Cross-Publisher COVID-19 Rapid Review Initiative
A message from eLife, F1000 Research, Hindawi, PeerJ, PLOS, Royal Society, FAIRsharing, Outbreak Science Rapid PREreview, GigaScience, Life Science Alliance, Ubiquity Press, MIT Press, UCL Press, Cambridge University Press, Springer Nature and Biomed Central. Additional publishing participants may be added to this initiative and will be reflected on this page.

**Please help us rapidly and efficiently peer-review new research on COVID-19**

Scientists working directly on COVID-19 are focused on research and not necessarily available to meet the increasing demands of peer review during this pandemic.

We are a group of publishers and scholarly communications organizations working together to build a shared COVID-19 list of “rapid reviewers” from all career stages and disciplines, with suitable expertise and time to review COVID-19 submissions.

By joining this list you will be both committing to rapid peer review of COVID-19 submissions (target: within 5 days), and agreeing that any reviews you perform are transferable to other journals and publishers in this network, should a submission get re-routed for any reason. Note that your identity as a reviewer will always be shared between publishers, and that a receiving journal's policy on reviewer anonymity to authors may be different to the original journal's policy.  

To volunteer to be a rapid reviewer, please fill in the form below.

Please note:
- This list is accessible to all the publishers in this network, as may be amended
- The receiving publishing participants warrant that they will apply their then-operative privacy and compliance standards to the information received pursuant to this initiative.You can request to be removed from this list at any time
- While we value openness, this list is only available to participating publishers.
- When registering, it is crucial that you are clear about your areas of expertise.
- We seek reviewers from all career stages, in all disciplines, from the life and biomedical sciences, to computer science, public health, to social science.
- Your expertise may be focused on methods, statistics, modelling or clinical trial expertise that is relevant but not exclusive to COVID-19. This is to reduce the pressure on the smaller core of expert reviewers with specific COVID-19 experience.
- Completing this form does not guarantee you will receive, or compel you to accept, a review request, but where you do accept a request, it reflects a commitment by you to provide the review within a time-frame set forth in the form.

This list will be hosted, used and maintained by Copyright Clearance Center on behalf of publishing participants and for expedited peer review efforts. Your details will be shared with publishing participants for the purpose of aiding in the rapid review COVID-19 submissions. To update, change or delete your information from this list at any time, please email  

The group has also published this open letter and call to action -- please read this and consider all the potential ways to better tackle this pandemic through reviewing activity.

You can find further publisher-specific COVID-19 resources at
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Email *
Name *
ORCiD and/or Google Scholar profile *
My affiliation (e.g. university or institute) *
Country *
Title *
My website (to aid in matching you to a submission)
Any secondary areas of expertise in which I can also advise, or other notes on my experience.
Where I accept a review invitation for a COVID-19 submission, I commit to providing a review as quickly as possible, with a target of within 5 days.   *
In the event a journal turns down or re-routes a submission I have reviewed, I give my advance permission for any reviews I write to potentially be transferred to and used by other journals and publishers within this COVID-19 rapid review network. *
If an article I review is published before or after transfer in a journal with an open peer review policy, I give my advance permission for any such review to be published in accordance with the policy at the publishing journal. *
I understand my identity as a reviewer will be shared between publishers. I understand that a receiving journal's policy on reviewer anonymity may be different than the original journal. *
I give my consent for the responses provided here (including my contact details) to be shared with editors and administrators at any publisher or journal listed above, as may be updated. *
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