RSC Chemical Biology has become the first Royal Society of Chemistry journal to adopt transparent peer review – meaning that reviewers’ comments can be read publically. The move is part of RSC’s commitment to make research and decision-making more open, robust and accessible.
RSC Chemical Biology is Gold open access, and therefore articles and the review process are free-to-read – making it RSC’s most accessible journal so far.
Authors are encouraged to opt-in for the publication of an article’s peer review history including reviewer comments, author responses and editorial decision letters. By enabling readers to read the discussions between authors, reviewers and editors, RSC aims to provide an additional level of assurance to ensure research integrity and reproducibility.
Authors have no obligation to take part and can opt out at any decision stage throughout the process, while reviewers will also be anonymous unless they choose to sign their report.
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