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Scholarly Impact Quotient™ (SIQ™)

Scholarly Impact Quotient™ (SIQ™) is our unique post-publication peer-review process used to judge article importance via the collective intelligence of the Cureus community-at-large. All registered users are invited to contribute to the SIQ™ of any published article. (Authors are not permitted to rate their own articles.)

During this post-publication peer-review rating process, users are asked to judge the relative merits of the article on a scale of 1-10 (1 = poor and 10 = excellent) in the following areas: clarity of background and rationale, clinical importance, study design and methods, data analysis, novelty of conclusions and quality of presentation.

While all registered Cureus users can rate a published article, the SIQ™ algorithm weighs the opinion of domain experts appreciably more than that of non-specialists. SIQ™ is prominently displayed alongside each article that has received at least two ratings and is recalculated on the fly with each additional rating.

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. 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." By measuring the merit of individual publications, Cureus' unique SIQ™ peer-review process helps readers interpret the scientific quality of articles.