We believe the traditional (journal) peer review model is not optimal for monographs. Reviewing books takes a lot of time compared to reviewing journal manuscripts, which makes it very hard to find suitable and available reviewers. Moreover, as this process is to a large extent a black box, quality control cannot be guaranteed.
Instead, Aldus Press has adopted the Peer Review by Endorsement (PRE) model. We believe this is the most effective and transparent way to allow readers to validate the quality and relevance of books, which is the primary goal of peer review. Before publication, authors solicit endorsing reviews for their works from peers. The identifies of these reviewers are validated by Aldus Press (using their affiliate email address, ORCID IDs, and more). The reviews are published in the book and are included in the book’s metadata. Building on the reputation of these peers, readers will be able to quickly and effectively validate the quality and relevance of the work.
Here we detail the Aldus Press review process.