What is post-publication peer review?

MedEdPublish is an open access post-publication peer reviewed journal. Unlike in traditional publishing, where peer-review takes place before publication, articles submitted to MedEdPublish are peer reviewed following publication. Prior to publication, manuscripts are checked by the Editor to ensure that their content is appropriate for a medical and health professions education e-journal and that the manuscript meets the e-journal criteria for publication. Articles that meet this criteria are processed, assigned a DOI and published. Once an article goes ‘live’ online in MedEdPublish it is considered ‘published’ in the same way as if it had been printed in a traditional journal and the peer review process begins immediately, although as with any publisher, we cannot guarantee that peer review is completed in a specific time frame. 

MedEdPublish articles are peer reviewed on the website by the medical education community. Reviewers may include the MedEdPublish Editor, members of the Editorial Board, Guest Editors, the Panel of Reviewers and importantly, the MedEdPublish community.

Post-publication peer review follows an open and transparent process, which aims to avoid editorial bias while increasing the speed of publication. We use an ‘open identities’ principle, whereby all reviewers submit their feedback publicly, under their own name, and everyone visiting an article page can see all peer review reports, referee names, and comments, and can join the discussion if they wish. This open approach to peer review is a cornerstone of the MedEdPublish ethos as it allows the medical education community to provide feedback and share expertise with colleagues at all levels.

Post-publication peer review and indexing services

While we welcome all reviews, in terms of meeting the quality requirements of indexing services 'peer-reviewed' has a very specific meaning which usually requires the reviews to be 'commissioned' or 'invited' by the editor. In our model, we consider an article to meet this requirement when it has been successfully reviewed by at least two members of the Review Panel. This includes invited reviewers who are selected by the editor for their expertise on a specific topic and who become temporary Panel members.

In terms of what we are able to recommend for indexing, articles we publish can therefore exist in three states:
1.            Not yet peer-reviewed;
2.            Peer-reviewed but not yet meeting expected standards for indexing (author revision encouraged)
3.            Peer-reviewed and of acceptable standard for indexing ('Recommended')

An article’s ‘Recommended’ status is clearly displayed on its page. Further information about how articles achieve 'Recommended' status is available in our indexing statement. Community reviewers who are interested in becoming Panel members should complete an application form