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Check out the latest blog post from Cureus Editor-in-Chief, John Adler. If you'd like to leave a comment for Dr. Adler, please click here to comment on the post itself. Is it Time to Pull Back the Curtain from Peer Review? John R. Adler, Jr., M.D. - December 13, 2019 Double-blind and single-blind processes continue to dominate academic peer review. Too often this results in a ‘black box’ – a system without sufficient transparency for authors, readers and reviewers alike. Hopefully one day fully transparent (and even public) peer review will come to be seen as acceptable throughout the world of academic publishing. For now we must take small steps to break down this barrier, just as Cureus works to break down barriers to publication. That’s why Cureus provides authors with the ability to reach out directly to invited peer reviewers with a personal message before peer review begins. Yes it is quite unorthodox for an author to make a personal plea to reviewers to complete expeditious reviews, so why do we seek to encourage it? A personal request is at some level harder to ignore, and therefore more effectively motivates reviewers and speeds up the process, than a request coming from a “faceless” journal. The author is blinded to the exact reviewer panel as each author is expected to invite at least five reviewers and the editorial team invites a similar number of other reviewers. With this many “potential” reviewers, it is easy to argue that the author will never be exactly sure who reviewed their article, so in effect, authors are blind to the exact reviewer’s name. Cureus still believes and hopes someday to validate that it is not the primary review process that ensures article quality but the secondary review, ala SIQ, which should therefore be deemed the best arbiter of quality, and this is a feature that other journals lack. These rationale may be less than perfect, but they summarize our current thinking, yet as we all know, there isn’t a perfect journal or system for peer review.

Jan 28, 2020

Cureus December 2019 Newsletter

Hi, We're finishing the year on a strong note with new features, user emails and a publishing competition right around the corner. Read on for the latest news from the Cureus Journal of Medical Science. Newly added Google and Facebook authentication In addition to signing in with your email address or LinkedIn account, you can now quickly log in to Cureus via your Google or Facebook accounts. With mobile users increasing, this is just another step in making it easier to connect with the Cureus community. Surgical wound care competition coming next month! Look out for our next publishing competition - 'Clinical Applications and Benefits Using Closed-Incision Negative Pressure Therapy with Novel Dressings' - launching on January 7, 2020! Introducing Cureus U - our curated collection of articles just for you This week we began sending out curated emails featuring the best of our recently published articles categorized by specialty. We know you don't always have time to browse the Cureus article library so we're bringing some of our best articles directly to your inbox. Keep an eye out for the Cureus U email in your medical specialty. Happy holidays from Cureus! From our team to yours, we want to wish you a very merry holiday season as we close out 2019. While our offices will be closed for the holidays, our editorial team never stops and we'll continue to accept, review and approve article submissions throughout the holidays. We'll be be back in January with a look back at Cureus in 2019. Have a great year's end! - The Cureus Team

Jan 24, 2020