Springer Nature signs ASAPbio’s open letter promoting transparency in the peer review process

Springer Nature welcomes open letter on peer review reports

We are delighted to be partnering with other publishers in promoting transparency in the peer review process by signing ASAPbio’s open letter. As a leading publisher in open research, Springer Nature has long championed the move to greater transparency in peer review in particular through the BMC portfolio, which has a well-established tradition of pioneering new forms of peer review.

As a signatory through BMC and Nature Communications to ASAPbio’s open letter on the publication of peer review reports, we encourage other publishers and journals to join us in promoting this approach in general and this initiative in particular.

We have been championing the open approach for some time now.  Since BMC first introduced open peer review in 1999, the number of journals across the BMC’s portfolio now publishing open peer review reports alongside articles has grown to 70 journals.

Nature Communications also operates a transparent peer review process. Both have co-signed the open letter pledging to continue to advocate transparency in peer review.

Rachel Burley, Publishing Director, BMC Group, says: “As the original pioneers of open peer review, BMC has actively engaged with the research community for many years to better understand their evolving needs, as well as the benefits and challenges to opening up peer review.”

“Our long experience of open review has shown us that a pragmatic balance has to be struck between providing an efficient and timely service to authors and the ideal of full transparency, where the mandatory requirement of publishing reviewers’ details may have unintended consequences in discouraging and deterring some researchers from becoming reviewers.”

“We will continue to require the publication of peer review reports alongside articles in the 70 BMC journals that already operate open peer review.  We will also continue to actively advocate for transparent and open peer review with the aim of introducing this approach across the wider BMC portfolio over time.”