Review Commons is a new publishing platform from ASAPbio and EMBO providing independent peer review before journal submission. According to the homepage it will
“provide authors with a Refereed Preprint, which includes the authors’ manuscript, reports from a single round of peer review and the authors’ response, [and] facilitate author-directed submission of Refereed Preprints to affiliate journals to expedite editorial consideration, reduce serial re-review and streamline publication.”
Here’s a handy diagram from the site:
Of the 17 affiliate journals, four are published by The Company of Biologists – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Biology Open and Disease Models and Mechanisms. It seems an exciting publishing experiment: feel free to leave a comment to let us know what you think about it!
See Bernd Pulverer and Thoman Lemberger’s Editorial in The EMBO Journal for more background: