We believe the traditional peer review model, whereby two or three reviewers are invited by an editor to review a submitted work, is not suitable for books. Reviewing a book takes a lot of time (compared to reviewing a journal manuscript, for which this model has evolved), which makes it very hard to find suitable reviewers. Moreover, as this process is to a large extent a black box, quality control cannot be guaranteed.
Aldus Press has developed an open peer review model that we believe is the most transparent and effective 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 in their field before publication. The names and affiliations of these reviewers (including their ORCID IDs) and 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 validate the quality and relevance of the work.