At Science Colab we envisage a different future for scientific publishing
Science Colab is a collaboration of research scientists whose mission is to develop an equitable, inclusive, and transparent environment to add rigour to the scientific literature in a way that supports and benefits the community.
Our vision is of an ecosystem in which research findings are openly communicated and their significance recognised independently of publication venue.
The Science Colab story
Our founders valued peer review and recognised its importance for scientific progress. However, they were disillusioned with the lack of equity and transparency at traditional journals and the poor service that authors were receiving from a high cost publishing system.
Inspired by Stern and O'Shea, the founders realised that publication could be achieved on preprint servers, and that their community held all the necessary expertise to evaluate and curate these preprints.
They formed a collective named Science Colab and, following the backing of eLife in 2021, began to promote change in the industry by realising the potential of the Publish, Review, Curate model.
The current system of reviewing and selecting articles for publication has changed very little since the mid-20th century, despite creating unnecessary delays and financial hurdles to the dissemination of publicly-funded research.
The Publish, Review, Curate model provides an opportunity to accelerate the communication of research findings, increase transparency in peer review, and improve equity and inclusivity in knowledge exchange.
Authors decide when to publish their research in the form of a preprint, which provides an opportunity for the scientific community to post public evaluations and the preprint to be improved. The relevance of the work is then freely communicated to the widest possible audience by open curation.
Why publish first and curate second?
Improving equity, inclusivity, and transparency
We are providing our review and curation service without charge thanks to the generosity of our partners and communities. In the longer term, we will develop a business model that is accessible to the global research community and compensates reviewers and curators for their time.
Our service is open to all researchers whose work falls within the scope of our active communities. Because the outputs of our service are freely available, they are, and will remain, discoverable by all.
We are cultivating an environment that encourages constructive discourse between reviewers and authors, inspiring reviewers to sign their reports and authors to both post these reports and publicly respond to them.