After 12 years of working with reviewers and associate editors, we decided to open a new window for all of our editors as well as authors titled "Open Peer Review". We hope by this new facility, our reviewers will be more motivated and authors will be more satisfied with the review process.
We believe that publishing our peer review reports could make a transparent and clear environment for all our efforts within a journal, but not all reviewers tend to publish their comments.
An "Open Peer Review" process is making the details of all review process (including reviewers, associate editors, and EICs comments) as "Public" as it is agreed by EIC, Authors, and reviewers.
The project of "Open Peer Review" will be started from 1 Sep 2019 in all of Kowsar journals.
Based on a simple search, we have found the below publishers tried/are trying "Open Peer Review" process in some of or all of their journals:
The EMBO press described the related issues in this page.
Here you may find a sample model of open peer review process in Kowsar journals.
We have developed this option as a new feature of our journal management system under consultation with our editorial board all our expert reviewers to find out the best way for creating a transparent environment for both our authors and reviewers. In this tough way, we need your war messages are more than welcomed to us. Please be in contact with us via our support portal at www.publisher.support
ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology) is a scientist-driven nonprofit working to address this problem by promoting innovation and transparency in life sciences communication. In the FAQ pages of this website, you may find much interesting info about Open Peer Review. Read also this commentary.