OA publisher Hindawi launches open source peer review system

OA publisher is now adapting its peer review model.

Hindawi works with a large, diverse pool of contributors (in 2017 this included 76,000 authors, 11,000 editors and 46,000 reviewers from 178 countries). The scale of the publishing programme has made it challenging to develop a scalable publishing platform that works with advances in open science without becoming unmanageably complex.

The submission and review system follows an Editor-in-Chief-led workflow:

  • An administrator role sets up the initial editorial board positions and can provide support at every stage of the process.
  • Authors create accounts and submit manuscripts through a simple submission form.
  • The designated EiC conducts an initial screening before assigning promising submissions to a handling editor.
  • The handling editor makes a second assessment of the manuscript before deciding whether to invite external reviewers.
  • After receiving a certain number of reviews and soliciting revisions from the authors, the handling editor makes a final recommendation to the EiC.
  • The EiC makes a final decision on whether or not a manuscript should be published.

You can watch a video about the new review system here