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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: