PubPeer seeks to create an online community that uses the publication of scientific results as an opening for fruitful discussion among scientists. With PubPeer, scientists can comment on almost any scientific article published with a DOI or preprint in the arXiv.
- All comments are consolidated into a centralized and searchable online database.
- Authors, as well as a small group of peers working on similar topics, are automatically notified when their article is commented on.
- Pubpeer strives to maintain a high standard of commentary by inviting first and last authors of published articles to post comments.
- The chief goal of this project is to provide the means for scientists to work together to improve research quality, as well as to create improved transparency that will enable the community to identify and bring attention to important scientific advancements.
PubPeer started from the lack of post-publication peer discussion on journal websites. Thus was born an idea for a website where open peer review was not intimidating to users, while maintaining the rigor and anonymity of the closed review process currently used by the major journals. The site has been put together by a diverse team of early-stage scientists in collaboration with programmers who have collectively decided to remain anonymous in order to avoid personalizing the website, and to avoid circumstances in which involvement with the site might produce negative effects on their scientific careers.