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

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    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
    Data Readiness Group:
    ORCiD: 0000-0001-5306-5690
    skype: susanna-a.sansone
    twitter: @SusannaASansone

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