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    Marie Curie

A new way to assess the quality of monographs

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.

Below we detail the Aldus Press review process.

1. Assesment of proposal

Once we receive a book proposal the staff at Aldus Press will perform the following actions.

The identity of the author(s) is confirmed using desk-research (ORCID-iDs, affiliations, prior publications).

Together with the advisory board we will perform an assessment of the expected suitability of the work for Aldus Press.

We will independently validate the identities of the suggested reviewers and send them an email with a link to the book proposal. We will conform that they are willing to supply a review for the work.

2. Assessment of manuscript

Once we receive the manuscript, we will do an iThenticate check and discuss with the results with the author.

3. Solliciting of reviews

Aldus Press will create a digital package containing the book-proposal, iThenticate report and manuscript.

A link to this package will be sent to the validated reviewers as suggested by the author(s).

We will ask the reviewers for the following.

  1. Their review and endorsement for the publication. The review can be as long as they desire.
  2. A short, one or two paragraph long, summary of the review.
  3. Their official salutation, name, and affiliation.
  4. Their consent to publish this information in the monograph.

4. Preparing the reviews for publication

Once we have all the reviews in place, we will publish the details in one of the last pages of the book.

This page will contain:

  1. The heading ‘Reviews’
  2. For each review we will publish the full name, affiliation, ORCID-ID as well as the summary of the review. This summary might be edited for spelling and grammar by Aldus Press.
  3. We will combine all the full reviews into one pdf file an include a link / QR code to this file on the page

How does this look?

See below for how this will look.

Interested in submitting a publication proposal? Please read our Guide for Authors and then complete the Publication Proposal template.

Please review our Guide for Authors, before completing a Publication Proposal. Once submitted we assess all proposals carefully within two weeks.