Transpose - a new database of almost 3000 journal policies for peer review and preprints
Publishers’ policies on pre-prints, citation, licensing and versioning can be at best hard to find and at times confusing. This can hinder the research process and act as a barrier for researchers, as well as librarians and funders. A new grassroots initiative called Transpose, launched in June 2019 will do much to remedy this and to contribute to the open science landscape.
What is Transpose?
Transpose is building a database of journal policies on (open) peer review, co-reviewing, and detailed preprinting policies.
The database holds nearly 3000 records, hundreds of which have been verified by representatives of journals or publishers. In addition to searching for individual journals, users can select up to three journals to compare side-by-side. For instance, when planning when to preprint, researchers may wish to look up the preprint policies for up to three journals they’re likely to submit to and check which are supportive of preprints and any conditions attached to this.
What benefits does it bring?
Transpose aims to bring journal policies to light so that authors, readers, reviewers, and other stakeholders can more easily find journals that align with their values. At the same time, editors can use this resource to draw inspiration from changing practices at other journals. (Read more user stories here).
OpenAIRE fully supports transparency in all workflows and content providers, especially publishers and journals. This facilitates the research process leading to better science. OpenAIRE looks forward to working with the Transpose team and incorporating this information as one of its content provider sources.