Stem cell scientists call for improvements to the peer review process

A group of 14 leading stem cell researchers have called for improved transparency in an open letter to peer-review journals publishing in the field of stem cell biology. The letter, which was sent to senior editors of 10 key journals, calls for publication of reviews and editorial correspondence alongside research papers.

Austin Smith of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and his 13 co-signatories propose:

"a simple step that would greatly improve transparency, fairness and accountability; when a paper is published, the reviews, response to reviews and associated editorial correspondence could be provided as Supplementary Information, while preserving anonymity of the referees. We note that this procedure has recently been adopted by The EMBO Journal. We wish to encourage other journals to follow suit and would like to hear your considered opinions."

You can view the full letter and post your comments at