Research Remix

June 5, 2007

More details: PLoS ONE reviewer request

Filed under: openreviewing — Heather Piwowar @ 11:06 am

In case anyone is curious, here is the email I received from PLoS ONE in May 2007, asking to make my review public. Are any other journals doing this yet?  I wonder how many reviewers are taking them up on it?

We thought you would be interested to hear that the paper xxx for which you acted as a referee will be published in PLoS ONE today. Referees’ reports remain confidential; however, they can often be illuminating and informative and it seems a shame that their insights are not more widely distributed.

As you know, part of the goal of PLoS ONE is to encourage discussion and debate to create a continuing and transparent online dialogue about papers after they are formally published. As part of this we wanted to ask your permission to post the more general comments from your referee’s report in conjunction with the published manuscript. We know that many readers would be interested to see referees comments on published manuscript and we are completely happy to keep your identity undisclosed if you so wish.

We would also like to encourage you to come to the website and become personally involved in the post-publication discussion of this, and other papers, by providing some thoughts about what you fell are their strengths and weaknesses.

If you visit our website (, you will have full access to a wide range of other papers, which you may read, download, redistribute, include in databases, and otherwise use as you wish, according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

If you would like any further information, please email us at and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Thank you again for your invaluable help as a referee

Best wishes,



  1. What a great idea! Are you going to do it?

    Comment by Lara — June 5, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  2. Yup, I agreed. Links in this post:

    Comment by Heather Piwowar — June 5, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

  3. Sharing reviewer’s comments

    Nice post on Open Reading Frame, spurred by a thought-provoking letter in Nature about making reviewer’s comments publicly accessible after an embargo period. Excerpted:
    Via Peer-to-Peer, Ariberto Fassati in this week’s Nature corresponden…

    Trackback by Research Remix — June 6, 2007 @ 8:16 am

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