Everyone should have free and open access to research. This is, as we know, the first major contemporary challenge for academia. We believe that the dependence of research on its current business model is primarily material : paid journals do indeed play an important role in the formatting, validation and dissemination of research.
PEERS is a non-profit organization created by researchers for researchers to bring the latest technological advances to the benefit of open access. By integrating all phases of academic research and by automating all the tasks traditionally performed by paid journals, our is to allow each community of researchers to be able to create and maintain a fully open journal.
The reproducibility crisis shows that facilitating data access and collaboration in data re-analysis is the second major contemporary challenge on academia. Nowadays, data sharing is done on dedicated sites and not in the journals themselves, and data re-analysis thus demands a heavy investment from reviewers.
Our aim is to push data sharing by integrating open databases, crowdsourced databases, operational code, and no-code analysis directly in the research papers.
Open and continuous reviews are increasingly emerging as the third major contemporary challenge for academia.
PEERS offers a fully transparent open review toolkit based on the model of large collaborative web 2.0 projects. Any reader can make their case for their approval of a given work, raise questionable points, or suggest a change that can then be accepted or rejected by the authors with a single click.
PEERS makes the work of reviewers visible and quantifiable, which is an essential step to take if we want to value the the diversity of academic work.
Any researcher or community can create a collection on PEERS. These are our equivalent of journals: they are multimedia lists that can relay written, audio or video works, published on PEERS or externally.
Collections use a unique system of transparency on the conditions of inclusiong and voting, giving those who manage them complete freedom on the terms that suit them while giving readers a fresh perspective on the construction of the journal. Each collection can then be discussed in a dedicated thred by the community.
Research is a social activity, and on PEERS the social organisation of research takes the form of 'communities'. A community is a network of researchers with common interests, which may take the form of collections or joint research projects.
For example, a PEERS community can be a laboratory, a research group, a more or less formal network, a learned society or a working group within it.
An open, collaborative and accessible data analysis system
A specialized text editor for the next generation of academic writing
A powerful toolbox for open community review
A simple way to create a journal or a reading list