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?