Springer has joined forces with Peerage of Science to help authors more easily submit their manuscripts for consideration in Springer journals.
Both organisations are aiming to make the process easier and less time-consuming, to reduce the time to publication, and to eliminate the need for re-submissions. They say the end goal is 'to make the work of peer review a more enriching experience for both authors and for reviewers, and to further recognise the hard work of those who are entrusted with this duty'.
Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, managing director of Peerage of Science, said: 'We are very excited about this new expansion, and happy that we can offer all authors a destination selection from which they can surely find suitable outlets for their research. And we are particularly happy to work together with Springer, which again is demonstrating its openness and interest in improving the publishing world for scientists.'
The system will work in the following way: a researcher submits a paper to Peerage of Science for consideration from its peer reviewers. After an author revises the manuscript and responds to comments based on the feedback he or she receives, reviewers judge whether the revisions and reply satisfactorily address the issues they raised. Once this process is complete, an author can then send the entire review history directly to Springer via Peerage of Science’s site.
All submissions go first to the Springer Transfer Desk, but authors have the option in the destination menu to also indicate one or more preferred journals from the entire Springer portfolio. The Transfer Desk then agrees with author on the best match and then forwards the material to editors of that journal. Given the intimate familiarity of Springer’s editors with their publications, the organisations say there should be very few – if any – rejections due to scope issues.
'Springer benefits from higher quality initial submissions and increased efficiency, and authors benefit from a reduced timeframe in getting their work published,' said Harry Blom, vice president of publishing development at Springer. 'Springer is always open to exploring these kinds of partnerships and making the publication process easier for our authors. This new endeavour with Peerage of Science holds great promise as a way of streamlining the review process, and we are all very excited to see where this goes.'