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Launched: 2016
Record Updated: May 16, 2024
Peer review system
Peer Community In (PCI) is a free recommendation process of scientific preprints based on peer reviews and a journal. Following submission by authors, the thematic PCIs evaluate preprints in their scientific fields based on rigorous peer-review. After evaluation, the PCIs may recommend those preprints, to make them complete, reliable and citable articles, without the need for publication in ‘traditional’ journals. Authors who need to publish their article in a journal can publish it for free in Peer Community Journal or submit it to a PCI-friendly or other journal.


The aim of PCI is to provide scientists with a free, stimulating, transparent and non-exclusive way to evaluate, validate and promote their scientific output. The goal of the thematic PCIs is to highlight and recommend articles of particular interest to the community concerned. The articles recommended by PCIs are of high value, reliable and citable. PCI then offers the authors of recommended articles the possibility to publish their article in a generalist diamond Open Access journal (the Peer Community Journal).

Key Achievements

  • May 2022: The Peer Community Journal got the DOAJ seal
  • March 2023: The PCI manifesto reached 1000 signatures
  • April 2023: The 17th thematic PCI, PCI Organisation studies, opens (in social sciences)
  • Technical Attributes

    Open Code Repository


    Maintenance Status

    Actively maintained

    Open Data Statement


    Content Licensing

    CC-BY or CC-BY-ND depending on date of publication. All new content in CC-BY.

    Hosting Options & Service Providers

    Hosting Strategy

    Not applicable

    What other tools and projects does your project interact with?

    • Crossref
    • bioRxiv
    • HAL
    • preprint servers
    • Open access repositories
    • Sciety
    • EuropePMC

    Community Engagement

    Code of Conduct


    Community Engagement


    Organizational Commitment to Community Engagement

    PCI includes disciplinary thematic PCIs, each of which has these roles for community members:
    • Many recommenders, playing a role analogous to that of journal editors
    • A managing board (periodically renewed)
    • A representative of the managing board, member of the PCI association
    • A few administrators (usually the founders of the thematic PCI) responsible for dealing with technical problems and administrative issues.

    Engagement with Values Frameworks

    PCI is member of the Free Journal Network and adheres to its FAIR Open Access principles.

    PCI is signatory of the Joint Statement of Principles of the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication (C4DISC) .

    PCI is signatory of DORA.

    PCI has completed a POSI self-assessment.

    User Contribution Pathways

    • Other

    Policies & Governance

    Governance Summary

    The Peer Community In initiative: Members of the PCI association is made up of (i) The representatives of the managing boards of all the thematic PCIs, (ii) The 3 founders of PCI (Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud) and (iii) The support officer of PCI (currently Marjolaine Hamelin). The roles of the PCI association are to define the strategy of PCI, to create/abolish thematic PCIs and to fund and organise the functioning of the various thematic PCIs and Peer Community Journal.


    Commitment to Equity & Inclusion


    Open Data Statement


    Governance Activities


    Governance Structure & Processes


    Transparent Pricing and Cost Expectations


    Additional Information

    Organizational History

    Peer Community in was founded in 2016 as a non-profit organization under the French law. Founding members Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud are researchers at the Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRAE). The organization is an «association loi de 1901» administratively based in Nice. (from

    Organizational Structure

    Business or Ownership Model

    Non-profit organization

    Full-time Staff



    Primary Funding Source


    Funding Needs

    The funding will be used to

    • develop back-office functionalities for PCI sites
    • communicate about PCI
    • secure an operating and investment budget for the coming years