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Table 2 states that DOAJ is maintained by a community of open access publishers which isn't quite right. DOAJ is maintained by the 100+ volunteers and a core team of 15 people, employed by DOAJ's holding company IS4OA.
The journals titles in the supplementary information (supp 1) should be listed with their ISSNs to avoid ambiguity. For example: there are 2 journals called 'International journal of pediatrics': http://bit.ly/2ttZI9K
You wrote: ''we also encourage future research to further investigate the concepts of quality, transparency (...) specifically with regard to peer review'.
Could you develop your thought about the recent use of reviewing system based on AI?
Many publishers ask for total copyright transfer from authors, even for OA articles. This is enabling publisher to develop AI tools for peer-reviewing, that are under commercial secret.
Therefore, evaluation of quality and transparency of peer-review system may become even obscurer as now. In summary, there is an issue with copyright transfer, AI and peer-reviewing, that may be even not improved by use of CC licences on articles.
Since December 2018, Elsevier did not answer questions worries about AI tool for peer-reviewing. Nothing is transparent or explained. Access to code may be not possible.
- How to evaluate then transparency and quality of peer-reviewing, if the AI peer-reviewing tool becomes a black box?
- How to develop an automatical tool for peer-reviewing as an opportunity and not a threat to quality and transparency assessment?
Your article is not about this subject, but maybe questioning this aspect of technological development could be relevant?
Please note that following an internal system error, when the authors accessed the Cabells Whitelist and Blacklist they identified one publisher on both lists. This should not have appeared, and the issue has been rectified - there are no publishers or journals that are simultaneously on the Cabells Whitelist and Blacklist.
Simon Linacre, Director of International Marketing & Development, Cabells