About PubPeer

The PubPeer Foundation

The PubPeer Foundation is a California-registered public-benefit corporation with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in the United States. The overarching goal of the Foundation is to improve the quality of scientific research by enabling innovative approaches for community interaction. The bylaws of the Foundation establish pubpeer.com as a service run for the benefit of its readers and commenters, who create its content. Our current focus is maintaining and developing the PubPeer online platform for post-publication peer review.

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History

PubPeer LLC was established in 2012 and the pubpeer.com site was launched at the end of that year, by three founders: Brandon Stell, developer George Smith and Richard Smith. They were joined informally by Boris Barbour in early 2013. All initially remained anonymous.

At launch, registered users could post as “Peers” or sign their comments. Anonymous commenting (“Unregistered submissions”) was enabled on the site in early 2013, which led to the exposure of unexpected levels of research misconduct. Further discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of anonymity may be found here.

In the fall of 2015, the creation of the nonprofit PubPeer Foundation was announced, with the inaugural board of Brandon Stell (President), George Smith, Richard Smith, Boris Barbour (Treasurer) and Gabor Brasnjo (Secretary). All assets of PubPeer LLC have been transferred to the Foundation.

PubPeer has been involved in one court case. We are extremely grateful to our pro bono legal team who so effectively protected the right of our users to comment anonymously under the law: the ACLU represented by Alex Abdo, Daniel Korobkin and Samia Hossain; Nicholas Jollymore of Jollymore Law. The case was dismissed upon appeal.

The PubPeer site was rewritten in 2016/2017 thanks to generous financial aid from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Disclaimers

The success of the site is due to the expertise and diligence of our users, who create all of its content. Nevertheless, comments should always be considered as sources of potentially useful information whose veracity readers must evaluate for themselves.

The operation of the web site and any views expressed on it are completely independent of the employers of the Foundation's members. For anything related to the PubPeer Foundation or PubPeer web site, please contact us through contact@pubpeer.com.

The PubPeer foundation controls the domains pubpeer.com, pubpeer.org and pubpeer.net, as well as the @PubPeer twitter account.

Further information can be found in our FAQ and Terms of Service.

Blog

We write occasional posts outlining our viewpoints on issues related to scientific research.

Press

PubPeer has featured in numerous articles in the scientific and mainstream media.