We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) to improve access to information about retraction policies.
In the coming months, we’ll be publishing guidelines for what we think should be included in retraction notices, and on how those notices should be publicized. As a release describing the new partnership notes:
PRE-val, PRE’s flagship product will include links from their service to the new Retraction Watch guidelines.
When a user clicks the PRE-val badge, a report is opened which contains information related to the journal practices and the peer review process conducted on the article. Retraction policies are included along with journal plagiarism screening, use of ORCID, membership in COPE, and other best practices engaged in by quality journals.
Here’s more about PRE:
PRE-val is a tool provided by PRE (“Peer Review Evaluation”) which was formed to assist members of the scholarly publishing community who are committed to preserving an ethical, rigorous peer review process. PRE-val is a service which is freely available to readers as soon as an article is published and supports publishers in promoting trust and transparency by having their peer review process validated by an objective third party.
This new partnership is similar to the arrangement we announced in March in which PubChase would be linking to Retraction Watch posts. As in that case, we have no financial relationship with PRE.
Keep an eye out for our guidelines, which will be available open access, and which we’ll of course announce here, and send us your ideas on what we should include.