OpenAIRE Open Peer Review Tenders: Selected Projects
OpenAIRE proudly announces the projects selected as a result of our tender call for Open Peer Review prototypes. Each rapid innovation project receives funding of around 25,000 Euros. A large number of quality proposals were submitted, making the decision very difficult. The successful projects are:
1. The Winnower and Zenodo
Project Lead: The Winnower
Science thrives on discussion and debate, but some of the most meaningful discussions happen away from the public, in traditional, closed, peer review. Efforts to bring peer review from behind closed doors—to where it can serve the scientific community as a whole—have had varying degrees of success. Chief among the challenges is the lack of incentives for scholars to write and make public high quality reviews. And yet, peer review, more broadly construed, takes place every day amongst individuals, in groups, in labs, in classes around the world, and in the form of organized meetings informally referred to as “journal clubs.” These journal club discussions—disinterested reviews—tend to happen post-publication, as scholars of all stripes discuss works relevant to their research with their colleagues. Unfortunately, journal club proceedings, like the other forms of peer review, are very rarely published, if only because of the burdens of publishing, and the lack of incentives to do so. This project shall attempt to rectify this and bring such work into the open through incentivisation and the innovative alignment of Zenodo and The Winnower.
2. Open Peer Review Module for Repositories
- Enable the peer review of any research work deposited in a repository, including data, code and monographs.
- Provide novel metrics for the quantitative assessment of research quality.
- Create a sophisticated reputation system for reviewers.
- Allow the weighting of reviews based on the quality of previous reviewer contributions.
- Facilitate the selection of relevant content from digital repositories by distinguishing material that has been validated by reviewers using tags and advanced search filters.
Engage the research community in an open and transparent dialogue over the soundness and usefulness of research material.