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Peerage of Science signs agreement with Brill

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Peerage of Science in agreement with Brill Publisher.
Peerage of Science has signed an agreement with Brill, over three-century-old academic publisher, to include their journals in The Select -service in Peerage of Science.

The Select in Peerage of Science is its premium service – journals participating in this level have access to all ongoing peer review processes, and are able to make publishing offers to authors at any stage. Editors may send publishing offers on their own initiative, or authors may alert editors of their preferred Select -journals by simply clicking the journal logo in their manuscript view. Brill participation begins with two journals publishing science in the current core areas of Peerage of Science: Animal Biology and Behaviour.

Michiel Thijssen, responsible publisher for Brill's titles in Biology said: "Ever since the first Peerage of Science-reviewed paper was published in our Animal Biology journal, we've had an interest in openly engageable, peer-reviewed peer-review. By making Animal Biology as well as our flagship journal Behaviour part of Peerage of Science's The Select service, we believe that the journals' authors, reviewers, editors and publisher will benefit alike."

"The opportunity to work together with a publishing house with such rich history is a privilege for our young start-up," says Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, the founder and managing director of Peerage of Science. "It is nice that this new chapter begins with Animal Biology, which was the first journal ever to publish an article peer-reviewed in Peerage of Science, back in 2012. And I am sure a large proportion of our Peers are very happy to see Behaviour coming to meet their manuscripts in the service; due to the origins of Peerage of Science, behavioural research is very strongly represented in the community."

Although Brill's chosen journals for this launch are in Biological Sciences, reflecting the current makeup of the Peer community, it is important to note Brill's strengths in Humanities and Social Sciences. Peerage of Science is organically expanding to different fields. The service is open for published academics in any field, and once validated, Peers can create user accounts and invite their colleagues. As the demands for high-quality, fair and efficient peer review are just as urgent in Humanities and Social Sciences as they are in Natural Sciences, Peerage of Science is looking forward to serving also these sectors of academia.

Further information and interviews:
Janne-Tuomas Seppänen

  • Peerage of Science The Selected Service:
    These two new journal additions bring the total number of journals participating in The Select to 19: the other journals are AMBIO, Annales Zoologici Fennici, BioRisk, BMC Biology, BMC Ecology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Entomologica Fennica, Ethology, Frontiers in Zoology, Journal of Avian Biology, MycoKeys, Nature Conservation, NeoBiota, Ornis Fennica, PeerJ, PhytoKeys, ZooKeys. All these journals have concurrent access to the peer review processes, and authors may receive offers from multiple journals.

    In addition, if a suitable match is not found among the journals above, once the peer review process is completed authors have the opportunity to export the peer review process, with a click of a button, to journals participating in The Connect -service: PLOS Biology, PLOS ONE, or to Springer Transfer Desk with a list of preferred journals from the entire Springer portfolio of ca 3000 journal titles.

    Or, if the authors would rather wish to export the peer review process to a journal that does not yet participate in Peerage of Science, that option is available as well: authors can create a link which they can include in traditional submission to any journal - and there's no charge for either the author or the receiving journal for using this feature.
  • About Peerage of Science:
    A new kind of academic publishing service founded in 2011 by three scientists, Peerage of Science is the leading provider of independent peer review. Acknowledging important and generous support from the service's home institution University of Jyväskylä, as well as University of Eastern Finland, and University of Turku, Peerage of Science is an independent start-up company resting on a strong community foundation of validated Peers.
  • About Brill: 
    Founded in 1683, Brill is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. The company’s head office is in Leiden, (The Netherlands) with a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Brill was listed at the Amsterdam Stock exchange in 1896. Brill shares have been publicly traded since 1997. Summarized market details for Brill can be found on Euronext. Brill’s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences.

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