A web service for the submission and peer review of scientific manuscripts created by researchers at the University of Jyväskylä has won an international publishing award. The Peerage of Science service received the Award for Publishing Innovation in Belfry, UK. The award was presented by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
Peerage of Science was created by Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, PhD, and professors Janne Kotiaho and Mikko Mönkkönen. The international social network service is designed for scientific peer review. Peerage of Science attempts to solve the problems related to traditional peer reviewing, which is often slow, inefficient, possibly unfair, imprecise and, from the viewpoint of the researcher performing the reviewing, unrewarding.
Peerage of Science, launched in November 2011, is free for the scientific community. The information created as a result of the review is sold to publishers. So far more than 1 000 scientists from 44 different countries and over 300 research communities have registered for the service. Additionally ten international scientific journals have joined Peerage of Science. The service has also received international press in the prestigious magazine Science, among others.
The ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation is presented in recognition of truly innovative inventions related to scientific publishing. This year’s criteria included the idea’s originality and innovative qualities, together with its utility, its benefit to the community and its long-term prospects. Recipients in earlier years have included the OECD’s Your Better Life Index (2011), the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ChemSpider (2010)and PLoS’s PLoS ONE (2009).
The activities of Peerage of Science are supported by the universities of Jyväskylä and Eastern Finland as well as the Central Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.