well as those published by the American Diabetes Association and the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. PRE works seamlessly with journals’ manuscript systems and online publishing platforms to confirm papers have undergone peer review and provide peer review information at the article level. The PRE service is easy to implement and is compatible with any publishing model and editorial workflow. See www.pre-val.org for more information or contact PRE@aaas.org.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org), Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org), and a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances (www.scienceadvances.org). AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See www.aaas.org.