HighWire Press and Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) partner to increase transparency for peer review


Los Gatos, CA — June 12, 2017—HighWire Press announces a partnership with Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) to offer turn-key integration of PRE, a transparency service from AAAS that improves the visibility of the peer review process.

To mark this partnership and help publishers illustrate the integrity of their peer review process, PRE will cover any development costs for the first five HighWire publishing partners to adopt PRE in 2017.  The PRE service uses an API to display details about the peer review process applied to an article when it goes live, without changing editorial workflows or requiring editorial action by using manuscript meta-data.

“Together, PRE and HighWire will help partners increase awareness of the significant investment in peer review made by editors, reviewers, authors and publishers,” commented Will Schweitzer, Director, Product and Custom Publishing at AAAS. “New readers and prospective authors may not be aware of a journal’s reputation for quality peer review, especially for newly-launched, open access, and multi-disciplinary journals. The PRE badge provides easy access to journal policies and article peer review information to increase awareness and trust in the journal’s peer review process to enhance the journal’s reputation.”

In market research conducted by PRE, 95 percent of readers of scholarly research said they want a clear indicator that the article they are reading is peer reviewed and 74 percent want to see details about the peer review method used. The number of visitors viewing the PRE display is another indicator of reader interest in peer review.  Each month, there are as many as 13,000 reader clicks on the PRE badge across prestigious journals in the Science family.

CEO of HighWire Press, Dan Filby added “At HighWire, we believe sharing data and analytics at every stage of the publishing lifecycle delivers value for readers, authors, and publishers. PRE provides readers with evidence of the integrity of publishers’ peer review process using meta-data from BenchPress or any editorial manuscript system. We are excited to launch PRE with more publishers as they take advantage of the offer marking this new partnership.”

 About HighWire (www.highwire.org)

A leading ePublishing platform, HighWire Press partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of more than 3000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings. HighWire also offers a complete manuscript submission, tracking, peer review, and publishing system for journal editors, Bench>Press. HighWire provides outstanding technology and support services, and fosters a dynamic and innovative community, enhancing the strengths of each of its members. HighWire plays a unique role in the online publishing business: affiliated with an academic library, a first-class research institution, and partner and colleague to scholarly societies who value the high quality and content of their journals, books and other materials. By working with HighWire, publishers gain the economies of scale and networking opportunities of working collaboratively in their business technology.

HighWire has been affiliated with Stanford University since 1995, with the launch of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC Online). Science, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) soon joined with HighWire to become pioneers who defined today's online journal. HighWire quickly became known for combining cutting-edge technology with long-term organizational stability and has maintained a leadership position in the industry ever since. 

About PRE (www.aaas.org)

PRE is a Web-based service that works seamlessly with your journal’s manuscript tracking system and content platform. PRE captures data directly from your journal’s manuscript system to verify that an article has undergone peer review and displays information about the process at the article level. PRE supports all prepublication peer review models and gives journals the choice of selecting the right level of transparency for their users — from basic process data to full reviewer commentary.