B – Author-suggested reviewers vs editor-suggested reviewers

Bornmann L, Daniel HD. Do author-suggested reviewers rate submissions more favorably than editor-suggested reviewers? A study on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. PLoS One 2010;5(10):e13345
(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013345)

The aim of the article is to test whether there is a potential source of bias in the manuscript reviewing in public peer review at the interactive open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP). Public peer review (author’s and reviewers’ comments are publicly exchanged) is supposed to bring a new openness to the reviewing process. Results have shown that editor-suggested reviewers rated manuscripts between 30% and 42% less favorably than author-suggested reviewers. Journal editors should then consider either doing without the use of author-suggested reviewers or, if the are used, bringing in more than one editor-suggested reviewer for the review process.