The Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC) has been formed to reduce the time and effort involved in the peer review of original neuroscience research reports.
- Alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to accept manuscript reviews from other Consortium journals
- Open to any neuroscience
journal that is indexed by MEDLINE
View complete list of participating journals
- Entails no cost or work, and provides a payoff in reduced work for authors, reviewers, and editors
INCF provides infrastructure
The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) administers the Journal applications and is also hosting the website.
The INCF together with its 17 member countries, coordinates collaborative informatics infrastructure for neuroscience data integration and manages scientific programs to develop standards for data sharing, analysis, modeling and simulation in order to catalyze insights into brain function in health and disease.
Learn more: www.incf.org
The idea of the Consortium came from journal editors who saw that many solid manuscripts were being rejected because of space limitations or because the articles were not appropriate for their journals. Authors then resubmit their rejected article to another journal, which must engage another set of peer reviewers. In some cases, the same reviewers are called upon again to provide comments.
Overall, the current system is inefficient and wastes reviewer time, a scarce resource. Moreover, it generates extra work for editors, who must spend more time soliciting reviews from an overworked pool of reviewers. It affects the quality of peer review because the best-qualified reviewers are less available to review manuscripts because of the number of reviews they are providing. Authors and readers also pay a price because the publication of research results is delayed by weeks or months as additional reviews are sought.
If reviews obtained by one journal could be re-used by another, a considerable amount of work could be avoided and publication delays could be reduced.
At the PubMed Plus Conference in June 2007, a working group designed the framework for transferring reviews among journals and implemented it as the NPRC. By the fall of 2007, more than a dozen major journals had signed onto the NPRC, sufficient to launch the consortium in January of 2008.
Members of the working group
- Joshua Sanes, Cochair; Neural Development
- John Maunsell, J Neurosci
- Giorgio Ascoli, Neuroinformatics
- Jan Bjaalie, INCF
- Paul Carton, Elsevier Science
- Peter Fox, Hum Brain Mapp
- Pablo Fernicola, Microsoft
- Robert Harington, Wiley-Blackwell’s
- Steve Lisberger, Neurosci [IBRO]
- Eve Marder, J Neurophys
- Margaret Reich, American Physiological Society
- Michael A. Rogawski, Neuropharm
- Gary Westbrook, J Neurosci