Transplant Peer Review Network
Transplant Peer Review Network
Welcome to the Wiley Transplant Peer Review Network!
Watch Dr. Allan Kirk, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Transplantation, speak about the Tx PRN!
The Transplant Peer Review Network (Tx PRN) is a consortium formed to simplify the publication process for authors and reduce the time and effort involved in the peer review of transplantation research.
Recognizing the growing burden on their peer reviewers and authors, the Editors of the transplant journals published by Wiley agreed to form a collaborative network to facilitate the sharing of peer review with other journals participating in the Network. The goals of the Tx PRN are to support efficient and thorough peer review, to ease the burden on peer reviewers, and to improve the publication process for authors. By providing a referral recommendation and automatically sharing manuscripts and peer reviews, the Tx PRN hopes to further streamline peer review - sharing processes employed by similar networks in other disciplines and improve the publishing experience for the transplantation community.
And we’re just getting started! We are looking carefully at every step of the authoring and peer review process, and exciting plans to continue streamlining and improving the experience are in development.
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The Transplant Peer Review Network makes it easier for authors to get their research published.
During the initial submission process, authors indicate their preferred first and/or second choice journal(s), should they not be accepted at their target journal. At the Editors’ discretion, papers that are not accepted by one journal in the Network can be recommended for referral to another participating journal. To expedite a rapid review, the paper (and associated reviews) are automatically transferred to the referred journal on the authors’ behalf.
If the corresponding author accepts the referral recommendation, they can quickly finalize the submission process at the second journal. A transfer does not guarantee acceptance, as the second journal will still undertake a due evaluation of the paper; but, by reducing the number of times a manuscript must be reviewed, the Network reduces the workloads of reviewers and speeds up publication time for authors. Faster. Easier. Better.
Please download our infographic below for a visual description of the process!
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The Tx PRN aims to speed publication of research results by streamlining the submittal and peer review process, particularly by reducing the number of times a manuscript is reviewed.
All participating journals in the Network have implemented a set of shared, standard submission questions to make the submittal process consistent between journals and to facilitate the automatic transfer of manuscripts to enable rapid decisions. During the submittal process, authors will be asked to acknowledge that their manuscripts and associated reviews will be transferred if the editors decide to reject and refer their manuscript to another journal in the Network.
Authors of papers that are high quality, but not suitable for publication at their target journal, may receive a decision of Reject with Referral to another journal in the Network. At the Editor’s discretion, this referral may be to a journal indicated by the author as a preferred alternative during the original submittal. Authors do not need to do anything to initiate the transfer process; manuscripts that are recommended for referral will automatically be transferred on their behalf, along with their associated peer reviews.
It is the authors’ choice whether or not to accept the referral recommendation and complete the submission process at the second journal. If the author does not want to accept the referral offer, the manuscript can be submitted to another journal in the Network, like any other new submission, however the manuscript and previous reviews will not be automatically transferred.
Forwarding of all reviews is automatic. Authors may not select which reviews will be transferred. If a manuscript went through several rounds of review at the first journal, all rounds of reviews will be forwarded. A journal will forward its reviews to only one other journal in the Network. If that journal also turns down the paper, the entire set of reviews would be forwarded to a third journal, not just the reviews from the first one.
Once the author completes the submission process, the editors of the second journal may use transferred reviews at their discretion. They may use those reviews directly to make a rapid decision, but may also request further reviews if they feel it is warranted, or re-review the paper following revision. If the editors of the second journal think the reviews lack sufficient depth, they may choose to disregard them and invite new reviews.
How to Accept the Referral Offer
Once a decision of Reject with Referral is made, the manuscript and reviews will automatically be transferred to the referred journal on the author’s behalf. In the decision letter from the original journal, authors will be given a link to the referred journal to directly continue the submission process. Authors can also go directly to the referred journal’s site and login to their Author Center to continue the submission.
The manuscript will appear in the pending “Transferred Manuscripts” queue in the Author Center on the referred journal site. The author will need to click on “Continue Transfer” and complete the transfer. Authors will have the opportunity to confirm and, as necessary, update various fields (if they did not carry over from the previous journal’s submission), in the same way that they would for a revision submission. Once they click “Submit,” the Editorial Office of the referred journal will process the paper as they would any direct submission.
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A key goal of the Tx PRN is to ease reviewers’ workloads by reducing the number of times a manuscript is reviewed.
All participating journals in the Network have implemented a new, universal peer review scorecard, to make the process of reviewing consistent between journals and to ensure that all information is easily and consistently shared during the transfer process. A new “Reject and Refer” option is included in the recommendation portion of the scorecard. Reviewers should select this option if they determine that the paper is of high quality, but not suitable for publication at the target journal. The final decision to reject with a referral recommendation will be made the editor(s) of the first journal, and, of course, authors may elect whether or not to continue the submission at the second journal.
Manuscripts and all associated reviews and manuscript data are forwarded automatically once a decision of reject with referral is made, and the transfer process is handled directly by the editorial offices of the Network journals. Reviewers will be asked to acknowledge that the content of their reviews will be forwarded if the authors resubmit their manuscript to another journal in the Network in order to complete the peer review scorecard.
Reviewer’s identities will be revealed to other Network journals, as well as whether or not the reviewer agrees to review a revised version of the manuscript. All journals in the Network agree to keep reviewers anonymous to authors. All portions of the review, including confidential comments from the reviewer to the editor, will be forwarded to the second journal. All journals in the Network agree not to share confidential comments to the editors with the authors.
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By reducing the number of times a manuscript must be reviewed, and easing the burden on reviewers, it should become easier to find new reviewers when necessary – ultimately making it easier for editors to manage the peer review process.
For a paper to be referred to another journal in the Network, reviewers will select the new “Reject and Refer” option in the universal peer review scorecard to indicate that a manuscript is of publishable quality, but not suitable for the original target journal. If applicable as part of the journal’s workflow, associate and/or deputy Editors will also recommend a decision of “Reject and Refer.” Editors render a final decision of “Reject with Referral Offer” and initiate the transfer process to the second journal. As part of the submittal process, authors will indicate their top two choices for referral within the Network, if they are not accepted at the original journal; editors may, at their discretion, consider the authors’ preferred publications.
All portions of the associated reviews, including confidential comments to the editors, will be transferred along with referred manuscripts for completeness and transparency. Network journal editors may use the transferred reviews at their discretion and as they see fit. A manuscript that is not appropriate for the original journal but is of high quality might be accepted without further review, enabling a rapid decision and speeding up publication process. Or, if the authors have made extensive revisions as requested in the reviews, the editor might choose to return the manuscript to the original reviewers for re-review or to invite additional reviewers. Alternatively, if the original reviews lack the necessary depth, the editor may choose to disregard them and invite new reviewers.
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