We’re testing a new home for scientific discoveries. Building on the success and transparency of bioRxiv, we have developed a solution that separates quality from impact, removes the “reviewer activist” phenomena (Itchuaqiyaq and Walton, 2022), and is based in peer feedback and curation.
Discovery Stack/Discovery Curator (DS/DC): a fundamental shift in how we approach each step of the publishing process.
Harnessing the success of bioRvix as a free, open-access tool for paper dissemination, submitting through bioRxiv means your science reaches the world as soon as it’s ready.
With peer-improvement, we will eliminate the gate-keeping and antagonism seen in the current publishing landscape. Through a fully transparent, un-blinded system: Reviewers can focus on actually improving the paper through Quality review — in-line edits, ensuring if the data supports the conclusions. And through a separate Impact review, reviewers can discuss how the paper will move the field.
Once a paper receives its Q&I score, it’s placed into the “Stack”—a central database that can be sorted by score (sometimes you want to see a high quality, low impact paper), field, topic, and more!
Community Curation & Evaluation
Instead of relying on the opinion of three reviewers, with DS/DC the scientific community can continuously score papers, provide comments, and evaluate reviewers, too! This continuous scoring allows papers to evolve over time, with their positions changing in the Stack according to their adjusted scores. In addition, readers can also sort and filter the Stack based upon their field of interest or even specific reviewers that they “follow,” to allow for a fully curated experience.