Preferred Reviewers & Reducing Potential for System Abuse
Following recent high profile retractions off the back of unscrupulous authors adding themselves as preferred reviewers under assumed (often legitimate) names at faked email addresses, I'd like S1M to consider (configurable!!) ways to improve the current situation. Suggestion 1 I've made here already - configurable email suffix limitations , perhaps limiting authors to only suggest reviewers using valid institution addresses eg. .gov, .ac.uk, .edu etc etc. Suggestion 2 was made by an anonymous contributor a couple of weeks ago - make it impossible for authors to suggest reviewers at the same institution as any co-author . Obviously this will be far easier post-Ringgold integration. Suggestion 3 is a checklist for any editor adding an author-suggested reviewer. The questions could be configurable, but could include ?Have you Googled this academic to ensure they are associated with other relevant academic manuscripts?? "Have you checked that this is the email address ##SUGGESTED_REVIEWER_EMAIL_ADDRESS## is one they are associated with elsewhere?" Obviously the buck must ultimately stop with the editor responsible for inviting an unknown reviewer, but editors are often busy people juggling multiple responsibilities, and S1M could be developed to better support them here.