Open Peer-Review (Journal)

darkmatter Journal shifted to accepting submissions subject to external peer review in 2011.1) While we remain committed to publishing 'non-peer review' work (e.g. Commons and Reviews etc.), the decision to adopt external peer review has been extensively discussed amongst the editorial team.

However, the journal aims to eschew traditional (closed) peer-review practices, because essentially they are flawed for failing to promote academic discussion and transparency of knowledge production.2)

Our (semi-)open peer review practices involves the following:3)

The diagram below illustrates the workflow of the Journal's peer review process. To summarize:

1) Our practice up until then was of in-house editorial review.
2) For an excellent critique and discussion of alternative practices of 'open' peer review see Open-process academic publishing by Toni Prug. For an example, see the peer review process of Critical Studies in Peer Production journal
3) We believe peer review is a dynamic process, and reserve the right to develop our open practices over time.