Scientific quality assurance by interactive peer review and public discussion


Ulrich Pöschl1, Kenneth S. Carslaw2, Thomas Koop3, Rolf Sander4, William T. Sturges5, Jonathan P. D. Abbatt6, John T. Jayne7, and Douglas R. Worsnop7. (1) Institute of Hydrochemistry, Technical University of Munich, Marchioninistr. 17, Munich, D-81377, Germany, (2) School of the Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom, (3) Physical Chemistry II, University of Bielefeld, PO Box 10 01 31, Bielefeld, 33501, Germany, (4) Air Chemistry Department, Max-Planck Institute of Chemistry, PO Box 3060, Mainz, D-55020, Germany, (5) School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom, (6) Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories, University of Toronto, 80 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3H6, Canada, (7) Aerodyne Research, Inc, 45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA 08121-3976
The traditional ways of scholarly publishing and peer review do not live up to the needs of efficient communication and quality assurance in today’s rapidly developing and highly diverse world of science. Substantial improvement can be achieved by an open access two-stage publication process with interactive peer review and public discussion. It enables rapid publication and dissemination of new results in discussion papers followed by thorough and transparent peer review which is open for input from the scientific community (permanently archived and fully citable), and it leads to final revised papers with maximum quality assurance and information density. This approach has been successfully realized and applied in the interactive scientific journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP,, which is edited by a globally distributed network of scientists and has been launched in 2001. The achievements of ACP confirm that the opportunities for interactive peer review and public discussion in a high quality journal are very much appreciated by authors, referees, and the scientific community. Reference: U. Pöschl, Interactive journal concept for improved scientific publishing and quality assurance, Learned Publishing, 17, 105-113, 2004.