Peer Review Training with Preprints

Publicly accessible preprints offer the opportunity for early-career researchers (ECR) and others to review and provide feedback on not-yet-peer reviewed papers. The invaluable practice of reviewing and discussing newly published research in journal clubs can also apply to preprints. By reviewing preprints, journal clubs can select the most current and relevant research results, without the influence of the prestige of a journal source. And preprint authors gain from the community feedback they receive.

Use these platforms to host and track reviews and journal clubs:

  • Hypothes.is is an online annotation tool for layered preprint and postprint commenting and journal club management.
  • preLights highlights preprints that are selected and described by the biological community. From The Company of Biologists.
  • PREreview is a free web-based service built on Authorea's infrastructure for hosting preprint reviews and sharing them openly. See a step-by-step guide to creating a preprint journal club on PREreview.
    • Outbreak Science Rapid PREreview is a platform for reviewing preprints, requesting reviews of preprints, and finding brief reviews of existing communicable disease preprints
  • PubPeer is an online journal club platform for both preprint and post-publication reviews, which can be either signed or anonymous.
  • Publons Profiles allow users to track pre- and post-print peer reviews and journal editing work. The Publons Academy is a free peer review training course. 

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