Open Peer Review

Open peer review is a process by which to assess publications. Open peer review is a growing method in scholarly communication and can be placed in the context of open science. It is an alternative to common (double) blind review processes. As benefits, open peer review ensures more transparency:

  • the preprints are immediately published,
  • the author is known,
  • the reviewer is known,
  • the comments are published,
  • and the author is able to answer the comments.

This makes open peer review to a more collaborative and inclusive method (see more in the OpenAIRE Survey 2017). This open peer review addresses primarily participants of the Annual Conference “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context”.

The Annual Conference 2017 “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context” of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung took place at the Maison de France, Berlin, from 7th to 9th December 2017. The conference was convened by Thomas, Barbara Mittler, and Pierre Monnet. It brought together scholars from various disciplines and countries with the purpose to uncover some of the dynamics behind particular cultural and historical uses of periodisation schemes as concepts for ordering the past, and thus to reconsider these terminologies.
For detailed documentation of the conference see Trafo-Blog for Transregional Research.

All participants of the conference and some outside experts are invited to review the preliminary papers. Please comment according to the common feedback rules that are shown at the end of the papers. Authors can respond to the reviews and will have the chance to reassess, modify, or rewrite their contributions. Detailed editing and final layout will take place afterwards. Finished articles will be published open access and printed by Heidelberg University Publishing. For further questions please contact chronologics(at)

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