|Traditional Peer Review
|Post-publication Peer Review
|Advantages Assured to be reviewed by experts in your field Because criticism of and insight into your paper is done only by verified experts, the end result is expected to have high scientific rigor and quality
|Advantages Can report findings to the public immediately: the pace of research is accelerated Research gets insight from members of the community most interested in your study, rather than a couple peer reviewers responding to a journal’s request.
|Disadvantages Authors may struggle to publish research that is low-impact, that merely corroborates findings, or that has a very niche audience. Potential bias from reviewers on an ideological basis. Takes a long time from research discovery to publication (in some cases, over a year).
|Disadvantages Published findings may later be found to be incorrect, leading to researchers pursuing “dead-ends” based on them. Published methods or analysis may be found to be incorrect, leading your future research to be subject to extra scrutiny and suspicion.
Because of the novelty of this approach, there are few journals that employ both traditional and post-publication peer review. The vast majority fall into the former category. However, we hope you will consider some of the publication outlets and services below, as ways to make your impact on the research world more immediate and more international.