What is Peer Community in Ecology?

Peer Community in Ecology (PCI Ecology) has been launched in december 2017. It is a community of XXX recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend unpublished preprints based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles, without the need for publication in ‘traditional’ journals. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Ecology are free of charge. When a recommender decides to recommend a preprint, he/she writes a recommendation text that is published along with all the editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender's decisions, authors’ replies) by PCI Ecology. The preprint itself is not published by PCI Ecology; it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors. PCI Ecology recommenders can also recommend, but to a lesser extent, postprints.


PCI Ecology is a community of the parent project Peer Community In, an original idea of Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud.

PCI Ecology is not designed to be a free peer-reviewing service for authors aiming to improve their articles before submission to a journal. It is, of course, possible, for authors to then submit their recommended preprint to a traditional journal, but this is not the goal of PCI Ecology.

PCI Ecology is stimulating: it recommends remarkable articles.

PCI Ecology is free: there are no fees associated with the evaluation process, and no charge for access to the comments and recommendations. The website is freely accessible.

PCI Ecology is transparent: Reviews and recommendations (for preprints) and recommendations (for postprints) are freely available for consultation. Recommendations are signed by the recommenders. Reviews may also be signed if the reviewers agree to do so.

PCI Ecology is not exclusive: An article may be recommended by different Peer Communities in X (a feature of particular interest for articles relating to multidisciplinary studies) and may even be published in a traditional journal (although this is not the goal of PCI Ecology).

Why submit your preprint to PCI Ecology?



Which manuscripts can be recommended?

PCI Ecology will recommend preprints, and to a lesser extent postrpints, dealing with all fields of ecology. The articles recommended may have diverse formats: reviews, comments, opinion papers, research articles, data papers, technical notes, computer notes, movies, etc. No editing, formatting or proofing of the recommended papers is required. We only ask the authors of recommended preprints to add a cover page to their preprint and a sentence at the beginning of the abstract stating that their preprint has been recommended by PCI Ecology.

Managing board of PCI Ecology

Tim Coulson (Oxford, Univ. Oxford, UK)
François Massol (Lille, EEP, Univ. Lille, France)

To contact the Managing Board please send a message to managing-board@ecology.peercommunityin.org

PCI Ecology recommenders

Recommenders manage the evaluation of preprints (and, to a lesser extent, postprints), which they may choose to recommend. Recommenders have a role similar to that of a journal editor (finding reviewers, collecting reviews, and taking an editorial decision based on reviews), and they may eventually recommend the preprint after several rounds of reviews. If they decide to recommend a preprint, they write a “recommendation” that has its own DOI and is published in the PCI Ecology electronic journal.

PCI Ecology recommenders can recommend up to five preprints or postprints per year. They are expected to comply with the code of conduct of PCI Ecology, are eligible for selection as a member of the Managing Board for a period of two years, and they can propose the nomination of new recommenders to the Managing Board. The current list of recommenders can be found here.

New recommenders are nominated by current recommenders, with the approval of the Managing Board. If you are interested in becoming a recommender, please contact a current recommender in your field.

Why be a recommender for a PCI?