About PCI Paleo

What is Peer Community in Paleontology?

Peer Community in Paleontology (PCI Paleo) is a community of researchers working in Paleontology who peer-review and recommend preprints publicly available from open archives (such as bioRxiv, PaleorXiv, and PeerJ Preprints). Preprints recommended by PCI Paleo are finalized articles that can be used and cited as peer-reviewed, like any other article published in a conventional journal (see How does it work?).

Not all submitted preprints are considered for evaluation. Members of the community (called recommenders) select submissions they find interesting for the community, then initiate the evaluation process. Not all evaluated preprints are recommended. The aim of PCI Paleo is to publicly highlight and recommend preprints that deserve to be considered as finalized scientific articles of high quality. The evaluation process of PCI Paleo is very similar to that of conventional journals.

PCI Paleo values free access, transparency, and discoverability. Preprints, recommendations, decisions, reviews, and comments are all freely accessible online and published under Open Access licenses. Preprints and recommendations are fully citable and assigned permanent digital object identifiers (DOIs).

The purpose of PCI Paleo is not to offer a free peer-reviewing service to authors who simply want to improve their draft before submitting it to a journal. Therefore, PCI Paleo will only consider preprints of finalized articles (i.e., which have reached a stage of development deemed sufficient for submission to a journal).



"Peer Community in" project

PCI Paleo is the third community of the parent project Peer Community In, an original idea of Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud.

The aim of PCI is to offer scientists a free, stimulating, transparent, and non-exclusive way to validate and openly share their articles outside of the monopoly of conventional journals.

The final goal of PCI is to offer an alternative to the current publication system in which it is necessary to publish in conventional journals to validate and promote scientific results.

Key features of PCI Paleo

PCI Paleo promotes high quality: PCI Paleo recommends and promotes remarkable articles in Paleontology.

PCI Paleo is free and open: There are no charges for authors and readers. Recommendations, decisions, reviews, and comments are all published under a CC BY-ND License. All preprints are deposited in open online archives.

PCI Paleo is transparent: Reviews and recommendations are freely available on the PCI Paleo website. Recommendations are signed by the recommenders. Reviews may remain anonymous at the discretion of the reviewers.

PCI Paleo is not exclusive: Articles may be recommended by different Peer Communities in X (a feature of particular interest for articles relating to multidisciplinary studies) and may even be published in conventional journals afterwards, although PCI Paleo recommendations should in the end stand on their own.

Why submit your preprint to PCI Paleo?



What type of articles can be recommended?

PCI Paleo recommends articles dealing with all fields of Paleontology. PCI Paleo primarily considers original research articles. Other types of contributions (e.g., reviews, data papers, method/software papers) may also be considered pending they are of major interest for the community and presented in a comprehensive and objective way.

PCI Paleo does not provide any editing, formatting or proofing services, and no specific formatting is required before submitting a preprint to PCI Paleo. That being said, we strongly encourage authors, for their own benefit, to show good sense when formatting their preprint in order to improve readability. When a preprint is recommended by PCI Paleo, we only ask the authors to add a cover page to their preprint and a sentence in the abstract stating that the preprint has been peer-reviewed and recommended by PCI Paleo, including the DOI of the recommendation on PCI Paleo (see How does it work?).

Managing Board of PCI Paleo

Jérémy Anquetin (Jurassica Museum, Porrentruy, Switzerland) [Founder and manager]
Faysal Bibi (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany)
Guillaume Billet (Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, France) [Founder and manager]
Andrew A. Farke (Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, Claremont CA, USA)
Franck Guy (University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France)
Leslea J. Hlusko (University of California, Berkeley CA, USA)
Melanie Hopkins (American Museum of Natural History, New York NY, USA)
Cynthia V. Looy (University of California, Berkeley CA, USA)
Jesús Marugán-Lobón (Universidad autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Ilaria Mazzini (IGAG-CNR, Roma, Italy)
P. David Polly (Indiana University, Bloomington IN, USA)
Caroline A.E. Strömberg (University of Washington and Burke Museum, Seattle WA, USA)

To contact the Managing Board please send a mail to contact@paleo.peercommunityin.org

PCI Paleo recommenders

Recommenders manage the evaluation of preprints and eventually recommend or reject them. They have a role similar to that of an editor in a conventional journal (find reviewers, collect reviews, and make an editorial decision based on reviews). The current list of recommenders can be found here.

Recommenders of PCI Paleo can recommend up to five papers per year. They are expected to comply with the code of conduct, are eligible for selection as members of the Managing Board for a period of two years, and can propose the nomination of new recommenders.

New recommenders are proposed by current recommenders and approved by the Managing Board. If you are interested in becoming a recommender for PCI Paleo, please contact a current recommender in your field.

Why be a recommender for PCI Paleo?