BioPeers

An incentivized peer review solution to accelerate biological research: a self-sustaining zero-fee platform owned by the participating researchers themselves.

There are two major problems with science publishing today: (1) restricted access and (2) poor and delayed peer review process. While the former is being solved by: (a) encouraging open access publications with higher publication fees and (b) providing access in violation of copyright acts (eg. Sci-Hub). The latter issue with peer review is a more difficult problem to tackle. This is where BioPeers, an initiative by the researchers and for the researchers, comes to rescue science!

Peer review is important for publishing good science. However, the process is often very slow and poor. If it slows down publication time and the time-taking review still doesn't improve the quality of work, it really becomes counterproductive and beats the purpose of it. Firstly, peer-review isn't an organised endeavour - there is no central repository of reviewers, for instance. Secondly, in the multi-billion scientific publishing business, there is no incentive for peer reviewers (who are central to this!) to do good work. From a game theory perspective, such a system with no reward/ punishment for good/ bad behavior, will never work efficiently. We introduce incentive to specifically improve the quality and speed of peer reviewing. This is the first marketplace to hire subject experts for peer review. At the moment, peer review can be summarised as a necessary evil in science. With BioPeers, it doesn't have to be evil anymore.

FAQs

Some of the most common questions that we received from the community include:

  • How is the incentive calculated and how does it improve quality and speed of the review?
  • The incentive for the reviewer decreases as the the quality of work decreases or the time taken to complete the work increases. We discuss the algorith in detail in our blog post

  • How is BioPeers owned by the participating researchers? And what does this ownership entail?
  • The tokens would also be associated with governance right on the platform. This would mean that reviewers who hold on to the tokens (without selling them on the market) would be democratically able to submit proposals and vote using their tokens to change the rules of the platform. Moreover, in the future these holders might receive additional rights such as the ability to vote and distribute small grants from the treasury to good scientific causes and projects.

  • As a researcher/ editor, how can I get involved?
  • As a researcher, there are two ways to get involved:
    (i) BioPeers ambassador program: open to all. The ambassadors will help us spread the word. You will receive an exclusive ambassador badge NFT for this. Sign-up here to be an ambassador.
    (ii) BioPeers reviewer program: selected individuals will be added to the reviewer pool of the BioPeers platform. Open to PhD-holders. Sign-up here to be a reviewer.
    As an editor, this is a unique opportunity as we will provide tokens and help onboard only one journal to our beta platform before it open to others. So, if you’re interested, write to us using this form.

  • I am not a researcher in biology but interested to contribute - how do I participate?
  • If you’re a blockchain developer and want to contribute, write to us directly at: contact.biopeers[at]gmail[dot]com
    As a non-profit initiative, we will not be participating in any equity-sharing fundraising. We are self-funded (a group of researchers spread across Europe). However, if you believe in the cause and want to contribute - we will be glad accept donations in the form of BTC/ETH/DOT. Our addresses are provided below:
    BTC: 1CfuTac32udceW9JL6NZuHDRwMtFqai7tF
    ETH: 0x1B5e11e89000C83Fd493496c3A93effB1296c8a5
    DOT: 14ro638kc3HgvH755o8fZz65ypSQQZ2ALWMk8TESQeJ2jtQT

    Join the community

    You can write to us at: contact.biopeers[at]gmail[dot]com