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Charleston Library Conference 

Jan 10, 2023

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with Elliott Lumb, Founder and CEO of PeerRef, which is described as “a journal-independent open peer review platform.”  Elliott says that he had initially hoped to disrupt the traditional publishing process with PeerRef by assisting authors to post their work online as a preprint, organize and publish the peer review for their work, and to give them all the pieces they need to satisfy funders and institutions. However, Elliott realized that organizing peer review is not the primary value proposition of a publisher since they add more value to research after publication. Elliott prefers now to think of PeerRef as a single point of peer review which will provide publishers with verified preprints which editors can evaluate for their suitability for their journal and publish much more quickly. By expanding the opportunity for qualified researchers around the world to do peer review, PeerRef would also create more equity and provide more viewpoints in the peer review system.

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