New initiative announced: Scholarly publishers work together to ensure rapid review of COVID-19 content

27 Apr 2020

Dear RDA-Force11 FAIRsharing WG members,
OASPA has today posted an announcement on our blog
the launch of a new initiative which sees scholarly publishers working
together to maximize the efficiency of peer review, ensuring that key
work related to COVID-19 is reviewed and published as quickly and openly
as possible.
The group of publishers and scholarly communications organizations —
initially comprising eLife, Hindawi, PeerJ, PLOS, Royal Society, F1000
Research, FAIRsharing, Outbreak Science, and PREreview — is taking a
collaborative approach to speed up the review process while ensuring
rigor and reproducibility remain paramount and has issued an Open Letter
of Intent
calls to reviewers, editors, authors, and publishers in the research
The initiative is _asking for volunteer reviewers_ with suitable
expertise relevant to COVID-19, from all career stages and disciplines,
to add their names to a “rapid reviewer list“. By doing so, these
reviewers will be committing to rapid reviewing times, and upfront
agreement that their reviews and identity can be shared among
participating publishers and journals if submissions get rerouted for
any reason.
Additionally, the group is asking all potential reviewers, whether they
sign up to the rapid reviewer list or not, to help identify and
highlight important and crucial COVID-19 preprints as early as possible,
to optimize the limited time of expert reviewers who are subsequently
invited to review the most important and promising research by a
Please review the Open Letter of Intent above, share this information
widely amongst your scholarly communications networks, and, if
appropriate, consider signing up as a rapid reviewer here
Best wishes,
Susanna Sansone
Prof. Susanna-Assunta Sansone, PhD
Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre
Associate Professor, Dep of Engineering Science
University of Oxford, UK
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