Peer Community in Animal Science (PCI Animal Science) is a community of researchers working in Animal Science who peer-review and recommend unpublished preprints publicly available from open archives such as bioRxiv & HAL. The peer review process of PCI Animal Science is very similar to that of conventional journals, except that it is totally transparent. Papers recommended by PCI Animal Science are finalized, peer-reviewed articles that can be used and cited, like any other article published in a conventional journal. A recommended paper by PCI Animal Science is a reliable and high quality manuscript that does not need to be published in conventional journals, although further submission in a journal may be possible.
Not all submitted manuscripts are considered for evaluation. Our recommenders select submissions they find interesting for the community, then initiate the evaluation process by assigning the manuscript to at least two reviewers. Not all evaluated manuscripts are recommended. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Animal Science are free of charge. When a recommender decides to recommend a preprint, he/she writes a recommendation text that is published along with all the editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender's decisions, authors’ replies) by PCI Animal Science. The preprint itself is not published by PCI Animal Science; it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors. PCI Animal Science recommenders can also recommend, but to a lesser extent, postprints.
PCI Animal Science is under the umbrella of the parent project Peer Community In, an original idea of Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud.
PCI Animal Science is not designed to be a free peer-reviewing service for authors aiming to improve their articles before submission to a journal. It is, of course, possible, for authors to then submit their recommended preprint to a traditional journal, but this is not the goal of PCI Animal Science.
PCI Animal Science is stimulating: it recommends remarkable articles.
PCI Animal Science is free: there are no fees associated with the evaluation process, and no charge for access to the comments and recommendations. The website is freely accessible.
PCI Animal Science is transparent: Reviews and recommendations (for preprints) and recommendations (for postprints) are freely available for consultation. Recommendations are signed by the recommenders. Reviews may also be signed if the reviewers agree to do so.
PCI Animal Science is not exclusive: An article may be recommended by different Peer Communities in X (a feature of particular interest for articles relating to multidisciplinary studies) and may even be published in a traditional journal (although this is not the goal of PCI Animal Science).
Why submit your preprint to PCI Anim Sci?
Which manuscripts can be recommended?
PCI Animal Science will recommend preprints (and to a lesser extent postprints) from a wide range of research areas applied to animal science: animal genetics, breeding, growth, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, epidemiology, disease ecology, neurobiology, microbiology, behaviour, welfare, ethics, health, management and production systems, precision livestock farming and veterinary science. PCI Animal Science covers research primarily on domestic animals including mammalian and avian species, fish and insects (for feeding purposes but also as reservoir of transmissible pathogens). Research using laboratory animals, in vitro as well as animal models of human health diseases might also be considered.
The articles recommended may have diverse formats: reviews, comments, opinion papers, research articles, data papers, technical notes, computer notes, movies, etc. No editing, formatting or proofing of the recommended papers is required. We only ask the authors of recommended preprints to add a cover page to their preprint and a sentence at the beginning of the abstract stating that their preprint has been recommended by PCI Animal Science.
Managing board of PCI Animal Science
Matthias Hess (University of California, Davis, USA)
Sharon Huws (Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom)
Birte Nielsen (Inra, France)
Elise Norberg (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)
Recommenders manage the evaluation of preprints (and, to a lesser extent, postprints), which they may choose to recommend. Recommenders have a role similar to that of a journal editor (finding reviewers, collecting reviews, and taking an editorial decision based on reviews), and they may eventually recommend the preprint after several rounds of reviews. If they decide to recommend a preprint, they write a “recommendation” that has its own DOI and is published in the PCI Animal Science electronic journal.
PCI Animal Science recommenders can recommend up to five preprints or postprints per year. They are expected to comply with the code of ethical conduct of PCI Animal Science, are eligible for selection as a member of the Managing Board for a period of two years, and they can propose the nomination of new recommenders to the Managing Board.
The current list of recommenders can be found here.
New recommenders are nominated by current recommenders, with the approval of the Managing Board. If you are interested in becoming a recommender, please contact a current recommender in your field.