Peer Community in Entomology (PCI Entomology) has been launched in March 2019. It is a community of entomologists playing the role of editors who evaluate unpublished preprints through a peer-review process. After peer-review, good quality preprints are then recommended, making them validated and citable articles, without the need for publication in traditional journals. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Entomology are free of charge. When members decide to recommend a preprint, they write a recommendation that is published along with all the editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender's decisions and authors’ replies) by PCI Entomology. The preprint itself is not published by PCI Entomology; it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors. PCI Entomology recommenders can also recommend postprints.
PCI Entomology is the first community of the parent project Peer Community In, an original idea of Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud.
PCI Entomology 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 Entomology.
PCI Entomology is stimulating: it recommends remarkable articles.
PCI Entomology 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 Entomology 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 Entomology 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 Entomology).
Why submit your preprint to PCI Entomology?
Which manuscripts can be recommended?
PCI Entomology will recommend preprints, and to a lesser extent postrpints, dealing with all fields of entomology and in particular with these subjects: Acari; Anatomy; Arachnids; Behavior; Biochemistry; Biocontrol; Biodiversity; Biogeography; Biological invasions; Biology; Chelicerata; Collemboles; Conservation biology; Crustacea; Demography/population dynamics; Development; Diplura; Ecology; Evolution; Forensics; Genetics/Genomics; Medical entomology; Methodology; Molecular biology; Morphology; Myriapods; Parasitology; Pathology; Pesticide resistance; Pest management; Phylogeny; Physiology; Protura; Symbiosis; Systematics; Toxicology; Veterinary entomology.
PCI Entomology will recommend studies on insects and on terrestrial animals in other arthropod groups or other phyla, such as arachnids, myriapods, earthworms, land snails, and slugs. 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 Entomology.
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 Entomology electronic journal.
PCI Entomology recommenders can recommend up to five preprints or postprints per year. They are expected to comply with the code of ethical conduct of PCI Entomology, 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.