[Taxacom] Pre-submission peer-review and online import of specimen records from BOLD

Dan Lahr dlahr at ib.usp.br
Tue Sep 22 13:06:23 CDT 2015

Full support to this initiative from my part.  Working on a group with
relatively few experts, it is fairly obvious and easy to realize who is
reviewing your taxonomic paper.

My only concern at this point would be one of implementation --  how could
traditional journals implement the ARPHA or a similar system seamlessly?


Daniel J. G. Lahr
PhD, Assist. Prof.
Dept of Zoology, Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Office number: + 55 (11) 3091 0948

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:

> Given that I've spent around 15 years advocating that we replace
> traditional peer review with a public review system, I am happy and
> encouraged by Lyubo's initiative on this front, and hope that it is just
> the first step of many to come. Frankly, I'm frustrated that it has taken
> this long to get even this small step taken - this change can't come fast
> enough to suit me.
> As for comments regarding the "small research community" issue, the status
> quo has a potentially very negative side, and that is the "clique"
> mentality. Public review is the only cure for cliques. It broadens the
> range of referees beyond the boundary of the clique, and - most importantly
> - exposes the clique members to scrutiny; any reviews that lack objectivity
> will be seen for what they are. At the same time, it prevents people from
> making false accusations that they are being conspired against.
> I would consider it an improvement to how we do science if instead of
> manuscripts being reviewed by three referees in 12 weeks, we could have 12
> reviews (or more) in 3 weeks. There is no limit to how many referees an
> online document can have, and shared documents reduce redundancy of referee
> effort (e.g., if one referee fixes a typo, no one else has to). The review
> process can be made faster, more efficient, and more objective.
> Sincerely,
> --
> Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
> Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
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