Peer Community In: a free recommendation process of unpublished scientific papers based on peer reviews

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PRBB-CRG Sessions

by Thomas Guillemaud and Denis Bourguet INRAE – National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment

Host: Donate Weghorn


The Peer Community in (PCI, project offers an alternative to the current system of publication – which is particularly expensive and not very transparent. It is a non-profit scientific organization that aims to create specific communities of researchers reviewing and recommending, for free, unpublished preprints in their field (i.e. unpublished articles deposited on open online archives like and Each PCI is a group of several hundred recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend such preprints based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles, without the need for publication in ‘traditional’ journals (although the authors can submit their recommended preprints afterwards). Evaluations and recommendations by a PCI are free of charge. When a recommender decides to recommend a preprint, S/he writes a recommendation text that is published along with all the editorial correspondence(reviews, recommender’s decisions, authors’ replies) by PCI. The preprint itself is not published by PCI: it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors. The first Peer Community in has been launched in 2017: Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology (PCI Evol Biol). More than 1000 recommenders have already joined PCI Evol Biol, PCI Paleontology, PCI Ecology, PCI Animal Science, PCI Zoology, PCI Mathematical and Computational Biology, PCI Archaeology, etc.

We’ve won the LIBER award for library innovation 2020.


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