Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press join blockchain for peer review project


 April 26, 2018 — Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group and Cambridge University Press have joined a pilot project to test blockchain technologies applications to peer review. 

Taylor & Francis Group have joined the initiative, announced in March 2018, which focuses on the problems of research reproducibility, recognition of reviewers and the rising burden of the peer-review process. The project will develop a protocol where information about peer review activities (submitted by publishers) are stored on a blockchain. This will allow the review process to be independently validated, and data to be fed to relevant vehicles to ensure recognition and validation for reviewers. By sharing peer review information, while adhering to laws on privacy, data protection and confidentiality, they will foster innovation and increase interoperability.

Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press join Springer Nature as publisher partners; all three organisations will share key information around publisher and peer review workflows, and make a number of journals available to the pilot for development purposes. Katalysis will provide technical expertise to the creation of the test platform and ORCID will share insights on personal identifiers and authentication. Digital Science will continue to manage this non-commercial industry initiative.