Conditional Review Acceptance Policy (R1)

“Thank you for your invitation to review. Did the authors provide the data and the code they have used to produce the paper? Will the paper be published in open access mode? If twice yes, I will consider reviewing the paper.”

This is my new automatic reply to requests for review journal articles that I receive from editors and their assistants. In june 2014, I introduced a conditional review acceptance policy (CRAP). The policy was to review only those articles that the journal agrees to publish in a Free Open Access mode – making the article publicly available, without charging any fees for it from universities, authors, or readers. The revised policy now also includes the question whether the data and code will be publicly available, as proposed by the Peer Reviewers’ Openness (PRO) initiative. The revision rewards open science.

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