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Scholarly Impact Quotient™ (SIQ™)

Scholarly Impact Quotient™ (SIQ™) is our unique post-publication peer review rating process. SIQ™ assesses article importance and quality by embracing the collective intelligence of the Cureus community-at-large. All registered users are invited to contribute to the SIQ of any published article. (Authors cannot rate their own articles.)

By assigning a point value from 1 to 10 in the following categories, Cureus users can assess and rate the relative merits of any published article: clarity of background and rationale, clinical importance, study design and methods, data analysis, novelty of conclusions, and quality of presentation. High ratings should be reserved for work that is truly groundbreaking in its respective field. Anything above 5 should be considered above average.

While all registered Cureus users can rate any published article, the opinion of domain experts is weighted appreciably more than that of non-specialists. An article’s SIQ™ will appear alongside the article after being rated twice and is recalculated with each additional rating.

SIQ™ is grounded in statistical power as a means of ensuring accuracy; the judgment of the many can diminish the biased influence of a few. Although the judgment of an individual or a limited number of peer reviewers may be flawed, SIQ™ harnesses the innate "wisdom of the crowd" (including peer reviewers, editors, colleagues, and doctors and researchers in unrelated disciplines) to assess an article’s importance.