Paid peer reviews for ecologistsSubmitted by drupaladmin on 28 December 2011.
About 6 weeks ago, I was invited to write an editorial for Ideas in Ecology and Evolution (IEE). I recalled reading a few articles by Hochberg commenting on the increasing difficulty in securing referees and had seen several new incentive systems including PubCreds discussed by oikosjeremy. So, I am just posting it here, not to promote it, but to provide a forum for discussion and synthesis on the topic.
The editorial summarizing the outcome of a poll I conducted on the ecolog listserve and my musing is online, open-access here (just scroll down a bit on that first page and you will see the current articles). Click on the money for nothing one then on pdf and bingo.
I would love to hear what the Oikos and Nordic Ecological Society thinks about this topic. I did this mainly as an exercise for us to push for more transparency in peer review in general (including the incentives and profit) and for us to consider whether the model we use to handle papers could be improved. Maybe the new EiC for Oikos will solve this. I would also love to hear from the Oikos editors and referees to see if we would ever consider this.