Policies: Peer Review & Copyright

Peer Review

SRC’s peer review process reflects the mandate of the journal to explore all elements of scholarly and research communication including social, technical, and organizational dynamics. The default model is the standard double-blind peer review. When the editor needs assistance in finding qualified peer reviews he consults with one or more Editorial Board members or, very occasionally founding Editorial Board members. On rare occasion he may ask members of either board to take on peer review. There are times when reviewers are difficult to find that SRC asks the author to provide a list of persons capable of providing an informed review, whose opinion they would value, and with whom they have no close relationship. SRC then may choose from that list and may inform the potential reviewer in the invitation to review that the author has suggested their opinion would be valued. Within the above framework, SRC strives to work with early researchers and makes personal connections with reviewers who do not reply to initial requests. In some cases, it removes one or both blinds to increase the value of the reviews.


SRC is an open access journal that operates under both an assertion of copyright in the name of the author and a CC BY-NC-ND licence. It requires authors to sign an exclusive licence to publish and disseminate for one year after which authors have total freedom to make their work available by whatever means. SRC asks authors to maintain mention of SRC as the originating publisher and to link to the original article whenever feasible.