Welcome to Review Quality Collector (RQC)

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1. What is Review Quality Collector (RQC)?

Review Quality Collector (RQC) is an initiative for improving the quality of scientific peer review. Its core is a mechanism that supplies a reviewer with a receipt for their work for each conference instance or journal year.

2. How does RQC work?

Very roughly like so:

3. Why does RQC help?

RQC imagines three sorts of reviewers:

4. Advantages of RQC

4.1 Advantages for reviewers

4.2 Advantages for authors

4.3 Advantages for editors and conference chairs

4.4 Advantages for research institutions

4.5 Advantages for publishers

5. Guiding principles

RQC is constructed according to four key ideas:

5.1 Transparency

RQC will provide transparency at the level of journal, conference, research institution, and publisher. It allows individual reviewers to provide additional transparency at the individual level.

5.2 Simplicity

RQC will not provide every imaginable bell and whistle. Instead, it emphasizes simplicity in order to stay understandable and reliable.

5.3 Privacy

At the level of the individual, RQC gives reviewers control which of their receipts to make public or show to individual people or groups. RQC will not make other use of private data except in aggregate or otherwise anonymized form or where explicitly allowed by the user.

5.4 Literacy

RQC is a service for people who not only can read, but actually do read.

6. What one may dislike about RQC

7. Implementation status

See the past and future for more detail on the current and coming implementation status, the how-to for learning how to use RQC, or the overview for everything.

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