RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International open access publisher Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation announced today that it will partner with Rubriq, complementing its own peer review process for its journals on QScience.com with Rubriq’s groundbreaking scorecard, a standardized, independent peer review tool developed to speed publication and improve trust in the peer review process.
While Rubriq will provide an independent peer review of submitted research, the editors-in-chief of each journal will retain control over what papers ultimately are accepted or rejected, based on both the evaluation of Rubriq reviewers and the particular scope of the journal in question. There are more than 15 journals available through QScience.com, from specialized-topic journals to the multidisciplinary journal QScience Connect.
Although Rubriq will supplement the existing review process for more traditionally-structured journals, it completely will replace the peer review management process for QScience Connect, where editors will make decisions based solely on feedback provided in the Rubriq scorecard.
“This partnership represents a significant step forward with respect to the way in which scholarly publishers, as well as authors and researchers, will come to think about peer review,” says Rubriq Co-Founder and Managing Director Keith Collier. “It is paradigm shift that decouples the peer review process from publishing, eliminating major inefficiencies while validating Rubriq’s core belief that there should be a faster way to publish trusted research.”
“This is a bold new step in the future of open access,” notes Arend Kuester, Managing Director at QScience. “QScience prides itself in offering a fast, transparent, and innovative open access publishing process, centered on the author bringing his or her research to a global audience. This partnership will vastly improve that process, removing any potential conflict of interest in the reviewing process, establishing a consistent, high-quality standard of professional peer review, and ensuring that authors continue to receive responses within a reasonable time frame, even as the volume of submissions increases.”
Although Rubriq was designed to help individual authors make critical changes to their manuscript before submission and choose the best journal for their work, this relationship demonstrates how journals can also use Rubriq to improve the publishing process. Outsourcing can enable journals to better manage the costs, quality, and transparency of the peer review process.
The foundation of the Rubriq system is a web-based network that can handle large volumes of manuscript submissions. Using its proprietary software, Rubriq matches and assigns submissions to the appropriate peer reviewers, who utilize the patent-pending scorecard rubric to provide standardized, structured reviews. Rubriq staff also provides journal recommendations, using the reviews and software to match submitted papers to appropriate journals by keywords, as well as the impact and quality of the papers as assessed by the reviewers.
QScience represents an ideal partner for Rubriq’s standardized, independent peer review scorecard, according to Arend Kuester. With a reputation as an innovator always looking for ways to improve the publishing process, QScience was launched in 2010 by a team with traditional publishing backgrounds who sought the opportunity to create global journals with the freedom to leapfrog established publishing processes and technologies.
QScience’s focus on open access is also a good fit for Rubriq. Open access has been criticized by some for its potential for conflicts of interest or lower-quality (and sometimes non-existent) peer review. By using a tested, standardized, and independent peer review service like Rubriq, though, any journal can be assured of receiving unbiased, high-quality evaluations of research.
“Our relationship with QScience allows us to demonstrate the potential for Rubriq and the rigor of our peer review process in ‘gold’ open access through a real-life scenario, rather than just theory,” concludes Rubriq’s Collier. “It is a platform from which we can attract the interest of other individual journals, as well as thought leaders in scholarly publishing.”
About Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ)
Launched in December 2010, QScience.com is a peer-reviewed online publishing platform from BQFJ that offers a unique and collaborative research environment for scientists in Qatar and the rest of the world. This new platform publishes a range of peer reviewed, high quality, open access journals, books and repositories which adhere to international publishing standards. For more information, visit www.QScience.com.
Rubriq introduces a streamlined yet rigorous model for scientific peer review and journal matching. By incentivizing reviewers, compressing the process from months to a few weeks and assigning an independent, quantitative score (R-Score) to research papers, the Rubriq model benefits authors, reviewers and publishers. Rubriq – whose name embodies a well-established set of parameters and the process of review – is an independent, for-benefit division of Research Square (www.researchsquare.com), and was founded by a team of seasoned experts who are former researchers and scientific publishing industry experts. For more information, visit www.rubriq.com.