BMJ, a leading medical knowledge provider, has adopted ReView, River Valley’s submission and peer review system, for BMJ Open Science (http://openscience.bmj.com) The new journal applies open science principles to preclinical research, and incorporates several innovative features in peer review.
Transparency and reproducibility are at the heart of BMJ Open Science. Not only are reviews published alongside accepted manuscripts, but even the discussions between reviewers are open to the public! This “extreme” openness is possible thanks to ReView’s flexible “discussion module” that is available to editors and reviewers throughout the review process.
Claire Rawlinson, Publisher at BMJ, said: “BMJ Open Science promotes open, transparent, and reproducible research. The requirements for the submission and peer review process are unusual and complex. We needed a system that was customisable and able to integrate easily with the many third-party initiatives that are important for open science. ReView’s flexibility to adapt has allowed us to configure it to our precise requirements.”
Amongst the features included for BMJ Open Science are River Valley’s latest reporting module that literally needs no training, the facility for direct submission of preprints from bioRxiv, and a configurable implementation of CASRAI’s CRediT authorship taxonomy, giving authors granular recognition for their contribution.
River Valley’s CTO, Kaveh Bazargan, said: “We built ReView from the ground up using the latest web technologies, ensuring maximum flexibility and usability. We are proud to be working with BMJ’s dynamic team and to be meeting the challenges posed by their exciting new journal.”
About River Valley Technologies
River Valley Technologies was set up in 1988 in the UK by Dr Kaveh Bazargan. A physicist by training, his intense interest in the emerging area of electronic publishing led him to start a service company with the aim of delivering cutting edge composition and technology to academic publishers. The company remains at the forefront of publishing technology.
River Valley was one of the first companies to embrace “authoring in the cloud”, with the first incarnation of RVRite some 10 years ago. The company continues to look at areas of publishing that can be improved or automated, with the fundamental goal of speeding up scholarly communication.
River Valley’s vision is to streamline and to automate the publishing process through its suite of platforms, which include:
- MagicWord and MagicTeX (Manuscript to XML conversion)
- RVRite (Collaborative online authoring)
- ReView (Intuitive submission and peer review platform)
- ProofCheck (Online author proofing system)
- RVFormatter (Automated XML to PDF converter)
River Valley continues to deliver highest level of typesetting services to its publishing clients through the use of its cloud-based platforms.
River Valley’s clients include Cambridge University Press, Nature Publishing Group, The IET, and IOP Publishing.