Thursday, 23 February 2012

RNA Biology provides incentives to review

The full text of the email from Renee Schroeder and Eva Riedmann from RNA Biology is below. The gist of it is that researchers get free subscriptions and discounts on publication costs in exchange for reviewing. This is a clever move by them (in my completely biased opinion). The journal, Nucleic Acids Research, is the only other journal I know of that offers incentives for reviews. They offer a few pounds towards books or CDs from their preferred suppliers in exchange for reviewing. This is nice, but frankly the selection from those sources is very limited. I'd much rather have full access to the journals I review for (actually, I'd rather everyone had full access, that's another battle). All too often I've wanted to look at the published version of a manuscript that I've reviewed and not had access to it. This is ridiculous.

Dear Research Community –

We are writing to you now because you have either served as a reviewer or have submitted a manuscript to the journal RNA Biology in the past.

RNA Biology will be instituting a reviewer incentive program offering free subscriptions and discounts on publication costs in exchange for timely reviews. To guarantee the success of this program we need to update our database and are requesting a few moments of your time.

Please login to the RNA Biology submission and peer-review website here:

and click on the link “Modify Profile/Password.”

If you could please ensure that your institutional affiliation, address, and email address are up to date AND please select up to five ‘Areas of Expertise’, we would greatly appreciate this. (For your convenience, we have listed the areas of expertise below.)

This will ensure that we are able to notify you of new developments with the journal. Additionally, this information will help ensure that we have a robust database from which to quickly identify appropriate peer-reviewers.

If you have any questions or concern please contact us at

Thank you very much for your help.


Renee Schroeder
University of Vienna

Eva Riedmann, Ph.D.
Acquisitions Editor
Landes Bioscience

Areas of Expertise

cell biology
developmental biology
mechanism of translation
mRNA transport/localization
natural antisense
neurobiology/neurological disease
protein-RNA interactions
regulation of stability/degradation
regulation of translation
RNA binding proteins
RNA damage/repair
RNA in disease
RNA stability/degradation
RNA viruses
small and large non-coding RNAs
splicing/pre-mRNA processing

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